Memories of Braithwaite
All through the lower forms at the Roan School in Blackheath, London SE3, I was aware of the existence of Braithwaite Camp. It had been started in 1930 by a former headmaster of the school, Mr Arthur Hope, on land which he had bought with his own money. But I was not keen on camping; during my time in the Cubs and Scouts I had successfully avoided spending a single night under canvas. Braithwaite I knew was different, being a collection of huts. So by the time I had reached the Sixth Form I decided I could not to stave it off any longer. I put my name down to be one of the four 'seniors' to go to the Whitsun Braithwaite Camp - this was in June 1962. That week for me was truly a ...Read full memory
My great grandfather, a Henry King, went to the grammar school in Keswick, running away at 16. His family owned a bobbin mill at Braithwaite. Henry later married Elizabethe Kyle. Henry spent his working life as a gardener in various 'big houses' working into his 80s. I would be interested to learn of any other stories of Henry King and family and particularly is there are any photos/information about the mill which I understand no longer exists.
Memories of Hope Memorial Camp--Easter 1958--thirty of us second year pupils (age 14) six fourth years and four teachers travelled from our school in Hertfordshire by coach to London Euston to go by train to Penrith. Quite an adventure, I was bitten by a dog on the train, never told my mum. At Penrith we changed trains and went on to Braithwaite, on arrival it was getting dark as we pushed our luggage on the station cart up through the village to the camp. It was dark when we arrived and after such a tiring journey we snuggled into our sleeping bags and settled on the floor of the larger hut and went straight to sleep. In the morning we looked out of the windows--snow, lots of it, at least two ...Read full memory