Archive Materials - A Message from the Headmaster
We have arranged that the Old Russellian Society have a dedicated archive space at the school. I am very keen that the school should hold a complete record of events that have occurred in order that these can be referred to in perpetuity. I would like to take this opportunity, therefore, to invite all Old Russellians to search their attics, garage, (bomb shelter?), for any memorabilia associated with the school and pass any (that are not of personal value!) to the school to enhance the archive. The school will reimburse postage on larger items! Julia Powell or Brian Angel will be pleased to discuss this with you and thank you in anticipation of your assistance with this important aspect of the school's heritage.
C J Hutchinson
The Story of 1853
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Geography Field Trips Over the Years
Mr Tanner has compiled the reports of the Geology Field Trips back to 1999. There are some missing ones and a lot more to go from when he arrived at RRS in 1982. If you have any articles from past magazines, or would like to send in any photos and comments about your memories of these trips, please let Sue have them. The file so far can be downloaded here. It's work in progress!
Phil Reynolds has responded to this message and sent us an article and photos from his Geology Field Trip to Dorset in 1976. Please click here to download the article.
Royal Patrons and Benefactors
1863 HRH Edward, Prince of Wales
1878 HRH Princess Louise
1901 HM King Edward Vll
1910 HM King George V
1936 HM King Edward Vlll
1937 HM King George Vl
1952 HM Queen Elizabeth ll
Queen Elizabeth II visited RRS on 4 occasions, first as Princess Elizabeth in February 1952, then as HM Queen Elizabeth on 20th May 1963, then on 16th March 1079, and most recently for the school's sesquicentenary on 5th November 2003. Footage of HM's visits can be purchased from The Old Russellians. Click here for details.
In addition, in the 1870's both HRH Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (second son and fourth child of Queen Victoria) and HRH George, Duke of Cambridge (seventh son and tenth child of King George lll) presided at the annual School Appeal Dinners held at the London Tavern, Bishopsgate.
In 1924 HRH Edward, Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone for the Chapel.
In 1936 HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent (fourth son of King George V and younger brother of King Edward VllI) was the Appeal President for the School.
Our Old Russellian, Brian Angel, writes:
Kate's Family : School Benefactors
Olive married solicitor Noel Middleton in 1914 at the outset of the First World War, in which all three of her brothers were killed. Shortly after in 1921 their father Francis died, it is said, of a broken heart. Olive Lupton, now Middleton, and her sister inherited the business and the equivalent of £9.8 million today. The textile business continued to thrive.
Our School records for 1936, when Kate's great-grandmother Olive died, show that the company had remained generous benefactors of Russell School. Their annual donations over the years, and in 1936 when our School Appeal President was HRH the Duke of Kent, ensured that any orphaned or needy children of Lupton employees would be accepted into Russell School Croydon or Russell Hill Purley.
As Olive Middleton clearly bequeathed her fine looks to great-granddaughter Kate – can we also be grateful that Olive continued to bequeath part of her fortune to our School's development?
Ballards Hill - click image to enlarge
A local enthusiast and archivist, Lindsay Ould, has put together a walk around the Ballards area, Heathfield and Coombe Wood highlighting Victorian and Edwardian residents. Please click here for further information. Even if you don't do the walk, the contents are very informative.
Says Brian Angel (At school 1938-1947):
The old Ballards mansion illustrated here did indeed warrant Richard Dadson's fun remark of it being "a bit of a flea pit". In fact, while I was a pupil there in the wartime forties it was used as St Andrew's House and - even worse - was actually referred to as "Bugs' Hole"! This was the result of countless divisions of larger rooms and annexes and staircase changes to make classrooms, a common room and dormitories. More work with fussy diversions had also been made necessary after damage from incendiary bomb raids. Its plumbing and heating soon became hopeless and even before Health & Safety laws really became effective, the former gracious mansion was finally doomed - and knocked down. All that remains today are some of the old brick perimeter walls now well over a century old. Look at them and think how spectacular the building at its 1878 opening must have looked. Its English architect Frederick Pepys Cockerell, who coincidentally died in Paris the same year, very much favoured French influences in building and sculpture. I think this can be seen in its illustration. Cockerell had also designed Freemasons' Hall in London and a major memorial at Castle Howard, location for the TV series and film "Brideshead Revisited".
Russell School in the 1950s
Faces From the Past - A Mystery Solved
A mysterious photograph album in the School Archive contains the photographs of nearly 400 boys (and some girls) who left Russell School between approximately 1950 and 1965. The photographs in this Album have all been scanned and indexed and more than one hundred of these “old boys” (and girls) have requested copies and been sent them by email.
Russell Hill Girls
Where are you girls now? We want to hear from you!!
We are often getting enquiries about archive material from the girls' school at Russell Hill, and then later when the girls came to Ballards because it was safer for them during WW2.
You can read what Heather Lovell (née Morgan) writes by clicking here.
Christine Bell (née Harte) writes:
I was at school in the 1950s at Russell Hill, not Ballards. Please don't forget us!
Please contact Sue with your stories and interesting facts about life for the girls at Russell Hill, Purley.
Please click on Read More for articles on The Story of 1853, Potted History and How Things Have Changed by Tom Wilkinson (1993 - 2007)
Can anyone out there help us to identify any of these portraits? They are the portraits that hang in Royal Russell's Great Hall and the name plaques are obscured and we are unable to read them. If anyone can help, please email Sue with the index number. Please click on Read More to view portraits.
Heads of School
Please click on Read More for a list of our School Headmasters.
Please click on Read More for a list of all Head Prefects from 1924.
Heads of House
There are 12 House listings for
Pen-Pics of Royal Russell Staff at Ballards, by Richard Dadson 1947- 1955
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