Princes Avenue

It’s a about a mile long and cuts through residential Kingsbury, London NW9, from Honeypot Lane in the West to Stag Lane in the East. People live here; the road is almost one hundred per-cent residential, save for a row of schools that provides for one of the largest concentrations of school-children in the country. (You can imagine what the traffic is like here during school-run hours.) The Jubilee Line runs beneath it. A village called Roe Green extends right off it. It’s served by London bus route 305, which for the first part at least, can be flagged down or stopped anywhere you like. Not that there’s anywhere for the bus to pull into; because people live here you see, and so their cars live here too. And these days a lot of people have cars, and a lot of people have more than one car. So a lot of people who live here sacrifice their front gardens for concrete driveways so that they can put their cars somewhere. And still the road is chock-a-block lined with parked cars. So most mornings at around half past eight, amidst the huddles of children marching their way to school, you will see huddles of lazier children at the Honeypot Lane end waiting for the bus, flag it down from between parked cars, board, and then alight less than a few minutes walk further up. A procession of cars will follow the bus all the way, each one complete with child clutching lunchbox and book-bag.

Princes Avenue, Kingsbury, London NW9
(Taken with cameraphone from just outside Kingsbury High, headed towards Honeypot Lane.)

61 thoughts on “Princes Avenue

  1. When I attended Kingsbury County 61-67, there were no cars parked on Princes Avenue,or so few as to be negligible. The trip to and from school for 99% of pupils was made on foot.
    Hmmm, times change.
    Tom

  2. Jag, this picture brings back a lot of memories!

    My first school was Roe Green in 1959. I then moved up the road to Kingsbury County Grammar in 1965 . This went comprehensive around 1967 and became Knigsbury High, which I left in 1972.

    Princes Avenue then looked a bit different. No speed humps, no chicanes and definitely no buses. I can only remember being driven to school by car once or twice in 13 years. Slightly different now. Could you imagine a seven year old walking around a mile to school completely on their own nowadays?

    One point of interest which I’m sure Tom will remember. The first house on the left to your picture, ie: the first house bordering the school, used to be a small grocery and sweet shop called Stanfords.

  3. Jag, sorry to use your’e site for blog, but in reply to Bernie, yes Stanford’s was the off school tuck shop & made it’s money , I’m sure more from the school kids than local residents.
    Tom.

  4. Hey Tom, no worries at all, you go right ahead; I really like the discussion of these memories! When I first moved into Kingsbury in 1993 that house still had a kind of “shop” look to it – even thought it wasn’t any more, but I’m sure that someone told me that it was a shop until not long before we moved here.

    I must get round to putting up some more pics of the schools so you can see how they are now …

  5. I spent the first 20 years of my life living at 175 Princes Ave. I attended Roe Green Primary and Junior schools as they where then called. I then attended Claremont County Secondary Modern of Kenton Road.

    I well remeber buying sweets from the little shop called Stanfords on the way to school each morning.

    On the way home we would often climb up on the top of the railway bridge walls and see who was daring enough to walk from one side to the other, it would have been a long fall!

    By the way, I now live in Sydney Australia with several other freinds from Kingsbury, Queensbury & Kenton areas.

  6. Thanks Bernie!

    And thank you Nigel for sharing your memories! And please do ask your “Kingsburian” friends to consider sharing their memories on these pages too – my most recent article is exactly about this topic! All the best.

  7. Hi. Just found this blog while trying to show my son any info about the little shop “Stanfords” (which I had forgotten the name of). I also went to Roe Green and then Kingsbury. I noted that Nigel lives in Sydney now – me too. Where abouts are you Nigel and when were you at Roe Green (what years)? Be great to hear … See ya, Caroline

  8. Cheers Caroline! Hope you manage to make contact with other old “Kingsburians” down under in Sydney!

  9. Hi Jag,
    What a wonderful website! Congratulations on your dedication – the Kingsbury archives in particular brought back a flood of memories. Much of my early childhood was spent growing up in Buck Cottage, the big thatched house at the top of Buck Lane (no. 45), until we moved to Sussex in 1955. I went to primary school at Oliver Goldsmith (Olly Golly we called it), and later to what was then Kingsbury County Grammar School. I now live in Australia, and in September am returning for a class reunion with many of the Year of 1953 students from KCGS (including several who also attended Olly Golly with me).

