View Full Version : Gosh! Look who moved in next door!

3rd Mar 2006, 07:10
My boss recently moved to Blackheath (sarf Lunnun) and has been told that the house next to his used to be lived in by well known '60s TV cheffette Fanny Craddock.

When I was a kid in Purley -- famous place Purley, nudge, nudge -- the next door neighbour but one was Francis Rossi's mum! He often turned up on Sunday for Mum's roast beef and Yorkshire. Even Status Quo like Sunday lunch. Nice bloke he was.

But to cap all this, my mate used to live next door to world famous TV magician David Nixon in Chipstead, Surrey!

Bet no other Ppruners and their mates have got/had such august and talented neighbours.....:)

3rd Mar 2006, 07:49
1. Ex neighbour went to court on fraud/scam charges

2. His son, drug charges

3. Nuther ex neighbour (same house) attempted murder.

4. Nuther neighbour (same house) hubby and wife were the premium entertainment package for weddings and social functions called 'The Gay Cabarelos' See item 3 for outcome.

5. Other neighbour, wife used to go on intermittent fitness campaigns, a week later the speed camera was set up down the road. The next day while hubby was at work, the speed camera operator would park his police car in neigbours driveway whilst he bonked neighbours wife. Turned out to be a very reliable advance warning for said speed camera until hubby sprung them.


Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Mar 2006, 07:56
Ex girlfriend used to live next door to Phil Collins and hobnobbed with his crowd a bit.

3rd Mar 2006, 07:58
Bet no other Ppruners and their mates have got/had such august and talented neighbours.....:)
Oooh - a challenge!
My brother bought a house from John Greig, ex-Rangers and Scotland footballer. A couple of years later, he tore out an old fireplace, and found one of Greig's Scottish Cup medals which had slipped down the back.

henry crun
3rd Mar 2006, 08:15
I used to live next door to Albert Skinner, game set and match to HC.

3rd Mar 2006, 08:39
I used to live next door to the Hon. Jeremy Deedes (MD of Daily Telegraph and son of Bill Deedes). All sorts of Tory Grandees would turn up and block my drive; had an argument with Max Hastings once over that.

The neighbour on the other side, Mike Robinson, TV Chef! Never got invited round for a meal though.

The BBC series "Trainer" (like Howard's Way but with horses instead of water!) was filmed in the village and due to a cock-up in accommodation, neighbours agreed to put up some of the "stars". We had Audrey Jenkinson next door!



3rd Mar 2006, 08:49
One just can't improve on fanny.

3rd Mar 2006, 08:58
Used to get free flying with the CFI at Luton Flying Club, as he also taught Roger Whitaker. I got to fly Luton-Stansted, via Roger's house one orbit at 500', and then sit in the Nissen hut at Stansted until the lesson was over, and fly back.

First time we went the CFI said nothing about him, just said take me to X, fly an orbit, then land at STN. Parked up, met this bearded guy, Roger this is AA, AA this is Roger - shall we go for coffee. All the little old dears in the Nissen hut tea bar were clucking, and he was signing napkins by the dozen. I had no idea who he was - more into the Stranglers!

3rd Mar 2006, 09:36
That's nothing! My mate's great aunt's second cousin's friend used to know a chap's son's godfather once removed who was married to a friend of Terry Wogan's wife!

Beat that, if you can. :E

3rd Mar 2006, 09:36
acbus - I'm guilty of thread drift here, but sod it, I started the thing.

One just can't improve on fanny.

There was the infamous occasion on live telly when her husband Johnny, who was always tanked up with electric soup looked at the camera and said something along the lines of, "And if you follow the recipe carefully, all your doughnuts will look like Fanny's...."

Back on thread, a mate has just told me he lived opposite the kid who played 'The Milky Bar Kid' in the 1960s adverts for that not very nice choccy bar.

3rd Mar 2006, 09:46
Harvey Smith (very rude showjumper) used to live in my house.

3rd Mar 2006, 09:50
Remember the Small Faces song Lazy Sunday?

