Thursday, 6 January 2011

All Manor Of Memories

Blog reader Richard writes:

"I  was searching for details of the POW camp in the  Worcester Park area and was directed to the September 2009 postings and was very interested to read the comments about the Manor Drive area, and would like to add my memories.
I was born at 141 Manor Drive in December 1941, and started at Malden Parochial School in January 1947.  My way to school was via the alley way which lead from The Manor Drive to the school.  I left in July 1952, and if my memory is correct I always went to school that way i.e The Manor Drive was not extended to Church Road before  July 1952.
The land where Paddock Close and adjoining roads now stands was then a green space.  It had been allotments in the 1939 - 1945 war but these had been abandoned at the end of the war and was a playground for me and my friends i.e. football in the winter, cricket in the summer.
With regards to memories of the war, my wife who lived in South Lane, New Malden, remembers seeing a POW when out with her mother.  I can remember seeing bomb damage at the arcade opposite the Plough and in Highdown, probably in the V1/V2 era.  I also believe houses were damaged at the top of Manor Drive."