    Naturally, I intend to pay a visit to Kingsbury although I realise that there’s not a lot left of the old place as we knew it. I wonder if you know of any way in which I might be able to contact the present owners of Buck Cottage while I’m over there? I have some photos of the house as it was in the 1950s which might interest them.

    Also, if you’d like to contact me privately through email, perhaps we could meet up and I can share some memories first-hand.

    Again, congratulations on such a fascinating website.

  10. Hi Michael, thank you for such a nice comment. Wow, I must now try to get in touch with the current owners of Buck Cottage …

    I hope your reunion in September goes well, and sure I would be most happy to hookup for a natter and get a better glimpse into the history and life in my neighbourhood. Stand by …

  11. hi found your site by chance , i was born in green slose off church lane in 1946 and lived there until 1964 when i married and moved away ( all of 10 miles ) I went to st marys school in hendon and st thomas /st james in stanmore and burnt oak . I returned for several years in 1972 as my father was ill and needed to be cared for . My mum was the caretaker at kingsbury synagogue with backed on to our house and i have very happy memories of it and the people . My haunts when growing up were barn hill,kingsbury pool and and a teenager we went to a dance there every fri night it was in the cafe called
    t he blue pool, the” REC” by elthorn court was also a fav and we used to drive people mad as we sat on the concrete bunkers around the back !! Church lane boasted two cafe,s the nip inn and bens cafe where 3 of us would share a cup of tea for 6p. This and a sweet shop ownen by the “Packam ” fam mrs p was the nicest lady and so patient as we used to sit on the wall out side her shop most evenings a we visited the ideal chippy next door with mrs and mrs Blactchford running i mr b only had one hand the other was a hook ( that was a bit scarry ) i am still in touch with my then best mate Jennifer but would love to hearfrom anyone else who shares these memories .I live in Plymouth Devon now with my husband ,our son and daughter also live nearby and i have two grandsons one nearly18 ond one 7 , I will never forget my childhood in Kingsbury it was great and there is not a spring goes by and i see blossom trees that i dont wing straight back o the green , god bless Kingsbury and all that sail in her !

  12. Thanks Mavis for such a nice and nostalgic comment! I really hope you manage to get back to Kingsbury every now and then – although it has probably changed a lot since you lived here – I’m sure there are lots of places that would evoke memories of a time gone by. All the best!

  13. hello everyone, i went to roe green junior school from 1971 until 1977, i cant say i had a great time but it was ok, my last teacher was mr eldridge, he was a scary chap back then, mr delacondemine was another teacher i had back then, he was an old school type of a man possibly an ex soldier, mr reilly was the headmaster, i lost contact with alot of people when i left because i went to a secondary school in wembley and not kingsbury high, if anyone remembers me get in touch on coadyiamf@aol.com

  14. Greetings from Sunshine Coast Queensland. it seems a very long time since Istood outside the “Boys” gate in Aug 1949 as a new boy. Idid not know then that I would become Head Boy!!!! Am trying to contact any OLDKCS”s in Oz Can’t forget the good times at KCS ,the place gets in your blood. From “Piecrust”

  15. I used to go to both Roe Green & KHS. I lived in Eton Grove, the road opposite to Stanfords. When I was younger the shop was run by Larry & his friend John.
    Like you Walter, I had Mr Delacondamine. He was my teacher in the 2nd yr. What a relief to have the lovely Miss Fox in yrs 3 & 4!! Walter, Did you by any chance live in Berkley Road? If so I think my mum knew your mum!
    As for famous old Kingsburians…..I was in the same yr as George Michael (Yogi) at Roe Green & in the same class (1P) at KHS before he moved to Bushey. Courtney Pine CBE (Jazz saxophonist) was in the yr below & Charlie Watt’s Grandad used to live round the corner in Girton Rd & drink in the Honeypot on Honeypot Lane! Another famous Kinsburian that never attended the school was Stuart Pearce (Future England Manager?) He used to drink in the Plough on Kingsbury Rd with all the Punks from the yr above me.
    I’m afraid I can’t send any sunny greetings from down under, just a rainy Somerset!

