Memory Lane Archive

Peckham Rye Mission

From: John Smith Irby-in-the-Marsh I wonder if anyone can help me to find some of my friends from the 1950s? I have a 1953 photo of three of my friends: Brian Turner, John Hatherley and Dickie Drane. We all went to the Peckham Rye Mission Youth Club. If anyone else remembers the Youth Club, and

Christ Church, Old Kent Road

From: Mrs F.S. Marriner (née Green) Chichester When I lived in Peckham I remember Ranyard nurses calling each week for a small donation, to keep their work going. Christ Church hall in Friary Road was used by Brownies and Guides during the 1930s and the war. In the thirties Brownies, Guides and Scouts met monthly

Manure collectors!

From: Ken Cook by email I lived in Athenlay Road, Nunhead, from my birth in 1941 until the day I was married in 1962. Some of the older residents still referred to our neighbourhood as “Waverley Park”. When I was young there was still a lot of horse-drawn traffic on the roads, such as the

Elcot Avenue Scrapyard

From: Kath Corbitt by email I was interested in the letter about the scrapyard in Fenham Road. As a child during the thirties I took rags, newspapers and empty jam jars that I collected from various households in the area to Dick’s scrapyard in Elcot Avenue where the proprietors were Harry Fuller and his wife.

Davey Brothers

From: Andrew Parfitt I came across your details on The Peckham Society website and wondered whether you would be interested in the following snippet of local history. My maternal grandfather, Alan Mould Davey, was born in 1915 at 19 Piermont Road. His father and Fred Davey, his uncle, ran a tailoring business at 214-216 Rye