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Friday, 6 March 2009

The street where I lived on the Cuckoo estate

The Street where I lived

Hi Cuckooites ,do us a favor and tell us where you lived on the Estate,We have had so many new members visiting the website we thought this would be a way for folks to introduce themselves.You can mention your family and your Neighbours.Give it a go we would love to know more about you.
Editor.

14 comments:

Tommy said...

Tommy Higginbottom,
67 Cuckoo Avenue.I lived there from 1937 to to 1962.Our neighbours where the Daleys,Weeks,Bigerstaff and the Dyers.My friends where Maurice Field,Lenny Dyer,Alan Markwell,Robbie Bruce,Brian Bellemy,Charlie Biggerstaf,Freddy French.Girls where Sylvia Lewington,Francis Culver,Joanie Woolford,Junie Culver,Eileen Shelley.

Del said...

Del.
Derek Southon.
Lived at 48 Greatdown road, 1936/64.Neighbours were, Andrews, Marks, Jenkins, Knight and Souter.

john corsham said...

John Corsham
Born at 9,Laurie Road youngest of seven,twin of Eric and broher of Dennis,Doris,Vic, Vi, & Bill.
Lived there until 1962.
Neighbors were-Jeffries-Moons -Robinsons-Jordons-Byfords -Stredders -Finnimores-Wellans-Rays & Jobes.
Remember many happy times with all the boys & girls in the Church Lads & Girls Brigade.Have been in touch with a few thanks to Tommy & The Cuckoo`its web site,anybody that remembers the Corshams it would be nice to exchange a few memories.

Regards to you all.

John C.

grace said...

Grace Bolton 76 Greatdown Road from 1936/7 to 1948 neighbours Dormer Makepeace Woodwood Hrrington,Garrets Price Haley Redgrave Hemmings there were more boys than girls in our part so my friends came from other streets , but there was Patsy Smith Eileen Harrington Olive Hemmimgs .We moved to Upfield when i was 18 so i was,nt a sreet Urchin any more. My younger sister,s would know more about who they had as friends.

Grace said...

Grace again I new Dell sister Doreen and new of Dell and some of his neighbours.

Val B said...

Val Brooks, nee Bailey.
Lived at 4, Hillyard Road,sister Edna and brother Ken. Parents moved there in 1936, I was born in 1941. Mum still lived there until 1991 then she went into a nursing home.
Neighbours were Manley, Hart, Blanchett, Scarborough,Michael, Richards, Perry, Eaton.
My best friends were Val Eaton from No 23 and Margaret Ansell from 45 Westcott Crescent. We still see each other to this very day.

bob stevens said...

Bob Stevens,
17 Upfield Road, 1938-1959
Neighbours were.
13 Lillians,
15 Ferns,
19 Landrigans,
21 Kelly
23 Neat's
25 O'Leary
27 Palmers
I know Grace and Beryle "Bolton" Number 4 are contributors, does anyone know where Brian O'Leary is nowadays.?

yvonneh said...

Yvonne Phipp nee Holt,
Sister Joan,Brothers Brian and Paul. Born 1940. Lived at 11 Brants Walk till 48 then moved to 62 Upfield Road, neighbours, Davis's, Hancocks, Webbs, Cobbold, Crush, Clements, Eggins, Allens, Cargills and Bevans. Friends Ann Jones Upfield, Margaret Webb Templeman, Ann Williamson, bordars, marjorie spiller harp road,Ethel walker Lyle crescent, helena rogers and dorothy prior Wescott crescent. To name but a few, lots of friends were also boys

Maurice Field. said...

Maurice Field ,91 Cuckoo ave,
neighbours,Haynes,Shelveys,Woolfords,Bataglias,Culvers,Olivers.

Anonymous said...

sus boyce{shelvey}
we lived in Wakling Road from when i was about 5 or 6 untill i was 16
when we lived in wakeling owe neighbours were Win Grainger and her familyat no.10, then the Beennets at no 8, the Holts, the Thomas Family and at no. 2 was the Mcneils on the other side of the road the moors not sure who loved next to them , then the Bunce family not sure the name of ther nerghbour the there was an old lady called kate who enjoyed a drink then the last house was Mrs. Willett,When we were kids we had such good times we often upset kate and mrs willet by making to much noise, but we all helped each other out we would often do gardening for the older neighbours or we would do shopping if they could not get out one day kate broke her hip every one in the street would take it in turns to make sure she always had a hot meal and a cup of tea this is somthing people dont do any more

Ted baker said...

