This picture was taken in Salisbury Avenue outside the bungalow Benenden just east of the junction with Marlborough Road. The family in the foreground are Nell Waters with her grandchildren Trevor Savage (me), Hazel Savage (my sister) and my father Cecil Savage.
What is noteworthy is the fact it shows a hall in the background. Thelma Oliver (nee Savage nee Waters – my mother), tells me this hall originally belonged to St Nicholas Church and was used by the Spiritualist Church and then Berry Boxing Club – can only remember it during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when it was always shut up and strictly out of bounds to an inquisitive young boy. Recently Thelma told me she thought it may be St Michael’s Hall, the reason for this being, this end of Salisbury Avenue is close to the woods that I always knew as ‘The Copse’. Other contributors refer to a plantation near St Michael’s Hall!
Next door to the hall on the other side in Salisbury Avenue lived Nell Tilley, a local home help (does anyone remember her?). She was an aunt of the singer Sandy Shaw. There was great excitement one weekend as Sandy came down from Dagenham to see her aunt while we were visiting Grandma and we were all introduced to her. The singer had just released her first record “There’s always something there to remind me”!