The Robin Hood, Holmesdale Road.
from Shepherdswell, Dover
posted this comment on 31/08/2013 at 18:55
I also remember the sweet shop next to the school. It was run by Mrs Hester. I also went to Holmesdale School in the 1960s. My Aunt pat and Uncle Mick ran the prince of Wales in the 70s and 80s.
anthony (ant) higgins
from findon valley, worthing
posted this comment on 02/12/2013 at 19:43
I attended Holmesdale school from 1958 to 1963 ...hello to Andy Phillips, Paul Gale and Chris Mockler amongst others...great times
posted this comment on 03/03/2014 at 17:42
Hello Anthony Higgins,I'm David Gale older brother of Paul, best regards. Re other posts on this site: Dodds was further up the road and sold their own frozen ices nearly opposite the fish & chip shop. Mr. Yates was teaching at Reigate Priory in the early 60's.
from thirsk n.yorks
posted this comment on 23/09/2015 at 15:12
Re Holmesdale Rd School Reigate my mother's elder brother was school caretaker their for may years. He and his wife Martha lived at 45 and his sister lived three doors further on from him.
The Robin Hood, 46 Holmesdale Road. Proprietor: W. Cooper.
The Prince Of Wales, Holmesdale Road. 1906. Unknown publisher.
The Prince Of Wales, Holmesdale Road.
David N Ranson
from Ft. Myers, Florida
posted this comment on 08/01/2010 at 21:13
The PoW as it looked in the 1940s, I think, when it was run by Mrs. Mitchener of 103 Holmesdale Rd. My greataunt Charlotte and Capt. Van Oppen imbibed there 1948-51.
from Pinchbeck, Lincs
posted this comment on 02/09/2016 at 17:30
I lived in Holmesdale Rd, and my Dad used to Drive Mrs Mitcheners car for her. I remember Charlotte, I think she lived with Mrs Mitchener at 103. I used to get invited there for supper sometimes and we used to have curry, it was delicious. I lost my Mum when I was 11 and I remember Charlotte being so kind and loving to me. What a lovely Lady. I think Mrs Mitchener used to run the Railway Hotel at the end of Holmesdale Rd. as well.
The Railway Hotel, Reigate (Opposite level crossing).
David N Ranson
from Ft. Myers, Florida
posted this comment on 08/01/2010 at 21:16
The railway Hotel looked virtually the same in 1948: my greataunt Charlotte's favorite place for her Gin and orange.
The Railway Hotel, Holmesdale Road.
Holmesdale Road School looking over to houses on Warren Road. 1914. Milton Studio.
"Alfred in Camp of Danes refusing Golden Cup"
Holmesdale Road, Reigate. School and tuck shop. 1970.
posted this comment on 15/06/2012 at 12:33
I attended Holmesdale Primary School from 1958 to 1964. We used to buy our sweets in "Hester's" sometimes, but actually preferred Dodd's sweetshop further up the road. I think we were all a bit scared of Mrs Hester!
Michael John Thorp
from Droebak, Norway
posted this comment on 12/08/2012 at 11:20
The shop-fronted building between Hester's and the school, No 79 was my home during and after the war. My father was in the Army and was injured during the Dunkerque evacuation and ended up in the East Surrey Hospital. Mother left our house in Camden Town to be with him and later moved the family to Reigate. This must have been 1943. Subsequently my brother Jim and I were evacuated to Somerset from Holmesdale Road School.
posted this comment on 11/05/2013 at 08:45
I attended Holmesdale School until 1946 and can remember going into Mrs Hester's shop to buy wafer biscuits, twelve for a penny, as sweets were practically unobtainable. Opposite the school there was a greengrocer and we would go in there and buy a carrot. There was a knife on the counter so we were able to scrape the carrot and eat it on our way home. Happy days!
posted this comment on 16/05/2013 at 17:32
I lived in an old house in Wray Park Road where the back gate led onto Warren Road with a short walk down Marks Street to Hester's. Mrs Hester was a lovely lady, always wore an apron, and had lots of time for a scruffy little boy. I loved her jars of sweets especially blackjacks at 4 for a penny. 1952 to 1958 at Holmesdale School - fun days.
from Tucson, Arizona
posted this comment on 29/08/2013 at 23:08
And what about the yellow sherbert and the gobstoppers...?
Remember the shop being packed, but I don't recall any pushing and shoving. She controlled us well We moved from Wray Park Road to 103A Holmesdale Road in the early 50's
I attended Holmesdale School from 1950?-1954
from Bourne, Lincs
posted this comment on 26/12/2013 at 14:11
I remember Mrs Hester with great affection, she always gave you a little extra in the bag. Attended Holmesdale road school 1954 to 1960. My older brother Barry said when ever there was an air raid Mrs Hester was always last to the shelter and always came with sweets for the children. I remember Rob Catt and I am sure that Jan Catt was a good friend of my sister, Valerie ( Sally ) Campbell.
