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Richard Peros |
Memories! I was Incarcerated here at the age of six between 69 and 70 along with my two older brothers Dino, who was about eight and Tony who was about ten or eleven. The whole experience was of course a bit of a trauma for myself but I think that my older brothers fared a little better as they were older. My memories from that time are clear as far as the perception of a six year old can be. I remember learning the alphabet and being taught to read and write here from a book about a ship. I was taken to tea and cream cakes in Wanstead by the fantastic blonde teacher who I recited the alphabet to, as a reward. There was an occasion when the same blond teacher asked if a couple of boys would like to volunteer to do something for her, to which half the boys in the school erupted up the fire escape to her assistance.(wow she was nice). I also remember a poignant moment at the sports day (400m) when I was chasing someone referred to as (Lemon Kurd) who was in front of me by a mile. He was about 12, so I didd'nt stand a chance of catching him up but the crowed roared to woo me along with sighs of ahhh. I could have blushed! Some of the other kids made toys out of wax candles, elastic bands and lolly sticks. They used to amaze me as these toys, after winding them up would roam about the dorms for ages (B Dorm, Mr Corrigan's). I also remember Mr Porter (the head) and his labrador dog who I would sometimes accompany for walks in the grounds. He was a first class old school type who had genuine feeling for the children in his care, as i'm sure that this was generally the case for all the staff there. As for bullying, well I don't suppose that there was any more or less variations of psycho-pathological behaviours in that particular institution as any other, (human nature being what it is.)
9 June 2009 - LONDON

vic`[buggsey]burling |
hi all you old boys,at the school from1955---1960 any one out there remember me?
26 May 2009 - murcia spain

David John Williams |
I attended the school early 60's, Nineveh house. Cannot remember any names. I enjoyed the sports, especially the running. Anyone rememberes me?
I have been living in Norway since 1979.
14 May 2009 - Norway

Lynne Jones (nee Bateman) |
Fogot to mention I was at the junior school at Walthamstow before going onto the girls school at Sawbridgeworth til it's closure.
6 May 2009 - Manchester England

Lynne Jones (nee Bateman) |
Just wanted to know if anyone remembers either myself or my sister Janet Bateman.
6 May 2009 - Mancheste England

Barnaby Perkins |
I was CHURCHILL 222 - burned in like a brand mark!!!!
5 May 2009 - New Zealand

Barnaby Perkins |
Greetings to all who were there in the late 50's. I think that I arrived in 1956. I was a worry to John Lavender after doing a bunk and making a home run.I was brought back and offered the choice of expulsion or a beating. I opted for the expulsion but got the beating!!!!

Wanstead was an important formative influence in my early life.

There was violence (not forgotten), despair, bullying, friendship, it was a hard life not too distant from some sort of prison setting (what an irony there is in the current role of the building!!)

I have never forgotten any part of it. There are many people I would love to meet again and a few that I would still happily give a good hiding to. (Assuming that they are not still larger and more fearsome than me!)

John Lavender was a good man. I think that I remember a daughter – Elizabeth?

Years have passed away but Wanstead lives on in memory.

Barnaby Perkins

5 May 2009 - New Zealand

keith looker |
does any one know whats happened to head boy 1969 john catlin and macarmick house master both churchill house
18 April 2009 - witham essex

Does anybody remember a teacher by the name of Mr Mundy he married a nurse who's name escapes me. If anybody can give me any information I would be grateful
13 April 2009 - Rainham

Just been touch with two guys from the old days M sinnott and V burling it was good to here from someone from the old days if anyone remembers me please get touch
7 April 2009 - Rainham, essex

jeffrey williams /denton |
i was e-mailed this site by my brother david williams who was at the school i was looking at some photo s from early 60s wonder if anyone has list of names of kids
30 March 2009 - london

Dennis Welch |
Hello ive had another look
and the more i look the more
iremember. amazing
25 March 2009 - Barking, Essex.

Susan Wren |
At 'The Royal' from 1960-63 - at the same time as Nadine Grey, Paula Turner, Deborah Sinclair, Frances Thorn. Fond memories of watching 'Corrie' in Miss Reynolds room on Wednesday evenings. Not so fond memories of her wielding the slipper! Sad to hear the school closed eventually. Will be visiting this website regularly.
23 March 2009 - Pucklechurch, South Glos.

