Mrs Pauline Latarche adds 'Mary LATARCHE is in the back-row fourth from the left'.
John James identified Rita KEYES
Wendy Todd (nee Biggs) adds '... as well as Brenda and myself and others mentioned in the caption, I recognised Pat DIGBY and Sheila OWDEN. (Pat is front extreme left and Sheila is six along from her.) They lived next door to each other across the road from Brenda. (I think the Sheila ELDON listed is the Sheila OWDEN I remember!)
She married but I can't remember her married name. I know Brenda often did
some baby sitting for her as Sheila and her husband lived with Mr. & Mrs.
Owden for quite a while.
It also looks rather like my little Grandma
WILLIAMS standing, with the hat, fifth from the right. She lived in Chiswick
though, so unless she was visiting for the day, I can't be absolutely sure
it is her!
These are other names I can remember who may or may not be in the photo. or
mentioned in the caption. Rita KEYES & Margaret KELLY (who were good
friends), Ann RANDALL (who married Maynard MARTIN), Raymond WRIGHT, Ray MASLIN (who lived next door to Georgina &
Colin KEEPING for a while), John EBORN and Susan & Virginia NASH (both
families lived next door to us) and Roy BLACKWELL who lived next door to
Also Ray DOREY (whose father ran Dorey's the builders) whom Kath once
counted amongst her many boyfriends! Christabelle BEAZLEY (who lived next
door to Brenda). I believe Rita WILTSHIRE also lived in the road. Reni JONES
(real name Verena POSHOFER) plus her brother Manfred and their family lived
for a while in the 'big house' which I understood to be a lodging house.
Also of course, there was Dave MARSHALL, who ended up living in Australia!
Then there was Mr. & Mrs. WARD who ran the Post Office and had a son and
daughter - Jean and Graham? Jean married and also lived in our road. She had
a boy and a girl who attended St. Paul's School when Mum was the secretary
there. There were also the corner shops, one I remember was called
WOOLGAR's and another was COTTLES and there was the bootmenders, but I can't
remember the name. The PARKER family, I think, lived with the Woolgar's for
a while, I believe they were related. They had a teenagers, a girl who was
possibly called Margaret and a boy whose name escapes me.
The 1935 OS Map shows Hamilton Road ran off Windmill Road in an east by north east direction: the properties on the northern side backed on to the railway and those on the southern side backed on to Clifden Road, which was built up later. The properties were mainly larger than average terraces with a few semi-detached houses. All had a small front garden and larger back garden.
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Published March 2009; last updated May 2020