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I have had all kinds of interesting conversations per email or phone due to this blog, one of the best started with a comment from New Zealand.  Nick Meek got in touch “I was bought up in that house (1964-1976). It was a cool place to live and I think back to it often. Next time I am in London (live in N.Z. currently) I intend to drop around; I expect to be let in. ;-)”.  I checked and indeed Alan Meek moved in in the early 60s (see my earlier article on former residents here).  So I replied casually “sure, why not” – thinking I would be long out of here before Nick makes it over!

But the Meeks upped the ante, the next to get in touch was his brother Alex, stating that he was effectively born in the house and that his father would like to have a look.  We thought this would be quite fun and arranged to meet.

A few days later Alan and Alex Meek came for coffee and – for a change – gave us a tour of the house!  My now office housed 5 children in a bunk and double bunk bed, our bathroom was their kitchen, they had birthday parties in our library, the studio was a proper photography studio and there was a huge field on the other side of the road.  It was lovely to meet our predecessors and to hear their stories!

Days later Alan popped by and brought us some photos of the good ol’ times:

Yes, this is our library

Yes, this is our library

The grass was greener on the other side back then!

The grass was greener on the other side back then!

Keen to hear what Nick might have to say when he comes…

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Dead-end Street

Yes, until 1971 the street in front of the house was a tiny backwater street.  See this Map from 1934 that I recently found:

Our Street in 1934

Our Street in 1934

See the St. Paul’s School (now in Barnes) and how Talgarth Road becomes Colet Garden hugging the school’s park!

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