Hugh Wall |
Greetings and hello after all these years. I moved to NZ in 81 and now teach Professional Cookery in Christchurch. It was the soup and grey potatoes served on Thursday lunch that convinsed me to enter a profession that fed me well. Happy days
28 February 2009 - Christchurch New Zealand

Dennis Welch |
I remember J W- Richards, junior school
same dorm, same class, miss tilbury.
6 March 2009 - Barking, Essex.

jeremy wynston-richards |
Iwas at wanstead 1965-71 Remember steve foster ernie hunt paul plutowski(pluto)rob burns tom kent nigel hobro bob richardson ian sawyer tony and mark brimble can anyone remember the bald headed french teacher
3 March 2009 - new zealand

Martin Thompson |
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Owen Charles Boosey? He was at RWS 62-66, in Churchill House. He lived in Grays Essex after he left RWS.
2 March 2009 - Atyrau, Kazakhstan

Mike 'Wog' Sinnott |
Me again! Have been trying to remember names from the distant past. Does anyone know what happened to: Ray Lee (my Mate) Dad Grinham, Claude Hulbert, Mick Day, Dave Fagin,Peter Plant, Robin Webb,? Waldron, Bonzo & Rusty Perriam,Chris Catchick, ? Kitchen ??
26 February 2009 - Suffolk

Mike 'Wog' Sinnott |
Just found the site.what a trip down memory lane.Babylon '57-'60 anyone remember me?
26 February 2009 - Suffolk

Dennis Welch |
Hi everyone its a great site,Good to know
your all still out there drop me a line.
21 February 2009 - essex ,england.

Colin Meadows |
Last year there was a short piece film of the visit of Winston Churchill to RWS on the television. I only caught the end of it, when his open top car was driving around the field in front of the school. surrounded by RWS pupils including myself. It would have been 56 to 58 era
12 February 2009 - Somerset

Charlie Durnford |
I used to be a pupil at RWS between 1956-1960 and distinctly remember a visit to the school by Winston Churchill but can't remember which year. I believe a school photo was taken at that time. Would you have a copy or know of where to get one! or indeed any other school photos during those years. Most grateful for any help. Charlie Durnford.
9 February 2009 - Alnwick, Northumberland

Richard Bowyer |
I was sorry to learn of the passing of Bert Knight. I remember him as the assistant Housemaster (Babylon) and ably standing in for Mr McDowell on Thursday Evenings, when Mac had his day off! I got to know him and Mr McDowell well, as I was a dorm monitor, along with John Rutson, Slim Gilbert 2,and Andrew Stubbs, who was House Captain, during my time at RWS (1957-62).
10 January 2009 - Essex UK

Phil Johns |
I was sorry to hear about Bert Knight. I saw him at the first of the reunions back in 1992 and he had hardly changed from when I last saw him thirty odd years earlier.
I remember a couple of things about him.
Firstly, he would send one of us to the bank to cash a beautifully handwritten cheque for two pounds. The second part of the errand was to then purchase a varied selection of chocolate bars and twenty Solent (menthol cigarettes if I remember correctly).
Can you imagine? A thirteen year old schoolboy going to a bank to cash somebody else’s cheque and then off to the shop to buy some fags! How times have changed.
My other memory is when he stood in for Mr McDowell as our housemaster.
Some idiot poured water into someone else’s bed and wouldn’t own up. So Bert summarily dispensed six of the best to the entire dorm. Imagine six whacks on the bottom whilst wearing only pyjamas. Like I said, how things have changed.
Mind you, he always gave me A’s for my dubious woodwork and technical drawing.
Clearly a discerning and decent man.
Happy new year everyone.
7 January 2009 - Kent

Elizabeth (Betty) Harrington |
I attended RWS Sawbridgeworth form 1962 -1964. I remember Anique Piriou, Jean Younghusband, Miss Edmed and Miss Fry.Have mixed emotions about my time there.
30 December 2008 - FL. USA

Keith Jemmett |

Keith J
24 December 2008 - ENGLAND

Keith Neat |

Just to let you know that Albert (Bert) Knight who used to teach Woodwork and Technical Drawing and who ran the Cadet Force at Wanstead passed away in October. I was speaking to Mr Thomas (English Master 1962-1971) who gets a Christmas card from Mr and Mrs Knight each year. This year the card was signed only by Mrs Olivia (Livia) Knight. Some of you may know that Livia had been a maid at Wanstead before she and Bert got married. I understand that he had been ill for some time.
On leaving Wastead in 1971 Bert Knight went on to Teach woodwork at a Roman Catholic school in Enfield, North London until he retired. I am not sure how old he was but Mr Thomas seems to think he was in his early 70's.

