I remember “The Parade” of Chandler’s Ford well. It is along Bournemouth Road, coming from Southampton, just past the School Lane lights, down past the advertising hoardings. It’s the row of shops on the left before you get to Hursley Rd.
At that time, the Butchers shop where I worked was the first on the left, L.S. Horn, next was Lowmans the bakers, then I think it was the Lloyds Bank, Jenkins sweet shop, G.H.Baker & Sons, and grocers. I can’t remember the next one or maybe two shops, and at the end it was Mr Perrot’s fishmonger.
On the opposite side coming down at the top of Chalvington Road end, was F. W. Wainwright, chemist, Mr Tupper (another sweet shop) / tobacconist then I think it was the NatWest Bank, the Post office and a little haberdashery shop that sold cotton, silks, and needles etc.
When I was growing up the old original first school was still standing. Selwood were already there. School Lane then was just a dirt track going down to the fields. The only things going down there then was Mr Fortune’s tractors!!
Oh and there were allotments on both sides, and Dad had one down there. Dad also rented the bit behind the advertising boards at the top of the lane. There was a bit of land there, and Dad had chicken and rabbits there during and after WWII, and also grew some vegetables.
There was a garage where he kept his Ford motor car reg, No. BPJ 364. We used to go out for day trips in it during the summer.
School Lane in the 1950s
Growing up in Chandler’s Ford in the late 1940s and 1950s, I remember Station Lane was just cobble stones.
There was a big “Railway” type gate just past the last of the houses which went right across the road and usually locked, but we used to climb over to get to the fields and river at the bottom, where the car park now is that was F.H.Dean’s coal yard.
He had the big shop on Hursley Road. His men would fill and load the sacks of coal onto the lorries for delivery.
I can remember behind the old school at the top of School Lane (Selwood) there was a row of cottages we called Black cottages. They were all black and I believe they were made or covered with corrugated iron.
I remember my girl friend (while we were still at North End school) – her friend lived there and we played in the old brickfield together. I wonder if she is still in Chandler’s Ford? She lived in Bournemouth Road opposite The Hut Hotel. I would go with her on her evening paper round, and I always remember there was a farm (and cottages) up behind Hendy’s.
Remember the Railway Children?
I remember the Railway station and the Station Master’s house.
It was on the Romsey side of the station’s waiting room and ticket office (or UP line if you are a Railwayman!). You could buy a ticket to anywhere in the country from there.
The Station Master was Mr Horton. His son Alan was my age and we played together a lot when young. We would stand on the bridge, which was over the river on the other side (or Down line) watching and waving at the trains. Everybody who has seen the classic film The Railway Children with Jenny Agutter , Alan and I were doing it in the 50s.
The magic of electricity
Of course we had no television in those years, nor telephone or bathroom. We had coal fires, gas cooker and the very old Aga type for hot water. We had a tin bath hung up outside. Bath night was Saturday, and being the youngest of four, I was always last in! And I had to use a candle to go up the stairs to bed. There was an outside toilet – coal hole on the back of the house.
We finally moved halfway into the 20th century in 1956 when we had electricity. It was like magic. I ran round every room switching all the lights on and off, so earning a “thick ear” from Mum for wasting electric (wonder if that’s why I became an electrician in the Navy), and finally the bathroom was put in at about 1964 (while I was in the Navy).
The outside toilet coal hole and an adjoining inside pantry were converted in the indoor bathroom and toilet having to go through the kitchen to it. Our house was rented from a Mr Purkiss, a name very synonymous with various “legends” of Chandler’s Ford.
Some precious family photos
I have a photo of our house taken in the 60s. I have also found a photo of an outing from the Working Men’s Club in a bus, from the 1920s or 1930s.
In this photo below, our house was No 2; No 1 on right of photo. It’s a terrace of 3 , then a gap, and another terrace of 5 called Knightwood View, and they are all still there , but not much of a “ view “ of Knightwood anymore I guess.
Here is a photo of Chandler’s Ford British Legion Band – 1925. My Dad was in the second row, far right with a trumpet.
Here are two photos featuring two outings of Chandler’s Ford Working Men’s Club.
Credit: All family images by Roger White.
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