  16. Oh, & KHS was the original Grange Hill!! The school was used for all the location filming for the very first series & the crew & cast had their own mobile canteen parked in the small playground between the pavillion & the school building.

  17. Mike, I’ve been living in Oz since 1976 and now live at Beechmont (Gold Coast hinterland) and also have a niece living near you at Mooloolaba! My younger sister, also ex-KCS, lives in Brisbane. We both have very fond memories of our time there.
    Attended KCGS 1953-58, before moving to South Coast. You would have been in 4th form when I started there? Last year I went back to UK (first time in over 30 years) for 55-year anniversary Reunion of Class of 53. Visited the Old School with another Old Kingsburian now living in California , but weren’t allowed to look around! However, we called in at our old primary school, Oliver Goldsmith, where we were made very welcome and given a tour of the old place. Contact me if you like – mdjt41(at)bigpond.com . Apart from myself there are a couple of other Old Kingsburians from Class of 53 livingin Oz and at least one in NZ.

  18. Still dream about Kingsbury County – I was there 1961-68 and my friends were Maureen O’Keeffe, Sandra Driver, Lindsay Wright, Julia Rogers. Used to walk to school from Kenton more often than not and get the bus home (no 183).I live in Surrey now. Have never been back to Kenton or Kingsbury but would like to visit old haunts.

    Contact me if you remember me: l.cowley68 (at) members.leeds.ac.uk

  19. Hi everyone,
    I too, came across this site by accident and what a surprise I got to read so much about KCGS. Although I lived in Wealdstone which gave me some cause to curse the 79 bus and the train from Kingsbury to Canons Park sometimes, I studied (?) there ’52-’55, and I achieved an amazing amount of notoriety when I got my very first (and only) standard for Beech house (only the best), what was even better was that it was for throwing the cricket ball, unfortunately it never got into the olympics otherwise I may have become famous for my sporting prowess. I have memories of some of my friends there in my class such as Harry Hawkins, Dave London and a vey much in demand young lady named Marie Cranston who I have naver been in touch with due to joining the Merchant Navy just after leaving KCGS but would love to hear from them. The one thing that always comes to my mind when I think about Kingsbury is that after school we used to walk up the road on the left just outside KCGS and we always knew when we were close to the station because the shop sign of
    “475 Sam Cook 475”
    came into view from the high street, he was the local greengrocer, dumb eh? remembering something like that.
    Time to go now I think, I have written enough of my rubbish except to say that I now live in Melbourne Oz and I am studying for an Arts degree in Asian Studies with a Mandarin major so that education at KCGS didn’t go to waste after all.

    I would like to write more as memories come back, hope I didn’t bore you too much.

    Trevor

  20. I was at roe green junior school until 1969 and I remember .r de la condomine and that he was stern.I was a timid little thing when I first went there and I remember a mrs fredrickson being very kind. Does anyone remember a miss or mrs smith. Scary woman. Think she may have been welsh. Also the headmistress was a mrs hopkins and you got a star on a small piece of card signed by her if you were ‘good’. Great memories of chipmunk crisps in the tuck shop and of course always spending my 1/6 dinner money on penny sweets from the little sweetshop down the road which contributed to many a tooth filling in my teens! Now living in canons park after living in liverpool for many years.

  21. Memory’s getting a bit rusty, now. I know the Street family lived in the house on the corner of Brampton Rd and Princes Ave. Bob Street was my best buddy. His sister Barbara was gorgeous. Moving closer to my house there were Alan and Kenny Bray. Across the road was Russel Harris. Further up were the Duffields. I lived opposite them, next door to Stanfords. We all finished Roe Green Junior around 1946/7. Some of us went to Claremont, some to KCG and some moved away. Our summer venues were the swimming pool, Eaton Grove Park and Stanmore Woods. After joining the workforce, we all went our seperate ways. I spent a lot of my time with the people I knew from working at the Zenith Carburetter Co. Met my girlfriend at the Ritz in 1956 and left Kingsbury when we were married in 1957. We’ve lived in Ontario since 1974 but whenever we’re in England we always take a drive along Princes Ave.

