Belmont Preparatory School

A Memory of Belmont

I was a boarder here in the late 1940s. The Principal was Miss Attrill and Miss Doris, who was described as being her niece. They were Scots, and I believe that Miss Doris was a keen golfer. I am not sure whether Miss Attrill was or had been a golfer, as well. They used to walk with walking sticks, which I think were more of an accessory, than a walking aid. They both wore kllts ornamented with grouse claws.

Does anyone know of them, please? I would love to know what became of them. I remember the walks to the Downs in 'crocodile' formation. I returned there in ther early 1990s upon my return from America, and found that the the buildings had been demolished to make way for a parking lot at the back. There were only two boys at the school, and we used to play Cowboys and Indians. I was always the one who ended up being tied to a tree. The tree is still standing.

My experiences whilst at the school were very unhappy and traumatic, and I believe that this was so of many of the pupils. most particularly the boarders.

I would be very interested in hearing of other people's experiences whilst at the school, and would very much like to know what happened to the school and the two women.

A memory shared by Susie Palmer , on Jun 19th, 2010.

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