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Comment 1

Melody Taylor from St Helier posted this comment on Friday 27 November 2009 15:14:00.

I cant believe it the house in the picture above is where i went to school in the 1960's,up the steps right in front of them was the dinning room to the right of that was the staff room.To the left were class rooms and on the floor above were the dormatries.There wre steps on the right that went down on to Colley Lane,and on the side was a path that went down the side to a cottage wre on of the teachers used to live and that had a drive which went on to the main road and the heath was over the road, There was a sweet shop there, if i am not wrong there was a pub on the corner which went towards the heath aswell. I could go on and on it just unbelieable, i dont knon if it is still school as i live in Jersey in the Channel Island it would be good to know.I was in 7half acers which was quite large.


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Christine Kent from Tadworth posted this comment on Tuesday 26 January 2010 15:34:00.

Melody, I think you will find that the property is now used as a care home and is called The Reigate Beaumont.


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Karlene Clachar from Battersea, London sw11 posted this comment on Tuesday 03 August 2010 14:01:00.

I use to go to Pine End Schoolin the sixties and have fond memories as well, just like Melody Taylor, I wounder if she remembers me. I use to love running around the vast grounds, we also had a gardening patch, inside the house was also beautiful, it was all wooden panelling, those stairs going to the rooms and dormatries. Melody when we went down to that little path to were the staff lived as well we use to have a class there doing cooking. Looking at that picture reminds me of some great days of my childhood,oven the heath we use to go cycle riding, go up the lane towards the hill and the farms, that School helped me to creative. How can I get picture of the above to show my children.


Comment 4

Sandra Stapleton from France posted this comment on Tuesday 28 December 2010 07:31:00.

Sandra Stapleton as was now living in France, I was at Pine End during the early 60's. I think the teacher that lived in the grounds was Mr. Dark and his family. Also used to doing sewing lessons in the same room as the cookery. Brilliant school, amazing staff, hope all the girls that went there have good memories.


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karen such from bow east london e34dd posted this comment on Sunday 22 May 2011 09:24:00.

myself and my sister lesley such went to pine end school from 1970/1976 we would love to go back and visit i know it is now an old peoples home we loved it their and all the staff were lovely how can we trace up the girls and staff ive found about 6 so far.


Comment 6

David H. J.Schenck from Salfords, REDHILL posted this comment on Saturday 23 July 2011 20:07:00.

'Pine End' was originally a magnificent timbered residence, with oak panelled walls on some interior rooms, designed in 1925-6, by the distinguished architect, Blunden Shadbolt (1879-1949) R.I.B.A., who specialised in designing 'Tudor Style' buildings from ancient materials.

During the later years of his life, Blunden Shadbolt and his family lived in the old granary that he designed and built at Salfords, Surrey in 1933 for a material cost of ?28, and which has been the home of my late wife, daughter and I since 1953.



'Pine End' was built for a Mr William D. Anderson, who was first listed there in 1926, with the telephone number Reigate 602.

The last resident at 'Pine End' was a Mr Alan Chambers who left the property in 1954. In 1955, it became 'Pine End School' and this continued until 1992, when it was finally closed down by the government. It then became a residential care home, now known as 'Reigate Beaumont Care Home' and part of the Barchester Group.

It is really wonderful to see how the original timbered house with its later extensions has been so carefully maintained over the years, and I send my warm good wishes to the residents, the staff and the management - not forgetting the 'old Girls' of 'Pine End School' May God bless you all!

David

(David H. J. Schenck)


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Ann Olson from West London, England posted this comment on Monday 17 October 2011 16:17:00.

I went to Pine End School in the 1950's. A FABULOUS House. It was similar to an Elizabethan interior. A great staircase & wood panelling throughout the house. Amazed it was built in the 20th century! The Head was a Mr Yates. The school uniform was Grey skirt.sweater & Royal blue blazers. There were 10 girls @ the school all from London. A Mr Ward was the gardener & had twin boys. I was allowed out to go to Infants school in Reigate. (cannot remember name) I then went onto the Priory School in Reigate. I left age 12 yrs. I remained friends with a Mr & Mrs FALK until their deaths in the 1990's. who were governors of the school, they lived in Reigate.

It was a VERY happy time of my life. The pub @ the bottom of Colley Lane on the main road was called 'The Black Horse'. I have been back many times & Reigate has completely changed, no Blacksmith on the main road between Reigate town & Colley lane. My last visit was seeing Pine End being gutted. The Ariel photo was taken whilst I was @ Pine End & we were given a post card size copy. Often wondered who built the 2 other wonderful houses with much glass in them further up Colley Lane. Yes, Happy Memories when I think of Pine End.


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Susan Adams from Southend posted this comment on Thursday 02 February 2012 11:59:00.

I went to Pine End school in the early 1960's Just before we had a new headteacher... Mr King.. and Mr Dark. I absolutely loved the house and grounds... and visited the place and saw Miss Shaw, housemother... just before they stopped using it as a school. Mr and Mrs King and Mr and Mrs Dark... are all doing fine.


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Sandra Stapleton from France posted this comment on Saturday 04 February 2012 08:09:00.

