The Kingswood Estate Gang in the 1940s

Tony Atkins

While the memories are still coming may I continue with my times living on the Kingswood Estate. We were called the Kingswood estate gang in those days, and we would be found over Woodside playing about most of the time. Our main tasks were to find pop bottles and return them to KENTS the newsagents and post office, to earn a penny or two on the deposit. Kents was a great shop I can still smell the aroma of stationary and Magazines, it was a special smell that remains with you from childhood just like bluebells do when you have played in a wood full of them.

Celebrating the end of the war

In the 40s as children we had all had street parties, to celebrate the end of the war and Fernway was no exception. Our parents placed tables all down our road, and we were all waiting to be waited on with jelly, blancmange and junket, along with a treat ice cream! At the corner of Fernway opposite the spinney that took you past the cemetery and Stanborough park a huge bonfire had been prepared, right in the middle of the road. Radios had been place in front rooms by the windows to provide music that went on for as long as my young mind can remember. The bonfire was ablaze and Mr Picton from round the corner was in charge of fire drill in case of emergencies, along with other men and dads who had been demobbed.

My childhood memories of those I played in the road with and were in our gang were, Alan Dyer, Bobby Cotton, Brian Rawlings, Susan Rawlings, Joyce Rawlings, Colin McCrystal, Stella Leach, Pat Leach Carol Marnie, John Griffin, Brian Dowling, Mary Dyer, the Vaughans, The Phillipsons, Chambers, Horne, The Browns and others who escape me at present (apologies for bad spelling).

Kingswood Kindergarten

Kingswood Estate was wonderful in those days, and going to Kingswood Kindergarten was a great experience. We would have air raid drills and told to crouch up against the corridor walls, or under our desks, In the playground there was an Air raid shelter, but I never went in it. We even had school teas as well as school dinners, the teas were because our mums were working in factories, and picked us up later when they finished work. My mum worked next to the fire station opposite Sheepcote Lane, I think its a garage now. (Next to Woodside that was.)

To conclude this little bit of Kingswood in the 40s, us kids had the times of our lives, playing marbles conkers swapping comics playing cricket between the silver birches teasing neighbours with knock up ginger, that’s knocking doors and running away like mad, and all in the street, wow! My next story may include the Rushden Avenue gang of those times?

This page was added on 18/08/2013.

Comments about this page

  • My is Clive Leach i was born in Fern Way in 1947 the 2 girls mentioned in this page were my sisters Stella and Pat Leach. My older brother was David was born in 1944 sadly Stella and David are no longer with us. It was great to read this Thank You.

    By Clive Leach (07/11/2020)
  • I lived in Hemming way and went to the kings wood junior school.I also had the wartime experience of running across the playing field to get to the shelter.Yes I stayed for tea (the first time I had Marmite sandwiches)when my Mother worked at Dent and Alcroft making airmens flying father was in the Army ofcourse.The estate was not a dangerous place when I lived there,we all played in the street,no cars except the “Green van”well that’s what we called it that came once a week selling a variety of stuff too numerous to list.So sorry if the estate is not as nice as it was,my memories are happy ones..As I am nearly ninety I doubt anyone remembers me.John Bass Bernard Dimmock,The Margraves,and many others.

    By Muriel Jefford, nee, Walker. (18/05/2020)
  • I know Alan Dyer, he is my partners Dad and his Aunt is Mary Dyer. It’s lovely to see their names here.

    By rebecca rickard (01/11/2016)
  • With respect please note and correct my name.It is Tony Atkins not Adkins.
    Thank you.
    Tony Atkins

    By Tony Atkins (30/05/2015)

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