Connaught Road

A great school - a beautiful building

Peter Groves

Connaught Road School is a beautiful old building, I don't know much of its history but I'm sure someone will. I guess it was built around 1900, the architecture and brickwork are typical of that time. I believe that it closed as a council run school in around 1966. The reason I know this is because the woodwork and technical drawing teacher, Mr Harrison, who joined my school (Cottesmore St Mary's Secondary Modern) in about 1966 had previously been at Connaught Road School and moved because of the closure. "Woody Harrison" as he became known was a great teacher.

Today, Connaught Road School is an Adult Learning Centre.

Photo:Connaught Road School, looking southeast

Connaught Road School, looking southeast

Photo by Peter Groves

Photo:Connaught Road School, above main enterance

Connaught Road School, above main enterance

Photo by Peter Groves

Photo:Connaught Road School, looking northeast

Connaught Road School, looking northeast

Photo by Peter Groves

Added to the site on 12-04-06 
This page was added on 26/06/2006.
Comments about this page
I remember it well, my first school from age five to seven, then went on to St.Andrews. Then George Street, until I was 11. I fondly recall those times of having 'third pint' milk bottles at school! Not like today, fizzy stuff in dispensers or self-serve canteens. Anyone also remember the title 'tuck shops'?
By Gordon Dinnage (17/04/2006)
Connaught school was built on the site of a 19th century brickworks, one of many in the Hove district. As with many of these sites, the worked out areas at the end of the 19th century were used for public good. This school, Stoneham Park, part of St Annes Well gardens, Wish Park, the tennis courts north of New Church Road, and doubtless others. Vale Park and Victoria Park in Portslade were both brickworking sites and Victoria Park had gravel and sand pits.
By Geoffrey Mead (19/04/2006)
I lived across the road at No.18 Connaught Road and attended Connaught Road Infants. I remember we broke a window in the school while playing cricket in the street and my Dad fixed it one day when we were in assembly. My Mum always helped at the jumble sale (I normally bought the things back that she had donated). We lived across the road until we moved to Australia when I was 11 in 1963. Both of my brothers - David and Richard attended the infants there and my eldest brother went to Hove Manor Secondary School which adjoined the infants school. It was a very quiet place to live then with hardly any cars.
By Avrina Woodyatt (16/05/2006)
I attended this school from 1958 to 1962 as a teenager. It was called Hove Manor Secondary. Lots of fond memories of teachers and friends, the headmaster was "Willie" Ralph during my "incaceration"
By Charles Bodle (07/07/2006)

I attended the infant school from 1967 to 1970. 1970 was its last year as an infant school. I was passing it the other day with my own children and I took them around the back to see the old playground. They were amazed at how small it was.

By Chris Reynolds (20/10/2006)

I was at the school between 1965-68 and have very happy memories....of being milk monitor and poking the straws through the lids. I spent a lot of time on the naughty mats in the cloakroom and even had a spanking from Miss Wright in her office.... with a boy called Neil. I think Miss Wright was married to Mr Rowlfe who had something to do with 'the big boys' school' upstairs...was he the head? I moved on to Goldstone,Ellen Street, another great school.

By E Weldon (01/12/2006)

The school cannot have closed in 1966 - I was there until 1973 (maybe even '74?)! I have only the very best memories of Connaught Road. Great friends, talented, caring teachers, sing alongs around the piano, dress-up and school plays. Such a fabulous, warm atmosphere, excellent, abundant school supplies - all those fantastic art projects! Everything a school should be. Oh, and I was milk monitor too!

By Anna E. (03/02/2007)

I went to this school in 1962. My teacher was a Miss Woodfall, and the dinner lady was a Mrs Broome who I happened to meet some forty years later and she still looked the same.

By Wendy Carpenter (03/02/2007)

I attended Connaught Road School in 1940-42. The headmaster was Mr. George Ralph. His brother, Willie, was a form master. Mr. Barker who had been gassed during WW1 taught carpentry. Another teacher I remember was Mr. Humphrey. Many of the boys joined the armed forces after leaving school and some of them did not survive the war.

By Leighton Spoton (11/03/2007)

To try and clarify, I don't know the exact history but it sounds like the name\use of this school changed over the years. The school that closed about 1966 was called Hove Manor Secondary, I understand that it was housed in the Connaught Road School building. Perhaps someone can clarify the exact detail?!

By Peter Groves (20/06/2007)

My mother went to Connaught Road School in about 1915 to learn typing I think. She used to walk there and back from Fishersgate along what is now New Church Road but was then a track between fields and market gardens. If it was raining she was given a penny to catch the horse-tram.

By Delia Ives (31/07/2007)

I was delighted to find this site. I attended the Connaught Road Infants School in the very early 1930s just after we came to Hove. The photographs bring back memories. This was followed by Ellen Street Junior School, and wonderful years at the Hove County School For Boys on Holmes Avenue.

By Ralph Nicholls (02/08/2007)

I left HoveManorSecondary School for Boys in 1965; I believe it closed the following year. It was the upper part of ConnaughtRoadInfantsSchool. I have fond memories of all the staff, Willie Ralph (Head), Peanut Lewes (history), Basher Bate (Remove), Percy Frost (R.I and music) and his slipper with his initials carved into the sole which he rubbed chalk into, ally slocombe (great PE and swimming teacher), Fred Tremayne who used to nip out for a smoke during lessons, and others whose names I don't remember.

By John Cording (25/08/2007)

Well, I went to Connaught Road First school until 1984 before moving to Portslade and going to Benfield Juniors. It was a great school and I believe it closed completely a few years after. There were only 4 classes left and we only used the ground floor and a prefab in the playground. I believe the upper floors were already being used for Adult Education and they were always out of bounds to us kids. Myself and a friend always found these out of bounds areas alluring and very scary. We were told off for sneaking up the stairs one playtime - obviously never repeated that adventure.

By Claire Jones (30/09/2007)

I went to Connaught Rd from 45 to 47, lots of memories have returned since finding your site. I well remember being sent to Ralph's office by Mr Shorten the art master for 6 on the hands for dirtying an art project. Mr Sheppard was the woodwork teacher who had perfect aim with wood blocks at errant students. Mr Ralph and his brother ran a great shool for which I will always be grateful. I left there andwent to BJTSB(Hanover Road) and graduated in 1950. Mr Sheppard's early woodwork training allowed me to obtain a distinction in carpentry and joinery, which has allowed me to spend my life doing the work I love. Thank you.

