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Tales From The Forumside

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1 - The Mystery of the Trains

Chapter 2 - The Ghost in the Mirror

Chapter 3 - Tales My Mother Told Me

Chapter 4 - Life in The Forumside

Chapter 5 - A Day at the Zoo

Chapter 6 - The Strange Tale of Father Patrick O’Murphy

Chapter 7 - Uncle Paddy

Chapter 8 - The Irish Ferry

Chapter 9 - The School Dentist

About the Author

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To Don Shaw for his assistance and his book, “Growing Up With Agnes”

Memories for Posterity, Woody Point

U3A Redcliffe, Writing, Formatting, Editing EBooks Group

To my wife Jayne, for her Encouragement


The Forumside was an industrial area bordered by about twenty shops and thirty flats, close to Edgware’s Station Road and The High Street. It lay at the beginning of the Edgware Road, which runs for 16 kilometres/ten miles, to Marble Arch in central London.

When I was a child, it was surrounded by three pubs, an ancient church with a bell-ringing tower, a school and a railway goods yard. Nestled inside this L-shaped block was a bread factory named “Spurriers”, several engineering factories and workshops, a telephone exchange and two very old workmen’s cottages which must have been leftover from Edgware’s agricultural past.

The Entrance to The Forumside, was a laneway known locally as The Alley, or more commonly The Forum, it’s main purpose was to give access to the factories and the flats, which were mainly occupied by families with children, several of these families had up to twelve children each. This was after two world wars and the British population was being encouraged to repopulate the country and it would seem that the parents of The Forumside were doing their best for Britain.

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