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Dumpted as a baby in Notting Hill London. 1948

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zoe Report 27 Oct 2013 13:05

pareicia I truly hope you find what your looking for the lady may who brought you up sounds like a lovely lady good luck


Patricia Report 13 Oct 2013 17:27

Sappho. Have walked around most of the places in the last few weeks, strange feeling. Pat


Ru Report 13 Oct 2013 10:58

Thank you Pat for that information. Used to Roller Skate down Barlby Road from hill in Ladbroke Grove fast as you like to the park. I only fell over once!

Great memories. All these places in the right area for your research.

Keep us informed how you are going with the information so far.



Patricia Report 12 Oct 2013 22:37

Ladbroke Upper school Was at the top of St. Marks Road, which backed onto St Charles Square. Ladbroke Lower school was near to the old picture house The Royality.


Patricia Report 12 Oct 2013 22:31

I started at St Frances infant's, but did not get on with the nuns. Then went to St James school it was to be for a short while ,until i was old enough to accept the nuns[ never happened]. Then Avondale Park and on to Ladbroke school . Pat


Jean Report 10 Oct 2013 08:37

Hi Sappho,

Of course Colville Primary School, forgot about that , all coming back to me know, thanks for reminding me.

St.Mary's of the Angels was such a small school , I remember we had a playground on the school roof and had to walk to another building along Westbourne Grove for our lunch , Happy Days ( or maybe not )

Hi Pat,
have you had any luck ? there are lots of good suggestions on here .



Ru Report 9 Oct 2013 11:14

Hi Pat and Jean,

Ladbroke Upper was part of the integration of the schools in the area. They closed some schools and opened new ones. Those schools that were closed were divided between the new large Comprehensive school of Holland Park and Ladbroke Upper in Ladbroke Grove.

This is from memory and I hope someone can correct me on this.

Thank you Jean for your information on St Mary of All Angles church and school. I lived in Westbourne Grove (around the corner from St. Mary's church) and went to Colville Primary School. Colville School was on the edge of Portobello Road.

Now any of this may be of help to Pat for tracing the early days of her schooling.

How have you got on with the information we gave on this site? Does this connect to anyone you can remember to help you find your birth mother.



Jean Report 9 Oct 2013 08:27

Hi Pat,

I lived in Westbourne Park Road , right next to Portobello Market .
I don't remember Ladbroke Upper . The school right next to ours was Cardinal Manning boys school , we used to spend most of our lunch break looking over the fence at the boys (very sad ) .
Do you remember which primary school you went to ?
I must have been at Cardinal Manning in about 1957 /8.


Patricia Report 8 Oct 2013 22:25

Hi Jean. One of the schools i went to backed onto Cardinal Manning, Ladbroke Upper. What part did you live in ? Pat


Jean Report 8 Oct 2013 19:55

Hello ,
Just been reading through this thread, so sad , I hope you can find what you are looking for.

Just thought I would mention that I was brought up in this area in the early 50's and 60's and wonder if any of these schools might help you to remember a little bit more , maybe you went to one of them ? Also I seem to remember there was a big Irish community there at the time.

The schools I went to were Catholic, they were St. Mary of the Angels Primary in Moorhouse Road , there was also the church round the corner , also Called St. Mary's of the Angels , think that was in Artesian Road .
The secondary school I went to was Cardinal Manning School for girls in St. Charles Square, W.10. most of our neighbours daughters went to both these schools.

As for the convent in Portobello Road I seem to remember it was called st. Josephs .

The hospitals in that area during this time would be St.Charles in St.Charles Square , Du Cane hospital, which I think is now Hammersmith hospital and the materninty hospital was Queen Charlottes in I think shepherds bush road which closed some years ago now.

hopefully these might jog your memory,



Patricia Report 18 Sep 2013 21:01

Away for a few days back next week. Thank you all.


Patricia Report 8 Sep 2013 19:31

Have not been on for couple of days, looking at all the info coming in.Many many suggestions. Doing it al slowing, so not to worry about it.


Ru Report 5 Sep 2013 12:32

Hi Patricia,

Again, we have some good suggestions. It would be good to know what was stated on your birth certificate regarding where you were born. I mean the name of the hospital in Hammersmith. A real need to start from the beginning.

So many possibles here, but the hospital records are so important to help to move ahead.



Rambling Report 5 Sep 2013 12:16

AutumnLeaves, I did see that one, but possibly discounted it as Frances, seems to be living next door to a member of the extended Shepherd family in 47 and with 'May' and family in 1948. There is no obvious trace of her on the electoral rolls after that.

I believe advice has been given by PM for Patricia to ask for records from hospital which may give some info, which is probably needed before looking any further without going down the wrong route I think.


Patricia Report 5 Sep 2013 10:17

Thank you.


Autumnleaves Report 5 Sep 2013 01:28

Not sure if this is any help- last night I found a Fanny Sullivan and Theresa Sullivan living together in London around 1947-1949- think it was Westminster area.
Sorry to be a bit vague,I did not have the confidence to put it on here last night (it was very late) So I tended to dismiss them until I looked at Patricias request again tonight.
I do hope it is some help to you much more experienced folk.
Best Wishes to All


Patricia Report 3 Sep 2013 20:59

yes i think i was about nine when he died.


Kay???? Report 3 Sep 2013 20:54

Pat ,
Can you confirm that William Shepherd maybe known as Bill was Mays husband,?thanks,


Patricia Report 3 Sep 2013 20:31

Lots to read every one has been hard at work. not sure how you do it. Dose the electoral show any other name or detail of Frances. Thank you

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 3 Sep 2013 19:28

I see 7 Shepherd/Ball or Bell births in Kensington.