Thanks Susan, its nice to know that Mr King, Mr Dark and families are ok. If you are in touch with them please pass on my most sincere thanks to them and the school for the time I spent there. I feel sure all the girls that attended Pine End feel the same about the place


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georgina batt from fulham posted this comment on Wednesday 15 February 2012 15:38:00.

sandra i think you left by the time i got to pine end but please give my best regards to mr & mrs king and mr dark i was there with susan cunningham i am sure they will remember me it was the best school days i loved it shame they shut it down as i think there are more kids in need now


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Christine Matusevics from Sutton posted this comment on Thursday 24 May 2012 00:53:00.

I loved the place- even brought my boyfriend there as I wanted one like it- was there as a pupil from around 68-74 was Christine McNamara then and spent some of my happiest times there, and must admit would like to relive them would love to get in touch with any of the old girls who might remember me and catch up


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Hannah Norris from Seascale posted this comment on Wednesday 20 June 2012 22:27:00.

I was Pine End in the late 60's and really loved it there; living in the country, the fine Tudor-style buildings and grounds, and the staff were very good to us. I particularly remember Mr & Mrs King, Miss Shaw, Miss Batson and Miss Leeson and Mr Stoneley; even Miss Attwater one of the cooks! My name then, was Anna Bromley, and I left in 1971 to go to a comprehensive school, when I was 14, where I eventually did A level Art English & Biology. I trained as a nurse in the 1990s after being a stay-at-home mum to my four children.

Our dormitories were all named after trees: Cedar, Sycamore, Beech (Elm?), Pine and Poplar. I loved the grounds where we played tennis and hockey, and we had the chance to have our own bit of garden. I especially liked the Art Room and Domestic Science centre, where I learned to cook and sew. I still love cooking now, and we often have friends & family staying, as I live on the Lake District coast. The food there was really nice, and on your birthday you could choose the menus for the day, and have a birthday cake!

On Sunday evenings the Gideons often used to come, and I still have my little Bible (I'm now a Church Minister & hospital Chaplain), so I think my faith started at the school. I have been back to the Mill Church in the old windmill on the heath a couple of times.

I also remember walking into town often, swimming twice a week, being a Red Cross cadet, going to the pictures, and having coffee in The Pantry teashop on Saturdays. I'm still a fan of good coffee, thanks to these sessions!

In about 1970 the gym was built, and we also had horse-riding lessons on Reigate Heath. In my late teens I took exams and taught riding at my local stables. Who remembers the Hurlingham Games? Because we were such a small school (25 girls then), we didn't do that well, much to the dismay of the PE teacher who's name escapes me; but we were great at the annual Swimming Gala.

And the socials! Going off to boy's schools in the little minibus to have tea and dance until 'late' Ha-ha!!!

Happy days, and I'm very thankful for them.


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tina stone from camden town posted this comment on Friday 19 October 2012 22:41:00.

would really like to get in contact with any of the girls that was at pine end at the same time as me, head master was mr stoneley, shared dormitries with lesley such, wendy bromwich, christine eddington, have so many good memories, best school years, wonder if anyone remembers me


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Wendy Bromige from Battersea posted this comment on Saturday 22 June 2013 20:29:00.

I spent some of the happiest years of my life at PINE END SCHOOL (1974 to 1979) I'm on facebook girls!! Add me!! Jaye Bromige (Woo)


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Jackie Mead Bugeja from London posted this comment on Wednesday 03 July 2013 17:29:00.

For the attention of ANN OLSON ex of Pine End..

I too went to Pine End I left in 1956 aged 15. I remember you so well, I can see your face in my mind like it was yesterday and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw your name here, like you I loved that place the happiest 3 years of my young life, I have tried so hard over the years to find others who were with us then with no success then up you pop out of no-where LOL I was known as Jacqueline Mead.

Everything you describe is a mirror image of what I remember, I once went to visit Mr and Mrs Yates at their home in Leatherhead in Surrey when my first 2 children were tots, what a lovely pair they were too, Mr Yates was very strict at school, I used to love taking Buster the boxer for walks in the grounds :-)) I remember you used to go out to school, the priory I think, I stayed behind for school. Do you remember any of these names..Pat Christou, Audrey Kellogg, Gwen Osbourne, Irene Taylor, Pauline Chapman, Chris Carney (she left very early on) Mary Mc'Ginly, and some who's names escapes me at the moment.

I remember every detail of the house. Christine was the cook, I remember Miss Scofield she used to love playing classical music to us in school time unofficially. There is so much I could talk about of those times at Pine End.

I am now hoping you get to see this Ann and maybe get in touch, I am on Facebook as Jackie Bugeja if at all possible would you look me up, I would love that.

Was great to see your name here Ann.

With the kindest regards.

Jackie.


