A childhood in 1940s Alresford

John Fisher writes:

I was born at Redlands, a house in Grange Road in September 1942, and lived in Alresford until 1950. The day we moved was the worst day of my life, I lost all my friends in the process: my memories of Alresford are limited. My mother was a teacher at Perins school until we moved, and father was a beat policeman after the end of the war. There was a nursery by the railway line where Grange Road met the Cheriton road (run by Mr Fairhead and then Mr Wells). A lot of my time was spent there, couldn’t do a lot, but at that age, I do remember it so well. My other hobby was the Winchester to Alton train line. I was always down at the station, and I remember the staff were very friendly.

I went to the Dean School where my Auntie was the head-mistress: I also remember the flaming cold loos. At the old Gas works further down the Dean I got chased off because it was dangerous. In the Summertime after school all my friends and myself lived down at the swimming pool by the river, and had great fun. As a kid, I didn’t have a bike so had to walk around the area. I missed my childhood days in Alresford very much, after moving away. Although I was only seven when I left, it has surprised me how much I remember about those days, and there’s a lot more I think.

From John Fisher, now an old timer, and enjoying life to the full!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Valery Hollier on December 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Hello John: Thank you for your memories of my lovely Alresford. I wasn’t born there, I was born in Bournemouth, where I still live, but my lovely Mum was born at 15 East Street [The World Stores]. Her Dad [my Grandfather] Edgar Blake was the manager of this shop. My Mum was married at St.Johns on 14th Feb 1940 – Dad was in the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery. He had 3 days leave, then went back to Europe where he was captured at St. VALERY en Caux, and then he was a POW for 5 years. I get to Alresford as much as I can, always leave some flowers at my Grandparents Grave in St. Johns, always pop into the Church to say “Hello”, then have a stroll around the river, knees allowing. Then I partake of a glass and something to eat, possibly in the Horse and Groom.


  2. Posted by mary sunderland on January 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Does anyone remember the Tanner family? boys Roy and Peter born in the 40s? Or the Compton family? I think they worked in a laundry or perhaps at the estate.


  3. Posted by Sian Owen Ellis on September 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Hello John

    My mum Maureen Wood knew you when you were a little boy. She is five years older than you and remembers you clearly. She also went to the Dean School. Mum lived in Grange road and remembers holding your hand and walking you home when looking at Mr Fairheads’s birds along Jacklins Lane. Mum is not online and I’m her daughter in Zimbabwe. We were in Arlesford two weeks ago visiting. What a beautiful place.


    • Posted by Mary on November 26, 2017 at 12:06 am

      It certainly is. Any memories of the Tanners or the Comptons or the laundry? Long shot but I realise we are running out of time on memories and I’d love to hear from anyone in Alresford in the 1950’s


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