My School Days

A Memory of Brentford

I remember my early schooldays very well. I started at Bush Corner Open Air school in 1953. I was born in Ealing Road Brentford in 1947 and first went to school at Ealing Road school. When I was 6 I went to Bush Corner Open air school as I had suspected Polio and had a problem walking. My best memories of this school was the fact we started the day with breakfast ! we also had to have a sleep after lunch, camp beds would be put up in the 2 halls 1 for the boys 1 for the girls and we were supposed to go to sleep, this was sometimes quite easy other times impossible. The teachers would walk round keeping an eye on us and if we were asleep we were awarded a sugar lump !! which we collected from Miss Burridge the Headmistress. Imagine the state of our teeth, not good at all. Living in Ealing Road we all used to play at Karville Hall park brilliant fun and not to far away although I was allowed to go on my own which I would never allow my Grandchildren to do at the age of 6 or 7. My Grandfather worked at Kew Bridge Waterworks and I used to walk up Green Dragon Lane and go and see him and sometimes we would sit on the corner of the Great West Road and just watch the traffic go by and he used to tell me stories about maybe one day there would be a road in the sky where the traffic would be above our heads but I believe he thought this would never happen of course a few years later they built the Chiswick Flyover. My Grandfather moved away and died soon after so never lived to see this happen.

A memory shared by Olive Fairchild , on Nov 28th, 2010.

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