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Reigate County School for Girls / Reigate College, Castlefield Road, Reigate


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Reigate County School annual magazines. 1939 -> 1946.

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    Bobby Cadwallader from Aylesbury posted this comment on 23/02/2017 at 18:12
    These are too early even for me. I was at Reigate County from 1962 -1969

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The County School for Girls, Reigate.

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    Geraldine Foy from Horley posted this comment on 07/04/2010 at 09:35
    Reigate County School Old Girls should also look at the photos of Reigate Lodge in Church Street as the school was built in the grounds of this estate. The Lodge's entrance gates remain as the school's gates. Old Girls may like to contact rcsoldgirl@yahoo.co.uk
    if they'd like to receive the Old Girls newsletter. Our archive has many other old pictures, magazines etc.

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    Elizabeth Jenner from Ottawa, Canada posted this comment on 03/06/2010 at 03:44
    Good Picture, brings back many memories

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    Helen Goddard from Princeton USA posted this comment on 29/04/2011 at 02:04
    To EJ from Ottawa. Have you read Coin Street Chronicles yet, by Gwen Southgate? Her London grammar school was evacuated to Reigate and shared premises with Reigate County School for Girls. There are some fascinating passages in it about being taught in the caves during air raids, and the long walk down the dark driveway during black outs. Read the reviews on Amazon.com (not so many on Amazon.co.uk), it's a great read.

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Reigate County School. 1940. The Honor Oak School Magazine No. 20.

On September 2nd 1939, 249 girls (out of 450) were in a party which left the Honor Oak School, Peckham for evacuation to Redhill, together with 81 younger brothers and sisters, 10 helpers, 24 teaching staff and two administrative staff. Subsequently 50 more Honor Oak girls came to Redhill.

The Head Mistress of Reigate County School invited Honor Oak to share the use of the County School building. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Reigate County School had possession of the classrooms, and on Tuedays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Honor Oak had possession. On the other days the girls from the school which was not in full possession attended in relays of about 70 for instruction in physical education, music, etc., in the hall and music room.

The school could accomodate 300, and the air-raid shelters (the caves) accomodated 440 people.

I have The Honor Oak School Magazine 1940 in my possession - get in touch if you are interested.

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    Mary Wyllie (Dunn) from Kingston Ontario posted this comment on 27/01/2010 at 20:19
    It s great to see the old school. I was there from 1944 - 1952.
    My house was Canterbury. I would be delighted to get in touch with Maureen McLelland now I believe Mrs Phillips a graduate of Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.Maureen was one of the most honest people that I know.When marking her french Dictation she would not even allow me to add an accent!

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    Helen B Goddard from Princeton NJ USA posted this comment on 30/03/2010 at 05:04
    I was at the Reigate County School for Girls from 1957 to 1963. I have just read a wonderful book by Gwen Southgate called Coin Street Chronicles. She was in the Honor Oak school when it shared the County school (before my time) and mentions air raids and moving into the caves. Do read this book: ISBN 978-0-5955-1670-4, available from Amazon.com. Helen B Goddard

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    Daphne Chynoweth née Kinch from Adelaide Australia posted this comment on 27/07/2016 at 03:00
    I was at this beautiful school from 1944 to 1947 when I returned to
    London. My friends were Gwen Burrows and Joan Batt. The head Mistress was Miss Aitken, and MissvWalters was the music mistress who introduced me to classical music for which I am ever grateful. I remember going down into the caves under the front lawn when the doodlebugs went over.

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    Simon Virgo from Crowborough posted this comment on 28/07/2016 at 16:03
    My mother was one of the 249 girls.
    She struggles to remember that time now.
    I will show her the photos.
    Where would she have stayed?

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The County School for Girls, Reigate. Circa 1959. Aero Pictorial Ltd.

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The County School for Girls, Reigate. Circa 1959. Aero Pictorial Ltd.

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Reigate College, Surrey, 1989. Greenwich Graphics.

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