  22. With London hosting the 2012 Olympics, another memory comes to mind. After WW2 there was an acute shortage of accomodations, so in the sommer of 1948, Kingsbury County Grammar School was temporarily converted to dormitories to house visiting athletes taking part in the games. Mostly Scandinavian teams were housed there. I remember the local teenage girls gathering in groups along Brampton Road and Princes Avenue hoping to get to know some of them as they made their way from Kingsbury Station back to the school. There were no paved over gardens back then, so they would sit on the low garden walls and chat until it got dark. Mrs. Stanford had her best summer ever.

  23. Went to Kingsbury Green Primary School from 1953-1958, Claremont in Kenton from 1958-1962.
    My mates at Claremont, Johnny Rowand, Micky Stead and Chris Cole all played for a very good Roe Green football team.
    We all became mates at Claremont to represent the school and later senior soccer together.
    Where are they now?
    I emigrated to Australia in 1976 and live in Phillip Island, Victoria – love the place.

  24. Hi Jag
    Like others I found your site by accident. I lived in Kingsbury from 1949 to 1969 and went to Oliver Goldsmith School (1954/1960) and Kingsbury County Grammar School 1960/1967). I lived in Springfield Gardens at the far end of Kingsbury Road and my mates used to play over the Jubilee Park and also on a Sunday morning on the Hendon Waste Tip by Welsh Harp. If we could find a tea tray we would slide down the sides of the tip. Not that my parents were very happy when I got home as a bath would be needed. Happy days.

    I married Patricia Hall, who lived in the white block of Mead Court in Buck Lane and she remembers Mrs Preedy, because her mother Mary Hall used to work at the synogoge serving kosher dinners to the local children.

    Kingsbury has obviously chaged over the years. We visited last year and really only recognise the tube station. But the changes were much greater in the past, because my grandfather was a fairground showman and he remembered travelling from Hampstead Heath fair to Pinner fair along Kingsbury’s lanes when it was all fields and orchards.

    We left in Kingsbury in 1969 when my brother finished school and Trisha and I moved to Bedford to buy a house, but we still see remember Kingsbury as a happy time,

  25. Well where to start. I liked the 79 bus ‘cos the stairs to the upper deck were outside – not like the modern RT’s they used on the 52 route. I lived off Buck Lane – went to primary school at “Olly-Golly” then to Kingsbury County from 1953 to 1959. So of course, I bought my cigarettes from Stanfords (You could get ‘Dominoes” which were paper packs with 2 fags in each package. My route to school, by foot or on a bike, went past the back of the Kingsbury pool down Bacon Lane (where Tylers Croft was being built) past Roe Green to Princes Avenue. I did a paper route before school and my round took me to those same flats in Roe Green. No traffic problems then but this snotty nosed little paper boy could spit a record 11 paving stones ahead. Some of the flats smelled awful. I guess at that stage I wasn’t into take-out curries so the lingering aroma of last night meal really put me off. I could hold my breath long enough to deliver the paper to the upper flat, and get back down the stairs to the fresh air. I could tell you about fetching coal in an old pram from Boakes Yard on Stag Lane for heating our council house, guiding buses though the fog on fireworks night, Singing along at Saturday Morning Pictures at the Odeon in Colindale or seeing the nose to tail line-up of coaches on Church Lane heading to the Cup Final at Wembley (This was before there were Motorways).
    ….but now I’m retired and live in the Okanagan lakes and wine country (BC, Canada)
    Call me Ogopogo.

  26. I also attended Roe Green in about 1949, then went to Mount Stewart and then to Kinsbury County from about 1955 to 1963. I suppose my main achievement was being part of the Stage hands group and helping organise the stage hands parties. Happy days.