Ted baker. lived at No 73 westcott crescent 1940 to 1960 moved over the road to 94 bigger house, the foxes lived here till they moved away. neighbours in the same gate the murphys 71. 75 the Healeys 77 the bakers. not same as me.i moved away in 1968 to norwood green middx.

tags said...

I lived next door to Maurice Field's family, the kids I knew were:

Alan(Ginger)Fields, Paul&Peter Culver, Janet,Sylvie&Brenda Fields,
Ray&Flossie Shelvey, The Impys, Bellamys,French's,Alan&Roy Markwell,Philip&Mary Morris,Eddie(Flappers)Woolford & Nancy, Gracie Oliver, Maggie Ditch, David Conquest, The Haynes family, The Chapmans, The Kennedys, The Clancys, Yvonne Holt, Ronnie Dews,
Tony Moody, Tony Munday, Terry Sullivan, Sidney Moore, Sally & Angela Ware, Norman Bridle, Nobby Wooley ....oh and lots and lots more of 'em too.

tags said...

and ...Brian Jones of course.

Anonymous said...

My family all have lived on the Cuckoo Estate... My Mum Daphne Hennessy nee Taylor and her brother Peter lived at 157 Framfield Road in the 1940's and both went to Hobbayne School on Greenford Avenue... My Mum & Dad David Green lived at 97 Westcott Crescent with my little sister Dawn in the 70's then Mum and Dad divorced and we moved to 12 Laurie Road opposite the Corshams....Mum knew them quite well and Im still in contact with Vi and her husband Tom who still live at number 9...Unfortunately Mum passed away last year but she would have loved this website and Im sure she would recognise a lot more names than I do.....Be good to hear from people that remember Mum & Peter...x

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Tommy said...

Was Framfield a part of the Cuckoo estate or was it the last street over from Stevenson .I can not remember.

tags said...

Tommy, I've even read that the whole area was considered to be the Cuckoo Estate, even roads across the other side of the Greenford Avenue. Although technically speaking the privately owned houses were not council houses and looked a lot different in style.
I think Framfield looked different too and Homefarm was the last council house street and was just before it, but it's certainly close enough and well within our bounderies to be considered Cuckooite territory.
What are our bounderies anyway?
There are many Cuckooites living on the old Racecourse in Northolt and some have even cross bred with Kiwi's and are hanging about upside down in Ozzieland.

Ron Ratchford said...

Our family lived in Bordars Walk from around 1947. Neighbours I remember were the Bransfields o'course, the Douglas's of paper shop fame, the Romans, the Stannards, much later came the Mitchells, who moved in one side of us with their drummmer son the late Mitch Mitchell, the Rafferty's were the other side, the Conlons were further down.

Linda said...

I lived at 76 Cuckoo Avenue, I am Linda and my sisters are Eileen and Kay and our surname was French. It would be nice to contact my friend Brenda Field (as she was known)I also had brothers, Philip, Fred, Jack, Terry, Bob and Clive.

John Eggins said...

John Eggins, Upfield Rd,
These are some of my neighbours in the road.
74 Carpenter 79 Searle
72 Palmer 77 Hughes
70 Pearce 75 Lawrence
68 Camm 73 Toomy
66 Mitchell 71 Eggins
64 Webb 69 Cargill
62 Holt 67 Allen
60 Davis 65 Bevan
58 Cobold 63 Crush
56 Hancock
54 Marshall

Sadly Robin Crush No 63 died in a swimming accident at Burnham Beeches swimming pool.
Further down the road was a Mrs Raynor who read the cards.A few more houses down there was a Mrs Lally.
Opposite the railings there was a Francis Ayres, She was a singer in a band, she had a brother.Anyone know about them?

John Eggins

bob stevens said...

Yes I remember too well Ronnie and the accident at Ruislip Lido, think I was about 11 at the time, the boys brigade arranged the day which turned out to be really sad.
Ronnie lived almost opposite Yvonne.

bob stevens said...

John, sorry I was not contradicting your recollection of the accident, in my memory bank I was sure it was Ruislip Lido,please forgive me if it's wrong.

