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Memories of Laleham

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Laleham Ghost

Abbey c1955, Laleham
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I was sitting on the riverbank seat at the end of Blacksmiths Lane with another girl and three boys, we were laughing and chatting one summer evening at about 8pm. Suddenly and simultaneously, we saw a hooded monk like figure dressed in brown, 'float' off the misty river about 40 yards away. We all stopped talking and stared in silence and amazement. The ghostly figure came up the bank, crossed the narrow road, up the back bank and floated towards us on the seat. He was not walking - he glided smoothly. We grabbed our bicycles and didn't stop running til we reached the war memorial opposite the church. It was a clear evening, we were all level headed kids and there is not an ounce of doubt that we all saw a ghost that night. I often sit on the same seat and wonder at the experience. Was it something to do with Laleham Abbey - and were we the only people to ever see this ? Susan Baker... Read more

Laleham Abbey School

Abbey c1955, Laleham
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I was a pupil for two years at Laleham Abbey. My maiden name being, Elsa-Marie Burberry - Elsa. I was friends with Phyllis Baker who I remember as having beautiful auburn-red hair and who I think came from Totteridge. Other friends were Tania Morley, who was the best ballet dancer. And Caroline Hood, who I think was blonde. There was a pupil named Louis who seemed to see visions of Our Lord quite a lot. Sister Marianna played and taught piano. The common room was called Caina. We used to get our nightly 'tuck' from a hatch in the other Common Room. The Abbey was such a lovely place. In the gardens a Tulip tree, Yew and Cyprus trees. The dormitories and the classrooms were round the cloisters. Then sadly, the school closed down and we were all moved on, I was almost twelve. We used to picnic at Virginia Water. The Riding Stables were some distance away and owned by a Miss Feegan. The english teacher was a Miss Waghorn. ... Read more

Laleham Abbey

Abbey c1955, Laleham
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I attended Laleham Abbey when I was 7 or 8 so that would put it c1953. I remember bonfire night on November 5 and eating hot potatoes, the nuns reading us Winnie the Pooh at bedtime, lining up for the cod liver oil and malt on a cold winters morning and having winter green rubbed on our knuckles and toes. I can still conjure up the smell of all of these things and my husband and I still take cod liver oil but in capsule form. I remember the tuck shop. I also remember being asked by the Sister in class to tell her whether it was time for morning break, I went out into the quad to see the clock and came back and told her it was time for our break. Of course I didn't tell her I couldn't tell the time at that stage, so we broke very early. After I finished at Laleham Abbey I went to Marist Convent in Sunninghill.

My Happy Days at Laleham Abbey

Abbey c1955, Laleham
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I was a pupil here for about 4 or 5 years up to 1952. I loved it there and have such happy memories. There were two sisters in particular who were so kind and understanding - Sister Constantia and Sister Pauline Mary. The quadrangle remains in my memory with the huge tortoises which I was told were about 100 years old. If anyone remembers me my name was (then) Pauline Brenda Flenley, I was known as Brenda as the girl sitting next to me in class was also Pauline! Look forward to hearing from someone to my email address: p.hughes175@btinternet.com Thanks, Pauline

1 Year at Laleham Abbey

Abbey c1955, Laleham
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I attended Laleham Abbey just for one year (1953 - coronation year). My surname then was Hebden. I was very shy and didn't make many friends. The one girl I do remember was an Australian whose surname was Snedden who I believe didn't go home for holidays. I also enjoyed the Corpus Christi celebration and also the time we were all given a bible to celebrate the coronation. Another special event was when we were taken to see the colour film of the coronation at the cinema. During the year I did have a small garden plot where I grew some flowers. I spent part of my year in the dormitory and then moved to my own room. I was 12 during 1953. Do you remember meal times where if we did not like something it was passed to someone else at the table when the nuns were not looking and I think at one meal one or two fellow diners ended up with a large amount of dried figs.... Read more

Laleham Abbey in The Late 1940s to Mid 1950s

Abbey c1955, Laleham
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I recognised several of the names mentioned by Clare. I was Tricia Heathcote then. Michele Tooth came to stay with me one holidays. Her parents were actors and she had a boxer dog named Tree. (Strange the things you remember!) There was also an Elizabeth who had some connection with Princess Marie Louise, and the head girl was Hazel Mary Wheatley. My best friend was an American girl, Brenda Payton. We, and a couple of others, tried to run away and she was expelled. Mainly, I suspect, because as an American she did not 'fit in'. As well as the regular doses of senna I remember the daily bottles of milk - frozen in winter and sour in summer, regardless of which we had to drink. I did ballet, music and elocution; also horse riding which I loved. It was also an opportunity to get outside the walls! I remember the freezing winters when we would knit mittens to try and keep our hands warm. Nevertheless my fingers... Read more

Laleham Abbey 1947-1952

Abbey c1955, Laleham
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My sister Catherine and I attended Laleham Abbey from 1947-1952. Sister Margaret Rose was the Head and Sister Catherine Mechtilde her Deputy. We were sent away to boarding school after various entrance exams to day schools. My mother had died in 1944 and my father remarried in 1945. It was a strange time. I was 10 - my sister (stepsister actually) was 11. We lived the life the nuns lived - feast days and fasting days! The routine of the daily life was hard - there seemed always to be a chronic shortage of food for hungry girls. We enjoyed the lessons - English was inspiring under Sister Catherine Mechtilde and we could do extras - I did ballet for a while - a lay teacher came in - and then music. There was also horseriding. Summers at Laleham were lovely - by the river and we watched the punters practising for competitions on summer days when we were out on school walks - which were the only times... Read more

Laleham Abbey

Abbey c1955, Laleham
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I was at the school from 1945 to 1947. Names which spring to mind, on the spur of the moment, are Shirley Anne Blyth, Maitland Bond, Penelope Bovill, Hilary Cunningham, Anne Elliot, Faith Fabian, Jennifer Jeffries, Brigid Baverstock-Moran, Angela Pierce, Mary Riches, Sylvia Ryland, Britt Walker, Catherine White, Julia and Margaret Winterbottom, and Rowena (I still have the cards which she gave me on my birthday in 1946). Also Sister Bride and Margaret Butler. We had to drink senna pods every week - the trick was to stand at the open side of the cloister and tip it over the low wall! There was a tortoise in a house in the centre of the cloistered area. Britt was only about 3 years old and had been left there during the Second World War. My mother had to work at an aircraft factory during the war and lived at Colnbrook Hostel. She had a lot of Irish friends, at least from Lambourn, hence my arrival at the convent. Many of the... Read more

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