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Southall-History actively solicits and gratefully welcomes any personal recollections, or scans of old photographs of the town, from current and former ‘long-time’ Southall residents.

Building this website on Southall’s past is to a great extent something of a community project, as although the editor can compile numerous facts, figures and even images relating to Southall’s past, page features are afforded a ‘life of their own’ with the addition of personal contributions from old Southallians.

The period covered by Southall-History extends from the earliest times to the mid 1980’s and all contributions will help to build this free resource into a substantial source of interest for anyone interested in Southall as it used to be; in former, perhaps more genteel times.

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  1. On 27th November 1914 my great-uncle John McKenzie of Twickenham, a telegraphic linesman with the GPO, helped to rescue Mrs Eliz Endacott from a fire at 28 & 30 King Street, Southall, where she was ill in bed upstairs, and at Brentford Police Court at an unknown date in 1915 he was awarded a certificate and a guinea by the Society for Protection of Life from Fire. I would be interested to know if there are any contemporary photographs of this address, or any newspaper accounts of the fire (not sure which paper would have covered the area) or of the certificate presentation. Any relevant information will be gratefully received.

    1. Hello Tim,

      Many thanks for your enquiry regarding Endacott’s fire; quite a well known Southall event. Unfortunately, I do not believe that there are any surviving contemporary news narratives – the local paper would have been the Southall Gazette, however, they themselves do not hold archives going back to this period. I am pleased to be able to help you with photos of the fire itself; I believe there to be only two extant, both published in the excellent book ‘The Mayple and Southall Green’ by R.J. Meads. The entire volume is duplicated in full within this website and links to the two pictures are:
      http://www.southall-history.co.uk/history/the-maypole-and-southall-green/42
      http://www.southall-history.co.uk/history/the-maypole-and-southall-green/43
      Unfortunately, even within this and other volumes by the same author, no more than a passing narative of the event is made, nonetheless, I hope that this has been of use to you.

  2. Hi Luke,

    Many thanks for your enquiry and interest in the Southall-History website; I think that the best person to speak to is Paul Lang, the Library Supervisor at Ealing Hospital – I believe that he is an authority on all aspects of St Bernards. The last contact details which I had were: 020 8354 8518. I hope that this will be of assistance and I wish you the very best of luck with your dissertation.

  3. My Ancestors lived in North Hyde from around 1800 through to 1900. Thomas Curnock was a wharfinger as were several of his sons. John Curnock rented Waxlow Farm for fifteen years and I have the origonal lease on vellum.Have any of your members,supporters, any information on the Curnock family that they would share with me?
    Regards Tony Curnock

    1. Hi Tony,

      Thank you for your interest in the website and the fascinating information about your family’s links to Southall. I have published the details that you provided and should any readers contact me with any further information, I will forward this to you immediately.

      I hope that you will continue to pass by the site periodically; it is very much a work in progress in between lengthy work contracts, but I hope to publish the first of many pictorial historical features in the very near future.

      If you have any old images of Southall, or your family in Southall that you would like to have featured on the website, then please let me know and I will be happy to feature them will acknowledgements.

  4. What a really interesting site. I grew up in Southall in the 1960’s. My parents owned the newsagent’s directly opposite the entrance to Southall Park at 99, The High Street on the corner of Park View Road. Sadly pulled down in 1968. My dad had an 8mm camera and used to film various goings on in front our shop such as the Southall carnival parade in 1966 as it approached the park entrance and the “Ban the bomb” march as the protesters left the park entrance in 1967. I might still have the colour footage somewhere. I recall a very sad incident on the zebra crossing in front of the park entrance in about 1967 where a young boy (about 4 years old) was crossing the road from the park with his grandfather towards Holy Trinity church but was hit by a speeding motorist. He was thrown some 20-30 feet down the road and was sadly killed. I witnessed this as I stood on the opposite side of the road. Ironically I recall a road safety centre being built in Southall Park where as a child you could borrow bikes, scooters and little cars. They had traffic signals and a proper road layout as well. It’s where I learnt to ride a bike.

  5. Thanks for this website – I’ve just discovered it. I’m in the UK from Australia doing research and desperately looking for info on my grandfather who died in St Bernard’s Hospital Southall in 1972.

    Just gaining the library supervisor’s name is a big plus.

    If anyone has any ideas on how I can discover where my grandfather’s ashes might be I’d love to hear from them. My family have only just found out who our grandfather was, so any info is valuable.

    regards

    lesley

  6. In the 1950’s I used to live in Humes avenue just off the bostan manor road, most of my family lived in the w7 and Southall, greenford area.