By Frank Parker (29/10/2007)

In reply to John Cording. I left Hove Manor Secondary in 1962, at that time some of the teachers were: Willie Ralph (headmaster), Fred Mutton, Charlie Burgenor, George Ely, Percy Frost, Ally Slocombe, Fred Tremaine, Basher Bates, ? Austin, Peanut Lewes, ? Hastings, the rest of the names escape me at present, maybe some other "Old Boys" can fill in the spaces.

By Charles Bodle (02/12/2007)

I attended Hove Manor school upstairs until 1963. I would like to hear from anyone who was at the school from 1960 to 1963.

By Keith Spencer (22/12/2007)

I was there from 1959 to 1964. William Ralph was headmaster, Peanuts Lewis English and history, Austin metalwork and technical drawing, Mutton maths, and SlocombePE. Charlie Burgenor, Humphrys, Tremaine, Noonan, Percy Frost, Basher Bates and a few others whom I can't remember without digging up my old report card.

By Jim Lewis (09/01/2008)

I attended Connaught Road infants 1953 to 1956. I can remember my first day there; I sat next to a boy called Keith Bannister. I lived in Goldstone Villas, and then moved briefly to Canada.

By Jim Lewis (09/01/2008)

I briefly went to EllenStreetSchool. I can remember a psychotic RI teacher. I can also remember my classmates; Susan Lana, June Hayler, Seamus Slaney, Bob Maeschler, Ray Scot. Where are you all now? Especially Susan Lana.

By Jim Lewis (09/01/2008)

Wallace was the name of the RI teacher at Ellen Street. Are there ever any Reunions of ex Ellen Street or Hove Manor?

By Jim Lewis (15/01/2008)

Looking at these pictures brings back some good and bad memories! I was searching for an old schoolpal, Geoffry Ozin, (found him, I think, he's now a prof. in Canada), when I stumbled on this page.  It was a hard life in them days! Charlie Burgenor, he was a tough guy, did P.E. and bashed us a lot. George Ely, my swimming teacher, great guy with a big hairy motorbike!  Lastly, I remember Mr. Rothwell, the Head, who ruled our lives with a massive cane.  The good old days................

By Nick Hughes (29/01/2008)

I have added a photograph of the Connaught Road School cup winning football team 1908-09 to this website, a link to which can be found at the top of this page. The photograph shows my grandfather Reginald Barnard and his cousin Geoffrey Barnard who were both born in Portslade, and lived in Gardener Street and Vale Road respectively.

By Paul Lucas (16/02/2008)

Anyone out there who was at the Infants School c. 1952 to 1956? What a wonderful place. I remember Miss Cook, Miss Brannan, Miss Woodfall (who was quite scary and threatened us with 'The Witch' if we didn't finish our dinner) and the Head Teacher Miss Wright. I shared a desk with Wendy Stairmond, where are you now? Most of us went on to the also wonderful and now long-demolished Ellen Street Juniors, of which I have an excellent ESCC archive photo c. 1959 if anyone wants a copy - nosewarne@aol.com

By Nick Rosewarne (31/03/2008)

It bought a tear to my eye to know that they have not pulled down my old infant school (1971 - till around 73/74). I have longed since moved away but I always remember this wonderful place with fondness and of course Miss Wright. There was a wonderful little secret garden in the lane behind the school where I remember enjoying a lovely summer sports day. Does it still exist?

By Sophie Fox (24/06/2008)

And who is Connaught Road School's most famous pupil ......... Bernard Youens who played Stan Ogden in Coronation Street. I remember walking along the twitten on my way to Hove station early one wet and dark morning circa 1993 and nealy being knocked down by a young kid being chased by a copper coming the other way.

By Tim Hodges (06/09/2008)

How interesting to see the lovely photos and read comments from ex pupils of Connaught Road. Percy Frost was my dad and he kept us entertained with hilarious stories of his teaching days. Sadly, he passed away in December 2002.

By Margaret Holloway (nee Frost) (21/09/2008)

I went to Connaught Road Infants too, from about 1972-1975. I Have fond memories of the school. The infants just used the downstairs as upstairs was already used as an adult education centre. I remember we had quite a big playground and we took it in turns to pedal cars around the top end of the playground. I seem to remember the toilets (outdoor of course) being in a block about half way down the playground area. We used to eat our dinners on long tables in the hall, which we used for TV and most other stuff and we had a gym as well with ropes to climb. I remember Nativities in the gym too, think I have some very embarrasing photos of angels etc somewhere. After I left I went to West Hove Junior School. Hope they never pull Connaught down, such a fantastic building that must hold so many memories for the people of Hove.

By Chrissie Burton (17/10/2008)

Hi Margaret (nee Frost). I went to Hove Manor 1954-57. Your father was one of the better teachers, a lovely man who lived for his music and R.I. Sad to learn he is no longer with us.
I thought his equally lovely daughter was Barbara and lived at Lorna Rd.
His teachings must have rubbed off on me as I did a Biblical Studies Dip. (Masters level) at Sussex Uni. Sadly not until later in life, but I enjoyed completing it. I think he must have inspired me. Cheers Percy, God Bless.

By Bruce Demaine-Stone (09/01/2009)

I was at Connaught Road School during the War. Mr Ralph was headmaster and I was in his brother's class (Willie). We had to move away to East Hove Girl's School in Cromwell Road in case the nearby gas holder was hit. It was hit by a cannon shell shortly after. We were put in the infants section and had use infant toilet pans.

By Robert Fines (11/01/2009)

Thanks to all who remember my Dad Percy with fondness. Needless to say how much he is missed. His happiest days were teaching at Connaught Rd School and the staff were like family to him. Thanks also for your kind comments Bruce. Oh! Those were the days.

By Barbara (Percy Frost' daughter} (22/01/2009)

Percy Frost was one of the best things about Hove Manor.

