Memories of Braintree

My Early Years

I lived in Cressing Road, went to Chapel Hill Primary School and then to Braintree County High School. I left there in 1952 when my father was transferred by Crittall Metal Windows, to Dunedin, New Zealand. I remember the 750th Anniversary celebrations in 1949 and had always said I would like to return for the 800th ...Read full memory

A memory of Braintree by Paul Smith

Manor Street School

The wall on the left in the photo is Manor Street School which I attended from about 1953 until 1959. I am still in touch with Rod Gray. Does anyone else remember me or Rod from that time? The Headmistress was Miss Jarvis who was always accompanied by her Dachsund dog!

A memory of Braintree by Robin Hodson

The School Song

1. with Hearts close knit in comradeship, your lusty voices tune to praise: And welcome him [& presumably her] with steadfast grip who speaks of school and happy days. 2. [in minor key] For whom shall every voice be still, in silent homage to the brave? For those who stormed the tyrant's hill, and gazed on victory ...Read full memory

Braintree County High School

I own a picture of the students of BCHS taken in 1947. Such a view has many many names and connections. There is the headmaster Dr. Cordingly [he of the famous stick]. Here is the vicar Hartley Brook's daughter. My old girl friend Shirley, and members of my class including Billy Cranfield, Ron Whittaker, David ...Read full memory

Death Of Howard Egglestone Student Of Bchs [1953]

Sadly, I must report the funeral on this day of Howard Egglestone who left us on Feb 17, after several years struggle with Cancer. 'Eggle', as he was known, was a special friend of mine and he will be dearly missed. During his time with us he was a master bell-ringer and rose to the top of ...Read full memory

Manor Street School

I attended Manor Street School from 1943-1949 ish. I also lived at No17 Manor Street shown as one of the white cottages seen virtually joined to the school wall during those years. It's exactly opposite the entrance to the Bus Park. Can anyone help me with where the school air raid shelters were built for use by the ...Read full memory

Braintree Friends

My mum Eileen Ardern, nee Clark, was born at 59 Notley Road, Braintree in 1925. She married my dad Roy in 1944 and shortly afterwards moved north to Altrincham in Cheshire. She would dearly love to hear from Peggy Potter (age 84), from East Street, Braintree. Peg worked at Courtaulds and her father worked at Crittalls. ...Read full memory

A memory of Braintree by David Clarke

Chaple Hill School

Lived in East Street, Braintree and went to Chaple Hill School. I remember some of the teachers; . Miss Cliff, Mrs Clark, Miss Jackson, Miss Bacon, John Mews, Bing Clayton, David Coe, Peter Hoy, Ray Allum, Doug Kemp, Willie Watkins, Barry Wassell, Purle Haylock, Jenny Colston, Cyril Oakley, Mick Lewin, Neville ...Read full memory

A memory of Braintree by Kenneth Grime

My Early Years

I remember you, Paul Smith from Chapel Hill School and High School. I also remember you going to New Zealand. I see John Mews occasionally in the White Hart at Braintree having morning coffee so I shall ask him if he remembers you. John also worked at Crittalls all his life. Doug Kemp went into the RAF and when he retired he ...Read full memory

A memory of Braintree by Delia Norfolk

My Mother Teacher Mary Dempsey In Public Sch

I would really appreciate any information on my Mother's teaching days in Catholic Public School in Braintree Essex from 1944 to 1947.  I was called after one of her students 'Iylish'.    It was a Primary School and she taught children of about 6 or 7 years of age.    She ...Read full memory

A memory of Braintree by Iylish Finlay

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