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Cattle at Burgh Heath pond
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Cattle at Burgh Heath pond

Cattle at Burgh Heath pond. circa 1900.
Picture added on 29 May 2013 at 13:55
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This is probably the first picture I have seen of my old infant/primary school Burgh Heath Methodist that I attended between 1957-1962 when it closed. Happy Memories of walking in twos across the main road to the War Memorial Hall for our school dinners with Miss Marshall who lived with her mother in the cottages opposite.

Playing weddings in the playground using the blossom from the cherry tree as confetti. The school house next door to the school that was reputed to be haunted where we had our school medicals.Top Class playing on the common unsupervised opposite during our school break. The School had outside toilets and the school milk was left outside in the winter.

There were only 3 classes; top middle and bottom! I remember Miss Coleman, Miss Atherton, Miss Watts, Mrs Corner ? There was a rival primary school situated on the main road, St Marys Primary opposite St Marys Church...next to the fusty shop owned by Miss Deats ?who had geese outside the back of the shop

The building of the school is still there now converted into apartments. I rememember Roberts Corn stores just round the corner from the Methodist School and the barber's shop.

We used to play over the 'hills and mountains ..and go to Kinlocks Bonfire parties...I'm thinking now of the Sugar Bowl and the Galleon (the Galleon now the garage on the corner of the Crossroads and the Sugar Bowl that became the Il pirata and then Picard Hotel then Heathside Hotel correct me if I'm wrong on that !

All good memories of fishing in the willows near where Miss Marshall's cottage was situated (tea rooms)and skating on the pond after school. I remember the Sheep Shearers and the Surrey Yeoman and catching newts and tadpoles in the Newt Pond behind the Sheep Shearers. Our school badge had an emblem of the pond with the tree in the middle Green & Grey uniform and gaberdeen macks and wellie boots :-)

Would love to hear from anyone who shares my memories.......My memories by Christine Davis
Added by Chris Barella on 13 July 2013
Lovely picture!
I went to the 'rival' school opposite St Mary's church and remember everything that you do. Playing on the common, being chased by the geese and going to the memorial hall for lunch. I can still recall the 'school dinner' smell! I was at the school at the same time as you.
Added by Liz Gazzaniga (nee Grimwood) on 26 December 2014
Thank you Liz ! I have a FB group memories of Tadworth WOTH / Burgh Heath / Lower Kingswood / Banstead areas .. I'm sure you will see names of some of the pupils who were at school with you ... Happy Days x
Added by Christine Barella on 26 December 2014
Between 1960 - 1965 the Sugar Bowl was owned by the Fishers, I used to play with their daughter Louise. They sold it and moved to St Maws in Cornwall. Is anyone still in touch with her ?
Added by Lou McGhie on 04 August 2016
Note from LNW: The contributors to this page might like to know of a set of new photos showing Burgh Heath pond and children/teachers from the Burgh Heath Methodist School. See picture #513
Added by LNW on 20 February 2017
I have a group on Facebook for Burgh Heath

Added by Christine Barella ( new Davis ) on 21 February 2017
The house in centre was the Methodist school house; my mother was caretaker there and for the Church School.
Monday to Friday then we would change to suit School Or Church .
In 1950 we left and went to Hedge Croft, Walton-on-the-hill, our name Mr & Mrs Grattan. I am their son Richard now in Australia -1955 6
Added by Richadr David Grattan on 30 May 2017
I have a FaceBook Memory Group of the area if anyone is interested in joining
Added by Christine Barella ( nee Davis) on 31 May 2017
Correction! I mentioned the store opposite Burgh Heath Methodist School it was known to us as 'Privett Stores' -and not Robert Stores previously mentioned .Robert Stores was across the Main Road on the right side of Oatland (Oatfield)?)Road near Sugar Bowl and layed back from the main Road - I think 🤔

Note from LNW: Chris I cannot find a mention of anything opposite the school. Can you tell me which sentence you want corrected then I can correct the original and delete this comment.

Added by Christine Davis on 14 August 2017
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