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Broadwell School 1949


Mr Phillips was headmaster. Mrs Oliver was our teacher and lived in the bungalow right at the bottom (opposite side) of Baker's Hill (now demolished). Miss Smith was another teacher. The school canteen was adjacent to the road opposite the Memorial Hall and ran towards the crossroads. Len Lewis kept the Butchers shop diagonally opposite:..(the white house).. Denise was his daughter. There was another daughter too.
On the Speech House road at Cannop where you turn towards the Ponds there was a Level crossing with a house on the NW side. David Morris's (b1939) family lived there.
Where the Cannop pit was working water was pumped out of it. It served as warm water to heat the swimming pool next to the main road as well as making the pit not only workable but served as water for the pit baths which was fantastic for the workers. They could go home clean. The water was warmer than any pool you will find today. Unfortunately muddy water was allowed to infiltrate it from the Mirey Stock end.
Mrs. Oliver would have said "But for a ha' path a tar". I, along with about 24 others, passed for Bells grammar school in 1949. We were treated as different but of course we were'nt. It was a physcological barrier that was artifically created. Them and us rubbish.

Roger Matthews added (November 2014): "... Len Lewis' younger daughter was Nina. My only real memories of her are that she was tall, very pretty and attended a private school in either Ross or Hereford".

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