Brenda Hall

Scope and Content

See also OH162
Born 1936
Still living in house where born
Wartime memories - tank traps
School and Chiswick Poly - games at Gunnersbury
Olympic torch 1948
Changes
Might lend photos including VE day jollification
School: Wood End School, only 1 in the area - Took & failed 11 plus so went to Wood End Secondary Modern for Girls - very far seeing headmistress who saw that some of the girls needed to go on "she let us all take an exam to either go to Ealing Tech for business studies or Chiswick Polytech for nursery nursing & catering & I won a place at Chiswick Poly when I was 14 & so I left Wood End & went to the Poly for 2 years - when I was 16 I went to the GPO"
Home: Still living in house where she was born. Wartime: What the area was like during the war. Tank traps at Whitton Ave. Sheet air-raid shelters. Morrison shelter (indoor). Father. Shops and shopping. Transport: buses. School and Poly: Wood End and Chiswick. Work: GPO Continental Exchange. Entertainment: Radio. "Meeting the lads": While at Poly - swimming baths. Olympic Games story. More wartime memories. Birthday parties. Television: Father made set woth 12 in screen from a kit in 1949. Changes in 70s When she returned to the same house. House has hardly changed - central heating - some decorating. Mother's furniture and 1930's bath. Revisiting shopping and transport: changes. Car: Father had a car in 1958 and she has had one for years. Marriage: Registry office in Ranelagh Road W5.