Memories of Bridport
I joined the convent in 1967 and was the only black later joined by Leslie Philips from the Carribean. I am from Uganda and my dad was studying architecture at the AA. First day at school was horrific. I was punched and called names like any newcomer. By the second term I settled in my best ...Read full memory
I was sent to the Visitation Convent at the age of 6 and was there for four terrible years. Like others who have written their memories of their time at the school, for me it was a very severe, cruel, harsh enviroment, devoid of any love or affection from the nuns. The punishments were frequent, for messing my pants or ...Read full memory
The first half of the building with dormer windows (from the left of the picture) and where the Job Centre is situated today, was a Temperance Hotel. Bridport had over 60 public houses at the turn of the twentieth century and nine active Temperance societies. The Bridport 'Coffee Company', offering an alternative drink to beer for working people was situated where WH Smith is today. The Temperance Hotel (and dining rooms below) offered an alcohol free environment for tee totallers and 'temperate drinkers', those who drank but in moderation. The temperance movement, largely organised and supported by local churches, was not always popular. There were riots against the Salvation Army and the citadel (where the Lyric theatre is in Barrack Street today) was attacked and the Captain assaulted.
I was at the convent 1955 and loved it ,the nuns the wagon wheel's at teatime and even the walks .Gave me great emotional strength for the rest of my life and sister Magdalene was not that bad!! my favourite was sister Ann ,then sister Edith.If anybody remembers a le french boy i walked around with i would be a very happy bunny indeed if you could let me know!!