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The info is slightly wrong. If I remember it was Patcham Fawcett High School when all my brothers and I attended not just Patcham Fawcett School. I joined in either 1979/1980 to 1984/5. My oldest brother was five years older than me and I think that it was still a high school even when he was attending. But most definitely it had High in the name when I was there and on all the books and school reports that I received each year. The date of it changing to a high school is wrong I think. It amalgamated in to one school according to a family friend (Darrin Collins- passed away around 4 years ago under 50) who told me, as he was in the Fawcett School and moved to Patcham Fawcett High School. A lot of the kids moved to Patcham Fawcett High after what I was told was an explosion in the science room that closed the building. I never read this anywhere in papers etc so I’m not sure if it is right. He had said it was something to do with him. Not sure if true or trying to look big as he exaggerated and did not always tell the truth. That’s why the schools joined. It was in the last two years of being there that this happened. If anyone was at the Fawcett School and moved to Patcham High School at this time it would be fantastic to know if what I was told really happened to Fawcett. He used to call the old school Fawcett annex? He was around 2/3 years older than me. My memory is not great with dates that’s why I took French instead of History.
Is this the building next to The Cricketers in Prince Albert Street?
I attended this school but am not totally sure of the years. I think probably 1979/80 to 1983/84 and I was 15 when left as i was born in late August so I had to stay on after all the exams. The oldest kids were meant to revise at home and come back in just for the exams. The second term kids left after doing all their exams in May/June. The youngest had to stay at school and do nothing as they had done all the exams. A really stupid system so I am glad that it has changed for my children. I had two older brothers that went before me Jason and Spencer(sadly passed away around four years ago). They both set a bad president for me as teachers would moan “Not another Caulfield, how many are there of you lot?” as they both were in the A band but misbehaved terribly. The teachers I remember are:Mr Revel – Art, Mrs Jarvis – Art, Mrs Dockrill – English (was my form tutor twice in a row), Mr Gillard (I think) – German (tutor), Mr Blowit – Pottery (tutor), Mr Eastman – Maths ( always in a brown suit and painfully talked so slowly with about four sums per lesson. I still managed to move up a class from 2B2 to 2B1 in Maths. Mr Sponge – French, came as a supply teacher but stuck around a few years, ???? Chemistry teacher (cannot remember his name) was my form tutor and a friend of my mothers. He came around our house one day – very embarrassing, Mr Denyer – Physics, Mr Holland – Biology and Mr Wilcox – PE. Holland and Wilcox had a fight at the bottom school field one day. Heard it was over Mrs Jarvis for some reason. Wilcox and Jarvis got together even though they were married to different people. I liked them both and Holland. Came across Wilcox and Jarvis years later still together in a pub near the floral clock in Hove. I bought them both a drink and had a chat. They both had left the school as it was probably demolished by then. I never used to do the swimming as I needed an ear plug as my ear drum is perforated. I would go down and buy him 10 cigs and smoke one on the way back. He would never say anything about having only 9. He was called G Wilcox and he would never tell anyone his first name but I eventually found out – it was Granville There was also Mr Davis – English he had D shaped half glasses. I heard that he drove his car off a beach head a year or so after we left. It was not a great school looking backwards on reflection. Times were different- it was more of a job than a vocation. There were some good teachers as well as bad ones. It is a stressfull job and I take my hat off to all of them. Had some good times and made some friends at this school. If anyone remembers me and wants to get in touch please feel free to. It would be strange but a fun trip down memory lane. I have been over to the old school site a few times as I know someone who lives close to there still. It was strange, eerie and silent when walking around the place as there used to be 800 boys running about with lots of noise. Makes you feel old thinking back to teenage years.
Does anyone remember precision engernears James Albury Prowse and Vic Secton who worked on lathes on secret work at Alan West during the war years?
I live in Sussex Mews, my house and garden are behind the railings. It is so interesting to see this. It was still called Clarence Garage when I moved here 1978. No railings, they went during the war, but you can see where they were.
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I wonder if there are any ex-Bevedean PS students from the mid 1960s who may remember a female teacher Miss [Pat] Bramley? If so would you have a photo from that era? I married her in Dec 1968 and we immigrated to Western Australia where she continued teaching until c2005. I seem to recall she spoke of a principal who liked to wear his Commonwealth Games blazer to school sports days. Any comments? Happy for you to contact me on email email@example.com
Michael, if you contact The Keep archive at Falmer (open Tues-Saturday) they will have maps showing the pre-development street plan for Whitehawk.