Linda Holloway (nee Middleton
posted this comment on 28/01/2014 at 13:52
Lovely to see a picture of Holmesdale School and Hesters. I have clear memories of Mrs Hester's apron. Also recall rushing in there on hot summer days to see if she had any frozen jubblys left........ or was that at Dodd's?
We moved to Reigate in 1962 and I moved on to Bishop Simpson's in 1963, but remember several other poster's names. I was Linda Middleton then. Also remember my class teacher Mr Yates and the overwhelming smell of smoke and his yellow fingers! My school report from him includes a very smudgy black thumb mark!
I have been looking for an online place to post some photos of Bishop Simpson School 6th form in 1969/70 but cannot locate a website or alumni page. Any advice gladly received!
Julia Hanley nee Dawes
posted this comment on 17/09/2015 at 18:54
I too remember Hester's sweet shop and I was in the same class as Paul Gale (comment 1 above). What a lovely trip down memory lane.
posted this comment on 13/10/2016 at 17:58
I was a pupil at Holmesdale Road School from 1950. I remember Miss Herbert and Miss Duncalf. Yes the sweet shop at Miss Hester's is a memory and Blackwood Nursery opposite. Anyone remember me? I lived in Rushworth Road and enjoyed time at school much, especially yearly Carnaval. Text me on 07833099457
from Norwich UK
posted this comment on 24/10/2016 at 11:31
I went to school at Reigate Grammar in the late fifties, catching a bus from Charlwood to Harley, a train to Redhill, another to Reigate and finally walked along Holmesdale Road in the direction of the school. I remember a shop there that sold home-made ice lollies for an old penny, bliss on a hot day walking back down the road to catch the train home. I remember Jan Catt too, an exceptional athlete especially in the long jump, and her Mum and Dad, a lovely warm-hearted couple from Wales.
Filtness, grocer and provisioner, Holmesdale Road. Unknown date. Harry Snook.
from Angouleme France
posted this comment on 16/08/2011 at 06:11
My grandmother Rose Henderson had a grocers shop at 54 Holmesdale Rd during WW2. It looked very similar to this one although it only had a single front window. As a very small child I remember the windows shattering when a bomb exploded in the area. I lived there with my mother too until we all left Reigate in 1945. My father was in the RAF having been with the Reigate Police Force and he was subsequently killed on a mission in 1944.
C.H. Filtness, Family Grocer, Holmesdale Road. Unknown date. Harry Snook.
Reigate; Holmesdale Road. Unknown date. Unknown publisher.
posted this comment on 12/01/2010 at 16:54
the shop next to the man with bike was my fthers sweet shop "Brown" around 1990s
posted this comment on 04/08/2011 at 18:54
My great grandfather owned the butchers opposite the station, he had three daughters one of which (my grandmother) taught at the school.
Reigate, Holmesdale Road. 1910. F. Frith & Co. Ltd.
Alma Road School, From Station For Court, Holmesdale Road.
Reigate, Holmesdale Road. 1970.
from Round Rock, Texas.
posted this comment on 12/03/2012 at 05:40
The cafe on the left was owned and ran by Ron Mead, (Meads' Cafe) it was just around the corner from Warren Road where the Jersey Dairies were, my father was a milkman and sometimes as a treat, he would take to the cafe and we'd have beans on toast and a tea, 1/9d ..When I got older we would have a Whiskey-mac together in the PoW. Lovely memories.
from Blandford Forum
posted this comment on 26/04/2012 at 21:59
Had many a snack in the cafe as my father also worked at the Dairy.Also remember getting sweets from the shop next door.
posted this comment on 15/06/2012 at 12:47
The sweetshop next door to Meads Cafe was run by Mr Dodd - we used to buy a lot of our sweets there. He made fizzy drinks and also ice lollies - all a penny each. We lived in Warren Road, in a flat above Currington's, where my Dad worked. My Mum bought broken biscuits from the Dairy shop on the corner.
posted this comment on 09/01/2013 at 17:49
We live at the cottage at no. 49 Holmesdale Road - Does anyone know anything about the property, it's occupants or any of the surrounding properties? Would love to find out a little bit of history about this section of the street.
