Alma School, Bermondsey. This photo was taken near the end of WW2. A bomb-damaged area is being cleared. On the left you can see some new prefabricated asbestos-sheet houses. We called them ‘Prefabs’, and they were supposed to be temporary. But the people loved them, and over 100 still exist in London today.
I went to that school from 1957 until 1963.
Children playing in a bombed-out building in Bermondsey, 1953. By the time I was old enough to be out playing in 1958, I was playing in the same building.
A young couple sheltering from the Blitz in an underground station, 1940. My mum was doing the same thing at the time.
Choosing an engagement ring, 1953.
Taking tea in a Lyons Corner House, late 1950s. Despite the elegant surroundings, anyone could afford to have tea there.
Making the most of a hot summer in London. Sunbathing in a basement ‘area’, 1954.
A Skiffle Club in Soho, 1960.
Cards advertising the services of prostitutes in Soho, 1960.