Eileen Connors said...

Eileen Connors

Lived 61 Upfield Road.really brought back memories reading about Ronnie Crush.he lived next door to us at 63,and had gone on a day trip with the Boys Brigade. to Burnham Beeches.as far as I knew. he was never a swimmer.I remember the police arriving. with the news that "Ronnie's body was found on the bottom of the pool.his mother just could not accept the news, she had already lost "Ronnies" elder brother. who had been killed
in the Army. that was such a terrible day. one that I will never forget.

Editor said...

Hi Linda,if you want to send me your email address to editor@cuckooites.org I will send you Brenda Fields email address she will be at the Reuion in Seprember if any of the French family can make it.I worked with Fred at Baxters the Butchers in 1959.Please say Hi to him for me.
Tommy Higginbottom.

Anonymous said...

Maureen Tutton[Foley]
Lived at 38 Westcott our neighbours were the Wakenell family Bucklands Carpenter, Kings,Coral is now contributing.Down the dip as we called it the Barr family who moved and then the Patch family came. Brooks, Shiela Braund and family, opposite were the Triggs, Briders, Gibson Hebdon, Martin, Simpson and Masters the man with the sweet barrow that went around the estate.

Del said...

JohnE and Maureen, was the Cargill a Stephen, and was the Hancock a John? Jim Patch,from Westcott was my brother-in-law. Del.

Val B said...

Maureen, you mentioned the Carpenters. The youngest, Jack, was a very good friend of mine all his life. I don't know the number that he lived at, only know that it was the low numbers of Westcott. Sisters were Renee and Lil, I believe. Jack died about five years ago followed two years later by his wife. They didn't have any children. His only surviving relative is his niece who I am in touch with still.Jack was a wonderful friend to me and I miss him still.

John Eggins said...

Hi Del,

You are right about the names. It was John Hancock, he had two June and Joyce.

Stephen was also right, he had brothers, Brian,Clem,Malcom and Robin.

John Eggins.

Del said...

JohnE, I remember John and Steve from school and I think that John went into the Merchant Navy. Del.

John Eggins said...

Hello Bob Stevens,

I know what you mean when you try to remember things from the past.I rang my brother and sister over the weekend. All I said to them was Robin Crush and both of them said, he's the boy who died at Burnham Beeches.Still who's to say we are right.

John Eggins.

John Eggins said...

Hi Del,

My sister Doreen was a friend of your sister Doreen.My sister used to go round your house and sing with your sister Danny Kaye songs.All the very fast ones which your sister knew all the words.

John Eggins.

Del said...

Sure JohnE, I taught my sister all of those Danny Kaye songs. I'd seen all of his films and even saw him live at the Palladium. Every time that I learned the lyrics from one of my 78s I'd show off to Doreen and she picked them up. When she was much younger she entered the talent show at the Granada Saturday morning rush. She won a bag of Dolly Mixture for singing, "You Are My Sunshine." I seem to remember making short work of them when she got back to her seat. Del

bob stevens said...

Sorry John, I stand corrected.

Anonymous said...

Hi Val B
The Carpenters lived at 34 Westcott next to the King family .Jack was known by his nickname as a youngster but I remember his sisters, they were that much older so didnt mix with us as teenagers.M

Del said...

JohnE, I spoke to my sister Doreen today and she told me that your sister had lived on Hayling Island. Now she would like to contact her, what do you think? Del

yvonneh said...

Hi there, very interested to hear about RONNIE crush it was a really sad time, I remember sitting on the kerb with him in Upfield road and drawing pictures, that is when he told me he was colour blind, I didnt know what that was and puzzled over it for days. It wasnt long after that he got killed and my mum and a few others went around for a street collection, his mum never got over it,John did you have a brother Cyril? Malcom and Robin Cargill I heard passed away at a fairly young age, I always remeber Robins blonde hair and Malcom being a very large chappie. I also remember that one of the Hancocks was a seaman and one night we heard my mum scream from the front bedroom we all woke up to watch my dad catch a little monkey who had climbed up the ivy and into her window, from that day she would never go to sleep with the window open, oh! and the monkey came from the hancocks he had bought it back from abroad.

cyril eggins said...