  27. I have so many fond memories of Kingsbury. As they say the best years of your life. I went to Kingsbury Green Primary School (the same year as Roy Brooks and then Claremont Secondary – I have the school photots and Roy is in it! I met my best friend Wendy King who lived at the bottom of Slough Lane and me at the top end. I left in 1972 and now live in Sussex, but Kingsbury as it used to be with Barn Hill and the cows chasing us when we were trying to have a picnic still brings a smile. My father giving me and my brother a shovel everytime a horse went past and the milk delivered by horse and cart and not forgetting the rag and bone man.
    Such happy days indeed.

  28. What a great site. I also remember the outside stairs on the 79 bus. Lived in Ash Tree Dell and attended Olly Golly 48 – 54. Then moved to Highcroft on Springfield estate and after 11+ went to KCGS from 54 – 61. Now live in Perth, Australia but still keep in contact with old Kingsburians around the world and attended the 1st Class of ’54 reunion on 1982. Looking forward to seeing more posts from those in my era.

  29. Hi Jag Brings back good times we lived at Kingsbury Green T.A.Centre went to Fryant then onto Tylers leaving in 1956 Danny Axten head master.dont think the old drape would fit now remember going down Bens Cafe ,youth club at Kingsbury County school ,Great days

  30. barry u beat me to this by a week !! was just about to say how i met up with your sis monica 2 yrs agp after 35 yrs , but u know that because u helped it happen , went back to kingsbury in 2011 and was dissapointed and surprised at what i saw !! so methinks old memories are often the best memories ,and barry gthe drape definatly wouldnt fit now lol , love reading this site .

  31. Mum says she lived at 56 Princes Avenue in the 20s and 30s. I am looking for some record of the school she attended which she calls Kenton College (or school). She loved the headmaster at the time and I would love to be able to give her a picture of the school. Mum turned 90 a few days ago! Great site.

  32. The 79 and the 79A!

    I was at KCGS from 1960-67. Some of the happiest days of my life. I used to ‘go out’ with a girl in the year below me – I won’t mention her name (HAC), but she lived in Colindale and was a lovely person, gorgeous and far too good for me!

    I remember swimming lessons in the freezing Kingsbury pool, rugby at Lindsay Park and cross country at Barn Hill. I walked almost everywhere, but I could take the 79 or the 79A (rarely the 183) from my home in Kenton to Kingsbury and on to Colindale.

    I returned some years ago – it is so different now and the memory is far better than the present reality.

    I remember also how the bus would run even in the thick fog/smog and it had a single fog/spotlight focused on the kerb – it worked really well because there were no cars parked on the road. In truth there were few cars.

    I live sometime in the UK (Herts) and sometime in the US (NH).

    Barrie Higgs.

  33. Hi all I lived @ 35 Dryburgh Gdns(a 10 min walk from home to school) and attended Roe Green junior school from 1953 until 1957 looking @ my school reports today (8/1/14)memories flood back- I had good friends like Neil Singleton who also lived in Dryburgh Gdns and my teachers were 1953 Mr I G Evans 1954 Mr Clifford 1955/56 Mr R Carter 1956/57 Mrs S Wingate and the Headmaster was Mr S Shaw- I recall others in my class such as Miriam Seymour and Stephen Kruger – I then went to Tylers Croft before our family moved to Canterbury – Today I live in Snitterfield a small village outside Stratford Upon Avon so if you rememeber anything that we may have in common pse email me- “Happy Days” Ian Caley

  34. Hi all its Ian Caley again just checking in – Do any of you remember Dryburgh Gdns ? See my above email dated 8/1/14 – Just had a taste of the Roe Green blues” and wanted to see if any of you folks remember “Happy Days” back in the fifties- This site is an exceptional way to re-unite and hopefully some of you may “please” email me your memories of “how it was then” but of course best not to go back physically as fear NOT WHAT WE ALL KNEW FROM THOSE EARLIER – if anyone remembers my ol mate Neil Singleton (also ex Dryburgh Gdns boy)please let me know –

  35. Susan Britton, I remember you well after all these years.

    Do you remember the air raid shelters in the Girls playground?

