Category Archives: Shops

SEEDY CLUBS AND DIVES OF NOTTING HILL 1956 – 1970

Prologue: In June I curated and led a walk around W.10 and W.11 focusing on this topic. I was conscious that the establishments we covered by no means constituted a comprehensive list so I am posting my working notes from … Continue reading

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The northern end of Portobello Road

Recently I was sent some memories of Portobello Road, so I am taking the opportunity of posting them together with some photos of the shops concerned (taken much later in 1970). Rita’s memories of Portobello in the 1930s I was … Continue reading

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A Second hand Clothing shop in Portobello Road by Pat Terry and Mick Kasmir.

Our stepfather Alfred Kasmir came over to England when he was six from the Ukraine with his parents and sister, Regina. We have not got a lot of the history of this time except that his father Isaac bought a … Continue reading

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Kensal Road and beyond before Trellick Tower, part 2

Two places where I deposited some of my pocket money – the Post Office and, to the left, Wardle’s sweet shop. When Dad thought I was more responsible, he started giving me pocket money. He was paid monthly and thought … Continue reading

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Kensal Road before Trellick Tower

I lived in Kensal Road from when I was born in 1953 until 1966, for two years at number 87 and eleven years at number 89, so it might seem like a world class act of procrastination that I didn’t … Continue reading

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Record Shops around Portobello

North Kensington has always had musical connections.  From the Welsh and the Irish to the West Indians and the Hippies. All kinds of music found a home here.  So it is no surprise there were a lot of record shops. … Continue reading

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Memories of Schooldays in Lancaster Road – Part 2

Harvey recalls Solomon Wolfson Jewish Primary School. I attended the Solomon Wolfson Jewish Primary School in Lancaster Road, W11 from September 1951, aged 4 1/2 until July 1958 aged 11 1/2. There were two entrance gates to the school on … Continue reading

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Golborne before Trellick Tower, part 2. More memories of the 1950s and 1960s from Gwen Nelson

To say North Kensington in the 1950s and 60s was a rough area would be a gross understatement.  It was an out and out working class area and had been ever since it was turned from farmland to residential in … Continue reading

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Golborne before Trellick Tower. Gwen Nelson (nee Martin) recalls the 1950s and 1960s.

We – myself and my parents Victor and Gerry (aka Vicky) Martin, moved to Golborne Road from Lambeth in 1952. After returning from being a POW in Stalag VIIIA, Lamsdorf and being demobbed Dad had never settled into a job … Continue reading

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