Linda Oliver(nee Plowman)
from Salisbury Wiltshire
posted this comment on 19/09/2013 at 20:40
I attended Holmesdale school until 1965 when I went to Bishop Simpson School. I used to go to the sweet shop next door. We lived in Deerings Rd. I remember Bob Post's father the milkman. My brother Bruce used to help him sometimes and I think Bob lodged with us at some point.
posted this comment on 02/10/2013 at 07:57
I attended Holmesdale school in the early 60s, leaving around 1965 to go onto Oxted County. I remember well Mrs Hesters sweet shop, although I recall Her being rather intimidating. I remember well Ms Newton and Headmaster Mr Price. I recollect doing country dancing with Ms Newton. My Mum used to work at the Snowflake laundry at the other end of the road opposite to the entrance to the fire station. The names of other posters seems familiar, Linda Plowman and Paul Gale. Does anyone recall having to walk to the dinner hall for dinner(as it was called then) I think it was St Marks hall opposite the 424 bus stop?
from Malmesbury, Wiltshire
posted this comment on 07/10/2013 at 15:57
I also attended Holmesdale school leaving in 1965 and remember Linda Plowman, Paul Gale and Christopher Mockler. I can add a couple of other teachers from the school Mrs Miller & Mr Yates. Also walking to St Marks Hall for dinner and also the the school swimming pool in Alma Road. My mother was the school secretary for a time around the late 60's/early 70's
posted this comment on 03/12/2013 at 10:08
In answer to Lucy's question; we purchased 49 Holmesdale Road in 1978 from the Steer family who had lived there. It was in a poor state of repair and need a lot of work which was partly carried out by Mick the landlord of the PofWs in his spare time - a very hard worker. Mick unfortunately died from an accident whilst carrying out ground work sometime later, in Brighton I believe and after he ceased being the local landlord. After we moved out number 49 was owned by a retired nurse from Blackheath; it now appears to be a rented property. A happy little house with three generations of the Wreathems living next door in numbers 51 & 53 who were like a second family to us.
Susan Pearse (nee Dungate)
posted this comment on 27/01/2014 at 13:31
My grandparents lived at No. 43 and Steer was my grandmothers maiden name (Uncle Jack and Auntie Ivy lived at No. 49 when I was a child in the 1950s). I attended Holmesdale school from 1956 to 1962 and at the beginning of that period my grandfather (George Dungate) was the caretaker at the school.
from Pinchbeck, Lincs
posted this comment on 02/09/2016 at 19:04
I lived at 34 in the 50s and attended Holmesdale school from 1954 till 1960. I remember Mr Dungate and Susan Dungate. Country dancing with Miss Newton was always a great laugh. My Mum died in 1960 and I remember how kind and thoughtful Miss Newton was always going out of her way to cuddle and comfort me, something that would be frowned upon in this politically correct world but I remember her with great affection.
St. Mark's, Reigate. Unknown date. Valentine's.
St Mark's, Reigate, Boys. Circa 1895-1900.
With thanks to Marion and Gordon Denman.
Reigate Station. 1953. Pamlin Prints.
Holmesdale CP School. The country dancing team pictured in 1957 with teacher Beryl Newton are actually pictured at Glyn House, Ewell.
With thanks to Mr. P. White (who appears in the picture).
from Birkdale, qld, Australia
posted this comment on 08/01/2010 at 07:50
Beryl Newton is my cousin. I love this photo, as this is how I remember her: full of life, a great sense of humour, and full of stories about her overseas trips. I live in Australia, but hold very dear memories of Beryl.
posted this comment on 15/06/2012 at 12:38
Beryl Newton (or Mrs Newton, as we called her!) was my first teacher at Holmesdale CP, in 1958. She was a very nice lady!
from Bourne, Lincs
posted this comment on 26/12/2013 at 21:22
Miss Newton was a lovely lady. When my Mum died in 1960 I was 11 and in my last year at Holmesdale, when she found out I had lost my Mum she came and held me in her arms for a long time ( something you would not be allowed to do now ) she really was the kindest, sweetest lady.
Holmesdale CP School. 7 boys off to visit Purley Signal Box (they called themselves “The Train Trotters Club”) with their Headmaster Clifford Price
and a very heavy Ferrograph tape recorder, are pictured in 1958 or 1959.
With thanks to Mr. P. White (who appears in the picture).
Georgina Hayman nee Lowe
posted this comment on 03/02/2012 at 02:45
I went to Holmesdale CP School from 1959 -1963. Mr Price was from South Wales, as were most of his staff... Mr. Jones, Mrs. Evans, Miss. Hughes...teachers being Wales' greatest export! I also remember Miss. Newton and Mr. Yeates. A great place where learning the 3 R's was the priority. Mr. Price had a nick name for everybody; mine was Gee Whizz!
Would be good to see a photo of the staff....
Reigate, Homesdale Road 1910, Surrey. F. Frith & Co. Ltd.
Click here for a print of this photograph from the Francis Frith Collection