    Sports teacher Mr Penny dropped me from the school football team because I didn’t behave in Mrs Thomas’ classes.

    Names that come to my mind, Janet McKeon (top of the class at everything), Susan Brotherhood, Barry Dean, Rodney Newman, Terry Burgess, Maurice Lally, Steven Segal etc.

    We lived at 46 Old Kenton Road – my mates being Roger Whittington and David Skilliter.

    Great memories of a uncomplicated childhood.

    Kind regards to you, Susan.

  36. Reading your coments brought Back memories went to oliver gold smith kingsbury 1945 lived in ash tree dell, then went to kingsbury high colindale for short time untill tylercroft school was beeing built i stayed there untill l left at sixteen , it was an easy walk for me up bacon lane. I did go and live in jersey for a while. Then i came to australia in 1978 and have been here ever sincejust outside newcastle n.s.w, i promise to go back
    to kingsbury one day hoping i would remember some ofthe old haunts. If anybody remembers me would love to here from you bbrain

  37. I can beat you all – I was at KCGS when the original head, Mr Tracy was there – we both left in 1949. I remember the first day of the new term in September 1945 being shocked to see Mr Tracey’s hair had turned white. It was said that his family had been killed in a raid during the holidays and his hair turned white ‘over night’ Don’t know how true it was!! I was in Elm house and I, too was good at throwing the cricket ball.Many teachers’ names come to mind. Mr Ryan – physics, Mr Harris – chemistry, Mr Street – Biology, Mr Miles and Mr Young – French, Miss Young, deputy head for the girls etc.

  38. Hi Everybody (and especially Ian Caley, Barrie Higgs and Roy Brooks!),
    I found this super page whilst researuching for a sports book I am working on. I was at KCGS from 58-65 and now live in Germany. Still lucky enough to be running, and also remember Stanfords and Barn Hill of course. I was in that super Roe Green soccer team with John Rowand, Mick Stead and Chrissie Cole, and coached Barrie Higgs a bit in cross-country and race-walking, I think. I lived in Wimborne Drive and Neil Singleton was a good tennis-playing friend who worked for Balfour Beatty for a long while. You might get a contact with him from there, Ian. If anybody wants to write, my mailaddress is wilfholloway@web.de
    All the best, Wilf

  39. I was born VJ day 1945 at 75 Princes Ave l lived there until 1962 with mum/ dad and my 3 older brothers I went to roe green school l remember Ms Hopkins Mr Jamerson Christmas plays Empire days went on to kHs where I remember the teachers were X service men you don’t cheek them I had the cane or slipper .many times .good old days…
    as a kid played tin can tommy in middle of Princes Ave spent many hours at Eaton park on Saturday morning went to the pictures with chips after..Regards vic

  40. Wow what memories. I was at KCGS from Jan1944 – sept 1947. Std 3 – lower 6. Yes Doreen I can remember Messrs Ryan, Street, Harris Miles and Miss Young and Miss Derriman well but I cant place you. Oak house was of course the best house ! I held the Javelin record and my brother who left around 1939. held the boys record. Does anyone know what happened to the Wensley family theat lived directly adjacent to the school also Betty Ambrose , Johnny Bach
    I think we bought buns with BUs from the little shop. Mr Tracey was a fantastic headmaster .
    Happy Memories ++++

  41. Roy Brooks are you the Same Roy that played for the Phoenix football team and we went on a trip where you played football in France and Belgium. My dad was Reg baker?

