Stories about Children

Friendless Boys
In 1852, on Spanish Road, the Friendless Boys' Home was established - a home for 200 boys aged 10 to 16 who "have lost their character or are in danger of losing it"./ The boys learnt carpentry...
Sunday Afternoons
The scene: a Sunday afternoon between the wars. For some it was a day of rest, perhaps sitting in the deckchairs, listening to the brass bands in the afternoon in King George's Park...
Sweets
Near where the Southside Shopping Centre is now, there used to be much smaller shops. In the 1920s, Gwen Copeland would earn money by doing the shopping for her neighbours, and then spend it in the...
The Fire
In the early 1940s, Gwen Copeland was living on the upper floor of a house in Haldon Road, with her 12-week-old daughter; and one night she woke up to find the house was on fire...
The Protest
Putney Vale is nestled between Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, a small and quiet community; but just to one side roars the A3. For years, the residents of Putney Vale could only cross the road by...
The Silver Jubilee
7 June 1977 marked 25 years since the coronation of Elizabeth II - her silver Jubilee. There were celebrations all across the country: street parties, games, parades, bunting galore...
Shopping and Racing
Head to the Southside Shopping Centre (previously the Arndale Centre) at 8:15 on a Tuesday evening, and you'll find some shoppers buying in their dinner; some cinema-goers wandering up the...