Season greetings to you all.
Keith Neat
RWS 1961-1971
16 December 2008 - Hertford, UK

Richard Bowyer |
Wishing all old RWS scolars in 1957/62 era a Happy Christmas and New Year
20 November 2008 - Essex Uk

Tim Newstead |
I was at the Junior School for 18 months or so from Autumn 1956 - Spring 1958 with my twin sister Janet. My number was (I think) JBL13. I remember the monkey puzzle tree in the drive (is it still there?), going to the swimming pool in the forest and playing wide games, singing "Land of Hope and Glory" to Winston Churchill, building dens in the wood, going to a London museum to have a fossil dated (it had been found when a stone fell from the roof of the chapel), learning to play hockey, watching "6-5 Special" on a Saturday night on a projected TV screen, the Sanitorium (I had chicken pox!). Sadly, I cannot remember the names of any teachers or fellow pupils. I haven't been back since 1958, but plan to visit the Crown Court building next week – what memories might that awaken?!
21 October 2008 - Cotswolds, UK

Keith Jemmett |
14 October 2008 - United Kingdom

jim smith |
aka trollocks athens/montgomery 60/64. remember. rod green(harmer)- john long, dave cable - fisher brothers - sid monk - colin mewitt - richard dicameades. got bored with school, joined the army, now with police waiting for retirement.
15 September 2008 - taunton

David and Maria Dyer |
We were very sorry to hear the sad news about Marianne, she will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences to all of her family and friends.
18 September 2008 - Spain

Stella Lamont(nee Goodman) |
I only knew Marianne through re-unions but will miss her organisation skills and literary works. My condolences to all her family and friends.
9 September 2008 - Surrey, England.

Anthony Finch |
Hi all, I have just returned from holiday and heard the news about Marianne.

I am gutted…….

Marianne Thorne was the kindest, bubbliest and most outgoing person that I have ever met.
She was the life and soul of the ‘friends’ and was enthusiastic about everything she did.
I had quite a lot of contact with her when the crazies were formed and since, and this is a terrible loss for us all.
I know that she was quite ill for some time, Lynne and my sincerest condolences go out to her family.
God bless and keep her…………

This my friends is why we have the gang. We have lost good friends and at our age will continue to do so.
Long live the ‘Crazy Gang’ young and old.

Kindest regards

Anthony Finch
9 September 2008 - Norfolk, UK

Webmaster comments   This message from the 'Friends'
The Friends of Royal Wanstead will be sending flowers on behalf of all old boys & girls. If you would like to contribute to this please send a donation to.....

Mary Burbidge (Treasurer)
The Friends of Royal Wanstead School
71 Stag Leys
KT21 2TQ

Thanks everyone

Keith Jemmett
Hon. Secretary

robert (bob) maddock |
sorry i never managed to get to the reunion. anyone who remembers me hi there.
mick hale, where in spain do you live as i live on the costa del sol.
did stewart west or david stevens go to the reunion.
6 August 2008 - spain

Tony Wheatley |
29 July 2008 - PENZANCE CORNWALL (07946101721)

Mick Hale |
Hi, I was at the school from '59 to '64, I wonder what happened to Colin Glendenning and Jeremy Higgs, just a couple of names I recall. Can't say that my stay was the best time, as I kept being caned for one reason or another. Loved the sport though, which helped me throughout my life. I am now living in Spain and coaching Rugby in Sweden. Bit of a commute but enjoyable Just wonder if anybody remembers me?
24 July 2008 - Spain/Sweden

Keith Neat |
Hi All,

I have just got off the ‘phone to Mr Thomas (English master 1962-1971) and he asked me to posted a message to say how much he enjoyed his day at Snaresbrook last Saturday. He wanted me to say thanks to everyone who came and talked to him as he doesn’t have a computer to post a message himself.

In particular thanks to Keith Jemmett and the organising committee. Mr T. also asked me to send thanks to Joe Migdal who slipped him a music CD called “Chances” which he has played and really enjoyed and like to would recommend.

I would like to add my thanks and appreciation also and to say it was great talking with Tony Brimble, Reg and Ron, Nicky Bambridge, Robert Lock and his brother, Linda Scott and all the others who’s names I can’t remember. What a great day. I can’t wait until the next one.


