apologise for only discovering your website only today,
20th February 2008. Very interesting.
discovered I am a Rossian (if that is spelt correctly),
as I attended Ross Grammar School from about 1942 to 1947.
Recently I have been thinking rather a lot about a schoolboy
crush I had on Janet Turner, whose name appeared in front
of mine in class registers, prompting the comment 'Vaughan
is always after Turner'. Is the lovely Janet still around?
Looking at the photo of the late1940's, early 1950's, I
am struck by the fact they all have a lot more hair than
me. The 1930's photo has a Janet Turner listed, but that
doesn,t coincide with 'my' Janet. Has she snook into that
photo? I couldn't see her.
was saddened to read of the death of Mr Drabble. He was
very much a lads favourite, and particularly mine because
he rode a Scott Squirrel motorbike. This will really mean
something to the motor cyclists amongst you. After I left
I heard he had married one of the blonde and beautiful Marfell
girls. This is the 'Mary' mentioned in your article, I guess.
My sincere condolences to Mary.
is that wooden Honours board still in existence? I am on
there somewhere with a lowly School Certificate.
(Of Hoarwithy at the time, but now in Warwickshire, 10 miles
from the NEC).
later received the following from Derek:
but I made a mistake in my earlier email. Janet Turner is
listed in the late 40's early 50's photo, and I just might
have spotted her.
you for your letter, Derek. Not having grown up in Ross,
I know little about Ross Grammar School. My only connection
is that I cover the reunions for 'Wyenot News'. I do however
know a man who does as he is currently arranging this year's
reunion. I will put you in touch and maybe you can join
was evacuated from London to Ross during WWII (1939 - 1945)
and lived in Walford Road, Tudorville. Despite returning
to Ross five times over the interceding years, I have been
unable to find any reference to Tudorville. I note that
the area has now changed, with a housing estate bult over
the old 'pull & push' railway line that ran to Monmouth.
The old council school I attanded has long gone and during
my last visit I see that a library is now on its old location.
first job at (what was) Banister & Foxwell's (gents outfitters),
I see from my last visit is now a sweet shop. I understand
it has been the Council Offices. On my previous visit it
was a car showrooms.
note that the name Tudorville does not appear on the local
map, which makes me extremely curious. Was there a dastardly
deed done there that caused it to be erased. Enquiries made
at the Market Hall during my brief visit last year, threw
no light on the matter.
UXB (unexploded bomb) at the top of the staircase (Market
Hall) there, brought back memories. I remember the night
it fell. I also remember the Mosquito fighter bomber that
crash landed on the hillside between the old Army Camp and
Tudorville. There was more damage done to that plane by
the schoolboys, when they discovered it was partly built
from balsa wood; than the German forces ack-ack.
would appreciate any information you can give me about the
you for your letter, Bill. Tudorville certainly has not
vanished - it was still in the same place when I visited
this very evening. I was hungry mid news prep and so visited
Chippy - the best chippy in Ross.
the map you are referring to is the one on Wyenot - that
particular map only covers Downtown Ross Vegas. Tudorville
is still in it's same position, off Walford Road and off
the map. There are in fact hundreds of mentions, and photographs
of Tudorville on Wyenot, which you will find easily if you
type 'tudorville' into the search engine on the front page,
or on the 'back