Galsworthy reminisce about the 50’s

Many residents at Galsworthy House nursing home in Kingston upon Thames enjoyed a lovely 1950’s reminiscence afternoon hosted by Nigel Dawson.

Nigel spoke about the Great Smog of London also known as the pea souper, black fog or killer fog, it was a very thick and often yellowish, greenish, or blackish fog caused by air pollution that contains soot particals. It finally disappeared once the weather got warmer. The teddy boys were also discussed in 1951 once known as Edwardian boys. This name came from the fashion they wore which was similar to dandies in the Edwardian times. The men enjoyed hearing and  talking about this fashion which some of them once wore. Nigel then went on to discuss 1952 and Al Martino who had a hit with “Here in my Heart ” which he played to the residents with some residents singing along. We discussed the Coronation which took part in 1953 where Elizabeth was anointed as the assembly sang “Zadok the Priest, 1955 ITV started broadcasting, we also heard Ruby Murray singing ” Softy Softly ” with residents remembering and singing along.

This is just some of what we heard in this hour long trip down memory lane , residents are looking forward to Nigel returning!

At Galsworthy House care home in Kingston upon Thames we provide the highest standards of residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 72 elderly residents. You can find us in our prime position on Kingston Hill, where our home enjoys wonderful views over Richmond Park, the largest Royal Park in London.

If you would like to find out more about life at Galsworthy House, our events and activities, or would like to arrange a visit to our home, please contact us on 0808 223 5506 or email