Gosh, stumbled across this when researching my school days in Brighton. My grandfather was Sidney Gravett but he was rarely spoken about. He left my grandmother and moved to London with a new companion. Yes they had four sons, Gor, who had 3 children. The two boys sadly passed away and Maureen lives in Spain. Wilfred (Bill) who married Joan Smith, both deceased. They had a son Peter who tragically passed away two yrs ago. Douglas was my fatherand he married Winfred Olive Warmsley during WWII, both sadly passed away, Doug in 2010 and Olive in 2015. They had two daughters, myself, Carole and my sister who lives in NZ. MY parents moved to Australia in 1970 and enjoyed a long and healthy life. I too live very happily in Victoria, Australia. Aunt Winnie was never really embraced by the brothers and was hardly spoken about which is sad. I think she may have taken my grandfather’s side when he left my Grannie Jesse. I would love to hear from any relatives, Carole Gravett firstname.lastname@example.org
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Joe, more info. What year were they in Brighton?
Could the poster in the background of the first photo actually say ” Whitehawk Congregational Church Hall”?
I agree it looks like the 17th Brighton Company of the Boys’ Brigade. The 17th certainly existed in the early 1950s. I was a member of another B.B. Company, the 10th Brighton (Hove) at that time and I remember playing cricket against them at East Brighton Park. Ron Bliss, who was a fine sportsman, played football for Whitehawk F.C. He was an Officer and then Captain of the 17th at about this time or maybe, a few years later. I think, although my memory is struggling at this point, he is in both pictures. In the top picture, in the front row group of four officers I think he is the second from the right. In the second picture, within the similar front row group of four, he is second from the left.
I was also there as a weekly boarder (Anne Turner). My friends were Adriana, Camilla, Jane, Wendy and the Mallam girls. As a non Catholic I do not have fond memories of the way that I, as a high spirited girl, was treated by the nuns. They couldn’t cope with anyone who wanted to have fun.
I remember Bradshaws by Preston Circus. During the war my brother and I made model aircraft from old scraps of wood and sold them to Bradshaws to fund the purchase of paint for the next batch of models.
My brother Dennis Harriott is top left, Leonard Harriott is far right centre rank, my uncle Dennis Harriott is seated fifth from the right with the dark moustache. The Harriotts lived at 3 Fletching Road. Top photo. Bottom photo has my brother Dennis Harriott standing front of the flag with my uncle Dennis Harriott seated fifth from the right. My uncle Dennis (Charles) Harriott was taken prisoner at Dunkirk.
I lived in Hervey Road, number 52, for all my childhood. I went to all the Whitehawk schools. I was born in 1962 so remember “Give us a jig Les”, the harmless bloke who was always walking in Hervey and around Whitehawk. I have one brother Dave and a sister Debbie and my mum’s name is Patricia. I’m looking for a street view map of Whitehawk, how it was back then, but can’t seem to find one anywhere so really hope someone can help me?
Oh my goodness. I stumbled on this site whilst looking up Varndean. I am top row left. I moved to Australia in 1968 and now live in Victoria. I have had an incredibly varied life, all based around food and wine. I am retired and living with a gorgeous man I met 30 years ago after my marriage broke up. I have a gorgeous daughter and two perfect – well sort of – grandchildren. I would love to hear from anyone in this photo. Such a blast from the past. Thank you to those who have saved and shared photos
My aunt lived in Dinapore Street. Her name was Joan Redman, her husband was Les. They didn’t have children. I was born and lived at 47 Richmond Street. We moved in 1956 and were rehoused in Moulsecoomb. It was like heaven, a brand new house, an inside toilet and a bathroom. I also remember the Coronation party, ours was in Tarner Road.
It looks to me like the numbers on the caps are 17 so that would make it the 17th Brighton, although I cannot recall there being a 17th in the 1970s.
The first photo has a poster at the rear which seems to indicate it is Whitehawk and relates to Churchill, I can’t place the second photo, taking a guess perhaps the old Whitehawk School.
What was the name of the (former) pub on the corner of Oxford Street and London Road in the photo?
I lived in Hollingbury Park Avenue in the late 1980s, and in Ditchling Rd opposite HSBC was Mrs O’Brien’s sweetshop, a very superior sweet shop. There were small glass cabinets with high class individual chocolates to choose from and the shelves around were lined with the nicest (mostly European) chocolates of every variety, pricey but top quality. Brands and varieties I have never seen elsewhere but always ones you took to dinner parties to much acclaim. She had the best and most sophisticated collection of greetings cards, so posh they had no inscriptions but were classy in the extreme. Luckily the plant shop opposite now has taken on the mantel of superior card purveyor.
I remember going to Virgin Records by the clocktower and to the Big Apple. I saw Emerson Lake and Palmer on one occasion and Deep Purple on another. I remember sitting on cushions waiting for the bands and listening to Bob Dylan’s Everybody Must Get Stoned etc from records. It was a very exciting time for a young man.
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