By Derek Rist (27/02/2009)

I started Connaught Rd Infants in 1940, a couple of months shy of my 4th birthday. I could read by then, which accounts for the young age, and more flexible admission criteria. I have lots of memories still, although I've been in Canada for the last 42 years. I recall the war years there very well, sheltering in the air-raid shelter out back, and emergency rations that we carried in a little tin, along with our gas-masks. We used to get in trouble for snacking on the Horlicks tablets. I believe there was war damage to the gas works at one point, and we were moved to the Salvation Army church in Sackville Rd, which terrified me as there was a portrait in the main hall of an old gent with a long white beard. I thought this was God, and he was keeping an eye on us. No-one told us it was probably General Booth. In my first year I was puzzled by a picture on the wall behind my desk which I couldn't make out what it was meant to be,.Still no wiser, it was handed to me at the end of term to take home, apparently it was my drawing of a bus, still puzzled, but I guess we knew better than argue with the teacher in those days. One event I shall never forget. There had been an air-raid, and while we were safe in the shelter, a rumour had been circulated in town that the school and the gas-works had been hit. I can still see all the frantic mothers running down the street, as we were let out for the day, fearing the worst for their children. I went on to Ellen Street school then Brighton and Hove High School. It's sad to think the former has been torn down, and hope Connaught Rd never suffers the same fate. We received a great education from both schools, that set many of us on the road to further academic success.

By Patricia Overs (11/06/2009)

I went to Connaught Road School from 1943 to 1946 during the war. I remember the air raid shelter and the toilets. We put blotting paper into the ink wells and flicked them with a ruler at the blackboard. I got caught out and was sent to the head master for the cane. O boy did that cane sting my hand! Michael Stevens and David Hackett were both in the same class as me. We all lived up in Shirley Street, Hove.

By John David Ierston (23/08/2009)

I am the Manager for the current Adult and Community Learning Centre based at the old Connaught Road School site. This year (2009) is the quasquicentennial of the building (125 years) and we will look to be celebrating at some point during the course of this academic year. It would be great to have a display of '125 reminiscences' similar to the ones above that people have already left. You are welcome to send anything to me c/o my email hms@ccb.ac.uk or give us a call on 01273 667744! Many thanks in anticipation.

By Heather Shaw (03/09/2009)

About the drink bottles - we put the top cream from the milk bottle into a small asprin bottle and shake it up to see what it turns out to be.

By John David Ierston (16/10/2009)

My Dad, Jeffery Thomas Pett, was a star pupil at the Ellen Street School in the early 1900s. I would love to see a photo of the school if anyone has one.

By Stella Fryer (nee Pett) (12/11/2009)

Have just been reading all the comments about Percy Frost, who I remember as just Grandpa. What a wonderful Grandpa he was, he made us laugh with his magic tricks, took us on 'surprise' outings. He was a terrible driver, but that made it all the more fun. It is so nice to read comments about his working life.

By Lucy Frost (01/01/2010)

I have just discovered the web site for Connaught Road School and what memories it has brought back. I started in September 1937 and left July 1940 when I was 14. I have found my old Autograph Album listing names of teachers and pupils for that era. Headmaster George Ralph who loved to cane any boy who stepped out of line, myself included, his brother Willie Ralph was my form teacher all the time I was at the school. Other teachers were J W (Boggy) Marsh - Biology, W Heather, T Forward, BAR Richardson, Jack Shorten, MS Prince and Mr Shepard - Woodwork, I agree with a previous pupil, he was very accurate when he lobbed a piece of wood in your direction. My form mates were, and I can still recall some of the Register from memory: Bannister, Barber, Bourne, Braine, Budden, Care, Compagnoni, Denman, Dickens, Dowden, Eggleton, Feldwick, Hammond, Hardy, Hughes, Jones, Knight, Lavey, Leslie, Lush, Major, Short, Smith. At the start of WW2 a school from London shared the premises with us, which meant one week we attended in the morning and the second week in the afternoon. I can only remember playing games at Hove Park or going to the Long Hedge or the Copse when we were not in school.

By Peter Ford (17/02/2010)

Peter Ford:  I can recite this class from memory. This was my class also. I have been looking at this page with my daughter and if we had looked last week your post would not have been here.

By Clifford Richardson (21/02/2010)

A note to those of you with any personal or ancestral connections to the schools and adult education centre at Connaught Road, 1884 - 2010. On Saturday March 20th, from 11am - 3pm, we will be celebrating the building's 125 years in continuous educational use and its recent Grade II listing by English Heritage. The full programme for the day, which highlights both the social and architectural history of the building and its current vibrant activities as an adult education centre, can be found at: http://www.ccb.ac.uk/public/news/connaught-125 Hopefully some of you can get over.

By Ninka (07/03/2010)

I was at Connaught Road from 1945-1948, and reading what these good people have to say of the school brings back very happy memories. I often go down to the school just to look around, to keep my memories fresh.

By Cliff Stammer (17/03/2010)

Clifford Richardson, sorry to read that I stopped your contribution to these pages, perhaps you could add to the information, such as where did we continue our lessons when we went part time at Connaught Road? I'm sorry I missed out your name, can you fill in the others that I did not include? A teacher I missed was our French teacher, Madam Fuller, do you remember the first French lesson we had? We sat at our desks waiting for her, she came into the classroom, and immediately admonished us for not standing up, she said it was very bad manners not to stand up when a lady entered the class room, and in future we were to say "Bon jour Madame" when she entered. She about turned, went out of the class room, then returned, we rose as one and greeted her as instructed. Our first lesson on good manners and speaking French. Ah, happy days.

By Peter Ford (21/03/2010)

I am Peter Ford's younger brother (see his entry above). I only went to Connaught Road Infants School from 1939 for about 5 years before going to Ellen Street Juniors. I can remember filling the fire buckets with water out the back. We used to climb up and sit on a higher place to get to the tap. You could also stick your fingers in the live electric light socket from this place! One girl's name I remember from my class was Francis Wilderspin. Other pupils were Colin Brazil, John James, Bob Humphreys, Donald Lambert, Roy Hale. Miss Nicholson was the head. She asked us what the hardest wood was. One bright lad said TEAK. She shook her head and said that was wrong. Oak was the hardest wood! Edna Watkins and Marjorie Pape were two of the other lady teachers, and possibly Majorie Clothier. The men were away at war of course.

By John G Ford (28/03/2010)

I went to Hove Manor from 1955 to 1958 C grade form, the thickest of the thick - but I did very well with my life. The headmaster was Rothwell, the rumour was he was a Japanese prisoner of war and would have attacks of malaria from time to time. Discipline was very strict; you got the cane for just talking. It was that discipline that set me on a very successful life.

