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Another Time, Another Place – Photos of Battersea in the 1950s

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Albert Bridge Road, Battersea - corner of Ethelburga Street. Late 1950s

Albert Bridge Road, Battersea – corner of Ethelburga Street. Late 1950s

 

Photos are courtesy of John Wexler and many more of these fascinating photos can be seen at his Flickr collection. Most of the photographs are by John’s mother Gwyneth Wexler. The family lived in Battersea from 1948 to 1961.

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Battersea Pleasure Gardens out of season

Battersea Pleasure Gardens out of season

 

Chelsea Bridge c.1960

Chelsea Bridge c.1960

 

Couple on the roller skating rink in Battersea Park.

Close to Worfield Street, Battersea. We’re looking approximately East, towards Albert Bridge Road. I think we are on Ethelburga Street.

Couple on the roller skating rink in Battersea Park.

Couple on the roller skating rink in Battersea Park.

 

Crazy golf by the embankment in the Festival Pleasure Gardens. Festival Gardens Pier in the background

Crazy golf by the embankment in the Festival Pleasure Gardens. Festival Gardens Pier in the background

 

Free public entertainment in Battersea Park.

Free public entertainment in Battersea Park.

 

New build on Albert Bridge Road, seen from Battersea Park. Late 1950s?

New build on Albert Bridge Road, seen from Battersea Park.

 

Opposite Bishop & Sons Depository, Parkgate Road, Battersea.

Opposite Bishop & Sons Depository, Parkgate Road, Battersea

 

Parkgate Road, Battersea. You can see the road sign on the corner of Elcho Street

Parkgate Road, Battersea. You can see the road sign on the corner of Elcho Street

 

Roller skating rink in Battersea Park

Roller skating rink in Battersea Park

 

South-West corner of Battersea Park. A sunny winter day in the late 1950s

South-West corner of Battersea Park. A sunny winter day in the late 1950s

 

South-West corner of Battersea Park. A sunny winter day in the late 1950s

South-West corner of Battersea Park. A sunny winter day in the late 1950s

 

Street repairs, Battersea, some time in the 50s

Street repairs, Battersea, some time in the 50s

 

The funfair in Battersea Pleasure Gardens. Some time in the 50s

The funfair in Battersea Pleasure Gardens. Some time in the 50s

 

The funfair in Battersea Pleasure Gardens. Some time in the 50s

The funfair in Battersea Pleasure Gardens. Some time in the 50s

 

The Guinness Clock in Battersea Pleasure Gardens. Photo from the early 1950s

The Guinness Clock in Battersea Pleasure Gardens. Photo from the early 1950s

 

The Little Dipper Battersea Fun Fair c.1960

The Little Dipper Battersea Fun Fair c.1960

 

The paddling pool in Battersea Park

The paddling pool in Battersea Park

 

The roller hockey on skating rink in Battersea Park

The roller hockey on skating rink in Battersea Park

 

The Water Chute Battersea Fun Fair c.1958

The Water Chute Battersea Fun Fair c.1958

 

Vauxhall Cresta on Albert Bridge Road, passing the end of Ethelburga Street c1958

Vauxhall Cresta on Albert Bridge Road, passing the end of Ethelburga Street c1958

 

view from Battersea Park looking across Albert Bridge Road in the late 1950s, while the tall Morgan's Crucibles chimney prefab

View from Battersea Park looking across Albert Bridge Road in the late 1950s. You can just see a pre-fab across the road and the Morgan Crucible Company chimney in the distance. The company still exists and is listed on the stock exchange but based in Wales.

 

view from Battersea Park looking across Albert Bridge Road towards Ethelburga Street, which has subsequently disappeared in redevelopment. Morgan's tall chimney

View from Battersea Park looking across Albert Bridge Road towards Ethelburga Street which has subsequently disappeared in redevelopment. Morgan’s tall chimney in the distance.

 

Worfield Street, Battersea. We're looking approximately East, towards Albert Bridge Road. I think we are on Ethelburga Street

Worfield Street, Battersea. We’re looking approximately East, towards Albert Bridge Road. I think we are on Ethelburga Street