    My uncle son had a shoe repair shop oppisite the Odeon picture house, wouls anybody have any picture of the same around that time?

    Kindest Regards

    Tom

  7. I’m french historian and look for information and photo about a Southall citizen killed in Arras on September 1944 and still buried in the Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery in Arras.
    This officer is Lieutenant Francis George SIMPSON, 4th Royal Horse Artillery dead in Arras on 7th September 1944.
    He is the Son of Francis Edward and Hilda Maud Simpson; husband of Beatrice Maude Simpson, of Southall, Middlesex.
    Thanks
    Laurent

  8. Does anybody have any info about my grandfather, who worked in a bakery in Southall during WW2? He was a Welsh man called Emlyn Morgan, and worked in a bakery in Southall during WW2. Married to Eleanor, also known as Madeline, with a son Brian, born 1941. I never met him. I’m aware of his history up to the point at which he left Wales, but nobody knows what became of him after he and my grandfather split up. Ideally I’m looking for a photograph. Thanks.

  9. I am very interested in the publications listed as written by RJ Meads – but am unable to access them on this site. I receive a “page not found” notification. Will they be available in future?

    I am related to the Meads family – RJ Meads was my grandmother’s grandfather’s brother’s son (don’t ask me for the technical relationship!) – and indeed my grandmother grew up on Queens Road, Southall with the Meads family and knew them all. I have been researching into the family tree, and would appreciate access to the personal memories book in particular as it will probably give a wealth of family information.

  10. Hello

    I am a student from France doing research on Southall and more precisely on the Hambrough Tavern event of 1981. Would you by any chance know anyone I could contact to get more information?

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Diane L.

    1. I may be too late but, came across this page whilst browsing the history of Southall. I was living in southall in the late 70s.

  11. Hello
    I am trying to reach G.P. Twyman as recommended by the V and A. Can you let me know if you can reach him? Please let him know I’d like to chat to him about the story of the Martin Brothers. Soonest would be marvellous!

  12. Sir,
    I am researching one of my ancestors whom I’m given to believe was a landlord of a public house in or around Southall.
    His given name was Arnold George Looker and he was born in Hertford in December 1896. His family called him ‘Ernie’, and he passed away, enjoying his retirement, in Eastbourne, I think in the late-to-middle 1980’s.
    I wonder if you have any information regarding him please?
    Thank you,
    Graham Looker (Cornwall)

  13. Re: White Hart/Don Short/Albermale Jazz Club
    Would anyone have information on the whereabouts of Don Short today.
    I am looking for photographs and information regarding the ART WOOD COMBO who played at the White Hart. Don was also their manager at one time.
    I have a lot of info on Art and his various bands, but trying to locate photographs as well as contacting Don Short. Any assistance appreciated.
    Thanks, Tony
    Tony Freer
    Woodstock, Ontario. CANADA
    [email protected]

  14. We are looking at proposals to redevelop St Johns Old Church (on Kings Street, Old Southall), and are looking for history societies or associations that may have an opinion on the historical significance or any historical information of the church.

    Many thanks,
    David

    1. Hi David
      May I recommend a book of early Southall by William F Drinkwater The details of which are as below.
      “SOUTHALL & NORWOOD” A Portrait in Old Picture Postcards.”
      Author William. F . Drinkwater
      First Published in 1992 by S B Publications, unit 2 The old Station Yard, Pipe Gate, Market Drayton, Shropshire TFG 4HY It is still obtainable
      It contains a photograph of the Old St John’s Church on the Corner of Western Rd and The Green ( King’s Street ) It was built in 1837 and the first Vicar was a Reverend . F .Hewson
      It shows a sizable graveyard surrounding it plus a photo of F. Hewson.
      When we were kids going to Saturday Morning pictures at either the Dominion or the old Gem, without realizing that we were cutting right across what remained of the graves under the ground via the Flexman’s Coaches yard on the corner of Western Rd . Little did we realize that whilst impersonating Roy Rogers final victory , we were galloping over bodies !!
      I was born in 1942 and lived in Western Road until 11years of Age. Our Family attended the newer St John’s Church in Church Rd. The vicar was a reverend Morley. ( Very stern and frightening to a young child!!)
      My Grandparents and Great Grandparents and other relations are buried in the cemetery at the end of Church Road. That is where the original entrance to it used to be before they moved it to Havelock Rd! . After living in Australia for a number of years the new entrance took some finding on one of our recent visits back.
      You are probably aware that the original Church for the Southall Norwood area pre 1800 was St Mary’s Church at Norwood Green. Most of the other Churches in Southall today were only built in the early 1900’s
      Hope this information helps
      Kind regards

      Geoff Snelling

  15. I have a publication from the first war detailing by name and address those from southall serving in the forces during this time along with those who died in service. My family lived in Regina Rd and and the western road area. If this publication could be of use to Southall history then I would be pleased to hand it over.

