Bushey, Masonic Senior Boys School c.1955

Bushey, Masonic Senior Boys School c.1955

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Founded in 1798, with the aim of providing an education to the children of members of the Masonic Order, the school moved to its new buildings at Bushey in 1902. Its design incorporates an odd mixture of styles ranging from Tudor to Gothic, and these were augmented with the further building of science and arts and craft blocks in 1967. The school closed in 1977.

Memories of Bushey, Masonic Senior Boys School c1955

Graduated Iuhs! What Wonderful Memories Of Great People!

IUHS was a great place to go to High School.

A memory of Bushey

Watford 1939 1945

1942 was the year I left School after 4 years at Alexandra Road School, but I started work after school long before that. I had a paper round on the Cassiobury Estate when I was 11, then delivered groceries for Tesco's and later repaired cycles at Halfords. Then when I was almost 14 I joined the Army Cadets, which started at Chater School. I was there until I joined the army in 1945. I knew Watford very well and purchased a house called "Alma House" on Chalk Hill at Bushey Arches. I know it was built by 1822 but would like any information on the property. Watford was a lovely town and I have some very pleasant memories of it, before & after the war

A memory of Bushey by Ken Field

Wonderful Years

What can I say, I have fond memories of the Royal Masonic School for boys. Some comments were very poor in my opionion. They were some of the happiest years of my life, with good friends in Latham House in the 50's Whybrow, Grimsby, John Taylor. I wonder how these good friends ended up in life? Vic Lawton

A memory of Bushey by Victor Lawtoj

A. T. Roberts, Mechanical Engineering

I was astonished to see today in Google (Streetview) the name 'A.T. Roberts' on the fascia of a company building close to Bushey Station. I was a 16-year-old apprentice there in 1941, with Mr A T Roberts as my boss and teacher. At that time the building was simply three (it might have been two) small cottages knocked into one. It was full of overhead-belt-driven machinery, including two lathes, two drills, milling machine, shaping machine, mechanical saw, emery wheel and sandstone wheel. The 'back garden' area was the corrugated-iron roofed smithy's shop; the floor was trampled-down earth, excepting for the concrete foundation block for the anvil. Also in this area was the very long mower-cylinder ...Read full memory

A memory of Bushey

Amazing Memories

I attended this beloved school from Sept.1979-May 1980. It was called International University High School or I.U.H.S school. It was a co-ed back then. I was 15-year-old Canadian boy and was dropped off there by my father. Great memories of the grounds, sunny, foggy, and at night. The girls never walked the grounds or into town alone. I sure grew up fast. The whole after dark experience (walking around the school at night) was right out of a Sherlock Holmes (except no hound) / Dracula movie. I worked part time in the kitchen for extra money. I remember having access to the tunnels down below, thus taking the girls for stroll and a scare. Ye olde battery dying trick! I used to always bang my head on the pipes as the ...Read full memory

A memory of Bushey by Gregory Draper

1984 1986

I attended the high school and college. Very fond memories of the campus and all the people I got to know. Sorry to hear it closed down.

A memory of Bushey

Windmill Lane 1950s

As an infant and small child I lived in Windmill Lane, Bushey in the 1950s. I recall every time my parents drove past the Masonic Senior Boys School looking at it and being totally fascinated by its incredible buildings and thinking how great it would be to actually see inside. I never got the opportunity unfortunately and nowadays when I visit my aunty who still lives in Bushey I glimpse the old school with fond memories.

A memory of Bushey by Alfieri Arezzo

Memory For Bushey

I was born in Watford but lived in Bushey from 1964 to 1984 (I now live in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland). I went to Bushey Meads school from 1966 to 1973, and have fond memories of a rural village on the edge of London. As a boy I recall getting my hair cut in Glencoe Road where the barber also repaired TVs. In later years I would get my Harley Davidson MOT'd in the lawnmower shop at the top of Rudolph Road. Two things I miss about Bushey...the chiming bell of the Masonic School and the light aircraft flying over our house to Elstree Aerodrome.

A memory of Bushey by Trevor Lawrence

Masonic School Memoriy From 1951 54

I went to the Royal Masonic Senior School from 1951 to 1954. The school Cadet Force, 1st Cadet Battalion London Rifle Brigade was quite a force to be reconed with. I for one have strong memory having been in the force band as a bugler (later a leading bugler), having to play last post at the end of parade on a Friday afternoon. It was also a big thrill when the school combined military and regimental bands were first into the arena at the Royal Tournament at Earls Court on 23 June 1953, playing the opening for the Duke of Norfolk. Having attended the school I had no choice of service when I was called up for National Service (the recruiting sergeant knew all about it) but it put me in good stead for basic training and thereafter in the army and later on in the police training school.

A memory of Bushey by Mike Perry


I went there briefly. I have fond memories of the The Red Lion Pub and exploring the underground tunnels, that were boarded up. The fog every morning helped me to sneak back in when I had stayed the night out. I attended the American high school. Paul

Miss It!

I graduated in 1986 from the High School - maiden name of King - and I am so sad to never be able to go back and visit - such amazing memories! When friends' reunions come up I wish I had one too.

A memory of Bushey by Kathy Lovely

International University High School

I graduated from the International University High School in 1983. It would be great to hear from anyone else who was there at that time.

A memory of Bushey by Michele Sleeper

School Souvenir Videos On Dvd

A souvenir video called "The Bushey Years" has been produced using film and photographs taken during the years the school was at Bushey and much much more. For full details and an order form please call 01603 435084 or e-mail to prhibbett@aol.com cost £14 inc p&p. Peter Ibbett Archivest of The Old Masonians Association. The school has been used extensively for filming TV and Film productions. There is now a double DVD set called "Ston In The Movies" released in 2014 cost £21.60 inc p&p in the UK. This programme shows many excerpts from films with famous actors appearing in the school buildings and grounds. A wonderful souvenir for Old Boys and staff of the school. Also of great interest to the ...Read full memory

A memory of Bushey by Peter Ibbett

"The American University"

The school was converted for use as the campus for The United States International University in Europe. I was fortunate to be working as a Careers Advisor in nearby Watford whilst it was operating as a university and so I had wonderful opportunities to go inside. I can recall the Dean showing me around and encouraging me to play the organ in the chapel! The old school housed a university library and student bedrooms for young people from all around the world to "live-in". Sadly neither the school nor the university survived. We can still see the old school in all its glory as the location for so many old films produced at the nearby Elstree Studios. Nowadays the site is empty and awaiting the decision of the ...Read full memory

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