1950s

Memories of Stanmore - Andrew Norman

I attended the school from 1948 to 1951. I lived at 4 King’s Avenue.

My mother Jean nee Waldin and her three brothers Peter, David, and Howard Waldin had also attended the school and David Waldin subsequently taught there.

Many pupils will remember ‘The Blind Man’s Shop’ at Number 38 Stanmore Lane. He was my grandfather Thomas Waldin, from whom pupils bought sweets on their way home from school. I have written a book about him, ‘A Brummie Boy Goes to War’, telling of how he came to wounded in the First World War, and how St Dunstan’s offered him rehabilitation. When he and his family first came to Winchester from London, they lived at Riflemen’s Cottages, Stanmore Lane.

Royal connections - The Queen

The children of Stanmore have had a couple of occasions to see The Queen whilst in Winchester.

Coronation Pageant Souvenir Programme June 153

Coronation Pageant Souvenir Programme
June 153

A photo of the Coronation Pageant June 1953 stuck at the back of the programme

A photo of the Coronation Pageant June 1953 stuck at the back of the programme

The Queen visiting Winchester on 26 July 1955

The Queen visiting Winchester on 26 July 1955

Pupils from the school also went to see The Queen on 13th April 1979, after presenting Maundy Money in Winchester Cathedral in accordance with the ancient ceremony.

The Mayfair

In the late 1950s the school celebrated May Day with a fair. We have tickets and photographs from 1959 and 1957. Were you there - do you remember these events?

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The sheep is carved by the Deputy Mayor watched by the Mayoress, The Headmaster, and Mr Evans, the butcher, who was responsible for the barbecue.

The sheep is carved by the Deputy Mayor watched by the Mayoress, The Headmaster, and Mr Evans, the butcher, who was responsible for the barbecue.

Stanmore Mayfair 1957 Radio celebrity “Grace Archer” crowns the May Queen.

Stanmore Mayfair 1957
Radio celebrity “Grace Archer” crowns the May Queen.

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This picture appeared in the newspaper in 1956(?) with the headline “Stanmore’s pretty May Queen”  The caption read: “The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Miss E. M. Barnes, crowns the May Queen after opening Stanmore Fete. The pretty May Queen is Miss Penelope Hudd and her attendants are Ann Mason, Angela Martin, Amanda Trigg and Glenis Sommerbell; and the two pages, Anthony Stride and Richard Bramley.

This picture appeared in the newspaper in 1956(?) with the headline “Stanmore’s pretty May Queen”

The caption read: “The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Miss E. M. Barnes, crowns the May Queen after opening Stanmore Fete. The pretty May Queen is Miss Penelope Hudd and her attendants are Ann Mason, Angela Martin, Amanda Trigg and Glenis Sommerbell; and the two pages, Anthony Stride and Richard Bramley.

Staff photos - donated by the family of Mrs Molly Cooper

These photos were dontated by the family of Mrs Molly Cooper after she died. Can you identify the missing names and can you help us date these photos? We know Mr King became Headteacher on 11 September 1950 and Miss Glover retired in July 1968.

Staff photo  Back row - ?, ?, ?, ?, Miss Clarke, Mr Wolloughby, Mr Chipperfield Front row - Mrs Blake, Miss Glover, Miss Percival, Mr King, Mrs Cooper, Miss Brown, Mrs Green

Staff photo

Back row - ?, ?, ?, ?, Miss Clarke, Mr Wolloughby, Mr Chipperfield
Front row - Mrs Blake, Miss Glover, Miss Percival, Mr King, Mrs Cooper, Miss Brown, Mrs Green

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Memories of Stanmore School 1949 - 1951 by Rod Youngman

Rod came to the school between 1949 and 1951. In this detailed account of life at the school he talks about the challenges of spelling, uniform, equipment, being ink monitor, milk monitor or even bell monitor. He talks of occasionally coming to school by bus, teachers throwing board dusters, listening to the wireless, assembly, playtime, nick-names, tricks and getting into trouble!