Growing-up With Southall From 1904 (Memories of R.J. Meads)


Up to Mount Pleasant. 

                        Leading from the High Street, on the left hand side between the “White Hart” and Etherington’s the milk shop, was school alley ( as us kids called it ) or School Passage. This went up to North Road School on the left, with an entrance to Abbott Bros., who also had an apiary next to the school. Dorothy Villas was on the right hand side, with all 6 tennants well known to us kids. At the end of the Passage was Meadow Road on the left; Mr Bunce the school caretaker lived at No. 1. You were now in North Road, with Grove House on the right hand corner. Here lived Mr. Stroud, vererinary surgeon. He used a very smart pony and trap. 

                        Going up North Road on the left hand side were two old cottages and the “Plough” public house. The landlord was the brother of that of the “Plough” at Norwood Green, Mr. Dean; then came Shackleton Road; Etherington’s Farm; and next an allotment site. Further was the “Woodlands”, a very old double-fronted house about 30 ft. back from the road. This was occupied by the Martyn family who took a great interest in the town. Past a field the road led round to Durdan Cottages and Walter More’s plantations. 

                         On the right hand side of North Road it was all fields attached to Sparrow Farm ( Mr. Alderton ). The Feaver Hospital was straight ahead. You were now in what was known as Mount Pleasant. It was like a small community on its own, centred on the “Beehive” public house. It had two shops and a Post Office, a laundry and a cartage contractor. 

                         Leading straight on was Muddy Lane, or Cow Lane. This was exactly as its name implies, and eventually emerged at the Ruislip Road. About 400 yards up on the left hand side was Hill House ( Mr. Gosney ). It was formerly owned by the Delottes who in 1897 had the almshouses built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. Just a little farther on was a lane leading to Waxlow Farm ( Mr. Goddard ) and three small cottages. Turning right at the “Beehive” you were in Dormers Wells Lane which is one of the oldest parts of the district. Before reaching the Uxbridge Road you passed on the left hand side the house of Rountree the painter, Ewer’s Farm and West Middlesex Golf Course.