    Ed Hayles

  16. Hi
    I have no personal connection to Southall but have a question that I hope someone can answer.
    I’m interested to know where the old Southall Greyhound Track was located. I understand it was on Havelock Road but as the road is rather long I’d like more precise info.
    I’m actually interested in the Martin family of potters who apparently moved to the site of the old soapworks in 1877 – was this in the vicinity of the dogtrack?
    I understand the dog track was opened in 1939 and possibly demolished in the 1970s. What is on the site now ????

    I would be VERY grateful for any help you can give
    Thanks
    Linda Kane

    1. Its free to register if you go on Britain from above and search Southall you will find the dog track It was on the left just past Marlow Road

      1. Just for your general information . It is also some where near that area of the dog track that the Martin Brothers had their famous Pottery after they moved their business out of London.

        In the 1950’s when I used to go to the Southall dog races with my Father. Havelock road was still unsealed from just before the dog track all the way through to Top locks on the canal. It was a rough ride even on a bike!
        On both sides of the road in those days it was still allotments just past the Dog tracks and the public footpath.

    2. The Southall dog track was on Havelock Road towards the Top Locks area. The site is now a primary school. It closed in 1964. My father spent many hours there, losing lots of money.

    3. Hi
      Paste the following into Google maps.
      51.500446,-0.374227
      I lived across the road from the dog track in the 50’s. Remember climbing on the wall to watch the races.
      Next to the track was a steel works.
      51.50048,-0.373133

    4. Hi Linda, I’ve been doing some research on this. The Martin Brothers lived in 1 Buckingham Terrace, which no longer exists. The site of their cottage and the old soap works/pottery was where Damsonwood Road now is.

  17. Can anyone enlighten me as to exactly where Carole Middleton (nee Goldsmith) grew up in the Southall area. I understand she lived at two different addresses and her father lived at 57 Clarence Street. Does anyone know of the other addresses? Many thanks

  18. Hi there

    I’m a journalist and am writing a piece for The National newspaper in the UAE about Southall. I was trying to get in touch with a historian to ask them a few questions about the area; it would be great if anyone who knows about the area could get in touch on [email protected] … (My deadline is 9 October 2014 though!)

    Many thanks!

    Ben Flanagan

  19. Hi there, if anyone has photos of the greyhound track that used to be in Southall
    i would be most greatfull if i could get hold of some, or if anyone knows how i
    could aquire some photos that would be great to.

    Many thanks, Martin.

  20. Thank you for such a lovely website. I was born and raised in Southall and have lovely memories growing up. Something about the Royal connection – pictures of The Middletons family home, Featherstone SChool where Kate Middletons mum attended and perhaps even an article from her would be fascinating to everyone.

    1. I attended the Baptist Church in Southall and Carole Goldsmith was a member of the Youth Group. As she is a few years younger than me I only vaguely remember her. But I am sure other member of the Youth Group would have been friendly with her.

  21. Great website, would anyone happen to know where i could possibly gain access to a library of pictures for king street, between 1975 to 1990 as i would like to build a history for when my grandfather moved to the country from kenya and we have owed the corner shop selling textiles now for over 40 years.

    Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated.

  22. Hello,

    My father, John Smith was a member of the Southall Historical Society until he moved to Dorchester in 1986/1987. Due to failing health, we have been sorting out his belongings and have come across a collection of drawings of the 31 pubs of Southall and I am wondering if these would be of any interest to you?

    If they are, please let me know what address you would like me to send them to.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards

    David Smith

  23. Wondering if anyone can help. I am currently trying to trace the southall fc team from the fa vase final 1986. We have a Facebook page called 1986 and all that and are looking for the newspaper reports and photos from that time. Can you help with any research , or do you know if the Gazzette has archives from that time.if anyone has any photos from the club or the old western road stadium I would love to see them and with permission use them. Everyone is welcome to visit the page and hopefully add to it. Thanks in advance. Ben

  24. My mother was born in Southall in 1915. She has just died, 100 yrs later, and i am clearing her house.
    I have found a personal account about one person’s memories of Southall, type written into a file. Too much to write in this forum.
    Its called Growing Up With Southall, by R.J. Meads.
    I wonder if there is some historical society that would be interested in having it.