Wouldn't it be nice
To get on with me neighbours
But they make it very clear
They've got no room for ravers
They stop me from groovin',
They bang on me wall
They doing me crust in
It's no good at all

That was about the bloke who used to own my house, who started a campaign to get Steve Marriot to move. Thankfully, the Strafers are much more accomodating to pop stars, so if Natalie Imbruglia is looking for a London pad, next door's for sale and it's got a nice secluded garden for your sunbathing.

eastern wiseguy
3rd Mar 2006, 09:54
My sis swears she snogged Bob Geldof....:hmm:

3rd Mar 2006, 09:54
acbus There was the infamous occasion on live telly when her husband Johnny, who was always tanked up with electric soup looked at the camera and said something along the lines of, "And if you follow the recipe carefully, all your doughnuts will look like Fanny's...."

It wasn't Johnny, it was Bill Tennent, a presenter on Scottish Television. "I hope all your doughnuts turn out like Fanny's". Wonder if there's a tape of that somewhere....

3rd Mar 2006, 10:08
Thanks for the correction Magnus.

At least I basically got the quote right! :ok:

The trouble is telly in those days was very much run on a shoestring basis and if tapes were made (which certainly wasn't all the time) they were very often erased and re-used to save money. I believe that tapes of many of the old Beeb classics such as Dr.Who, Dixon of Dock Green etc suffered this fate.

3rd Mar 2006, 10:13
My sis swears she snogged Bob Geldof....
That'd make me swear as well! :yuk:

3rd Mar 2006, 10:17
I used to live next door to Bonnie Tyler in the Algarve, my nan used to live next door to Ruth Madoc (of Hi De Hi if you don't remember).

3rd Mar 2006, 10:22
Thanks for the correction Magnus.
At least I basically got the quote right! :ok:

You're very welcome, Angels. I remember seeing the clip as I happened to be skiving off school that day.

3rd Mar 2006, 10:29
I once danced with a girl who danced with a man who danced with a girl who danced with the Prince of Wales.

3rd Mar 2006, 10:44
Once upon a time one of my neighbours was always in the paper - usally the 'Court Reports' section it must be said! :sad:

Once worked with a student placement whose mother lived next door to Bryan ferry's mother.
My niece in law married the brother of the chap how was then, at least, Emily Lloyd-Pack's boyfriend. She went to the wedding - didn't take her dad ("Trigger").

Onan the Clumsy
3rd Mar 2006, 12:28
The child of the people who moved n two doors away may or may not have tried to rob a house in the neighbourhood and when I intervened (because it might have been my brother's house) his mate wot was driving tried to kill me.

Beat THAT!

tall and tasty
3rd Mar 2006, 12:59
Bet no other Ppruners and their mates have got/had such august and talented neighbourswell actually I lived next to a recording studio and the family house is still there and saw, bumbed into loads of people that you think gosh just listened to the recording 2 months before it hit the streets.

Just around the corner the famous writer of the Mr Men books, the singer who had his hair all curly and name was the same as a southern county in England similar to Sussex, lived in our village, we had the lady and her group who sung "Your so vain" just down the road and have operated on a good shakespearean actors dog and stitched (the last boyfriend of Princess Di's) dog up when he decided to run over broken glass.

Have a friend who had numerous news readers and presenters to dinner and I get invites to that and that is strange sitting with people you are used to seeing on the 1800 news.

Status Quo are lovely escorted them to a flight at EGKK once

Life is boring where I live now that is why I am moving :D


Lon More
3rd Mar 2006, 13:00
Don't live next door to anyone famous although my neighbours have the good fortune of living next door to me.:oh:

3rd Mar 2006, 22:14
I grew up living round the corner from Sean Connery's Mum. We never actually saw him pop round for tea, but there used to be a Ferrari parked down the road on occasions and rumour had it that it was his!

I also lived downstairs from the woman who produced the "Driving School" programme on TV - you know the one with the chunky welsh woman and her shouting husband in their Lada?? :yuk:

3rd Mar 2006, 22:18
Ginger Baker from Cream lived in the house opposite from where I live, in a quaint English village, called Polebrook!