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terri maunsell from spain posted this comment on Friday 02 August 2013 23:35:00.

i remenber margaret stephens gwen osbourn pamela powell barbara barrows diane ison barbara maynard linda roper maureen dunlop christine dawson barbara taylor ann green veronica copin miss grangle miss berrisford violet tillman pat sylvester terri duncan mr/mrs yates/son michael


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terri maunsell from spain posted this comment on Saturday 03 August 2013 00:08:00.

looking for barbara maynard/law margaret stephens/hunt maureen dunlop we were at pine end mid 50s gilbert/olive yates were head/matron yvonne dunlop walked buster for them anyone remember me terri maunsell


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barbara spicer formerly maynard from harrington , nsw, australia posted this comment on Tuesday 22 October 2013 07:56:00.

Hey terri, this is barbara, i am living in australia now, i do remember you as terisa,


Comment 19

Amanda Kammerich from Edinburgh posted this comment on Tuesday 21 January 2014 23:42:00.

this is for Karen Such your sister lesley was my best friend at pine end best times of my life would love to catch up with u both


Comment 20

terri maunsell from spain posted this comment on Friday 18 July 2014 02:20:00.

hi Barbara how can we get back in touch any idea all the best terri maunsell {treise }


Comment 21

Philippa Sumeray from London posted this comment on Friday 05 September 2014 18:47:00.

I remember most of the girls in Jackie Mead comments does any one remember me Jackie please try to contact me thanks


Comment 22

toni egan from ballina ireland posted this comment on Tuesday 14 April 2015 16:53:00.

Would anybody remember Mrs rapport and Mr stonley the headmaster as they were at pine end when I was there wondering if anyone would remember me my name is toni


Comment 23

Christine Huckle from Kingsthorpe posted this comment on Friday 15 May 2015 18:06:00.

I was Christine Grange then. I attended Pine End in the 1960's and it was the happiest time of my life. I remember Melody Taylor and Sandra Stapleton and more of the girls listed. I would love to hear from them.


Comment 24

Violet Rushbrook from Gravesend posted this comment on Thursday 08 October 2015 19:30:00.

I remember a lot of the girls at Pine End between 1956 and 1959. Would love to get in touch I remember Mr Mrs Yates. My name was Violet Tillman. On Facebook as Vi Rushbrook.


Comment 25

Violet Rushbrook from Gravesend. Uk posted this comment on Monday 11 January 2016 20:29:00.

Hi Terri Maunsell and Barbara Spicer formerly Taylor. This is Violet Tillman here would love to get in touch.


Comment 26

Chrissi Matusevics from Sutton posted this comment on Thursday 14 January 2016 15:56:00.

Used to be Christine McNamara when I was here- would love to get in touch with a few more of the old girls- I'm on FaceBook as are a few of the others and we've even got a group I when to Pine End for anyone who wants to get in touch


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Yvonne Rule ne Voisin from Welwyn Garden City posted this comment on Tuesday 26 January 2016 18:14:00.

Pine End Reigate

I couldn't believe my eyes when seeing all those names from the past! Having tried Friend Reunited ages ago and searching Colley Lane just be chance this week. Jill Walters and I have kept in touch all these years and have spoken of the time spent at Pine End,

If Jackie Bugeja, Pat Christou, Audrey Kellogg, Gwen Osbourne, Irene Taylor, Pauline Chapman, Chris Carney (she left very early on) Mary Mc'Ginly pick up on this it would be great to hear from you. Facebook I suppose is the best contact, Yve Rule I am listed as. Best wishes to all


Comment 28

Pamela Nangle from Abergavenny posted this comment on Monday 03 July 2017 20:14:40.

I was so excited to see names from when I was at Pine end in the 50's I was then Pamela Powell I remember Jackie mead so well and Pat christou was my bridesmaid seeing all the names bought back so many memories We all got caught playing ghosts after the lights out I was still running around with a sheet over me when Mr Yates Turned on the lights. We were all told to stand in a line in the hall and I started giggling and he remarked 'if anyone is standing on a feather get off' I still think this was so funny. I would love to hear from any of you.


Comment 29

Christine Huckle nee GRANGE from Northampton posted this comment on Wednesday 05 July 2017 16:02:19.

I went to Pine End in the 1960's. They were the best days of my life. If anyone on here remembers me, please get in touch. Mr King was the Headmaster in my day and Mr Stoneley taught us English. However, if anyone has Mr King's contact details, please pass them on. I would be more than grateful.


Comment 30

Yvonne Rule ne Voisin from Welwyn Garden City posted this comment on Wednesday 12 July 2017 14:29:11.

Pamela Nangle of Abergavenny, hay what a chance. I wonder if you remember the youngsters? Jill Walters who I have kept in contact all these yours. She's not into the internet so I copied your comments and sent them to her. I think I have put a Friend request to you on FB. It would be great to get in touch direct.


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june taylor-goudie nee taylor from prestatyn. north wales posted this comment on Tuesday 30 January 2018 19:06:10.

oh my word such a lot of people on here that I remember. I was at Pin end in 1964 to 1973. Melody was the first person I spoke to apart from Mr king. Melody had to look after me when I arrived at the school, I was 6 weeks of my 7th birthday, so young. melody became a good friend. Anna Bromley was a good friend too, but later. we used to go cycling a lot together. all the comments above take me right back to Pine end and very happy times. I often wondered what the girls of 64/73 where doing now. I often talk about my school days with happy and fond memories. I am on Facebook if anyone wants to get in touch with me.


