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No 1 Roundwood Park, the original house, was not built until after WW2. Throughout the war it was a blank plot on which small boys would play. Containing a pile of unerected fence panels you could climb inside them. Each panel could be twanged so as to make a noise like a Bren gun firing to the accompaniment of much schoolboy shouting and enjoyment.

Early occupants of No 1 were keen liberals when the party was in decline. In 1958 they displayed a huge yellow poster proclaiming TORRINGTON in block capitals. In the spring of 1962when I was helping my parents move out to Common Lane I recall seeing a banner ORPINGTON commenorating the latest liberal by-election victory - my last recollection of Roundwood as a resident.

By John Wyborn
On 30/04/2019

Number 3 was owned originally by a family called Neal. Mr Neal was a hat manufacturer. Mrs Neal kept a huge Alsatian which occasionally ran free and terrified the life out of me when I was a child.

By John Wyborn
On 11/06/2019

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