Burgh Heath, The Pond 1968
Memories of Burgh Heath, the Pond 1968
1948 I went to a primary School just down the road from where i lived at 22 Burgh Heath Rd. my mother worked for Mr. J A Nathan I would walk down the road and I think I turned right to the school does any one know the School? The gardener took care of the grounds around the house, I would help him collect the chicken eggs. we would watch the race horses go to exercise on the downs behind the house, as a little girl he was my very best friend , does anyone know him? How about George Wilson he was a good friend of Mr Nathan he spent a lot of time at our house? Bonny Spurr
l remember when at the school l was not well, so was taken to Miss Marshall's house and was looked after by her elderly mother (I thought she was so old but probably wasn't). She told me about when they had the tea rooms and there where rowing boats on the pond. The room we were in was the old tea rooms, it looked out over the pond, it was wonderful. The next day, when l went back to school, every one was asking me questions wanting to know what Miss Marshall's house was like as no one else had been in it. l also remember going to the pub on the green with my parents and aunts and uncles sitting outside having lemonade and really big arrow root biscuits, lots of very happy memories of playing on the heath with all my friends HAPPY DAYS.
I went to the Methodist School just before the Second World War, the school closed because we had no shelters, and we were transferred to three classrooms at Picquets Way. I remember Miss Parrott as headmistress and a Mrs Godfrey. We still used the Galleon for swimming lessons, usually in the morning before the pool opened to the public. Yes, it was sometimes very cold! We fished for newts and tadpoles in the pond. As there were no sweets generally available to us we bought Bonio dog biscuits at Privetts store to eat, they were very tasty!
I was at the Methodist school at Burgh Heath from 1950 to 1957, my maiden name was Hopper. I was born and lived in Burgh Heath until 1965 when I married and went abroad. When I returned in 1971 I moved locally to Epsom Downs. I remember all the teachers, the school house and spending play times on the common. The little shop near the conker trees was owned by Mrs Jones and the grocery shop next to the pond was called Privett's stores and run by Mr and Mrs Palmer. The old guy that served Tizer and tea leaves in his coffee from the shop by the alley to Ballards Green was called Fred. Does anybody remember Mrs Stanley's tea rooms which were near the pond, and having to walk over to the war memorial hall for our dinner?
I was at Burgh Heath Methodist School from about 1953 to 1956. My mother was Mrs Coleman, who taught reception. Mrs Parrot was headmistress, Mrs Westwater taught the second class. Miss Marshall was at that time the milk lady and lived with her mother in a little cottage at the end of a cobbled path, opposite the school, by the pond. They had gas lighting downstairs and a candle was used upstairs. They had a garden that went down to the pond and always flooded in the winter. My father was a photographer in his spare time and took photos of the years that I was there, which I still have. We lived at Belmont and my mum cycled along the Brighton Road to school every day, with me on the back! We had nature walks ...Read full memory
I can remember dancing round the maypole by the conker trees just down from the pond on May 1st with the Burgh Heath Methodist School, Head teacher Miss Mary Fletcher - and buying sherbert in the little shop nearby which was weighed out on an old set of scales - sherbert and humbugs kept in little glass jars on the shelf - can't remeber the name of the lady that owned the shop but knew her daughter Mrs Freida Day - anyone else remember any of this or what this lady's name was? Also remember hearing stories of the horse and cart that went down the well in the pond - wonder whether that was true -Miss Marshall who lived by the pond (school secretary) told us this story - gosh so many memories flooding back :)