Your Comments ...
Since starting this site I have received many complimentary emails ( mainly from abroad ) which I greatly appreciate.
Listed below are some older comments ...
- Email Date: 09/03/13
"Your website brought back many happy memories of Sidcup, where I had memories of Orchard and Oakleigh Roads. Now living in France, I suddenly wondered why on earth Sidcup would have a road called Marechal Niel Parade ? I realise that Napoleon III lived in Chislehurst, but think Neil was dead before he arrived there."
- Barry Collins ( France )
- Email Date: 12/10/06
"I was looking through your site on Sidcup because I was there last year about this time. You mention a Sidcup Castle in sunny Australia. I spent most of my school holidays in that very building. My step-grandfather's correct name is Harold Earnest Douglass; he was very specific about the double S.
The house he built was a rambling wooden structure of three levels; the top being an attic. What I believe your Sidcup inspired was the shape of some of the rooms. They were octagonal. I never entered any of the homes in your Sidcup but noted the three-sided bits that stuck out. Harold also worked his way to Oz as a ship's carpenter and jumped ship in Brisbane.
Hope you find this interesting."
- Dennis Bowden ( Australia )
- Email Date: 07/05/06
"Just found your website which brought back childhood memories. Born in Woodlands Ave in 1941, moved to Longlands Road 1947 (large house on left by post box now demolished for flats). Went to Halfway St Infants, Burnt Oak Lane Juniors, Alma Rd Secondary then to Chislehust and Sidcup Tech with the awesome Miss Anderson as Headmistress!! Commuted on the 'cattle-truck' trains (sometimes on the double-decker) to Charing Cross. Remember Lamorby Church being rebuilt, The Glade park and Cocky the Cockatoo in an aviary at Sicup Place. Left home in 1967 and have revisted once a couple of years ago to a Days Lane Baptist Church reunion.. Wonderful memories!! Thank you."
- Carol Ross ( Milton Keynes )
- Email Date: 22/01/06
"Congratulations on a fine site! I was born in the front room (study) at 59 Marlborough Park Avenue in 1939, and grew up playing around the parks of Marlborough and Willesley and schooled at a kindergarten in Burnt Oak Lane, the school at the Convent near the High Street, "Pernovena" - a school run by Ted Grant originally near Blackfen then in what I think was called Station Road (or Hurst Road?), and finally at Merton Court which was somewhere near that Convent."
- Bruce ( New Zealand )
- Email Date: 18/01/06
"Have just found your web site. I went to the Central Boys School and later was a projectionist in the Regal Cinema in the High Street during the war. I wonder if it is still there?
Thanks again Steve for reminding me of some very happy times in Sidcup."
- Reg Pain ( Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia )
- Email Date: 06/01/05
"Fine site. It brings good memories to me. I used to spend several weeks every year in Sidcup, learning English from the age of 14. I still have friends there and I'm very pleased I have found your site which reminds me of these holidays. I think I will always keep Sidcup somewhere in my head and in my heart."
- Jean Pierre Lahutte ( Avignon, France )
- Email Date: 02/05/03
"I left Sidcup over 50 years ago to join M.N. The photos brought back many memories for me.
Wonder if Burnt Oak Lane School is still in use ? Mr Day was headmaster in 1939.
Use to stop at sweet shop in Halfway St just past the drill hall where I remember seeing territorial troops getting on double Decker buses to go to France. Further along the road was The Black Horse pub and a sweet shop and tobacconist near the old cottages which was on the way home to Willersley Close. Going towards the railway station was a church and cinema which were hit by a doodle bug during the war. So the site you set up was very interesting.
Wish you all the best with your effort."
- Tony Henbrey ( New Zealand )
- Email Date: 20/08/02
"In Proston about 90 kilometers from Kingaroy there is a house built by a local man that came from Sidcup Kent. His name was Harold Eward Douglas he left England when he was 17 and emigrated to Australia. He was a carpenter. He missed Sidcup and built this house somewhere between 1928-1930 now known as Sidcup Castle . It has been built room by room as the years have gone by and has a maize of 17 rooms and now is being restored."
- Annette ( Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia )
- Email Date: 06/06/01
"Thank you .... I was born and raised near the Oval on Sherwood Park Avenue and went to Blackfen girls school. I have lived in California since 1961 but my heart is still in Sidcup. It was so lovely to see the pictures.I will be home for a few weeks and will be in Sidcup for a few days.My family now lives in Aldershot ... but will spend a couple of days with a friend that used to be my neighbour on Sherwood Park Avenue.
Keep up the good work. "
- Wendy Bennyworth
( San Carlos CA ).
- Email Date: 06/04/01
"Just thought I'd email you to say how much I have enjoyed your site. It was nice to find a site all about Sidcup.
I love the pics as well and the links are really handy. Keep up the good work."
- Sarah ( Blackfen, Sidcup ).
- Email Date: 31/01/01
"Greetings Steve, I enjoyed your information on Sidcup. I have visited there several times and will be back in February.
Best wishes, Connie in Colorado."
- Email Date: 20/01/01
Craig Hartwig from New Zealand -
"Great site, keep up the good work. I have relations buried there and current distant relations living there."
- Email Date: 13/06/00
"Congrats on the website.
... Keep up the good work, it's the best thing I've seen on Sidcup." - Tony Stayne
- Email Date: 24/04/00
"Very interesting to read so many facts about local places of interest - well done." - Nicky Warren
- Email Date: 13/02/00
"I cannot believe I have found a web-site on Sidcup.
Nobody has even heard of the damn place and I've lived here nearly 30 yrs.
Good on you mate." - Neil ( in Sidcup)
- Email Date: 09/02/00
"I was browsing the net, looking at old haunts when I came across your page. Certainly brings back memories. I emigrated to Canada from the Sidcup area back in 1969, and find that I still miss the place.
Thankyou for posting the photos." - Jennifer Chiang
- Email Date: 09/02/00
"What have you done to me? I was browsing the internet and decided to find out if my old hometown still existed. I left Sidcup in 1954 for Southampton and then onto the Queen Elizabeth for a trip to New York.
... My parents owned a Fish and Chip shop in Sidcup and we lived on Longmeadow Road ...
My oh my, what a thrill it was to see a photograph of the hospital to which I donated my appendix those many years ago. Your web site brought my memories flooding back including my time at the plant on Footscray.
Keep up the good work You have made my day."
- Marjorie Thomas
- Email Date: 15/01/00
"Thanks for the web site with the images of Sidcup; it's an interesting,
historic spot with some quite beautiful buildings ( I grew up there in
the 1950's and 60's) and deserves to be better known."
- Andrew Hanson ( University of Florida )
© Steve Hadlow - MMXIII.
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