By Jeffrey Chadwick (15/04/2010)

I went to Hove Manor during 1958 -1962. I fondly remember Percy Frost as our Music & RI teacher. His slipper was famous, but he never ever hit anyone hard with it. It was more used in fun. He did have a good sense of humour. I remember he took the school choir (of which I was member) to a sing at a nearby old folks' home one Christmas - maybe 1961. Sorry to hear he passed on. Nice to know his daughter and granddaughter miss him and have such kind words for him.

By Pierre Curtis (18/04/2010)

I attended Connaught Road infants school as it was then from about 1966-1971ish. I recall some of the teachers, most were ok, but we had one woman that was pshycotic, was fond of humiliating fidgety kids in her morning assemblies, she would drag them out in front of the entire school and slap the backs of our legs, the offending child would then be made to stand and face the wall for the remainder of the assembly. I think her name was cleveland, may have been the headmistress, not sure. I will never forget her on a personal level though.  Another nutcase was Basher Bates, I had the pleasure of him at the Knoll a few years later, quite handy with a ruler that guy, can you imagine the teachers of today getting away with slapping and whacking kids with rulers? Unthinkable really, yet that's my earliest memories of schooling. My best friends in those days were Mark Caplin and Peter Huet. I lived in nearby Ellen Place, long since demolished.

By Michael davidson (21/04/2010)

I went to Hove Manor from 1954 to 1958, and my Form teacher the first year was Percy Frost. Up until that time, I'd never felt inspired by any teacher. This man was magic. His influence was a turning point for me. When the school day finished, I would often hang and listen to him play the piano. He smoked his pipe, and would sometimes send me to buy tobacco. One night I saw him outside St John's church. He had his old bike with a wicker basket, and being real as he was, he let go a "damn," or something like that, trying to get his lights working. We rode up to his house, and I declined his polite invitation to go in. I missed seeing him during his sabbatical. Some years later, I met him on George St. He made me feel good again, by taking interest in my attendance at Brighton Tech.

By Richard White (06/05/2010)

I am currently campaigning with Save Hove to bring this wonderful building back into use as a much needed infants school for Hove-if you would like to support my cause please sign the online petition on the council website.many thanks.

By Louise Stack (21/05/2010)

Lovely to see such happy memories here of Connaught School, Hove. Coincidentally, my first school, in Ottawa, Canada, was called Connaught. And now I would like to invite readers of this page to sign the e-petition online at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk as City College are vacating it for adult education purposes by September and saveHOVE is campaigning for BHCC to bring it into immediate re-use as an infant school or, if possible, an infant primary school. Who knows; perhaps the school could enjoy shared use by infants, juniors, secondary and adults in years to come.

By Valerie Paynter, savehove (21/05/2010)

A further comment. Ninka Willcock and Selma Montford with Zoe at Hove Library have organised a Connaught School exhibition stand inside the main entrance of Hove Library giving a lot of information about its history and past students there.

By Valerie Paynter, saveHOVE (23/05/2010)

I was at Hove Manor Boy's School, upstairs left I think in about 1963. Also I played cricket with Peter Graves who later played for Sussex. I remember Mr Ralph who used a cane walking stick, also Colin Trott, Peter Shade, Ted Brown. I enjoyed my time there very much and also George Eley the swimming teacher.

By Alan Walker (29/05/2010)

G'day, I have just found this page. I was at Connought Rd infants from about 1949, then Ellen St. My parents had a corner shop just up the road. I was then at Hove Manor but left in about 2nd or 3rd year, '55. I remember Percy Frost, he thought I could sing; he was wrong. I don't know about the slipper but I remember his cane being hidden in the piano. George Ely fell off his Triumph and broke his leg but continued to coach us in the swimming squad. Another ex pupil Geoff Hudspith who also moved to Australia many years ago like me and who died just recently, also remembered George. Charlie Burgener was a hard nut. Rothwell I think must have had some connection in Europe, because on a school trip to Brussels he had us marching down the main street with himself out front. No idea what it was all about, I was only 12 or 13 at the time.

By Les Graham (08/06/2010)

Are there no people out there from the period of 1959 to1964? Dave Boxall, Gary Inkpen, Jim Noonan, David de Groot, John Starr, Frank Davis, Chris Page etc etc. get in contact.

By jim lewis (06/08/2010)

I was at Hove Manor from 1953 to 1957. We used to bait poor old Percy Frost in the music lessons, leading to him then giving us the short cane he kept handy always applied across the palm of your hand- it was almost an honour. As for the headmaster Mr Ralph he was also very handy with the cane and I have seen him cane a boy in front of the whole school, it was quite a well disciplined school. But for sports we had to walk to the Hove Rec once a week lugging all the sports gear- we sometimes had a sports day at the Dog Track. First lesson on a Monday morning was swimming at the King Alfred winter and summer.

By Dennis Fielder (22/09/2010)

I finished at the infants school in 1973 I believe it stopped there after. I remember a rule of not being allowed to run in the playground! But we did, we couldn't help ourselves! I also remember the horrid girls toilets being dark and full of cobwebs. The boys use to run through screaming as a dare and the dinner ladies trying to catch them by hiding in the toilets! I also remember the police dog and horses when they did a visit. Our coat hooks and pictures next to them to remember, I had a clown. And the twitten at the back of the building for the infants and all the crowds of parents waiting.

By Sarah York (12/10/2010)

I'm trying to find out if my mother went to Connaught School and what years she attended the school during WW11. Mum said she lived in 40 Hova Villas, Hove and walked to school which is a few streets away from Connaught. In 1939 Mum would have been 11yrs old and remembers the air raids. Would she have been to0 old to attend Connaught? I'm looking for pupil records, does anyone know where they would have been sent after the school was closed? Also, was there another school near by from Hova Villas?  Mum is C of E and is still alive today age 82yrs.

