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Memories of Basingstoke
Basingstoke Town Hall
I remember the Town Hall from the late 1950's - 1960's. My father, the late Dr Frank Foden MBE, used to be a lecturer at what was then Basinstoke Technical College. He used to write a pantomime each year for staff and students to perform at Basingstoke Town Hall. Some of early planning rehearsals used to take place in a coffee bar just round the corner from the Town Hall. I think it was called The Majorca? I also remember the market stalls outside the Town Hall each Saturday, when we would come into town. We lived in, what was then, the village of Chineham. I went to school in Old Basing. Shopping in Basingstoke was a regular Saturday event. I went to RAD Ballet classes in town, while my mother did the weekly shopping and placed her weekly shopping order at Oady's, near my ballet school. The shopping order would be delivered to our village home on Monday or Tuesday. Many of the shops were close to the Town Hall, such... Read more
I went to Fairfields Infants in the years 1951-53, and can remember hearing of the death of King George VI in February 1952. My sister (a year older) was there too. We each received the book "Elizabeth Our Queen" soon after the Coronation in 1953. I remember the teachers well - Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Norsworthy, Mrs Croft, Mrs Webb and two terms under Miss Hole. In contrast to another posting here, I did not find Miss Hole "scary". She was quite nice. My brother went to the senior school at Fairfields and became a prefect there. This was afterwards. I remember that the senior school was mixed boys and girls when I was in the infants. After Fairfields Infants we went to the Shrubbery Junior in Cliddesden Road. I passed my 11-plus and went to Queen Mary's Grammar in Vyne Road. I sat the 11-plus exam in Fairfields Senior, and a group of us were threatened with the cane that day by Johnnie Littlefair the headmaster, who had a severe... Read more
I attended Fairfields "school", and I use that term loosely, in the early 1960s. I have nothing but bad memories that have haunted me for 50 years! The only pleasurable memory I have of the school is hearing a new singing band being played in the schoolyard on a portable record player by a few girls, it was 1964 and it was the Beatles. The girls were immediately taken to the headmasters office and their record player confiscated! Fond memories indeed.
T.Tyrrell And Sons
To the right of the Town Hall is Wote Street and my father Ronald was one of the sons that worked in Tyrrells fishmongers all of his life, he can remember delivering fish from a horse and cart, the fish shop has now gone, that was a sad day
I Was Married Here
I was married there in 1964, long before it was swamped by the town centre. My daughter was christened there. I then went to work at Van Moppes, can anyone remember it? I was living at Viables Farm, a working farm then, I believe it's a craft centre now. They were good days.
I went to Fairfields in 1956 until 1961 and it was a Secondary Modern school then, and the infants were at the bottom end. I believe it was turned into a junior/infants school after that as most went to Charles Chute School which was brand new.
I suspect either caption "Basingstoke Boarding School" or "Fairfields School" is correct, depending on your time period. I attended this school in the 1960s & 70s when it was aan ordinary (non-boarding) Infants & Junior school called Fairfields, and yes I remember Mr. Thomas, the headmaster, as an authority to be feared.
But the building was much older than that, and I remember seeing a keystone with "1898" written on it. Quite likely it was a boarding school in its early days.
Is this caption right? 42064 seems right - this is the Board School established under Act of Parliament. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Leducation70.htm.
I believe that John Arlott went there, and Ruth Ellis. My children went there, both as Infants (nearest building) and Juniors (up to age 11) between 1973 and 1981. This was the last of the "old schools" in the town, where children were expected to learn, not play. It seems to have served the children well, judging by exam results in later life. This changed when the Headmaster Mr Thomas retired.