Comment 32

Janet Amos from Leicester posted this comment on Thursday 29 August 2019 13:33:11.

Janet Amos hi all pine end girls I don't know if anyone will remember me I went to pine end school in early1960 It was the best years of my life.remember cleaning our shoes on a Saturday morning every week.plus we had to clean all the knifes and forks and spoons aswell I can remember quite a few of your names. I remember a girl there called Winnefred Cottrill I think that was how you spelt her second name. I always wondered what happened to her. I wish I could go back to those years they where some of my best childhood memories. And all the teachers and staff there where fantastic..it's so nice to see all your comments on here..


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June Taylor-Goudie from prestatyn posted this comment on Sunday 01 September 2019 13:22:05.

just re read all the comments. such happy memories. I was down south last year and decided to go see the old school. as I walked into the drive all sorts came in my mind about happy things that happened there. the big weeping willow has gone, used to sit under it in the summer reading of just chatting. the entrance door is still the same. I was upset to see they had taken out the beautiful stairs, so sad. the matron of the home let me have a tour, very good of her, the dining room looks more or less the same, one more door into the kitchen far left. the tv room, opposite the front door is a lounge now. the classrooms to the right down a hallway are now residents rooms, all partitioned. no big social room where we had our dances. the upstairs is all modernised and cut up into smaller rooms. one thing that is still there is the Tuck cupboard under the stairs lol, storage cupboard now, and the stairs leading up to the attic. I wend around the house to the gardens. different but familiar, no little pond, no paddling pool, no swings at the top, no veg garden and no raised little plot we tended to. pub still there, I went in to eat. heath still the same. I went up to the old windmill church on the heath. that is the same but a new golf building next to it. I felt happy and sad at the end of the day. sorry to go on but thought I would just share with all whom reads.


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Melody from Jersey posted this comment on Wednesday 18 September 2019 23:23:06.

Well, I can't believe people are still putting up there comment from when they were at pine end . I must say I doses me good to think back about, what I thought were happy times. To think this all started when I saw that photo all those years ago. :) hello everyone.


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MARJORIE church from Bury st Edmonds posted this comment on Sunday 26 January 2020 14:59:10.

I was at pine end school from 63to 66 these were the happiest days for me,I remember the bike rides the walks up colly hill,the socials with boys schools,midnight walks in the town,boy we were naughty, the paneled house, the food Yum,the garden patch,remembering it all gives me such a warm feeling


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Linda Smith was Linda Freeman from Battersea London posted this comment on Friday 17 April 2020 19:57:02.

Best years of my life..loved it soo much I cried when I left July 1981,am on FB and a member of when I when to Pine End... Whoever set it up needs to correct the spelling... 😁 😁 😁


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Aldene Walcott from London posted this comment on Thursday 18 June 2020 01:33:55.

hi my name is aldene walcott I went to pine end school in 1985 and left in 1991 I have good memories I remember some people I was there when my standley took over from mr slim our school class room was down the hill where we lived was the art room down stairs. I remember the gym I was good at gymnastics the staff was miss devine deloris and her daughter Catherine the RE teacher was miss hayes Miss saville. The wood in the building was amazing. We use to go Devon school journey lidlo swimming in croydon hi Tina stone i think I was there when you was their. My Facebook is the same name I also am known as mrs stone if any one has any pictures or knows me from then please feel free to add me nice to see these messages


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june taylor-goudie from prestatyn posted this comment on Friday 19 June 2020 19:32:17.

Hi Would like to get in touch with Hannah Norris nee Anna Bromley. I went to Pine end and used to go cycling with her. I wonder if she remembers me and would like to get in touch. I would also like to get in touch with then Christine MacNamara now Chissi Maluservics


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Sandra Stapleton from France posted this comment on Tuesday 21 July 2020 11:26:50.

Hello to everyone, I am pleased to say you really did start something Melody and I do remember you arriving at Pine End, nice of you to join us Marjorie Church took your time though and of course you had to mention naughty things like midnight walks. Hope all the staff involved over the years read these comments made by all the girls and realise their work was greatly appreciated. Also hope you all found happiness in adulthood. Many thanks to oldreigate.com without who this would not have started.


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Anne Cruickshank from Welling posted this comment on Sunday 27 June 2021 19:24:27.

Hi I think my Sister went to Pine End in the 50's her name was Margaret Forsyth from Brixton SW London. I think her friend from there was called Patsy Finigan. Sadly she recently passed away. She never really talked about her school years, being 16 years younger I never knew about her child hood back than it would be lovely if any of you remember her. there isn't much online about the school either.


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Kim Michelle Theed from London Islington posted this comment on Monday 19 July 2021 22:28:15.

