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Thinking about the residents of Bobbers Mill Road after my visit a couple of weeks ago, I recalled the North family.  They had two girls, Katherine who was my sister's age, born around 1950 and Maureen who was younger but older than me, possibly born around 1954. Both dark haired and both would have attended Berridge. Letsavagoo might remember Maureen.

 

Tragedy struck when Maureen was 13 and she died. I believe she'd had rheumatic fever or something similar and it damaged her heart. Everyone was very shocked and I remember wondering if I would die when I turned 13!

 

After Maureen's death, the Norths moved to Summerwood Lane in Clifton. That would be around 1967ish. Somewhere, I have a photo of Katherine, Maureen, my sister and I. They were a lovely family.

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Being the interminably nosey creature I am, I've been doing a bit of research into two Berridge headteachers, both of whom were in situ during my time but others may also remember them.

 

Firstly, John William Baugh.  I suspect there's an unpleasant story behind the facts I've found and it has made me feel rather sad because he was a lovely chap and I liked him very much.

 

Born in Nottingham on 27 November 1913 to William Henry Baugh and Margaret Mary Baugh, nee Lynch.

Father was a Nottingham man and mother was born in County Cork, Ireland.  Father was a joiner's's labourer and, in 1911, the family lived at 8 Lamcote Terrace, off Lamcote Street, The Meadows.

 

On 22 September 1923, at the age of 9, John William Baugh was put aboard the SS Regina, bound for Quebec, with the aim of settling there. He travelled alone and his passage was paid for by his father. His destination was the home of a Mrs Lowe of 583 Richard Street, a friend of the family.  Young Baugh was able to read, his religion was given as CofE and, oddly, his nearest living relative in the UK was given as Mrs Alice Baugh, grandmother, of 110 Glapton Street, Nottingham...yet both his parents were still alive!! His father died in 1961 and his mother in 1978, only 2 years before John William Baugh himself.

 

Why on earth was he sent away like this?

 

By 1939, John William was back in the UK, living at 110 Glapton Street with his grandmother.  He was employed as a Tobacco Despatch Clerk and was 25 years old.

 

Baugh's grandparents were, according to the 1901 census, Benjamin Baugh, a leather tresser, born in London and Alice Baugh, born in Newark, Notts. In 1901, they resided at 11 Florence Street, The Meadows.

 

Presumably, conscription into the forces was imminent and after the war, apparently, John William Baugh became a teacher.

 

In 1940, he married Nellie O White but I can find no children.  They lived, at Mr Baugh's death, at 158 Ribblesdale Road in Sherwood.  He died on 23 April 1980 after not much of a retirement.

 

Perhaps he was sent away because he wasn't wanted or perhaps it was because William Henry was not his biological father. Whatever the reason, it wasn't the child's fault and his treatment seems incredibly cruel.


The headmistress of the Berridge Infant School was Miss Evelyn Ada Smith born on 25 December 1905 in Nottingham to George Prew Smith and Kate, nee Wilkinson.

 

In 1911, the family lived at 2 Mosley Terrace, Prospect Street, Radford.  The census shows Evelyn, her sister Beatrice and brother Robert living with their mother Kate, who was of private means. She wasn't a widow but her husband isn't present.

 

I remember the cottages where the family lived, just around the corner from Churchfield Lane. They were very quaint but were demolished many years ago.

 

By 1939, Evelyn was an elementary school teacher, living as a lodger in the house of Mr and Mrs Bish at 102 Shakespeare Street in Nottingham. Mr Bish was a dispensing chemist.

 

Sadly, Evelyn died on 15 March 1968 of cancer. Again, she had virtually no retirement. I recall the announcement being made in assembly.

 

We tend to forget that those who teach us had their own lives, trials and tribulations!

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27 minutes ago, Jill Sparrow said:

In 1911, the family lived at 2 Mosley Terrace, Prospect Street, Radford.  The census shows Evelyn, her sister Beatrice and brother Robert living with their mother Kate, who was of private means. She wasn't a widow but her husband isn't present.