By Susan Loxton (21/10/2010)

I attended Connaught Road Infant and Hove Manor Secondary leaving in 1961. Others at the time were Len Connolly, Clive Brunton, Ian Turner, Richard Ansell, Howard Attree and John Leigh. We managed to arrange a 40 year reunion thanks to Clive Brunton. Jack Mutton was the maths teacher who, if I remember correctly, went to school with my father. The woodwork teacher was Berniston. Rothwell, the Head, had been a Japanese POW and allegedly he had been ill treated causing his teeth to be misshapen. Charlie Burgener took over the swimming squad from George Eley and brought Sylvia Jacobs, a good swimmer from Davigdor Girls School, to train with us. We ended up married and still are, with Charlie coming to the wedding. Percy Frost was another character with Jack ? who seemed a giant in those days. Fond memories of the walks up to Hove Rec for football. We were allowed to play rugby for about a month but someone got a broken arm and that was stopped. Oh for the discipline of those days to return.

By Bev Legg (24/01/2011)

Very interesting. I went to Hove Manor in September 1948 and left to start work at Christmas 1951. Because of the date of my birthday, myself and one other boy were not allowed to leave in the July like the rest of our year, and we had to return in the September leaving at Christmas. I was in the 'A' stream throughout. I would be glad to hear from any others who were at the school at the same time. Thanks.

By Derek Hinton (05/04/2011)

I attended Connaught Road Infants School from 1951 until going to Ellen Street School. I remember Mrs. Woolridge - a teacher back then. My time there was a very happy one, especially competing at the now Greyhound Stadium on sports day. I was one of the lucky ones when at Davigdor Girls School to join Sylvia Jacobs, and a few others to enjoy extra swimming training with the boys team from Hove Manor Boys. Yes Bev remember you and Sylvia like it was yesterday

By Brenda Dearn nee Lenton (13/04/2011)

I went to the school in the 1970s, I was there between 1974 and 1976, then it was an infant school. I remember a wooden house in the playground and a rowing boat. I loved it there.

By melanie walshaw (13/04/2011)

Guess what? From September 2011, it is becoming a school again. So many young families in the area, the Council have had to restart the school for 7-year olds, one 100 at a time.

By Antony Turck (18/04/2011)

I attended Hove Manor School from 1958 to 1961. I have many memories and could go on for hours but special mention must be made of some of the staff: the headmaster Mr Rothwell was an expert with the cane (I didn't ever go back for a second helping). Percy Frost, Jack Mutton, both magnificent inspirational teachers, alas both passed on now. The iron discipline instilled within me and a respect for common decency which has shaped my life. Thank you guys RIP.

By Charles Baynton (31/05/2011)

Just doing some reasearch and how fantastic, what a lovley site. I attended Connaught Rd Infant school and lived in Malvern Street, which meant we had to walk through the twitten. All my memorys are fond ones and I often find my self going down those days spent at Connaught Rd. Well done to all the staff who were there, Im now 52 years of age and its seems like yesterday I was enjoying the start of my youth. I won my first ever art project at Connaught Rd, and have since achieved O level and A level Art and design which to this day stands me in good stead. Lets have a reunion, it would be fantastic.

By Sarah Twiselton (30/06/2011)

My Mother, Sara Stein, attended Connaught Road Junior school from 1920-1923 before moving to Brighton and Hove High School with total exemption from tuition fees throughout her school attendance. Does anyone know of any records from the school in those days?

By Eleanor Lind (21/10/2011)

I was at Hove Manor from about 1965 for 2 years before moving up to the Knoll Hole. Percy Frost was our form master one year also he was the music teacher. He was fond of using the slipper and I remember getting the most in one term ( a record was kept by messrs Richards and Schneider). It was neck and neck between me and Mcquorquodale and Percy used to give us a top up depending who was in the lead. I got a box of Roses chocs for my trouble and shared them with the class.

By Dave Sanders (07/11/2011)

I am doing some research regarding my father-in-law who went to Hove Manor between 1953 and 1956. His name is Gerald Anthony Lea. Does anybody know where I can find out information about the English schoolboy swimming championships 1956 records which he said he won? Any information would help. Thanks.

By Frank Rigg (17/12/2011)

I do not know what year I was at Hove Manor School for Boys as it was then called but I remember well George Ely- he was the swimming instructor who used to come to school on a lage cylindered motorbike. In this scool I was made milk monitor and left the class to bring in the crates of milk for the boys of the classroom. If any boy did not want milk I saved it and drank it later.Being from Furze Court( the Barnardos boys home) I got up to everything especially fighting and ending up in the ring. I remember we went with George Ely to the swimming pool somewhere near the Palace or West pier. I hated swimming and still do but I learned very quickly when George Ely thew me in at the deep end and then had to dive in to save me from drowning. Does anyone remember me? I was in the class with Janet Simonds and Brian Sanders whose mother and father ran a grocery shop in the locality. He would loan me his bicycle to ride since my own was under lock and key at the orphanage. It would be good if someone else could add a little bit more to my stay at this school.

By Ronald Michael Wildego (19/02/2012)

Well, where do I start! I went to Connaught Road firstly after the war, fresh from Coventry, aged 6. The family had been sent there for the war effort. 1948 I was in the Infants before going to Ellen Street Juniors to be regularly disciplined by Miss Bulbeck with her infamous ruler across the back of the hand. Returning to Connaught Road in 1953 - the coronation year, celebrations well remembered - still got the mug. Yes, George Ralph was head and his brother Willie for science. I remember he only had one good eye, and we were told he had been an all-in wrestler and been gouged in the ring. Percy Frost, Jack Mutton and Jack Langstone are remembered as top class. Also George Ely the brilliant but tough swimming coach, he had been a good county swimmer and water polo player. He formed the special group of swimmers of which my brother Gerard and I were both involved. The team were winners of the English Schools Championships for about 6 years running with great swimmers like Charlie Carter, John Murray, Lewis Whitby coming to mind. All to George Ely's credit. Charlie Burgener is not remembered with much kindness, he was brutal by today's standards and I dreaded school dinners when he was on patrol - nothing was to be left, even cold greasy mutton had to be swallowed. George Ralph went to be replaced by Mr Rothwell in 1956 and the school renamed Hove Manor. Nothing else much changed but it sounded good. I left in 1957. School mates were Bobby Dugard of Eastbourne Speedway fame, Tubby Willis, Brian Saunders the greengrocer's son, Chris Turner a real pal, Tim Dingley etc.
On leaving I got a good job as an estimator for a roofing and flooring company called Maxwells. Did well but left 3 years later to join the Royal Engineers where I stayed for 6 years becoming a Senior NCO. I then joined the Marley Tile company at the bottom rung, eventually becoming a Director of the DIY business and later the Managing Director of Payless DIY. That company was taken over by Boots where I was Director before early retirement at the ripe old age of 48. Ever since I have enjoyed golf and travel and have a home in France which I visit every month. So, thanks to Connaught Road and Ellen Street, I have had a great life - so they all did something for my make up and character!