I went to pine end schoolin the early 80s until 84 my class left Mr Marshall became the headmaster Mr Hevecan mrs hayes with her little dog saddle Miss Rapport miss Delores Smith Miss white miss Downson when I arrived there classrooms in the mine house before the went down to the new building at the bottom by staff cottages the old headmasters office was up by the dormitories named after the tree's they charge the office into a new room it was called lime the other office became a sitting room for the house matrons who look after the girls when they were out of school hours the old dinning room was the staffroom the class room in the mine hall was the dining hall the class room next to the TV room and where we had assembly every morning apart from the weekend the class room was turned in two offices headmaster and security the art room stayed in the basement plus where we had cookery in the white house at the bottom of the hill we had a lot of dancing with boy school plus some of the girls where very good at dancing they made up a their own dance routine every weekend on Saturday tea time they play their favourite music and they showed what they made up that week goods times


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Janet Amos from Leicester posted this comment on Saturday 07 August 2021 21:42:55.

Pine end school was the best years of my life I'm 71 now and I still talk about them days. I never wanted to leave that school. And to this day I still don't know why i was there. Ann Cruickshank I remember Margaret Forsyth I was there in the 50s and left 1963 and Winifred Cottrill was there with us. We use to get up to some naughty things us 3 would go out to the pond and get the frog spawn and bring it in and put it in the girls that wasn't very nice that week. Oh god we got up to some naughty things but it was young girls having a laugh. Those were the best days of our life we were so well looked after there and we cried when we had to leave. I left in 1961 or 1962 I just remember coming home and starting a new school. I don't think any other school would have looked after us like pine end did. I could talk about pine end all week and still have stories to say..


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Linda Freeman Skinner from BATTERSEA posted this comment on Sunday 08 August 2021 20:30:36.

Best year's of my life and many happy memories..took my oldest 2 children there at a reunion....loved it



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Michelle Davidson from Worksop posted this comment on Wednesday 17 May 2017 13:01:00.

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I went to pine end late 60s when Mr Mrs king were there also I remember miss young.

Would love to be in touch with others from around that time my surname was barnard then.would love to know if there are any old school year photos around


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Winifred Pearce from Thereon bois posted this comment on Saturday 25 November 2017 11:46:24.

Hi I was at pine end in the late 50s 60s. Was win Cottrill and Mr and Mrs king were in charge also remember Mr dark. If anyone remembers me I am on Facebook and would love to hear from you



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Anthony Meredith from Akeley, Buckingham posted this comment on Saturday 06 March 2010 10:47:00.

The photograph dates to 1950-54. High Beech, dating to Edwardian times, was built (in grounds of 20 acres) for Robert Carter, a successful London stockbroker. As a committed Christian, Carter deliberately chose a site for his home near South Nutfield Church. After the Second World War the house was too big for the elderly Carters, and in 1949 the house was sold to the London Police Court Mission to become a probation home, the idea of David Carter MBE, one of Robert's sons, who became the first Warden. The photograph clearly shows the lighter coloured brick, to the right of the house, which was the extension put on at this time to enable the house to cope with its new role. The photograph also shows the very tiny figures of David Carter (standing) and a group of boys (sitting) on the strip of grass, just to the left of the new front entrance. David Carter (1916-70) retired as Warden in 1954 - he subsequently founded Northease Manor School, near Lewes - but High Beech continued its work as a probation home until 1978. The house is now (I believe) back in private ownership.

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keith dawson from market rasen posted this comment on Friday 27 May 2011 14:42:00.

in 1957 i was sent to high beech for 1 year,at the time their was a waiting list as it was perceived as the best in the country. the staff were very fair and we were taught a number of skills, the recreation and outdoor activities were second to none, looking back on the experience it was one of the best periods of my life.

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John Edward Johnson from Richmond posted this comment on Thursday 27 September 2012 20:37:00.

I was sent there, I was a young teen teraway not a happy time. One year there then home to Kuala Lumpur. 15 years of age no job no hope. Joined the Army. Boys service. I did not get homesick I had got used to being away.


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MICHAEL CLARKE from MORDEN posted this comment on Tuesday 05 February 2013 10:00:00.

I WAS SENT THERE FOR A YEAR IN 1962-63 FIRST TIME AWAY FROM HOME.IT MADE ME STAND UP FOR MY SELF AND ALL STAFF WHERE VERY GOOD AND I OFTEN THINK OF MY TIME THERE. I THINK THE WARDEN WAS A MR WALKER.


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John Howell from Guildford posted this comment on Saturday 17 August 2013 17:16:00.

Used to go High Beech as a young kid with my father (who worked for LPCM - later Rainer) for the cricket matches - the pitch fell victim to the M23. Still have a table leaf produced by the carpentry shop. Think a Mr Nicholls was on the the staff there.


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Mrs Jacqueline Boyes from Sussac, France. posted this comment on Friday 08 August 2014 10:55:00.

I lived in a cottage in the grounds of High Beech, from birth in 1954 until I was 18 years old. My father was the horticultural instructor at the probation home at High Beech - Mr William Philip Smith. He also taught animal husbandry. It was, as I remember, a very successful school for young offenders and I still have letters of thanks that were sent to my father from boys who had worked under him and then made good in their lives. I remember there were several occasions, as I was growing up, that different young men would turn up, with a wife and family, to see my father and show him what a success they had made and to thank him for how he and the school had helped them. I remember that the home was run very strictly but there was fun too - like the making of guys for the huge bonfire and fireworks display on November 5th every year. The home taught the boys a trade - cooking, gardening, animal husbandry, woodwork - and above all self respect and respect for others. Such a pity that such places do not exist now.


