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Caption for Winnersh, Bearwood Church C1955: Completed in 1846, St Catherine's Church was designed by J H Good Jnr. It cost £9,000 to build, paid for by Mr John Walter II, proprietor of The Times newspaper, whose daughter Catherine died at the age of 23 in 1844. The tower is nearly 90ft high, and the whole church is built in imitation mediaeval style. It was consecrated by Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, son of William, the famous and active abolitionist of the slave trade.

Memories of Winnersh

Hello, I am Barry Newboult, I attended the RMNS from 1958 to 1962, and was assigned to Frobisher House. I left early to complete my education at Exeter Technical College. I would very much like to reconnect with anyone from the school who wishes to do so. My memories of the school are mixed, at the time I (...Read full memory)

I arrived at Winnersh Halt Railway Station for the first time in 1946, aged 8 years. I had travelled by train from Newcastle upon Tyne with my suitcase and a label pinned to my coat accompanied only by other returning pupils. I was to start an eight year period at Boarding School, then known as (...Read full memory)

The Royal Merchant Navy School As far back as 1827 the Royal Merchant Navy School was established under the name of the Merchant Seaman's Orphan Asylum to provide a home for the destitute offspring of British Merchant Navy Seamen, with a view of assisting and benefiting them when disease, accident or (...Read full memory)

This fine school {formerly Woodley Hill} was opened in 1957. I was lucky enough to be one of 150 pupils who passed the 11plus {God knows how} and thus was one of the first intake, a real privilege although I didn't realise it at the time. I was cursed with the surname BRIGHT which I hated with a (...Read full memory)

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