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At school in the 1950s

I grew up in Woodingdean in the late 1940/50s. When I started at Woodingdean Primary School, Mr Peach was Headmaster and I remember Miss Retchless very well, you crossed her at your peril!  I’m sure she had a very loud voice too. Pop Hemsley was there at the time and is on the Class 9 photo here, though I can’t place the teacher on the other one which is, I think, an earlier photo. Apologies if I have got any names wrong. It was a very long time ago.  I’m now 73, retired and live in Worthing.

Class 9 – Teacher Pop Hemsley

Top row L to R  3 – Arthur James;  5 – Michael (or David )Curd  7 – Sheila Price;    11- John Mann.
Middle row L to R  7: Myself; 10 – Ron Capstick.
Bottom Row L to R   2 – Anne Seymour;  5 – Joyce Howell;  6 – Dawn Shepherd; 9 – Barry Ashby.

Do you remember?

Can you identify what years these photographs were taken? Can you recognise yourself, or anyone else? Who is the teacher on the second phototgraph? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.


Woodingdean Primary School
From the private collection of Alan Drake
Woodingdean Primary School
From the private collection of Alan Drake

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  • Hi Allan
    This may be late on replying but my brother Ron Capstick is on the bottom row third one in on the left on the bottom row, we lived in Downs Valley Road and my father was the local coal merchant. Ron ran a successful building business in Charlwood which is a small village in Surrey for over 50 years and now enjoying his retirement. All the very best to you, May Attwater/ Capstick.

    By May Attwater (25/11/2019)
  • That is me Martyn Lewinton, top row far right.

    By Martyn Lewinton (07/02/2020)
  • Does anyone remember a Paul Fleet,who is 73 now?

    By Chrissie Fleet (27/04/2020)

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