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Pilgrim Patton from Plymouth posted this comment on Tuesday 22 March 2016 13:50:00.

I was here for 10 months during 1967. My name then was Kevin Patton. The warden was a Mr. Walker & his wife was the Matron. One of the staff, whom I remember as Peter Smith, lived in a cottage in the grounds with his wife. During that summer Mr. Smith moved to an approved school, i think in Buckinghamshire. All the boys were allowed a week on home-leave, but because i had no family i went with Mr. Smith & his wife for a week in their new home.I cant remember all the lads names but there was a Mick Jones-Leeds, Tony Wright-Kent, Zigmund Fialka-?,Dave Smith-Manchester,John ?-Somerset, & a John Hickling(?)-Nottingham. You had to stand up for yourself there, but it was still a pretty good 10months there. If I hadn't done wrong I would not have been there, but i certainly learned to stay on the straight & narrow after that.


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Michael Wilde from Prenton posted this comment on Friday 21 July 2017 16:42:39.

1966-67 I was sent or take to high beech (Michael Wilde) I had a stoke in 2002 but can remember some parts like when I got there I think Mr Walker tuck me to Regate to buy some thing to wear in a Humber car I think changing my life for the good . Mike


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Michelle Butler from Tamworth posted this comment on Monday 23 April 2018 13:55:13.

My father was sent to High Beech in Oct 1957. He recently passed away and we found two photo's, a postcard of the home and a picture of him with another group of lads in Wales on a trip. His name was Edward Birch and he came from Stockport Cheshire. Would love to hear off anyone who knew him.


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dennis gimes from London posted this comment on Sunday 06 October 2019 12:51:23.

I was sent there in 1962, and remembering a good time.


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Umberto Regan from Bude posted this comment on Tuesday 08 October 2019 03:43:10.

My working career started here at High Beech in 1972. Terry Whedon was in charge at the time. I could say much about my time there, and β€œgo on” for a long time, but all I will say is I have many, many, many fond memories of my time there, and I continued in the work at numerous other establishments until I retired nearly 2 years ago at the age of 67!


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John Edward Janaway from High Wycombe posted this comment on Sunday 20 October 2019 18:01:32.

The first two months for hard the next 10 working on the business and then Mr Nichols and building the bungalow in the garden I enjoyed every minute anyone who remembers me please get in contact JJ


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David Elliott from Kingston posted this comment on Saturday 18 January 2020 22:11:31.

I was sent there in 1973. I remember building the roof on that bungalow, this was to be the start of my building career, which has now spanned 40 years. I also remember going to the Sovereign Youth Club, which Umberto would take us to. Fond memories of the place which set me on the straight and narrow.


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David Goodwin from Felixstowe posted this comment on Sunday 04 July 2021 10:55:09.

In 1965 I lived in Sidcup, Kent. I was 16, and part of the 'Mod' scene. I stole money from Mum and Dad's Gas meter. It was December and I was remanded to a place in Mitcham, Surrey. I returned to Bromley Magistrates Court in January 1966 where I was sent to High Beeches for 1 year. At first it was hard, there were a few bullies there, but I stood up for myself and they left mae alone. After about one month I was given the chance to work in the carpentry shed, under the guidance of a master called 'Guv' Cook. He was my saviour, he taught me carpentry skills, painting and even French Polishing. In the summer myself and two other boys built a small sailing cruiser. We painted it all by hand, and with the excellent teaching of 'Guv' we learnt how to lay the layers of paint onto the hull. When it was complete, Mr Walker took us in his car, towing the boat down to Chichester Harbour, we helped launch the boat and helped sail it. After the saing, Mr Walker took us and treated us to Fish and Chips. I was eventually released almost two months early because of my good behaviour. After about 18 months from my release, I joined the Army, and attached to the 4th Batallion, the Queens's Regiment. One of the best decisions I ever made, I finally made my Mum & Dad proud. Thank you, High Beeches, Probation Home.



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Police Training School, Holmesdale House, Coopers Hill Road, Nutfield, Surrey.


The first Holmesdale House was built, we think, around 1820. It was close up to Coopers Hill Road. It was owned first by the Budgen family, then by Henry Gurney of Nutfield Priory fame. In his time it was always leased to a series of occupiers, none of any great importance.

The present Holmesdale House was built in 1886 by Charles Maw, a very wealthy manufacturing chemist, best known for babies' feeding bottles and hot water bottles. Doubtless they made many other things.Charles Maw was a benefactor to Nutfield, giving a village hall and the recreation ground. The architect for the new house was F.J.Dibble of Dorking. He moved the site of the house about 100 yards to the south-west, so that it is on the crest of the Greensand Ridge, commanding extensive views over the Weald. Charles Maw died in 1905.