By Keith Nicholson (03/05/2012)

To Frank Rig. I first met Gerald Lea when I joined George St school infants in 1948. To me at then the age of five, Gerald seemed a sickly child, but being older than I, he was bumped up into the next class. When I went to Hove Manor, in 1954, I noticed Gerald in the year above. Hove Manor was justly proud of its swimming achievements, having won the ASA Schoolboys Team Swimming Championship for England for five successive years. I remember Gerald swimming in one of the races, likely the last the school won, and never have I seen anyone swim more powerfully. Gerald could swim those lengths faster than most could run, and his family should be very proud.

By Richard White (17/08/2012)

My granddaughter goes to the Connaught School in Hove. I am looking for pupils that attended the Connaught first school when it first opened because I am doing a history of the school and would love to hear from former pupils to catch up on stories of what it was like.

By Karon Fears (29/09/2012)

Hi this is Cliff Marlow and myself and two of my brothers Colin and David attended Hove Manor Senior School, we also attended Goldstone Junior School along with two of my sisters Susan and Christine, we lived at 57 Shirley Street and were later joined by siblings, John, Jackie and Angela. My mum and dad Gerald and Joyce were great but both passed now. I started Connaught Road Infants in 1952 and often after school would go to Tina Darnells house in Sackville Road, I believe she went on to become a bluebell dancer in Paris. I hated school milk so some of us were allowed to have orange. I went on to Goldstone Juniors, we called it Ellen Street. From there I went on to Hove Manor, 1957 to 62 and remember most of the teachers previously mentioned. We did have a laugh with Percy Frost and his use of the slipper was part and parcel of the day. Basher Bates had a daughter and she married one of my friends Alec Robinson. Most of the teachers were very strict and it paid to keep your head down. We also had our share of gangs and bullies in the school, no names mentioned. I played football for the school and had trials with Brighton and Southampton. I had the cane twice for going and to watch the Albion in the cup on school days. My best friend was John Heather and recently bumped into him as we both live near to Horsham. I remember the long walk from the school to Hove Recreation ground for football and also to the King Alfred swimming baths. After school we used to spend most of our evenings at Hove Park. I am semi retired after spending most of my life in Commercial Aviation and Travel, have been married to Melanie for 34 years with 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Still run, swim and enjoy golf. Best wishes to all. Cliff.

By Cliff Marlow (16/06/2013)

Jim Lewis ..... that's a blast from the past! I wonder if he still has his Lambretta with two single seats? Here is a short memory dump: Dave Boxall is in Dubai. Franklin Davis is still around and I see him occasionally. Last time I saw John Star he was commuting to London and working for a publishing company. Thomas from Hungary is a jeweller in the Lanes - what a fight that was with the school bully - did anyone else witness that? Robin Cringle made it to the Brighton Hove and Sussex Grammar School along with Dave Boxall and I. Where are you now Robin? I saw Jim Tozer in the Hove Deep Sea Anglers club about 20 years ago - I think he was a fisherman? I had the honour (along with many others) of: (a) being cuffed around the head by Burgener, and (b) being caught in Crusher's corner. And I wont forget Slocum catching me with a half-smoked cigarette in the toilets. I had a great time at Hove Manor and it taught me a lot about life. I could go on and on, but I won't (any more). Good luck and best wishes to all old boys.

By Gary Inkpen (17/07/2013)

Was at the school from 1955 to 1960 then was transferred to snobby Brighton Grammar School in 1960. Very happy at Hove Manor- 'salad days'. Went to visit Peanut Lewis with my eldest daughter and son-in-law a few years back; he died recently. Even dedicated a book to him. A GREAT teacher. There were other wonder teachers too. They went beyond what was normal to help. We had an unofficial cricket team - used to play on Southwick Green. Remember Paddy Cook, young Ray Bloom, Vic Gough and others. My goodness! Memories now flooding back from more than 50 years ago! Why not form an Association and hold a reunion? Been in USA near Chicago teaching at an American University since 1989, be pleased to hear from others who remember me. Well, all good wishes and thanks for the memories, Willy Baker 

By William Baker (23/07/2013)

I attended Hove Manor between 1955-1959 or 60. I hated school,and left as soon as possible. I too was threatened by Mr.Ely who told me if I wasn't able to swim by the following lesson he would throw me in. Guess what, I was swimming by the following week.

By Robert Dale (02/08/2013)

Yes Ely was a bully: remember being pushed in at the King Alfred Baths on freezing cold Monday mornings. Put off swimming for life. Robert Dale is correct. But he was the rare exception rather than the rule amongst the staff.

By William Baker (11/08/2013)

I attended George St and Goldstone Junior, then on to Hove Manor in 1960, I was in Slocombe's Class. I remember many names - John Avey, Dave Meridith, Kenny Furlong, Michael Lade, Gary Inkpen, Cliff Marlow, Pierre Curtis, Peter Groves. Great school and teachers with character.

By Gerald Stockwell (15/08/2013)

I attended this school from 1953 for a few years and then went onto Hangleton Primary School. I remember my mum walking me there from where we lived in Denmark Villas. I do also remember someone giving me a tablet of some sort and I took it and was quite sick! Funny what you remember? I also remember the windows being high! Long time ago!

By Brenda Tucker (02/11/2013)

I was at Connaught Road for about a year around 1971 before we left the area. I remember a teacher called Miss Sharp (I think) who had really long hair that she let us plait! She wore floaty hippy dresses!  I remember there being a stick insect in class and when it was my turn to hold it I got scared and nearly dropped it!  I also remember the gold and green uniform!  We lived in Westbourne Street.  I am visiting the area shortly so may well pass by to see if any more memories come back!

By Lucy (07/02/2014)

I went to Hove Manor secondary school in I think 1962 or 3, when I was 11; my birthday being in November. I stayed until the third year because I intended to take 'O' levels, and was told they would not be taken in the following year -1966 I think? During the time I was there Mr Slocombe the PE teacher used to get a great swimming team together and we won the Brighton and Hove inter schools swimming trophy, I also won more than one individual trophies.