Keith (Neat)
RWS 1961-1971
20 July 2008 - Hertford, England

Keith Jemmett |
Looking for a Michael Day that knew a Timothy Gilbert between 1955-59
If anyone can help please get in touch with me in the first instance
17 July 2008 - United Kingdom

Stephen (Steve) Godley |
Just found the site from Friends Reunited. Attended Infant and Junior departments 1946-51(ish). Nicknamed 'Dog'
Remember one or two names and faces.
I must have been one of the last to transfer to Reeds at 11.
Now semi-retired from primary teaching (helping Graduate Trainees with University of Hertfordshire) but living on south coast in Christchurch, Dorset.
14 July 2008 - Christchurch, Dorset

Peter FitzGibbon (formerly Ireland) |
Thanks to all for a great day, although sad to see so few I knew in the 1958-62 era. I know many emigrated so perhaps this was understandable. The service was especially moving and great credit is due to the Crown Courts for maintaining the chapel in such fine and "original" condition (although I just about remember it before it was renovated to its present state). Was particularly nice to meet the 'girls' and realise what we missed on those twist and jive nights in the theatre on a Saturday night!

Am now semi-retired from a career that seems to have touched most bases, from caretaking and part-time cleaning to most recently being a partner in a magazine publishing company, and taking in press, PR and journalism along the way.

Would love to hear from Graham Batham, Geoffrey Nebel, M. North, 'Yetti' Graham, Chris Gittings, Hubert Trinder, Mervyn Hulbert, Jonathan Baldwin and any others who were in 5A in 1962-63 or amy, such as Jonathan Griffiths or the Harrison brothers, who were in Babylon (Nelson) senior dorm in that year. The only one who seemed to make it on Saturday (and apologies if I am mistaken) was 'Monkey' Ford and what a pleasure it was to meet him and his daughter.

Also, if Paul Goodchild reads this, please do get in touch (I was changing email addresses when I wrote him some months back via Penine Pens and his reply may not have reached me).

Roll on 2011!

PS: Managed to lose or mislay my copy of the order of service on the way home so if anyone can post the title and composer/arranger of the anthem sung mid way through the service I would be particularly grateful.
14 July 2008 - Waltham Abbey, Essex

keith looker |
It was great to see and be recognised by so many friends of the past many thanks and appreciation to those people who made the reunion happen any one who remembered me do keep in touch
13 July 2008

Pete Munro |
I have digitalised a few photos taken of pupils during summer term 1964 (RWS Juniors) and I can send these via email if anyone would like to see them. Especially interesting to the following persons: Ned Sharp, Michael Ampleford, Madelaine Arnold, Stephen Troop, Philip Jupe, Arthur Strivens, Miles Rigden, Lionel Steed, Francis March. Contact:
13 July 2008 - Devizes,Wiltshire

Richard Bowyer |
Thanks Keith and Committee for a fab day yesterday. Met so many old school mates as well most of 1961/62 Babylon House Senior Football Team. Can't wait for the next one. First visit to school
for 46 years snce I left in 1962 I left.
13 July 2008 - Chelmsford Essex

Pete Munro |
It was great to see so many of you at the re-union yesterday, which was the first occasion that I'd been back to the old school since 1970. Special thanks to those of you who recognised me - sorry if I didn't instantly recognise some of you! Hope to keep in touch from now on, as it was really lovely to recount old times and happenings with everybody I spoke to.
13 July 2008 - Devizes, Wiltshire

Richard Bowyer |
I have recently heard from John Rutson a fellow Monitor in Babylon House (1957/1962).John lives in Devon. Anyone else remember him?
26 June 2008 - Essex UK

Stephen |
Don't know what happened to my name on that last message?? But in case anyone's interested it was from STEVE "PONNY" PONSFORD. Haven't been called "Ponny" since I left RWS but I may revert to the name after seeing the statue of Bill at the MCG. I remember we won a cricket bat he'd signed in the last year of junior school. Maybe someone else remembers that?
21 June 2008 - Gold Coast, Australia

Stephen |
Hi to all. Can't believe I've just happened on this site! I was at RWS '67-'71 (Nelson '68-'71 under "Old Bill" Turner) and left at the end of my 3rd year when the school closed.
I see I've been mentioned in despatches by Stephen "Fertie" Foster and Nigel Hobro and it'd be good to hear from them and anyone else who remembers me after all these years. Also from Tony Brimble who seems to be a near neighbour these days. Maybe we can catch up over a "coldie" one day Tony?
21 June 2008 - Gold Coast, Australia

Richard Bowyer |
Does anyone know the whereabouts or heard from "slim" Gilbert2. He was a dorm monitor with me and John Rutson. We were at RWS 1957-1962 in Babylon House
19 June 2008 - Essex UK

Ann Pepper |
Hi Girls use to be Fox in 63-66, loved looking at the old photo, I still have it in the original tube! Any lads out there remember the girls visits at Christmas to the "boys" school!!, was it really for the Carol Concert. Love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
18 June 2008 - Southrey Lincoln

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