The Maws were followed by the McAlpine family (Building & Construction) who lived there up to the 1939-45 war. The house was then requisitioned by the military, and served for a time as the HQ of the Canadian 2nd Army.

In 1946 the house was presented to Guys Hospital by two of its Governors, one being Mr W.McAlpine. The Guys Hospital Nurses Preliminary Training School operated there from 1946 to 1965. It was followed by the Police School. I am not able to give precise dates for the latter. Subsequently it was run for a time as a residential nursing home, then lay empty for several years.

More recently Holmesdale House was converted to luxury apartments by Persimmon Homes, and an additional block was added at the east end. It is a gated development with extensive grounds.

There is a photo, circa 1900, on page 294 of 'Nutfield; Our Village Since Domesday', published by Nutfield Local History Group in 2000. The book is now out of print, but Redhill Library has copies. The photo is copyright of Surrey History Centre. They have another in the same collection which shows the first Holmesdale House in the background.


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Sally Anderson from Steyning posted this comment on Saturday 03 July 2010 11:34:00.

My father, Norman Cleaver bought Holmesdale in the mid to late 1970's and was planning on converting it to a country club and hotel but due to ill health and more damp and dry rot than he first thought he sold it on in the early 1980's when it was made into a nursing home.


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Mike Hudd from Chard, Somerset posted this comment on Friday 06 August 2010 23:35:00.

Charles Maw was my Great Great Grandfather and he lived at Holmesdale with his sixteen children and his late wife's half sister 'Emily Sharwood'. Charles wife, 'Julia', had died at the age of 38 after the birth of their sixteenth child in 1878 - before Holmesdale was built. Charles Maw died on 5th January 1905 and by 1919 Emily Sharwood had moved to Eastbourne to live with two of Charles daughters. As most of the children had moved out to homes of their own by then, Holmesdale was eventually sold on 10th November that year.

I am engaged in a huge amount of research about my Gt. Gt Grandfathers family, so If anyone has any information, photos or anekdotes about Holmesdale or the Maws, please could you contact me on 01460 66077. (Note to Website manager - Please could you leave my contact number on here or let people know my email address. Thank You.)


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Doug Cable from East Malling posted this comment on Tuesday 12 April 2011 17:49:00.

I attended Holmesdale for my initial police training from January - April 1969.Great to see an aerial view but it does seem larger than I remember. Police training was quite austere in those days but I enjoyed every minute of it. We did use the pub next door to supplement the atrocius meals we were served!


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Joan Johnston from New York posted this comment on Friday 17 June 2011 19:23:00.

I have just come across this photo - I have a picture of myself and a friend in our Guy's uniforms sitting on the steps in front of the building in 1960 when we were in the PTS. I remember the gardens and the woods with daffodils and bluebells. (Coming from sooty Manchester I was very impressed!)


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Brian Quinn from Worthing posted this comment on Sunday 25 December 2011 13:20:00.

I attended N06 District Police Training College Nutfield from October 1966 -February 1967 due to the usual College at Sandgate in Kent being full to bursting point with new recruits.Nutfield was used as a temporary overspill school.I was PC 327 Brian Quinn of the West Sussex Constabulary later to be amalgamated with the other Sussex Forces.I was use to the military style discipline but the learning side was tough going.The college was in a lovely setting the back garden would look down a hillside to what now is the M23.It brings back bitter sweet memories.Unfortunately I was there during the winter months so the beautiful Surrey countryside could not be fully appreciated.


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john willis from Dorset posted this comment on Thursday 19 April 2012 16:42:00.

I was there on police training from about Jan 1967 - PC 484 of Berkshire Constabulary. One of our tutors was Sgt Humpage.


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Judith Oakley from West Sussex posted this comment on Tuesday 21 August 2012 17:59:00.

I worked at Holmesdale Park as a Nursing Sister from about 1983 - 1986 when it opened as a luxury residential hotel for the elderly. It then developed into a nursing home, when guests for the hotel wing didn't materialise. For a while I lived in a chalet in the grounds. I have some great memories and some stories to tell of mostly good times there.


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Anna Felton-Page from Leominster posted this comment on Saturday 09 February 2013 18:50:00.

Member of my family are registered living here in 1871m I would love an image of the house for my family archives - how do I obtain one please?


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Peter Mcpherson from Penzance posted this comment on Tuesday 11 June 2013 21:37:00.

I served my final continuation course here from the Kent force in 1972. I can remember this fine old house and spent a happy 2 weeks there making a couple of good friends at the same time. It seems those really were the best times.


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Sarah Stebbing from Great Yarmouth posted this comment on Tuesday 12 November 2013 15:18:00.

I also worked at Herondale whilst it was a Nursing home, between 1983-1986. It was a beautiful place to work, a place I shall never forget!

Best years of my life.


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Jan Howell from Nutfield posted this comment on Tuesday 26 November 2013 14:03:00.

We have lived in what was the 'garden cottage' to Holmesdale House since '92. It had remained in the same ownership of Holmesdale House until '78 when it was sold at auction as a separate property. It is known as Nursery Cottage. Over the years I have researched Holmesdale House in the hope of obtaining old photo's of Nursery Cottage, all to no avail. I would be so very interested in any old information or photo's anyone may have of Holmesdale Estate especially our cottage. I am happy to publish my number 07710655905.


