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Barwick House

A Memory of Barwick

My memories of my 7years at Barwick House from 1973 - 1980 from the age of 9 years aren't perfect but where else would I have had the chance to ride horses, go sailing, join the Sea Cadets and become the man I am today....I hear a lot about people being abused at the school; yes, it was rough but then none of us were in there for good behaviour, we were in there because no other school would have us.

I loved it and yes I was a trouble maker but I'd like to think in a nice way...Who remembers building the swimming pool? And the stables and what about the stable girl and Annette? I have some really good memories of them if anyone is interested.
Ian Gayle, 'HMS Amethyst'

A memory shared by Ian Gayle , on Sep 9th, 2010.

Comments & feedback

Sun Dec 14th 2014, at 7:49 pm

steven.bilsby commented:

Hi Ian I was at school when.you were.1970 1979 things were bad times I don't think of any good ones. I hope you are a better man and a strong one to all the best steven ft.w.

Wed Jan 28th 2015, at 4:56 pm

kwakakai commented:

hi ian i was there when you was (mark hughes) glad it made you a better man it made me bitter n twisted glad to see the old tyrants that run run it have dropped dead i remeber the ice cell and abusing house masters you maust have been one of the lucky ones getting to ride the horses anyway hope ya doing well

Thu Jul 23rd 2015, at 3:21 pm

robertellis62 commented:

Hi my name is Robert Ellis i was at Barwick House from 1975 to 1976. I remember the Major his wife and his daughter. the major was a tyrannt. Yes they had horses and a swimming pool which the pupils built themselves and a lake that you could canoeing in. But he also built a cell within changing room and whilst that cell was being built he told me that i would be the first one in it and i was. He also told me that the only place i was going from there was borstal. Sadly that was to be.

Tue Feb 16th 2016, at 3:58 pm

leonyelsnit commented:

I was there then I do not remember you ?

Noel Tinsley

Fri Jul 29th 2016, at 4:11 pm

peterh996 commented:

But Noel I remember you!! and Steve B. and yes we built the damn cells...survival mode for many years...sea cadet guard was a good way to get a decent smoke...and Carter having his nervous breakdown and couldn't write on the board!! Some charters for sure...and couldn't wait to get out which I did in 78. Hope you guys keep smiling. Harper

Mon Dec 5th 2016, at 2:03 am

allison.mcewan75 commented:

My name is Jason Granger. I was in the lower school Mideley Place in Curry Rival which the major ran. One incident that concerned me, I was due to leave the school in September, I'd done all my exams and my mum asked the major to leave my hair alone and let it grow for when I left. After a month he disregarded this and two of his house masters Mr Johnson and Mr Abbott held me down in a chair while the laundrey woman hacked my hair own off with scissors, As I was struggling my head ended up all cut. The major ran that school exactly as he wanted and no one ever went against. I was bullied for two years, have spent the rest of my life in institutions, using drugs to deal with it. Have now been clean for 3 years and out of prison for over a year. Trying to build my life back up now. i'd love to see the bastards brought to justice.

Wed Apr 5th 2017, at 1:27 pm

ashdowngarden commented:

hi i was there 1977 if any one rember me i am on facebook ian gayle was my room mate + 4 more there was mr waddy science teacher i had good times there on the farm horse rideing

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