By Kim Orzynski (17/02/2014)

I have happy memories of Connaught Rd infants school which I attended from 65-67. My mum, Joyce Aplin, was secretary there from 65 until it closed in approx 74. I loved my teachers Miss Crossland and Miss Woodfall but Miss Gillings was scary especially with the boys, at one point taking a boys trousers down and spanking him in front of the whole class. I went on to Goldstone junior school in Ellen street. My teachers were brilliant, full of character and very inspiring. Does anyone remember particularly Mr Lovet, Miss Henderson or Mrs Hovall?

By Janet Ballard (19/02/2014)

I have had a wonderful 1/2 hr reading people's memories of their time at Hove Manor. I was there from 1956 till December 1960 and a few of my friends were Peter Kilshaw, Martin Mcfarlane, Bob Pettit, Gordon Burtenshaw, Malcolm McNair, Keith Arscott, Mickey Robinson and many, many more. The teachers were very strict but in hindsight I think they were all very fair and I have nothing but fond memories of my time there.

By Ronnie Monk (14/09/2014)

I was in Hove at Manor (Connaught Road) only for a couple of years. I left there in 1955 to attend a school in Poole in Dorset. From there I joined the RN leaving after 35 years (boy & man). I look back at my time there as the most informative as far as learning about life. I made some good friends there and I must admit staff were tough in their approach but they did get the message over. There are teachers I do remember. Certainly Mr Frost, Mr Langstone, the Ralph brothers and of course Mr George Eley who was not only my form teacher but also the school's swimming coach. In more ways than one, I learned a lot from 'George'. I finished up with various honours and prizes and, once again, I put it down to my short time when I was student attending Connaught Road Secondary Modern School.

By Alan Pennifold (1953-1955) (11/10/2014)

G'day. I wrote to this site about 5 years ago outlining my experience. I dropped in today and saw this last comment from Alan Pennifold. Hi Alan, you must have been there at about the same time as me. My best friend was John Grantham and he, like you, also left and went to a Navy boys' training school in Poole. I visited him there a number of times. I lost track of him for many years. It was only recently I tracked him down only to find he had passed away about 5 years ago. You may have known him. I lost track of everyone from my school days as me and my then new wife, became 10 Pound Poms and came to Australia (God's own country) nearly 50 years ago.

By Les Graham (23/02/2015)

I started school at Connaught Road when I was 4 years old in 1927 (I am now 91!).  I was there for only about 18 months as my family moved away from Hove but I remember it clearly.   In the afternoons we had a rest – we each had a mat and a pillow. I remember learning to read and I also learned how to knit. I have a class photo, taken about 1928, where we are sitting at our desks with our slates. I loved my time at Connaught Road, which is probably why I still remember it.

By Daphne Turner (03/03/2015)

Connaught Road School was my first school in 1957 at the age of 5 for about a year. Then went on to Victoria Road School in Shoreham when my parents moved house. I remember Miss Wright very well - I think she was the headmistress. I also recall the playground and how the boys' urinal was outside and uncovered. We used to have competitions to see who could pee the highest up the urinal wall - happy days!

By Gerry Lewis (24/09/2015)

Hello David, thank you for your comments, although we were unclear who they were directed to. 

By David Croucher (18/10/2015)

I attended Hove Manor. From 55-59 (I think), was in class C. Don't think I learnt much. But had great fun.

By Norman Hearn (18/11/2015)

Answering a question above - I'm still around. This is my business clareville.co.uk
I remember many: Dave Boxall, Gary Inkpen, Jim Noonan, David de Groot, Frank Davis, Roy David, Gerry Isaacs, Gary Inkpen.  Has anyone got any 'class" pictures?

By John Starr (20/11/2015)

I went there as an infant and also when it was a Secondary Modern till I left at 15. The main thing I remember are the freezing cold showers after PE and a very brutal PE teacher who dragged you by your hair if he thought you were naughty.

By Dennis Fielder (20/11/2015)

I was a pupil from 1958 till 1969 and I hated every moment. In particular there was Charlie Burgenor who was a very nasty piece of work. I was not impressed with any of them, least of all Percy Frost. I suppose Austin was the best of a third rate bunch.

By Chris Haldane (14/02/2016)

Hello everyone, I live in Canada and am working on a family tree and could use your help. I have discovered a cousin of my great grandfather's, Lucy Esther Howell, taught at Connaught Road Junior School in 1915. I found a Teachers Registration Council certificate for 1 Dec 1915 that lists her as teaching at Connaught Road Junior School, Knowle West, Bristol. I am wondering if this is the school she would have taught at. I'd visit myself but the Atlantic Ocean and the low CDN dollar prevent my travels.Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

By Gord Burt (17/04/2016)

I attended the school and left at Christmas, when you could. I was there from 1954 to 1958 and can remember the following teachers, Langston, Ralph, Budgen, Rothwell was headmaster,  Lewis, Shorten, Ely, Frost with his music, Berstein in woodwork. Left with no qualifications, did an appreticeship with a building firm stayed with them for 8 years, qualified as a full time youth leader and ran two very large youth clubs, for 7 yrs. Then at 30 went to uni to get Bed to teach and finally retired 8 years ago in 2007. Would love to hear from any old boys  about what they achieved and what they are doing today.

