The Belgravia Society
Belgravia Life ... 20th Century Memories and Moments
From a Visit To Gerald Police Station By Queen Mother, to a Stroll Down the Kings Road For Belgravia Fashionistas!
Barbara Pederson reminiscences..
Gerald Road police station was great fun; a hub & the late Queen Mother visited each year on her birthday to admire the roses in the award
winning window boxes.
Kings Road was the place to be for Belgravia fashionista!
Mothers with babies in prams, strolling from Ebury Street and Eaton Terrace to the most famous road at that time. Those were also the days when prams & babies could be left outside shops with no fear anyone would run off with them!
Found on nickelinthemachine.com
... October 2015
Memories of Wilton Street from 1969
By Joanna Bastin
We lived in Wilton Street from 1969.The street had quite an amusing collection of residents. Next door to us lived Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer and his very nice wife, Peggy. Sir Gerald went to a telephone box round the corner every morning. Who did he ring or who rang him? It was a mystery to us. However, we became good friends and went on a cruise together all the way down the Nile from Aswan to Cairo'; a trip that is virtually impossible today because the flow of water is controlled by the High dam at Aswan. Beyond the Templers we had Lord and Lady Trevelyan. Lord Trevelyan had been Ambassador in Cairo at the time of the six day war. We lived at no 14 and immediately opposite to us Ted Heath moved in when he was ousted as Prime Minister. He always had a policeman on duty outside his house. I remember his grand piano being slung up and through a first floor window when he moved in. It was the time when bombs were being planted by the IRA. They managed to place a bomb under a car outside Heath's house. We were away since it was over the Christmas holidays. When the bomb went off it blew out all Heath's windows and all of our's. Heath wrote us a very polite note apologising for the damage by the bomb directed at him. We were there during the three day week and the electricity would go off suddenly for a while. Wilton Street was the dividing line between one zone for these cuts and the next. I had my second child then and had to go across the street to the Arch Deacon's house (laler to be Ted Heath's) to boil water for Nicholas' bottles. It is strange how one forgets these things...oh well, I am afraid it is age!
Lord Lucan lived around the corner in Lower Belgrave Street and our children played with his in the gardens of Belgrave Square. Our boys went to Eaton House school. We were all terrified of Mrs Ingham although, in fact, she was extremely nice! There were lots of Americans renting houses in this part of Belgravia at the time and some of them were keen tennis players. The court in Belgrave Square was very popular.
.... 16th August 2015
20th Century Memories....
It is now fifteen years since the world said goodbye to the 20th Century, a period of great changes in recent history.
That is why we at Belgravia Society would like to compile a collection of memories – a memory bank of stories, photographs, and images, snippets of information, quirky details, fascinating facts and anecdotes that make up the fabric of Belgravia Life in the 20th Century. To that end, we would be delighted if members and subscribers of our newsletter could contribute interesting tales to tell! We would love to hear from you and publish your story or pictures on our website and newsletter. We shall honor anonymity if you wish. However, with your permission, we would like to archive them in the hope of producing a book, for future generations to gain an insight of life in Belgravia in the last century.
One such story I should like to relay to get us started, involved my shopping in the greengrocer during its dying days before the doors closed forever prior to the unveiling of Elizabeth Street’s New Look.
As I was choosing the vegetables, I got into conversation with the old chap who had been running the grocery shop for decades; he remarked how his shop had seen better times. The hey-day being in the sixties, when the great and the good as well as the rich and famous, used to enjoy shopping in the quietude of Belgravia. Famous people included Vivian Leigh who on occasion would arrive incognito wrapped in her furs, shades and head scarf to select the best limes and lemons, presumably for one of her soirees. Of course the grocer recognised her immediately and marveled at her attempts to play down her starry aura! He also commented that the many famous people who dined at Mimos would often pop in to buy his celebrated paw paws, pomegranates, kiwis, cumquats, mangos and other exotic and expensive specialties of the day. I felt nostalgic as I thought about the space I shared with such luminaries of the past in a green grocer shop in the heart of Belgravia!
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Your contributions will be most welcome.... and I look forward to receiving them. We shall feature in the next issue of our newsletter. Thank you. The Editor