St.Marys Parrock Rd, Gravesend Kent. - a Memory of Gravesend.

I too, was a resident at St Mary's. I went there from St Anne's, Brighton when I was about 6 in 1949 and I left in 1956/57. At that time I was known as Michael Murray. I remember playing in the Shed, it was very cold in winter, or going up to the Squares to play. The long Borstal Walks with Father Baker, god help you if you got behind him, he whacked you with his walking stick. Remember actually having school lessons in St Mary's before this stopped and we went to St Johns Junior School and then on to St Johns Secondary Modern at Denton. Two boys there; Patrick Nye and David Stoddard passed the 11 plus and went to Grammar School in Sidcup. I passed the 11 plus to go to a Technical School but because it was not Catholic, I could not go. I worked originally for a Mrs Grundy, a large woman always in black who smelt to high heaven, cleaning the stairs with paraffin and wire wool. I was then promoted to the laundry, working for Sister Brendan and Miss Blanche. Can you remember the bed wetters standing with their wet sheets over their heads while everybody else went to wash and clean their teeth? I had to collect all the wet sheets and night shirts and take them to the laundry, wash them and hang them on the drying horses. After school I had to take them to the dormitories. Names I remember from that time are David Starbrook, Alan and Michael Read (welsh twins) Micky Finn and David O' Leary. I would love to hear from anyone who was there from 1946 to 1957 to swap memories etc...

A memory shared by John Murray on Apr 18th, 2013. Send John Murray a message.

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Mon Apr 24th 2017, at 1:56 pm
mjmonaghan2312 commented:
I'm suuurprised that John aka Michael Murray did not mention me as we both worked in the St Mary's laundry with Sr Brendon and Mrs La Planc . :) . Oh , and I am mentioned playing a laundry prank on Michael Murray now John in the book 'The Boys of St Mary's keeponkeepingon' or KOKO . Read all about it :) .
Wed Aug 2nd 2017, at 2:46 pm
stephendelea commented:
Does anyone remember Michael and Dennis Delea ?
Thu Aug 31st 2017, at 10:49 am
terri_ts commented:
Hiya I went to St Mary's little school 1961 for about 5 years then went on to St. John's I had some very good friends from the children's home I would love to meet again. The names are maria Mulroney Ian Delaney and his brother Laurence and a john carmody it would be lovely to catch up with them after all these years. If anyone knows of these people I would be so happy thanks
Thu Nov 9th 2017, at 11:52 am
antonyhayman commented:
I went to SM from 1935 to 1940 when we were evacuated.First by boat to Lowestoft and then distributed around Suffolk. Later moved to Wells next the Sea. I was the hospitalised for a year with osteomylitis of the Femur so I missed the trip to Devon. I was moved by train to Shotley Bridge in County Durham before being sent home to my mother in Kent in April 1941.
Thu Nov 9th 2017, at 12:35 pm
antonyhayman commented:
Further to my previous memory I spent a year in Gravesend in1947/8 and the School Bore no resemblance to the School in the 1930s.

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