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Sally Ann Day from Coalbrookdale posted this comment on Saturday 24 January 2015 12:03:00.

I arrived at Holmesdale in March 1962 as a new recruit to the Guy's Hospital Preliminary Training School. I came from Central Africa the previous December, so my experience of the spring in the Surrey countryside was wonderful, and so new to me, as was the main house. We stayed for 3 months only, but the memories stay with me still.


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Penelope Carnall Davidson from Haywards Heath, West Sussex posted this comment on Tuesday 14 July 2015 18:43:00.

I was at Holmesdale in 1963 as a new Guy's Nurse. There were 63 of us in my October set. I remember we had to do the housework every morning as part of our training to be meticulous in our standard of hygiene. Our housework was inspected by a Sister Tutor and we were made to do it again if it did not come up to Guy's standard! It was a lovely place - and so very clean!


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David Glew from Broadstairs posted this comment on Sunday 01 March 2020 16:30:18.

I also received my initial police training at Holmesdale from 1967 having joined the then Kent County Constabulary, now Kent Police, and remember Sergeant Humpage.i eventually served 15 years in Kent.


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Colin McDonald from Maidenhead posted this comment on Tuesday 02 June 2020 12:38:41.

I attended Course No.15 at Nutfield Police Training Centre from 8th October 1967 to 5th January 1968 having joined the Berkshire Constabulary. The resident officers were Supt. J.C.Laing (OIC), Inspector R.F.Andrews (Admin), Sgt J.M.Smyth (Drill Instructor), Sgt A.E.Webb (Physical Training Instructor), and Sgt Tudor White (Class Tutor). There were 25 recruits in my course from East Sussex, Hampshire, Hastings, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex forces. I completed 28 years service with Berkshire Constabulary then on amalgamation (1968) Thames Valley Police retiring in 1995 with the rank of sergeant.


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Tony White from Woking posted this comment on Saturday 25 July 2020 17:18:15.

My grandfather, William Molloy White worked for the McAlpine family at Holmesdale, Nutfield for most of the 1930's as a groom and lived in a house in the grounds, also, I believe a Mr Burgess and a Mr Rhodes worked there as gardeners at a similar time. I would be pleased to hear from anyone with any information and/or pictures of Holmesdale, thanks.


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Dawn Blaikley-Colwill from Ellesmere Shropshire posted this comment on Monday 17 August 2020 16:10:18.

I am writing a life history for my children and wanted to include mention of my time as a Guys student nurse at Holmesdale in Spring 1957, so I was delighted to find this website. We were at training school for 3 months before going to the hospital for our main training. Our sister tutor was a Miss Janet James an amazing lady who was always reminding us of how privileged we were to be training at Guys. One of my happiest memories was walking in the bluebell woods nearby.


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Fiona Allan from Waterloo, Belgium posted this comment on Tuesday 08 December 2020 08:56:00.

My mother in law, Patricia Hayward, and her 2 sisters, Dorothy and Joan, were evacuated from London during the war and were billeted at Holmesdale with the McAlpine family, albeit in a separate part of the house. She told me about life at this magnificient house, with servants, liveried footmen, chauffeurs, grooms etc. It's wonderful for me to see a photo of the house from around that time. 'd love to see one of the grounds.


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Frank Hales from Corlette NSW Australia 2325 posted this comment on Wednesday 30 December 2020 03:20:07.

I also attended intial police training at Nutfield in 1967 as a 20yr old recruit (PC1070) of the Surrey Constabulary. I have fond memories of my time there and my fellow recruits and instructors. I went on to serve 3 years at Chertsey, in Surrey, then transferred to the Metropolitan Police where I served for some 8 years, in L Div and as a mounted officer. I then emigrated to Australia where after a other careers I joined the Australian Federal Police in 1988, during which time I also served as a peacekeeper with the UN, I retired as a Det Supt in 2002. Passing out at Nutfield is still one of the most proudest days of my life in my 74 years.


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David Kelly from Surrey posted this comment on Thursday 13 May 2021 13:36:18.

I lived in the apartment on the 2nd floor after Persimmon developed Holmesdale Park with the corner bay window on the left. Persimmon did a great job with the renovations and I know why Charles Maw moved the house closer to the edge of the ridge! The views are spectacular on a clear day!


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Reginald Weeks from Hailsham nr Eastbourne posted this comment on Tuesday 01 June 2021 21:53:38.

I attended Nutfield Police Training Centre around 1972 on a continuation course during my Police Constable Probationary Training, I remember it with pleasant memories but not a lot of detail unfortunately, I also attended my Initial Training at No.6 District Training Centre in Sandgate, Kent Course No. 252 Class 2, I joined Surrey Constabulary in Jan 1970 - 1974 stationed in Guildford, Woking then Chertsey Traffic my co-driver was PC Dick Brake.



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I was attended this School in 1979 - 1984. Enjoyed myself at school very much. Good memories.



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