3rd Mar 2006, 22:58
Dint have notable neighbours. Still, Yer never know who was a neighbour then who eventually hit the limelight.
I did, however, meet the Hues Corporation - "Rock the boat, don't rock the boat, baby, Rock the boat, don't tip the boat over" - when they stopped in for a cuppa after Mater took them horse-riding. Tall chap gave me a dollar.

Fast-forward 20 yrs or so and another horse-related incident. Was tasked with picking up a 'person-who-cannot-be-named-for-privacy-reasons' and her pal for a horse trek. Turned out to be an ex-Miss New Zealand, Lana Coc-Croft, of late a regular TV presenter and celeb here in EnZed. Both were stunning. :cool:

Airshow, AKL. 1986. I was carving for the VVIP buffet. The Rt. Hon. David Lange, late ex-EnZed Prime Minister, sidled up to the haunch and said, "Cut off a piece, would ya, and stick it in me hand?".
Where's the ettiiquette? Tsk.

Rumour has it Antip-sur-lac is peppered with holiday homes owned by the Rich-n-Famous.

3rd Mar 2006, 23:14
Not quite neighbours but round the corner:

Ozzie Ardellus (sp!?!) ex spurs player, moved sometime around the Falklands war,
A lot of the grange hill cast of old, Rolo, Zammo and a couple of others, my mind fails me though on the rest of their names.

3rd Mar 2006, 23:14
Lon More - beat me to it!;)

4th Mar 2006, 01:17
I live very close to Fredrik Ljungberg the Fotball player. And iam a good pal with his brother. Nice Chaps both of them. And Pär Gesle "The Roxet guy" lives close to.

4th Mar 2006, 06:14
I used to go to school with Dennis Gillespie’s son

4th Mar 2006, 06:24
Pah!! I had Carmel Clausen on one side, Peter Hellwig on the other, and Bruce Leggatt just down the road at number 17. So there.

4th Mar 2006, 08:22
This thread is starting to remind one of that programme "Through the Keyhole."

Interminable faffing around, guessing who the mystery famous person might be.

Then, eventually, when the identity is revealed with all the drama that David Frost can muster (i.e big fat zero, except, perhaps, a hint of him capsizing off his chair as he falls asleep) one sits there and thinks......

"Who the **** are they?"

4th Mar 2006, 08:29
Mum and Dad's next door neighbours were very good friends with a mass murderer.:ugh: :ugh: :(

4th Mar 2006, 08:33
When you say "were"...............:uhoh:

4th Mar 2006, 08:37
Don't worry they are still about, murderer in question hung himself in Wakefield prison.

4th Mar 2006, 09:52
One is unaware of whom they live next door since they are so far away!One merely knows that on the south side they consist of fishes and passing seamen.

tony draper
4th Mar 2006, 09:57
Bah! I usta play dominos with a convicted murderer, he didn't live next door to me though.
His cell was way down the hall.

4th Mar 2006, 10:10
......on the south side they consist of fishes and passing seamen.

Lots of people have neighbours who are passing semen.

4th Mar 2006, 10:40
Before moving to snowy Aberdeen one lived 5 doors down from the Jaggers (Richmond)...v strange arrangement...after the divorce he had one house and Jerry had next door. She was v friendly but he never said a word.

4th Mar 2006, 11:28
As a new PPL instructor I had to conduct a check ride at Elstree with Uncle Rodger from Flight International.

Only found out who he was after he went home.

4th Mar 2006, 11:35
Lond time ago as an instructor I flew with Uncle Rodger form flight Imt, at Elstree. only found out who he was next day

4th Mar 2006, 12:04
Hope you weren't late on the round out.

Romeo Delta
4th Mar 2006, 13:06
One for the Americans:

When I was born, we lived across the street from the iconic general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Tex Schramm.

Lon More
4th Mar 2006, 13:12
Trilander That's one way to raise your post count:\

the force is weak in this one

Onan the Clumsy
4th Mar 2006, 13:24
friends with a mass murdererlook you can't murder mass, you can only transform it :* My old neighbour A.Einstein told me so.