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In pictures: Flashback to Hatch End in the 1980s

Welcome aboard our whimsical time machine as we embark on a delightful journey to Hatch End in the 1980s!

Today, we’re taking a light-hearted stroll down memory lane along Uxbridge Road, the buzzing parade of shops that epitomised the charm of this beloved part of Harrow. So fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a dose of witty nostalgia!

Uxbridge Road: Picture this: a street lined with shops bursting with character and local flair. Uxbridge Road was the pulsating artery of Hatch End’s commercial life. Here, you’d find the heart of the community, beating to its unique rhythm. From quirky boutiques to bustling cafes, this lively strip was the go-to destination for Hatch End residents.

In pictures: Flashback to Hatch End in the 1980s Harrow Online
Credit: Tony Cowham

Pickwick Walk: Tucked away in Uxbridge Road, Pickwick Walk was a hidden gem that has managed to withstand the test of time. Back in the 1980s, this charming alleyway was home to a bustling barber shop that catered to the style-conscious locals. Fast forward to today, and while the hairstyles may have evolved, Pickwick Walk remains an unchanged haven of nostalgia, where one can still wander and imagine the scissor symphonies of yesteryear.

The Railway’ Pub:  Ah, ‘The Railway’ pub—a legendary watering hole that witnessed the clinking of glasses and the laughter of Hatch End’s merry residents. In the 1980s, this beloved establishment was the go-to spot for locals to unwind and swap tales of triumph and woe. Sadly, like many tales, this chapter came to an end in the early 2000s, leaving behind cherished memories of pints raised and friendships forged.

In pictures: Flashback to Hatch End in the 1980s Harrow Online
Credit: Tony Cowham

Dining Delights: Even in the ’80s, Hatch End was a haven for food enthusiasts. The town boasted a smorgasbord of restaurants, where locals could satisfy their appetites for both exotic and comfort cuisine. From quaint family-owned eateries to trendy new spots, Hatch End was a gastronomic playground that catered to every craving. Whether you longed for fish and chips or craved a taste of the exotic, the options were aplenty.

The Small Shell Petrol Station: Fueling Up Memories: Nestled next to ‘The Railway’ pub, a diminutive Shell petrol station stood proudly, with only a couple of pumps ready to quench the thirst of passing motorists. It may have been small, but this little station played a big part in the lives of Hatch Enders, ensuring their trusty vehicles were always ready for the adventures that lay beyond this cosy suburb.

In pictures: Flashback to Hatch End in the 1980s Harrow Online
The Shell Garage can be seen on the left. Credit: Tony Cowham

Hatch End Station: As we journey through the annals of time, one thing remains constant: Hatch End Station. The gateway to Hatch End, this charming train station has stood the test of time, its appearance unchanged since the 1980s. From the infectious beats of popular songs blaring through portable cassette players to commuters eagerly awaiting their next adventure, Hatch End Station continues to serve as a portal to both the past and the present.

And let’s not forget the plethora of tunes and captivating movies that set the soundtrack for life in Hatch End during the 1980s! From the infectious beats of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to the pop melodies of Duran Duran’s “Rio,” the airwaves were filled with catchy tunes that had everyone dancing in the streets.

As Hatch Enders strolled along Uxbridge Road, they couldn’t help but hum along to these iconic hits. And when it came to movie nights, the cinemas in Harrow itself was abuzz with excitement as residents lined up to catch blockbusters like “Back to the Future” and “The Breakfast Club”.

As we bid adieu to the Hatch End of the 1980s, we can’t help but revel in the memories of quirky shops and the tight-knit community that made this Harrowvian gem truly special.

In pictures: Flashback to Hatch End in the 1980s Harrow Online
Hatch End Station, 1980s. Credit: Tony Cowham.

So, let’s raise a glass to the Hatch End of yesteryear, where time stood still and fond memories were etched in the hearts of all who called it home.

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