When I was very young, from the age of 5 to the age of eleven, every school day I would walk with a family friend ( an adult woman who was our neighbour) from our house at 50 Edwin Road to our primary school, Fairview School in Wigmore.(in Kent)
We would walk, with our neighbour, my brother , her daughters and she would walk us to the school gates. We would make our own way home, walking through the alleys , kicking the dead leaves, all the way to Wigmore.
We would walk up Edwin Road, past Sylvan road and the junction with Marshall Road, up to Durham road. Then we would turn left, towards the row of shops(here was a sweet shop where we bought ‘Mojos” sweets for half pence (yes, the halfpence still existed), later, it became a video shop,now its just a house.) and cross Durham road and head through alleys, into Cambridge road, then Asquith road, then onto Woodside. On Woodside was another shops, a post office selling, sweets and newspapers.We would cross Woodside, and continue along the alley, past a scout hut and walk onto Edwards Close, and then onto Drewery Drive. This was when we arrived at school.
It sounds difficult to believe all these years later, and when I look at the route on Google earth, it seems so far.
Then, when I was 11, we went to a different school, Rainham Mark Grammar School. I walked with my sister , or alone from Edwin Road. We would walk down Edwin road, cross at the pelican crossing, past the paper shop and filling station,go into Elizabeth Court, onto the Roman Track, down, past the garages and back alleys, past abandoned condoms and shopping trolleys.We would exit on Hawthorne Avenue, and continue past Ashley Road. On the corner of Ashley road were shops, selling sweets and cloths. I seem to remember Walley Wombat’s shop being here, as well as a great sweet shop. We would either turn down Ashley road, or continue down hawthorne avenue to the Dewdrop pub, turn and head towards Pump Lane and our school.
Later, I would cycle into school, or sometimes my dad would drop us off on the way to work, when they got a second car when I was a teenager.
Then, when I was 16, we went to Rochester Tutors. here, dad would take us in, or very occasionally(perhaps ten times in all!) I would cycle to college. But it was Dad who would drive me and my sister (and my brother, who joined us later) until I passed my driving test and got my first car at 18.I would also take the train to college , perhaps for a year. So I would walk to Rainham train station and catch the train to Rochester.
Then , when I was 19, I went to university. I went to CCAT, which became Anglia Polytechnic, which became Anglia Polytechnic University, which became Anglia Ruskin University.
In my first year, I lived on Mawson Road, which was right across from University until the last term, when I moved out to
the High Street in Chesterton
I lived there for two terms, not so long, and then, we moved with some friends for an Academic year to the bottom of Mill Road. Then, we moved to a dingy house for a couple of terms near Romsey Road. Then I had a flat next to university, on Collier Road. After, I lived with my friend Sylvie, in Cherry Hinton.Then University finished.I was 23, and I went to Chelsmford to do a PGCE for a year.
All that is so long ago!