St. Margaret''s Girls School - a Memory of Yeaton Peverey.
I was a pupil at St Margaret's from about 1959 to 1963. My fondest memories are of the beautiful house and grounds, we were so priviliged to live there. One summer was so hot we were taken to swim in the river nearby, across the fields. In winter we played lacrosse and tennis and netball in summer and competed against other local girls schools. On Sundays, we walked to church along a track to the village of Fitz and in the afternoon another walk, crocodile fashion, in best coats, hats and shoes. Saturday afternoons, we walked to the local village shop to buy sweets. Sundays, we wrote letters home, always read by a member of staff before being sealed, and no phone calls at all, unless there was a dire illness or family emergency. We shared a bath with a friend on alternate nights, and were allowed to wash our hair once a fortnight! Classes were small, about 17 was the max, and the Headmistress Miss Hainsselin was utterly terrifying and I dreaded her maths and French lessons - she could make you feel so small and stupid. There was a gardener, Mr Digweed(!) and his daughter was Asst Matron. We had a 'sick room' where we were isolated if we caught measles, chicken pox, etc. Dormitories had between 4 and 8 iron beds, and were freezing in winter. One winter, parafin heaters were brought into the bedrooms to try to warm them up! Some of the staff were lovely, I remember Miss Williams (History and Latin) and Miss O'Connor (Maths).
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