  42. Hi jag is it possible to let Roy Brooks know that I have left a message for him? Thanks

  43. Hi Wilf great to see your bit above on 5/3/15- I know been in touch already but lovely to hear your news – Did you buy the “Paint it black book” we discussed abt my mate Brian Jones (rolling stones) and of course Charlie Watts who lived round the corner from us.
    Neil Singleton and me been playing catch up with you and Neil suggested we meet up again so when next in UK from Germany pse let us know –

    Myself + Pat (my wife) just back from Dubai 3 weeks + Singapore 3 weeks for our 45th wedding anniv so really feeling chilled out- c u soon and hope Neil jumps on this page soon – bi 4 now – Ian Caley

  44. I attended KCGS between 1952-1957, memories include indifferent teachers, or was it me that was indifferent!
    dough nuts in the morning break, some spectacular girls, their names still resonate, Georgina Doughty, Ann Peters, Betty Stewart, Josie Stead, Joan Staniforth, Form
    teacher Doug Peacock, Sam Houston, Brock the history teacher, Fred Newitt , physics. Miss Timewell, french mistress we all lusted after, fond memories and as someone else said, uncomplicated times. Does any one
    remember the fight with the Tylers Croft boys, a bit of a non event as I recall. Would love to hear from anyone of that time Geoff Wolfenden

  45. I lived for a while at 77 Princes Ave two doors away from the Hughes family the boys were keen on motorbikes and i had problems trying to sleep when i was on night work,I married Jean wilson at no 79 we eventually got a house in the adjacent Bryon Ave where we had three children all went to local schools,
    I myself enjoyed a great childhood in the war years living in the village,also after that a period of time at the Kingsbury Community Centre in Eton Grove park where we had a very succesfull football team all local lads anyone remember?
    Regards Tony Smith
    Left the Kingsbury area in 1974 not far away

  46. Geoff, naughty boy lusting after the delectable Miss Timewell (the timebomb) Hope you didn’t upset Mr Cowie
    Great times 1952 – 59 Sam Harris Chemistry set me on 50 years enjoyable work
    Some memories have faded as I can’t remember busses on Princes Avenue and surely outside stairs disappeared long before 1952

  47. Hello Elaine, Many years since that 1968 Blankenberg, Belgium trip with the Phoenix FC. Great times, eh? Remember a team mate called Mick who was rather keen on you if my memory serves me right. Your cousin used to date my best mate Johnny Rowand – how I miss those riotous days. I used to drive the worst car in the UK in those days, a 1915 Hillman Minx. No heater, quicker downhill than uphill, I don’t think I impressed too many people with that pile of rust! Played soccer in a declining fashion until the age of 42 then retired and started to play golf. Never mastered the game whilst my lad plays in a carefree fashion and makes me feel inadequate. It’s called lack of talent I’m told. I got married in Kingsbury 1971, had three kids and eventually divorced in 2004. Anyway, I still enjoy good health and have successfully adapted from a struggling soccer player to a struggling golfer! Best Wishes, Elaine – how did your life work out?

  48. Hi, found this site while looking for info on Roe Green school. I lived at 55 Dryburgh Gardens and went to Roe Green and then to Claremont for a fews months. My family and I all moved to NY long island in October 1966. I remember Mr Shaw the headmaster and one of my teachers Miss Walters.

  49. Hi Roy am very surprised to see you have replied as I left that message almost a year ago. I remember the trip to Belgium very well. Can’t remember Your roommate I thought you shared a room with Johnny. Do you remember the journey home on the coach I think we sat together joining in with Terry(I think that was his name) singing Deliha. I am sure we went for a drink and we went in your car it must have been the Hillman. I married Mick in 1970 we had one daughter sadly Mick passed away in 2001. I now live in Hertfordshire. Did you ever get a E Mail from Jag who runs this site as he said he was going to get in touch to tell you l had left a message. I see from earlier comment you are living in Australia have you ever been back? I hope you are enjoying life there. Good to hear from you.

  50. Hi Roy if you ever get to read my message you can contact Jag as he has got my email address and it would be easier to catch up by email than this site as you never get notification that messages have been left.

  51. Hi, just found your blog. Very interesting to read the comments. I was at Kingsbury Green Primary School from 1953 thru 1959. I lived on Crundale Ave at the back of the underground station.
    I remember Olive Wren being the head and have many happy memories of the area growing up. I remember the bomb site that later became Woolworth’s where we used to play and the area at the back of the parade of shops where we used to play.
    Anyone go to the school during my time?
    Clive

  52. Clive, I attended Kingsbury Green 1953 to 1958, probably a year ahead of you.

    Mrs. Wren’s son Christopher was in my class. When I read St Pauls Cathedral was built by Christopher Wren, I thought it was a mighty effort for a Primary school lad!