Hi Yvonne
This is Cyril Eggins
Just been on the site and thought I'd let you know I'm still in the land of the living. I see my bruv John has been in contact. By the way. I remember the mo nkey the Hancock's had.
More later
All the best

yvonneh said...

Nice to hear from you Cyril, remember your mum and dad well. I dont know if you remember our sister Joan, she used to stand at the gate and talk to everyone who went past. I always remember the elderly lady always dressed in black with an old fashioned hat on,who used to stop and have a chat with her. She lived at the bottom of the road, never did know her name. Do you remember Roy England whos parents moved in next door to you in the same gateway. The paymans who lived next to them, I remember violet and lil all the lads were after lil as she was stunning. Im running away with myself again speak to you soon

Anonymous said...

yvonne yes l do remember your sister, l think she enjoyed being at the gate so she could see what was going on and chat .Sadly Roy next door passed away some years ago. Yvonne was it your brother Brian who could turn his eyelids up and make them stay up? No dont remember the Paymans. Do you remember these nick names? MICKY RAT. TUSKY RAT. and NOBBY.

tara said...

does any1 remember the clancy family that lived at number 40 cuckoo avenue, my nan was 1 of the youngster that grew up there,doris or lilian clancy later known as ellingham.my mum now lives there susan hickey aka known as ellingham.if any1 here remembers my family from the good old days pls let me know.

Tommy said...

Tara,everyone remembers the Clancey's so many of them,two of the girls still live in Luarie Road and where on the site a lot last year.Not sure what happened to the boys I do know Joe is in Australia,Tell us more about your family.

yvonneh said...

hi Cyril
You forgot bighead, Adrian was turned out by the council when his mum died, I helped him to stay in the house he had been born in. As he didnt know what to do. I dont know whether he is still there. but Brian, his brother, was keeping an eye on him.
Yes it was Brian, he used to chase the girls when he blinked his lids up. They all used to scream and run. When we lived in Brants walk my mum put him outside the door in his pram, he was about 10 months old.the persons on the top floor threw their ashes over the balcony and he had to have his eyes washed
out and ever since then he could turn his eyelids inside out. Sadly he died a couple of years ago, he had a lung removed about 12 years ago so he did get an extra lease of life. At least he made the first reunion, as you can see dressed as charlie, he never stopped larking around, the proverbial Peter Pan but he was a super brother. We also lost Joan she had a brain tumour. If you look at the initial days of the site you will see photos of her brian and myself.

John Eggins said...

Hi Del,

I will get in touch with my sister Doreen tomorrow who now lives in Fareham.She doesn't have a computer

John Eggins.

Del said...

That's okay, neither does my sister Doreen. Looks like snail-mail for them. I knew Fareham quite well as my old army buddy lived along the creek. We used to take part in the Fareham Chase, which involved every pub and a fast pint in each before the chasers caught up. I seem to remember that there were a helluva lot of pubs there back in the fifties. Del

jim davis said...

Hi Tara I knew all of the boys quite well. Terry, Roy, Joe, Paul, Dickie and Jimmy. I knew them all but Perhaps Paul and Dickie more than the others. The last I heard they were all alive and kicking except Paul, as you know he died a few years back. Paul was in my class at school and we were friends. Whenever we had an argument he used to say to me, "I am older than you so I must be right" He was only 12 days older than me and yet he said that time and again. It got up my nose somewhat, but I had to smile as I do now whenever I think of it. What makes me smile more though, saying that backfired on him in a big way. After which he never said that again. In those days all young men had to do two years National Service in the army after becoming eighteen. Paul and I were fast coming up to that when the Government decide to stop the call up. People that was born up to and including 30 Sept 1939 were the last group to go in. Poor Paul that day was his birthday. Me 12/10/1939 I missed it by 12 days. Boy did he moan, but I at last was able to say. " That is only fair Paul because you are older than me." he did not see the humor in that at the time. Now Dickie and his first wife Ann, I used to see them quite a lot, as my wife at that time Wendy, was and still is a close friend of Ann but that is another story. Finally I must mention Paul Ellingham, I knew him well and it was sad when he passed away.

John Eggins said...

Del,

Have just passed my sisters address on to Tommy. I have asked him to pass it on to you.

John Eggins.

Del said...

Okay, John, I'll pass it on when I hear from Tommy. Thanks a lot, Del.

Tommy said...

Jim I will say you do tell a very good story