PDA

View Full Version : Gower House school Blackbird Hill



harleyallison
07-06-2015, 3:38 PM
Hi I am looking for the history of Gower House school 5 Blackbird Hill London. All that I can find is that it opened in 1951, that is from the school site. My interest is that my grandmothers brother was living at this address in the 1950's.
Thank you

Peter Goodey
08-06-2015, 7:32 AM
my grandmothers brother was living at this address in the 1950's.

You say his address was "Gower House school Blackbird Hill". Is that what you really mean or was the address quoted simply as "5 Blackbird Hill"?

The old pubs web site suggests that there used to be a pub at 5 Blackbird Hill.

harleyallison
08-06-2015, 12:13 PM
His address was 5 Blackbird Hill from 1952 until he died 1964, information gathered from electoral rolls. He did have something to do with the school, I believe the school was founded in 1951. he either lived in the school or there was a school house. My father remembers visiting with his mother.
What was the name of the pub at 5 blackbird Hill ? Was it there before 1851. In the electoral rolls there is only two people listed at number 5 my grandmothers brother and his wife.
Thank you for your help

Alemaperram
07-09-2018, 2:55 PM
Hi Harleyallison - are you still researching history of Gower House School? I was a pupil from 1953 to 1959. The head of school was a lady called Mrs Keane or Keene and she lived there on site with her husband who, I think, did all the maintenance tasks round the school but I'm not sure about that. I do remember that they were Welsh. I remember that Mrs Keane gave birth to a daughter called Gillian - but that may have been after I left? I might have gone back to visit them.

KarenBertie
06-05-2019, 3:40 PM
Hello Alemaperram,
I was googling Gower House School and saw your reply on the thread. My Grandma taught at the school in the 50s, i wonder if she taught you?!! Her name was Irene Wall. I'd love to hear about the school and any stories you have! Best wishes.

Alemaperram
06-05-2019, 4:57 PM
Hi KarenBertie,

She probably did... Mrs Wall rings a very vague bell.... but I was pretty young at the time! Not sure what I could tell you that would be of interest to you.......I can see vivid images of the school in my mind and remember one or two experiences pretty clearly but these are from the perspective of a very young child, so not so useful to you?

KarenBertie
15-05-2019, 11:11 AM
Hi KarenBertie,

She probably did... Mrs Wall rings a very vague bell.... but I was pretty young at the time! Not sure what I could tell you that would be of interest to you.......I can see vivid images of the school in my mind and remember one or two experiences pretty clearly but these are from the perspective of a very young child, so not so useful to you?

I was just so surprised and curious to find a thread about the school and wondered if you remembered her specifically! We do have a photo somewhere of her teaching in the class and it looks like a very modern international class. My Grandma once said she would start the day with the kids telling their news from home, but they had to stop that quite quickly because some of the things the kids were coming in to say were not suitable!!!!