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Lack of space prevents our including the following
items on the main News Page, but here are some interesting
events/comments from the past several months.
Dave Anderson (JRGS 1964-71) reports on a plan to redevelop The Crystal Palace...
Early last month, I spotted an interesting news item
in the Daily Mail online about a Chinese developer with money who
wants to re-build The Crystal Palace on its site where it burnt down in
For me, the best photo was taken in 1932 from Addington Hills (Shirley Hills) over the JRGS windmill and on up to the original Crystal Palace:
And here is a shot taken in 1920 of the original construction:
The article is well worth a look; click on
any image above to view a larger version.
David Anderson, Southampton, Hants, September 2013 Email.
The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, or
The Crystal Palace Exhibition as it was sometimes known - referring to
the temporary structure in which it was housed - took place in Hyde
Park, London, from 1st May to 11th October, 1851. It was the first in a
series of World's Fair exhibitions of culture and industry that were to
become a popular 19th-century feature. The Great Exhibition was
organized by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria,
and was attended by several notable figures of the time, including
Charles Darwin, Samuel Colt, members of the Orléanist Royal Family and
the writers Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, George
Eliot and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Reportedly,
some six million people - one in four of Britain's population at the
time - visited the Great Exhibition.
Karl W. Smith (JRGS 1946-51)
Crystal Palace rebuild? An interesting project but one wonders why? Not
that I would have anything against the idea.
ML adds: Stephen
Beard, American Public Radio's European bureau chief, reported last week
on the $800 million plan to redevelop the Crystal Palace site via his radio
Grahame Hadden (JRGS 1968-71) reports on a recent Reunion in Hampton...
Recently, I hosted a reunion of former John Ruskin Grammar School in Hampton, since no one has any real connection with Croydon any more. And, living in South Middlesex, I was convenient for M25 and M3 connections (although the M25 was particularly bad on July 7th). The reunion was instigated by contact with Søren Brightman (JRGS 1964-71) who, in 1973, went back to live in Copenhagen. He had been in contact occasionally over the years and I bumped into him when I was on business in Denmark in 1997. I established further contact in the last couple of years through another work colleague. When Søren announced that he was going to visit London for a week, we called around a few former friends for a gathering.
Background to the
event on 7th of July
Click on either image to view a full-size version.
By the way, I was only at
JRGS from September 1968 until January 1971 for the sixth form in Lower
and Upper Sixth Science Alpha, and a repeat half of a third-year sixth
form, as I failed A Levels the first time in the summer of 1970. (And
the second time the following January, for that matter!) But, all things
being equal, I have not done too bad! After JRGS I joined the BBC.
Grahame Hadden, Hampton, Middlesex, September 2013 Email
David Anderson (JRGS 1964-71)
adds: Can I
please ask that our classmates and good friends Dennis O`Neil and
Mike Coppen - who "disappeared" shortly after leaving JRGS and
haven't been heard of since - get in touch if they see this! We would
love to hear from them.
Richard Swann adds: I was never at John Ruskin but I have known Keith Chaplin (and, by association, all these other reprobates) since the first day at Ashburton Infants School.
Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1958-65) reports on renovations to a favorite public house...
Further to a recent
email to our webmaster from Phil Cowlam (JRGS 1951-58), who had
noticed that "all signage has been removed from The Surprise and
the car park has a row of builder's barriers. The Sandrock, a
more airy pub further up opposite Shirley Hills, still exists."
Ian Macdonald, Shirley, Surrey, July 2013 Email
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) adds: Goodness me, can it really be 60 years since we moved to the new school? And perhaps The Surprise will get the Gents toilet seat fixed in their refurbishment? It's been bust ever since I have been going there, both for JRGS and Rover Scout reunions!
Graham Donaldson (JRGS 1962-69)
adds: I too had noticed
that The Surprise had closed. However, having discussed the
matter with Ian, the manager, it appears that it will be reopening after
some fairly major structural repairs have been done.
Bob Hawkins (JRGS 1958-64) confirms architect of Upper Shirley Road building...
I thought it would interest the alumni to
read some background information about the architect who designed the
building constructed on Upper Shirley Road site during the mid-Fifties and
which, sadly, was demolished just over a decade ago.
Bob Hawkins, West Handley, Derbyshire July 2013 Email
ML adds: And here are an early perspective drawing of the
proposed Upper Shirley Road site that was scanned by Mike Etheridge
(JRGS 1963-65). It is labeled: Paul Mauger and Partners,
As Mike wrote at the time he supplied the illustrations: "[These drawings] have brought back memories of what I thought was a very good school. The fact that it was demolished after a very short life still seems to me a destructive waste. After all, it was only 10 years older than Trinity School just down the road. Of course, a number of other Croydon schools have been axed over the years - I could not believe that Purley Girls High School was broken up and a council housing estate constructed on the site."
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds: It might be worth mentioning that Paul Mauger's wife, Irene Ruth Mauger née Newbery, who died in June 1973 in Hertfordshire – the UK county that contains Welwyn Garden City - was born in Thornton Heath, Croydon, Surrey, on 16 Nov 1898. Possibly a coincidence.
Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) adds: An amazing find by Bob Hawkins. The source of these JRGS drawings was the structural engineers section of Croydon Council, which has now been disbanded. As far as I am aware, all the old record drawings held by the structural engineers have been discarded. I still have the paper copies of the JRGS drawings, however.
Steve Tyler (JRGS 1966-74) recalls the origins of the Old Students Association...
By the time I joined
the school, the original John Ruskin Old Boys' Association (JROBA)
appeared to have died a death. It was not seen as something to be joined
in the Sixties and, in my view, the fact that we didn't have a sports
ground with bar like many other schools, such as John Whitgift, Trinity
and many others, meant that people drifted away and played their sport
Steve Tyler, Selsdon, South Croydon, July 2013 Email.
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55)
adds: I did join JROBA shortly after I left school but, as far as I
can recollect, it did nothing and, as Steve says, the association died a death in the
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) reports the sad death of Terence Morris...
Many alumni will be
saddened to hear of the death
on 10th July, 2013,
of Dr. Terence Morris,
pictured left in an LSE photo, aged 82 of motor neurone disease. He
attended JRGS from 1942 until 1950, and enjoyed a long career in
criminology and jurisprudence, especially the issues of punishment that
call for data, analysis and human understanding.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA, July 2013 Email
LATE NEWS: According to an on-line obituary published by The Times, a Requiem Mass will be held for Terence Morris, Emeritus Professor, University of London, at St Peter's Church, Winchester, on Friday 26th July at 12.15pm. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to The Motor Neurone Disease Association or St Vincent de Paul c/o Richard Steel & Partners, Alderman House, 12-14 City Road, Winchester SO23 8SD. More
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