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Amazing to see this photo I remember a lot of the pupils ‘ happy times’ apart from miss Clothier didn’t take to me ! Put me off school life for ever would be lovely to see how everyone is ? Memomories where has time gone ?
Interesting so many comments re Rottingdean school. I was there 1967-1974. Remember Mr Darlow (who wouldn’t) whilst there are a lot of comments about how terrible he was – he did have some crazy ideas I was very happy there. In my experience Darlow’s bark was worse than his bite and worked out how to handle him – even at that tender age. That said being interviewed at the age of five was a terrifying experience. Mr Dewhurst took over in 1974 in the summer term and we had a new teacher Mr Jarman. They both had a lot of new ideas and looking back it was an interesting snapshot of the social changes happening. Mr Dewhurst’s son, who was in our class, died suddenly after we left which I presume was the reason Mr D left.
Also sadly lost Russ Davis, worked with Russ and played a lot of golf with him, great competitor.
Dear Shirley Turner, I am so glad you found my reply. It is amazing how far the Wilton family have travelled around the world. We moved out of no 44 in March this year, and a new couple live there now. It was our very happy home in a friendly community for 28 years. Yes it is a listed building, and has many original features. We used the shop window as a showcase for our daughter’s collection of odd finds. If you look up ‘Anna’s Museum’ you will find images of it. The new owners are keeping hold of the collection while we find a new home for it.
Bought some glass bluebird earrings there in 1978. Just found them again today…..
Does anybody remember COLIN BLACK? he was manager at BOGNOR from 1969 to 1972. I understand he went back to BRIGHTON as a line manager when BOGNOR closed.
Can anyone put me in touch with the family that ran The Ice Cream Shop at the bottom of Boundary Road please? The Irish man died then I think his son had it? Best ice cream ever and I’d like to try to replicate it! Thanks in advance!
Hello, Jill, Thanks for your note. Your memories of life all those years ago could well be of interest to many and I urge you to start writing ! Have you recollections of Kings Road, for example, when it had considerably more shops along its northward side, perhaps where the Brighton Centre and Top Rank buildings stand today ? I have to say this is one of my first thoughts in relation to what you wrote ! Until reading your words I hadn’t known that The Grand in more recent times had expanded to incorporate neighbouring property : but I know that since the ‘80s its frontage has changed quite a bit. Best wishes,
It was definitely Gochers Laundry. My Mum worked there and she was born in 1902 so I would assume she went there from school.
No worries Ken, a nice view anyway!
Hello Peter and Sam, Peter Groves (wrote 11/05/2022) “That’s not a railway, it’s the Devils Dyke Cable Car!” and Sam Flowers (11/05/2022)”Thank you for sharing this postcard view, Kenneth : it nicely shows the Aerial Cableway of c. 1894 – 1909.” Of course you are both right! This was the place where people visited at the end of the railway. I regret any confusion which has been caused by sending this picture. Cheers, Ken.
Thanks David, your mention of Miss Lelliot ( could it be Elliot?), who was the headmistress the Knoll Infants School has filled in a missing space in my memory. To my shame, I do not remember the teachers Miss Dimbelin, Mrs Chappell, or Miss Arrowsmith, although we must have been there at the same time.. What I do remember, was that children were made to stand alone in the front right-hand corner of the class room, as a punishment for doing something wrong and that one of the teachers had a great fear of the war was going to be as long as the “Great War” was. She could not have known then, that it would be even 2 years longer. I do not see why you should feel a fraud for trying to be an Old Knollite. I was born in London and left Hove six months after leaving school, but will always feel a connection to the town. It is where I grew up and will always remain a part of my life! Cheers for now, Ken.
Thank you for sharing this postcard view, Kenneth : it nicely shows the Aerial Cableway of c. 1894 – 1909.
That’s not a railway, it’s the Devils Dyke Cable Car!
Can admin on this site please email me..? Thank you..!!
The Gentleman holding the Standard is William David Measor he is also My Grandfather. The Old Contemptibles used to come down to Aldershot Garrison Church. As children we used to “march” with them from the NAAFI to the church. I have a photograph of him with the flag.
Hello Martin Strange, I certainly remember you as a great character actor, and singer, the ‘Sorcerer’ and ‘Roots’ productions at Westlain, and if I had hazarded a guess at your future employment I would have thought something in theatrical production, small screen actor perhaps, stand-up comic even! but an accountant ….No I don’t think so!. But then I never imagined that I would quit UK in 1974 and then spend 14 years working overseas in project management on major construction sites. Lived in France now for last 30 years, totally francophone, when I think how far my french ‘o’ level has got me. I’d like to visit UK sometime, I have a 2 year old granddaughter there that I still haven’t seen in the flesh, (other 4 grandchildren are here in France) but only when this Covid thing is completely finished. Good luck to you Martin. Richard (Bill) Bishop, St. Gildas de Rhuys, France.
Hello Ken, Thanks for your interesting reply, particularly re; the Knoll Infants School which I attended from 1941 to 1944. Testing my memory to its extreme, my class teachers were, Miss Dimbelin (Yr. 1) , Mrs Chappell (I think, Yr. 2), Miss Arrowsmith (Yr. 3). Miss Lelliot was the headmistress. I then went to Portland Road (West Hove) Juniors. I remember the Hangleton Road shops and private school as you have described. I vaguely remember the swings and strongly remember the kitchen at the top of Stapley Road which supplied school meals. If the wind was in the “wrong” direction we used to hurry past the kitchen to avoid the powerful pong. As I recall, during the war, the area between Martin Road and the section of Godwin Road which joins Stapley Road was mainly an open grassed, recreation area. Also in this area was a reservoir – I think – and a Scout hut. I never attended the Knoll Senior school so I would have felt a bit of a fraud if I had tried to become an Old Knollite.
Thanks for the memories. Best wishes. David.
I remember the ‘Ocean Hotel’ in 1947 as a fireman’s training facility. I enjoyed going down the very steep hill in the single deck bus! We lived in Westfield avenue behind which was a cornfield. Mum used to clap her hands to retrieve us from the hills. Dad went to Roedean (it was a naval training college!). Great place to grow up.
My Grandfather Dr. Percy Rutherford Adkins, a Physician lived at 37, St. James’s Street, Brighton, with his wife Blanche Adkins (nee Hennis) circa early 1900’s. He passed away in 1917. Formally of 39, Upper Rock Gardens.
Do you want lots of memories of a 93-year old who lived on Kings Road (next door to, but now part of The Grand Hotel in Brighton) – and whose grandparents lived in a house on KINGSWAY between Braemre Rd and Berriedale Avenue then known as St.Clements, Kingsway, Hove (some photos)? Exciting times for a child from pre-Dunkirk onwards. I hope to be in Brighton in September this year.
Anyone who knew Reg still reading this..? I’m writing a book about the history of ice skating in Brighton and would love to learn a bit more. When did he pass away..? You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You Suzanne Harris for this most interesting comment. Can we find the article in the Evening Argus online on the internet?
We have an article on the well – here Jennifer(editor)
I have just passed my bus drivers licence. I remember my grandad Harry Graham or Alice Graham being a driver or conductor. Any info would be appreciated cheers.
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