Snow of 1963

198 PREFAB XMAS 1960s 6 720 576 BACK GARDEN SNOW 1963 copy

Back garden of 198 Underhill Road in the snow, December 1963

I remember my Nan falling over in Underhill Road in the snow of 63, she broke her arm, it was never the same after that


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11 Responses to Snow of 1963

  1. Ray Sweeney says:

    I remember the snow in 1963. I lived in Oakhurst Grove E. Dulwich and me and my mates built a large igloo in the street which was still there 3 months later in march. Because of the coal shortage there was no heating at Thomas Calton school so we were sent home for about three months, Great. The snow from the borough was piled up on Peckham Rye and was so deep that some remnants were still visible way into the summer. I remember trudging to the coal yard somewhere near Whateley Road with my dad to buy a sack of coal for 10 shillings.

    • John Chinery says:

      Thanks for your memory Ray, My Nan used to live in Whatley Road, she fell over in the snow in 1963, broke her arm and it was never the same after that, the Coal Merchant was Bicknell’s, my Dad hired a big Coal Cart from there for ten bob to move what little furniture we had to our new home, a Prefab in Underhill Road, I also went to Thomas Calton After Heber road, great times eh Ray, if you have any photos of East Dulwich it would be great to have them up on this site, All the best, John

    • Jacqueline Roche says:

      I lived in Oakhurst Grove but don’t remember the snow but I was only 4.
      I went to Oakhurst Grove primary school.
      I spent lots of time with my gran who lived in Underhill Road with regular trips to Peckham, Jones & Higgins where I always had an ice cream from the foyer. Also often went to the park and played on the closed up air raid shelters and remember regular fair there too. I also remember the rag and bone man, the knife sharpener and coal wagon.

      • Snowli says:

        Hi I lived in Underhill Road for 15 yrs from 1946 till 1963 but missed the snow they were very good years I was always down Jones @Higgins I went to school Friern East Dulwich until I was 11yrs then went to Goodrich Road does anyone remember Dawsons Hill I think it is an estate now this all brought back very good memories . Thank you .

        • David Robert Livett born April 16 1939 says:

          Hello Snowli- I am Australian now but lived in Underhill Road opposite St Aidans Road (245) from 1939 until 1963. Dawsons Hill was there to climb every now and again but the view from the top was no as good as that from One Tree Hill. When I went back to London in 2005 there was a big block of flats on it. Friern Road was my first school as an infant, then I went to Heber Road and for high school went to Thos Calton that was then in Goodrich Road between Dunstans and Uplands Road. The snow they refer to was the 1962/63 winter, my last before I emigrated. Moving around, like going to work was very difficult, it was freezing cold and the pavements were difficult to walk on. The lake in St James Park was a good pointer to how cold it was and that year it froze enough for ice skating. I live n the eastern coast of Australia and it never gets very cold. In fact it is very much the opposite and I long for it to get cold for a change. I congratulate John Chinery for putting all this together and the rest of you for responding to it. You can go away to live but you never forget your roots.

        • Marianne says:

          I also went to Friern Girls School and I remember Dawsons Hill. (Devonshire Fish Bar – proud daughter of Mr & Mrs Smith)

  2. Dave Livett (Brisbane Australia) says:

    I remember the winter of 1946/47, I was approaching my eighth birthday. During that winter lots of things were scarce and rationed due to the war. We had fire places then and did our best to keep warm. That winter as far as I know is still in the record books for its ferocity. I remember when going to school my mother and maternal grandmother would make sure I was well covered, balaclava, scarf, overcoat thick socks, I don’t think much of my skin was uncovered.

    As time went on there were other problems, smog was one of them! ghastly, horrible thick fog that had industrial smoke to go with it. The government legislated to get rid of the industrial smoke but of course the fog remained.
    In the period 1952/53 (I think) massive storms hit the east and west coasts of Great Britain and lots of people were drowned at sea or killed on land. The coastal vessel Flying Enterprise, the British Rail ferry Princess Victoria, Canvey Island, the north coast of Devon and East Anglia were all casualties of that period.

    Neither London Transport nor British Railways Southern Region acquitted themselves too well during the fog and ice, being late for work became a fact of life. My last winter in London 1962/63 very nearly equalled that of 1946/47 but by then we were better equipped to deal with it.

    • Janis Funnell (Stroud) says:

      I lived in East Dulwich Grove from 1947 until 1963 I left for Brisbane, Australia in 1967 so I do remember the cold of 1947 I think our chimney caught fire because I remember the fire brigade marching up and down the stairs putting the fire out. also remember the smogs of the 50’s and 60’s as kids we used to have to wear what they called ‘liberty bodices’ a sort of fleece lined under waistcoat during the winter and were not allowed to remove them until the end of May! Live in Redlands City and at the moment suffering long hot humid days and could do with some cool weather.

  3. Dave Livett says:

    Hello Janis
    Dave Livett is my name and i live in the Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove, have done for 46 years. I was born into an Underhill Road East Dulwich family in 1939 went through the exceptional winters of 46/7 and 62/3 and emigrated to NZ in 1963, A few years later I met my future wife and as a result moved to Australia and married in 1972. With the coming of Pcs I eventually discovered these web sites and so I keep up with earlier days.

  4. Jonathan Brown says:

    We knew a family called Funnel when we lived near them in Crystal Palace Road near Goose Green in the late 50’s, they had 2 daughters & had a lot to do with St Johns church..?

  5. dave livett says:

    Hello Jonathan
    In my last year at Heber Road Primary School. 1949/50. a Mr Funnel was the science

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