Graham Road School For Boys.

A Memory of Bexleyheath

I spent most of my younger life in Bexleyheath, we lived in Oaklands Road. I went to Upton Road Primary School, I remember that the Head Teacher was Miss Hughes. From there I went on to Bexleyheath Secondary Modern School for Boys, in Graham Road. I remember Mr Piper, Mr Bottomley, Mr Klien (History), Mr Cullem (English), Mr Morgan (French), Mr Locke (Sports), Mr Glover and Mr Jones (Metalwork), Mr Thorpe (Pottery) and the Headmaster was Mr Penny. The Deputy Head was Mr Austin. We also had the school divided into four Houses; Blendon (Red), Brampton (Blue), Danson (Yellow) and Upton (Green). This was between 1950 and 1953. I was a Wolf Cub at 2nd Bexleyheath Scouts in Bean Road, I was a Scout in the 4th, BexleyHeath Scouts also. I sometimes used to go to the Snooker Hall above Burtons, some Saturdays to the Drill Hall Dances (if my Dad let me out). I sometimes used to go to the Silver Lounge for a Knickerbocker Glory, I remember the Cascarini family that owned the Silver Lounge as they were at school with me. I saw on an earlier post on here that somebody upon remembering Danson Park, mentioned the Motor Boat - Miss Lingaid. Well, I also remember that appearing, it was named after the place where Bexleyheath sent a gymnastic team to in Norway in 1949. The Danson Park Lido was where we all learned to swim. The Graham Road School used to take us there for lessons. I left Bexleyheath in 1955 to go to Sea, and have never been back. I have lived in Yorkshire for the last 45 years. I am now 74 years old, 75 next Christmas Day.
Archie Paice.

A memory shared by Arthur Paice , on Aug 29th, 2013.

Comments & feedback

Wed Jan 7th 2015, at 12:17 pm

Stewart Evans commented:

I too went to the above school (1962-1968) and remember most of the teachers mentioned by A. Paice. Mr Lester was head teacher, assisted by Mr Scott. It was after about a year there that they had speakers put into the class rooms, so that the head teacher could ask someone to his office. One day he asked all teachers and staff to come at the next recess, and after the break our class was told by a tearful Mr Bottomley that Mr Locke had died the previous evening. These 2 men were great buddies. Other teachers I can remember were Mr Brown (sport and history, Mr Dale( not sure) and Mr Sale(chemistry) They were good times there. I joined the school brass band and choir. There was a debating society. I remember also the allotment where pupils were encouraged to grow vegetables, which were sold to staff and pupils alike.I remember buying a celery for 2d. Aaah happy days.

Sat Jan 31st 2015, at 6:13 pm

madeleine.durban commented:

Mr Paice's comments have brought back many memories from my time at Graham Road from 1949 - 1951 after which I passed my 11+ plus a special exam to go to Gravesend Technical school with one and a half days a week at Gravesend School of Art - another story. I recall virtually all the above mentioned teachers and especially Mr 'Pip' Piper who was a friend of my parents, which was a bit embarassing for me at the time, and Mr Morgan who gave me a pretty good grounding of French. A number of us went on a school trip to Paris with him and stayed in the Ecole Normale d'Autueil in the rue Molitor, where one of our class became delirious after smoking a packet of Gauloises and crawled out onto a wide ledge high up and outside our dormitory, fortunately without falling. All I can remember apart from that is that a group of us got separated from the teachers on the crowded Metro but managed on our own to get back to the rue Molitor and Mr Morgan was not happy! Unfortunately I have no photos of that trip as the strap broke on my parents old folding Kodak camera and I watched in horror as it plunged into the wake of the ferry as we left Newhaven - in many ways that ruined an otherwise rewarding holiday for me. Just before I left the school part of the school was burnt down (nothing to do with me!), and I remember that no cups were presented on sports day because they had all melted. One of my fondest memories was of one Christmas when the whole school marched down to Christ Church and after the service we came out into a world transformed with white and heavy falling snow: a magic image. Now, 65 years later I still remember Mr. Morgan's French class and the French I had to dredge from memory after 28 years when I first met my Breton wife in London for the first time as she had very little English. It worked and we have both retired to Brittany where we have a great quality of life and many friends both French and English.
Roger Durban January 31st 2015

Sat Mar 12th 2016, at 3:45 am

Paul Beresford commented:

I also went to Graham Road school from around 1956 till 1960 when I left at 15 and 10 months old. I recall we did a school trip to Guernsey . However I can't remember anything about it such as, how we got there and back, where we stayed etc. All I remember is the gun emplacements and "The battle of the flowers" can anyone jog my memory

Paul Beresford

My website page on Bexleyheath is: http://dansonpark.com/?page_id=3188

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