Hexham, The Abbey c.1950

Memories of Hexham

My school was one of the first to go to Dukeshouse Wood Camp School just outside Hexham. This was in November 1945 shortly after the Second World War with the lads from  Gateshead at Alexandra Road school. Our dormitory was named Poplars at the top left, next to Oaks. On the opposite side was (...Read full memory)

I went to Dukes House Wood camp school at Easter of 1968. A whole group of us from the Boys' Grammar School in Gateshead (Avenue Road) went there. Most of us were in Oaks dormitory. I remember that huge tree growing in the middle of the field where we played cricket. Does anyone know if it is still there? For some reason, I (...Read full memory)

My recollection of  a dance that was arranged in the sports hall made me and another lad George Bishop decide to abstain from the proceedings as I think at the time, in fact I am sure about myself that I was very self concious about contact with the opposite sex in those days. We  both decided to hide (...Read full memory)

I attended this camp about 6 times when I was at St John Fisher School, Gateshead in the early 60's. A school from Middlesboro would also have been at the camp. I have only fond memories of this place; £1 for 2 weeks all in, plus 2 week's off school, it was a no brainer. We went out on trips to the Kielder Forest, (...Read full memory)

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