Great snow in 1967
I attended Fitzherbert School 1964 to 1969. I have many fond memories including the ‘Great Snow In’ in 1967 I think, when the school was cut off. Kids from Saltdean, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford had to sleep in the school. Supplies of food were obtained from Ghazel’s tiny shop opposite; unfortunately there were no beds or blankets. The rest of us had to walk to and from school, over the Race Hill, down through Lower Bevendean and up over the Downs to Moulsecoomb and Coldean in snow blizzards up to our knees.
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Waifs and strays
One day a couple of us were half an hour late and got detention, even though there was no transport and we had walked 3 miles in the snow over the Downs to school. Dickensian! I was born in the workhouse, which later became Brighton General Hospital. I was educated in the Industrial School for waifs and strays, as it used to be known originally by the locals.
Of course in those days, we had no idea that we were walking on top of the deepest hand dug well in the world every day, and could have fallen in. We had no knowledge of the substantial history of the school, or of the prehistoric earthworks next door on Cemetery Land which used to be an old farmstead. I would love to hear more stories from ‘Fizzy Sherbert’ please – as Fitzherbet was known by us then.