Horndean, The Windmill c.1965

Memories of Horndean

I started school here in 1954, in the Infants class run by Mrs Pead, after 2 years I moved into the next door classroom which housed children aged 7 to 11. This class was run by Mrs Byrne the Headmistress, and later by Mrs Borrow part time. The Rector William Rees would come and teach 1 lesson a week, I remember throwing snowballs at him over the school front fence! I left in 1960.

I was born in 1954 in Queens Crescent, Horndean, to Vera and Jim Thomas (both deceased), I had an older brother Roland (deceased). During the war my dad was in the Horndean Homeguard before being called up and my mum tried to join up under age and suceeded in the end. We moved to Drift Road, Catherington, in (...Read full memory)

My parents rented a converted railway carriage in Bulls Copse Lane for a time during the war. I and my sister and brother loved it and were sorry when we had to move back to Portsmouth. I went first to the village school and then to Cowplain where the headmistress was a Mrs Laidman. I have many happy memories (...Read full memory)

Fred Farmer, my father, had the Brewers Arms at the top of the hill, just before going down hill into Horndean. Just opposite the pub was a small school and to the end of WW2 a German aircraft crashed into the roof. Would anyone know of this good old pub?

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