  25. My name is René Van der Straeten. I am from Belgium and as an historian involved in all aspects of The Great War.

    I would like to get in touch with someone in your organization that shares the same interest, in order to exchange information, photographs, etc…

    My Email address is [email protected]

    Much obliged,

    René Van der Straeten

  26. My great grandfather, Michael Hynes, lived at 37 Northcote Ave. Southall . He was a veteran of the Crimean War and was a Yeoman of the Guard to Queen Victoria.
    He died on 18 May 1906. I was wondering if the local paper ran an obituary.
    How can I send a photo for your archives?
    Mike Fruin
    Tasmania

  27. Hello,
    I am doing research for my autobiography.
    I arrived in Southall, in 1968 from Africa.
    I have good memories of growing up in Souhtall.
    I am looking for information and photos of 1968.
    I would be very gratefull for your help.

  28. Hello,

    I wonder if someone from your society can help me? I have been going through some old photos which once belonged to an old aunt and uncle and I have found a photo with an address on the reverse which states a name and address in Southall. The address reads:

    Mrs F Humphreys
    144 Wentworth Road
    Southall

    The photo looks like it was taken in the 1930’s and looks like a holiday scene. There is no clues as to its location.

    Do any locals recognise this name? I would love to return it to its owner/owners.

    Jane Burrows
    York

  29. I am trying to help a friend with her family history and we have some very limited information on a Mary Maguire whose parents owned/ran a greengrocers in Southall in the late 50s early 60s. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    1. No help about Mary, but I remember the Maguires shop with great affection. We lived just around the corner in Featherstone Road.

  30. My grandfather Thomas (aka Tom) Wood, was born in Faversham Kent in 1869. He was a talented builder who travelled in Europe, building at International Exhibitions / Expositions. He bought a house in Townsend Road, then a tree lined avenue, in 1908. He was in some capacity involved in the Southall Development Syndicate and although The Abstract Title is held at the National Archives there is no indication of its purpose and no names of any of its Directors. Can anyone advise me further?
    Sadly Tom Wood died in middle age, but two of his four sons had their own related business, trading as Wood Bros, on South road. I have lots of memories, knew lots of people and have a number of photographs.
    I was born in Norwood Green in 1942.

  31. Researching my family tree, I have come across an 1891 Census record for my Great Grandparents which puts them at 3, Tuns Yard Cottages, Southall. I can’t find any record of this address. Does anyone know anything about it?

    1. Hi Phil,
      There was a pub called The 3 Tuns in old Southall, opposite St Anselm’s church. Maybe that might be a clue?

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  32. my granddad. sam Donnelly my dad and his brothers .used to live lived across the road from the dog track .my granddad used to race greyhounds there .

  33. Hello,
    I was wondering if you had any royalty free footage of Southall in the 1970’s and 1980’s that we could use for a documentary we are making about Southall. Or if you put me in contact with someone or a company that would have this footage.
    Thanks,
    Natasha

  34. Is there a plaque in or around Kelvin Gardens that commemorates the 2nd September 1958 Southall Plane Crash. Partners father was the flight engineer that died in this crash. As next year is the 60th anniversary I am hoping to persuade him to visit the area. Lots of news footage and have found an original newspaper but was hoping for something where some flowers could be laid in memorial.

    Many thanks.

  35. My Grandfather – Thomas Wood – a builder who was employed internationally – was living in Southall, a small country town, around 1910 (he bought his own house in 1908); My father and his brothers grew up in the area where they had business on South Road which I often visited as a child. My grandfather held some sort of position with:-
    “Southall Development Syndiocate ltd” – the abstract of Title of his purchase relates to development of Land in Southall.
    Registered Office; 5, Bedford Row London WC.*** (Borough of Campden)
    Campden Council have informed me that this address in Bedford Row, housed firms of solicitors.

    I would like to know whether there are any available details regarding the Southall Development Syndicate.
    Jonathan Oates at Ealing Archives has been unable to help me.

  36. While researching my ancestors, I have come across reference to an address of Woodland Place, Southall in the 1920s and 1930s. This address does not appear on current online maps. Can anyone help identify the location of this address?

  37. I have re typed on to ‘Word’ a ‘History of Southall Manor House’ by Miss E.M. Barnett, and perhaps this should be added to your website. How do I upload this please? Or send it to someone for ‘approval’.

    Thanks.

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