 

I remember the cottages where the family lived, just around the corner from Churchfield Lane. They were very quaint but were demolished many years ago.

 

My grandparents lived on Grimston Road and my grandad's local was The Pheasant on Prospect Street. Where exactly was Mosley Terrace ? It isn't marked on any old maps; I suspect it was the site which became the Player's car park.

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As you turn into Prospect Street from the Churchfield Lane end, there was a row of very old terraced cottages on your left, set back from the road. I'd say they were Victorian or possibly older.  Even as a young child, I was drawn to them because they seemed very picturesque to me.  They were demolished around 1965ish.  Earlier this year, I walked along Prospect Street and stood opposite the site where they stood. It is now built over...and it looked better prior to 1965!

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I've learned something new. This is the late 1920s, with the pre-Player's buildings in the background. It shows houses on the 'other' side of Prospect Road which are long gone, and there are some interesting buildings fronting on to Churchfield Lane.

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Very interesting photo, CT. Mosley Terrace could have been those houses on the right hand side of Prospect Street. The cottages I remember can be seen opposite, set back and adjacent to a small chapel which I had forgotten about but which was still there when I was very young. It certainly looks very different now!

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Not feeling happy with the information I found on J W Baugh and his voyage to Canada, I ferreted around further and eventually found the passenger list for RMS Regina. This showed, thankfully, that his parents were also aboard, together with another couple. They all lived at 40 Healey Street, off Kirkewhite Street. Both Mr Baugh's father and the other man were carpenters/ joiners and, presumably, they were looking for a better life in Canada. It seems that John William was back in the UK by 1939, although his parents were not. They both died in the UK so they must have returned after the war.

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I lived very close to the area shown in the photo. I walked up Churchfield Lane past the end of Prospect Street practically every day in the late 1950’s to go to the Croft nursery on St Peters Street. Players factory was then built right up to Prospect Street corner. I don’t recall the cottages or chapel at all. In fact I don’t recall what was on the other corner where the multi storey car park came later. The other end of Prospect Street there are still a row of old cottages wet back a little. 
Good research Jill. Thanks for the interesting info. Great photo Cliff Ton. I didn’t realise how much that little corner of the area had changed so much.

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The cottages at Radford Boulevard end of Prospect Street are where the infamous Mrs Platts resided. She taught at Berridge Infants and was regarded as pretty scary!  Letsavagoo will no doubt remember her and may even have been taught by her. I never was but I recall her as having the classroom in the corner, next to Miss Smith.

 

At the time, I didn't realise she was married but many years later, my mother worked with her daughter in law who said what a lovely person she was. To us, as children, she seemed quite frightening.

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4 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

The cottages at Radford Boulevard end of Prospect Street are where the infamous Mrs Platts resided. She taught at Berridge Infants and was regarded as pretty scary!  Letsavagoo will no doubt remember her and may even have been taught by her.

I don’t think I had Mrs Platts Jill. The name doesn’t ring a bell. I’ll check my school photos as the teachers name is written on them. It was a long time ago. My start at Berridge infants was a bit confusing. When I’d not been there long someone came in the class room, spoke to the teacher and I was moved to another class. Whether there was only one class per age group I’m not sure so maybe I skipped a year and should have started earlier than I did I don’t know. I did very well academically at Berridge so it didn’t do me any harm. It just went down hill at Forest Fields. Loved Berridge, but never settled at FFGS.

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In my day, there were two classes per year group and I think Mrs Platts may have had the parallel class to Miss Smith for what was then known as Top Infants but is now Year 2.

 

Mrs Platts would probably have been in her 40s, although she seemed ancient! She had very dark, curly hair, a face that never smiled and a military bearing.  On playground duty, she wore lace up brogues and a dark woollen coat with a shawl collar. Heaven help those who didn't stand stock still when she rang the bell in that playground accessed by the iron gate...the same one we went through on our visit in March. I thought of her as we walked across there, half expecting to be yelled at!

