Chertsey lingo. 08/12/2020.

Chertsey ‘lingo’

As a child I loved listening to grown-ups talking, I suppose some would say I was just a nosy kid, they would probably be right. Our kitchen was a good hunting ground for this little hobby of mine. There was always someone around with a bit of gossip about that Mrs so-and-so up the top of the town—that is the posh bit of Chertsey and things seemed to be going on all the time up there.

I noticed when-ever the subject was a bit naughty it would either be said behind a hand or with ‘gum-talk’—moving the lips without uttering a word, a sort of mute button. Another thing they would do is not say the proper word, it was all ‘thingy-me-bob’ his ‘whatsit’ or some such thing. It took me quite a while to be understand what the hell they were talking about. Then there were the ‘sayings’ such as, ‘There’s no smoke without fire’ or ‘She is all curtains and no knickers’, there seemed to be a competition to see who could come up with the most fitting expression.

I don’t know if it was the urgency of being at war, but also in Chertsey every sentence seemed to be shortened to just three or four words, and the one that I remember most of all was ‘Just in case’, we were told to ‘Carry our gas masks at all times—just in case’, or ‘Don’t talk to strangers—just in case’, these three words would be added to anything!

On this day I came home from school and there were the ladies all having a cup of tea, as I walked in the kitchen the talking stopped abruptly, and my mother gave me a clip around the ear—this was not any sort of punishment, more affectionate you could say, she always did it, almost like a greeting. If ever I asked what was that for, she would say…………. ‘Just in case’.

Author: madeinchertsey

Born in 1932, this is a collection of stories of my childhood growing up in Chertsey, and some stories of my later life.

2 thoughts on “Chertsey lingo. 08/12/2020.”

  1. I’ve really enjoyed reading made in chertsey , I can relate to a lot of things as I was born at 1 bridge rd ,and my dad and uncles all lived in the same house .they all played down the willow walk , and st Ann’s hill ,and I told lots of stories about what they used to get up to ,when we moved to addlestone when I was three , and back to chertsey when I six , we lived at 127 pyrcroft rd in a prefab , I can remember some of the family’s mentioned here, for me this is certainly a wonderful read , I would so much love to buy a book if ever this is done in book form ,thank you so much for writing it from mrs Patricia rice (born in 1947) formally lazell


    1. Thanks Patricia, It is alway nice to hear your comments on my stories. You will be the first to have a copy of my book, but I fear it may be a while yet. I remember the prefabs being built in the fields opposite Stanfords farm, we used to play in them—probably in the very one you would eventually live in! My friend Danny Parker lived near your end of the prefabs, you may have known him and his brother Jackie. I assume number one Bridge road was at the town end near The Vine, I had friend who lived in one of the cottages nearer to Willow Walk, I can’t remember her name except that she was quite beautiful and out of my league, she sold ice cream from a tricycle at Chertsey Bridge , I never got a free one


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