    Staying in Kingsbury at present with my partner on a five month holiday from Australia. Greatly disappointed with what I’ve found. Dirty, littered with gardens generally unkempt. Not quite what I experienced during my privileged childhood.

  53. Hello Brian Hamdorff Iremember you at Olly Golly MissLintons class.Your desk was next to the window ?You say you would like to come back to Kingsbury its not that lovely place we once knew. I went to the schools you mention but do not remember you. I had Mr Davis andMr Hodge. Also on this leave a comment is Michael Streeter he was in my class at Olly Golly.Now lives inOkangan Lakes B C canada do you remember him. All The Best michael.

  54. Hi all, just found this blog while looking for old class mates names. I went to Roe Green and Kingsbury C grammer from RG 1941 t0 1948 then KCG 1948 to 1952.
    Brings back old memories. My inlaws lived in Dryburg Gdns ,and neil singleton mentioned by ian caley is my nephew!
    Yesterday I met an old school friend from KCG who was a best friend then had not met for 64 years! Sadly met at a funeral in Stanmore. Stanfords was open all through the war, used to buy licorice wood, as sweets where rationed. Remember the old teachers mentioned. My husband also went to KCG. i lived in Brinkburn Gds, i have relations who also went to KCG in the 1930, one of whom is still alive1
    great to read comments on here

  55. Morning all from a chilly Dec 2016-
    Still addicted to all the efforts everybody sends in and like many of you still have a massive admiration for all who have contributed-
    Like all of you say Kingsbury still is in my mind butg have a feeling not what it was back in the early 50s when I attended Roe Green-
    Much of my life today is spent on business travels all over the world and “honestly speaking”
    I admire all of you that live in places sucxh as Aus/Can/U.S + places all over the world – !
    “But how is it” that Kingsbury + Roe Green still is uppermost in all our minds + memories !!
    You can see above that I have been “on line” to all participating ex Roe Greeners and it does my heart good to to hear your stories –
    Wherever you are in the world please keep me posted (inc Jag etc) and my friend Wilf Holloway + Neil Singleton – BEST RGDS TO YOU ALL – from Ian Caley.

  56. HELLO PAULINE MARTIN-

    Incredible to have just read your mail above to route 79-
    My wife(Patricia) and I had lunch with Neil and his wife Marcie a few months ago in London.
    I had been trying to meet Neil again after some 30 years and finally located him in South London.
    I myself was raised @ 35 Dryburgh Gardens directly opposite to Neil across the road.
    In fact Neils Nan lived next door to 35 (Mr+Mrs Johnson)- bet you will remember them?
    I attended Roe Green school from 1953 until 1957.
    If you want to make contact with Neil try –
    neilandmarcie@sky.com
    I am living in Stratford Upon Avon and if have time let me know – Will inform Neil abt this info – great to hear from you best rgds and a “Happy Chistmas” to you and your family -Very best rgds Ian Caley.

  57. Hello Pauline-
    Incredible to have just read your mail above.-
    My wife(Patricia) and I had lunch with Neil and his wife Marcie a few months ago in London.
    I had been trying to meet Neil again after some 30 years and finally located him in South London.
    I was raised @ 35 Dryburgh Gardens directly opposite to Neil across the road.
    In fact Neils Nan lived next door to 35 (Mr+Mrs Johnson)- bet you will remember them?
    I attended Roe Green school from 1953 until 1957.
    If you want to make contact with Neil try –
    neilandmarcie@sky.com
    Will inform Neil abt this info – great to hear from you best rgds and a “Happy Chistmas” to you and your family -Very best rgds Ian Caley.

  58. Just wondering what happened to all those at Roe Green 1946 -52 and KCGS 1952-59?
    I grew up in Brampton Road, moved to Wembley 1955 Fond memories of the schools and area especially waiting at the bus stop for a certain young lady to arrive.
    Alan

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