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Found this recently in the online local press.

 

This chap went right through Berridge with me. Martyn Jewers. Apart from the facial hair and gig lamps, he hasn't changed very much.  I believe he still lives locally. He was a lovely lad. Always cheerful. Still looks happy!

 

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2 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

This chap went right through Berridge with me. Martyn Jewers. Apart from the facial hair and gig lamps, he hasn't changed very much.  

 

Gig lamps ?

 

Never come across that expression before. I assume it's what the rest of us call glasses/spectacles ?

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I remember Martin very well. The family lived on Wordsworth Road quite close to me. He had a sister Jane who was younger. For some reason I remember his dad drove a big bakers lorry which was sometimes parked outside his house. Martin was a rather delicate nature and didn’t knock around with us ‘rough uns’. I have it in mind he worked or volunteered at St Mary’s in town.  Why was he in the news Jill.

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He was a customer in the new branch of Bird's the cake shop which opened in Lister Gate in October. They also do coffee.

 

I understand that Martyn still lives in the same house. Don't remember his dad but his mum was quite friendly with my mum.  Yes, I'm told by a friend who sings in the choir that Martyn is a churchwarden at St Mary's in The Lace Market.

 

As we were thinking of another visit to Berridge next year, I thought about inviting Martyn. After all, he's virtually on the doorstep.

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Another trip to Berridge Jill? Are you still in contact with my old school pal Trevor Davis? Is so, he may be interested.

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A return visit has been suggested, PP.  In answer to your question, yes I am in touch with Trevor but I don't think he is the same chap you knew. Trevor Davys was born in 1945 which would put him several years behind you at Berridge, although he did attend there.  I am going to ask him if he would be interested, along with a couple of other people.

 

Letsavagoo is on board, as is Jane who came with me last time.

 

As we were so well behaved and polite, weren't given any lines and no one was caned or slippered, an open invitation was extended to visit again.

 

After the Christmas break, I will contact Simon and sort out some potential dates in the spring. If anyone would like to join us, put your hands up!

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I would look forward to another visit Jill. The Trevor Davis I knew was, like me, of a 1938 pre war vintage (good year that ;) ).  I've just checked out my old school reports and it appears that there were three headmasters during my time at Berridge. Mr Smith, Mr S D Bowler and Mr S W P Henton. 

 

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According to my Berridge Centenary book, their dates were:  S W P HENTON 1952-57;  S D BOWLER 1948-1950;  with a Mr.R W SKILBECK 1950-52 in the Berridge Senior Boys.  The only Smith is Miss Evelyn Ada Smith 1950-1958 headmistress of the infants, who I referred to in an earlier post. Perhaps your Smith was a deputy head?

 

Yes, PP, I will organise another visit for Spring 2020. Looking forward to it.

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I can remember a Mr Skilbeck as head of Greenwood when I started there in 1958, sounds like the same man.

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I remember Mr Smith because he was the 'supposed' head who my mother and I saw prior to me starting there. I was 'drafted' to Berridge from the Windley School but did not want to go there. I wanted to go to Cottesmore, where my best friend had been placed.  Mr Smith, a small dark haired man convinced mum and I that Berridge was a good school. So that was it. He must have been a deputy head or a teacher? I started there in Sept 1949.

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Odd? Just checked the date when I started at 'big school' Berridge. It was Sept 6th 1949 but I was still 10 years of age! I cannot remember taking the 11  plus and always assumed that it was when I was ill - I was a sickly child. Must have been a clerical error somewhere?

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Three days after I entered the World in the Firs Maternity Hospital PP :laugh:

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Just received confirmation from the Head Of School. The Old Berridgians' 2020 visit is on! All welcome. Dates to be discussed and arranged but somewhere around end of spring term.

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Bring it on Jill - bring it on. The last visit was energising and gave me hope for the future. :biggrin:

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