Childhood Memories of Stevenage 1950 - 1963

Andrew Robson

I was born on 12 March 1950 at the Fox Holes Nursing Home in Pirton, a small village just outside Hitchin. The original post-war nursing home has now been replaced by a modern care home. I was christened as Andrew John, but have always been known as ‘Andy’. My father was Anthony Robson, and he was born in Carshalton, Surrey. My mother was (still is) Vera Robson, nee Hadley. My parents met in the late 1940’s when my Dad was still in the RAF after WW2 and was stationed up near Manchester. Mum’s family home was in Rycroft Road, Stretford, a suburb of Manchester, and her father was baker. After they married in 1948, Mum and Dad moved down to Stevenage and briefly lived with Dad’s family in Haycroft Road. They must have applied for social housing, because after I was born my family moved into number 12 Brox Dell, which was among the first phase of new housing forming part of the ‘new town’ development.

I have now compiled a series of ‘memories’ of my life in Stevenage between the years 1950 and 1963, with some details from later years which may be relevant. Please refer to the attached PDF document.

This page was added on 12/01/2018.

Comments about this page

  • Andrew, thank you so much for this very interesting account of your childhood in Stevenage. I am a relative “newcomer”, arriving on marriage in 1974, but my hubby lived in Ryecroft between the mid-50s until middish 60s. I’ve given him details of your story as I’m sure lots of it will be familiar to him. He may comment on this page!

    By Sue Bradford (18/03/2018)

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