By David Simmonds (28/04/2016)

Thanks to my eldest son Sean for guiding me toward this site. I joined Hove Manor in about 1955-6 after being 'chucked out' from the Hove Grammar for being a daft pratt. My Mum got me into 'The Manor' or gas works school as I remember, she said I was a useful swimmer. I wasn't bad but at that time of my swimming career I was hardly useful. George Ely ran the swim team. We were all members of the Shiverers at the King Alfred baths. Yes I remember walking past the fire station on the way to and from. Didn't George have a brother involved in swimming? I remember Mr Rothwell as headmaster. He was, as someone else wrote, a Japanese PoW and I recall that he was shut in an oven sized 'cell' for quite some time and afterwards was often off school due to malaria attacks. I was posted to RAF Changi Singapore in 1963 and would pass the infamous Changi prison every day and often thought of 'dear old Mr Rothwell. Willy Ralph, a huge, to me, teacher had a glass eye  which he'd take out to frighten us 'shitless'. Percy Frost and his slipper, didn't he give you the choice of 'left or right'? His daughter went to Avondale College in First Avenue with my sister Mary. The woodwork master was a particularly nasty Yorkshire bloke. He accused me of 'stealing' a penny halfpenny off a kid. I didn't honest, although that memory stuck with me for ages, making me never to get fingered for such a felony ever again. I left 'The Manor' in '58 to go to Preston Tech, where I left in 1959 to join the RAF. The only blokes I remember were a tall boy 'Polly' Parrott, a bloke cut out for a life of villainy? I remember he had a real old fashioned punch up with a teacher, could have been Percy Frost in a class-room which was raised in different heights front to back, a music class for choir practice as I remember? They knocked seven bells out of each other. Another bloke was a ginger haired bloke, sure his name was George Wilson (?), he joined the RAF on the same day as me. We had a couple of Jewish kids too, one whose Dad led the orchestra at the Brighton Hippodrome. He lived in a posh house near us near the pub in Hangleton. One other boy was a Cohen from a gaff near Portland Rd School. (When I joined the RAF I'd learned from these two that when they used to call Roman Catholics and Jews fall out, I used to skive off church parade! Great excuse for all sorts of things pretending to be Yiddish!). One last thing, I remember cycling home from school when a Vickers Valiant crashed in Lancing? A few of us cycled out to see the wreckage, and lift a few souvenirs. One of the pilots landed on the railway station  just as a train was coming in. Well that's my lot, enjoyed reading such good memories from a great educational establishment. Time for the 'end of school bell'.       

By Peter Gravett (27/06/2016)

Connaught Road is alive and kicking as an infant school once more and is now one of two sites forming West Hove Infants which Ofsted rates as "outstanding"  -the westhoveinfants website is easily found. Firefox is not allowing me to put a link here, sorry.

By Kenneth Burgoyne (School Governor) (04/07/2016)

Connaught School's rescue and return to use for infant schooling is heart-swelling stuff.  It stands as a great testament to what people power can achieve when people stand together and make the effort for the benefit of yesterday, today and endless tomorrows.

By Valerie Paynter, saveHOVE (15/07/2016)

I attended Connaught Road Infants 1957-1960. Miss Wright was Headmistress (terminology of the time) and my class teachers included at various times Miss Stephens, Miss Crosland, Miss Woodfall and Mrs Cooke. Miss Stephens particularly was lovely. I absolutely hated school dinners, particularly milk puddings (eg rice, sago, tapioca, semolina); unfortunately they used to try to insist all food was eaten. I recall one lunch time being lifted onto the hatch surface in the hall (where we ate) and effectively force-fed with one of these horrors until I gagged and was sick. My mum spoke to the school and asked them not to do this. They said it was to help not waste the money she'd paid for my dinners and ensure I was properly fed. She said that she was OK about the money and would ensure I was fed properly if I was hungry when I got home. It didn't happen again - good old mum! 

By Sue Wright (21/07/2016)

Read your remark Jim Lewis and I remember 'Peanuts', got his name because of the bald patch. Left about 1959 ish but met up with him a few years later about 1964 when we were both members of the 'Little Lewes Theatre'

By John Denny (26/10/2016)

Hi. I was just reading on Hove schools and see Margaret Frost mentioned...your sister Jacqueline was in my class at Hove County Grammar. We walked home from school often. I remember you became school secretary. William Baker, I knew you from Holland Road cheder as a kid then when you went to Sussex University. I was Angela Stone and live in Israel now.

By Angela Borochov (28/11/2016)

I have mixed feelings about my time at Connaught Road Infants' School as I knew it. I went there from 1973 - 1976 and it definitely didn't close as an infants' school until some time after I left. At this point there were no male teachers or at least not that I remember. The headmistress was a Mrs Lawson who left within a year or so and was replaced by a Mrs Waddup. My first teacher was Mrs Rowland, then Mrs Raymond (who was very nice) and then Miss Rawlings.  Can't really fault any of those teachers, they were great! Mrs Aplin was the secretary who was very nice too and the dinner ladies were Mrs Broome (very sweet lady), Mrs Lovett and Mrs Prescott. I think I just didn't want to go to school and to me the building resembled a prison. My main complaint were the horrible school dinners; they were disgusting. The school didn't have its own kitchen at the time and the dinners were imported from somewhere else. They were always somewhere between lukewarm and cold by the time they arrived and consisted of gristly meat (liver and kidney seemed to be on the menu quite a lot). I nearly vomited on occasion and I wasn't a particularly fussy eater. I always liked the puddings though - semolina and jam, apple crumble and custard or spotted dick. The smell of Crayola wax crayons or the rubber mats in the gym and Plasticine. I used to get silver or gold stars for my work and was generally well-behaved. Can't really fault the staff. It was just my first experience of an institution and who wants to live in an institution? Not me!

By Nick Hirst (05/03/2017)

Anyone from the class year of 1959 to 1963  senior school who wants to catch up ~ we are having lunch at the Shepard & Dog, Fulking on the  1st Aug at 1pm or contact me on cringle@waitrose.com

By Robin Cringle (26/07/2017)

Hi Jim Lewis & Gary Inkpen, this is David Boxall aka Boxy.  What wonderful times we had at Hove Manor and then later at Brighton & Hove Grammar School for Boys.  Names of our old teachers seemingly long forgotten but sound oh so familiar now, Percy Frost, really nice guy even if he did get a bit carried away with his slipper, Charlie Burgenor maths and our first form teacher, Austin metalwork, and others.  After the grammar school I studied joined Marconi Co. and studied Electrical Engineering in Essex.  After graduating I spent some time in England but worked mostly on overseas projects Libya, Nigeria, Germany etc.  Left UK in 1982 and have been in Dubai since then.  A few of us, Robin Cringle, Jim Lewis, John Starr and myself are having a re-union 1st Aug 2017 at a venue in West Sussex, if anybody from our group is reading, please be in touch and join us if you can.

  

By David Boxall (26/07/2017)

Any bod who was at Hove Manor 1959 to 1964 and wants to keep in touch with those of us who have already met up,  please email me on cringle@waitrose.com

By Robin Cringle (05/08/2017)

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