7 thoughts on “Richard Hind School c1959-60

  1. I wonder if anyone from Richard Hind, who now must be about 83, remembers a German pupil who was a singer of classical songs. He was effectively used by the headmaster, Mr Rosser, as a means of breaking down prejudice against Germans, which in the early fifties was naturally very high.
    What happened to this lad? Did he become a professional?


    • Fred I seem to remember a lad who was in the school singing at the Christmas concert. I think he was called Sharrocks or something like that but I don’t remember him as German?


  2. Referring to Fred’s comment, I am one of the the twins, the good looking one at the back. I am still in contact with Alan Short, back row left and Tony Tye, back row second from left. Alan is now in Colchester and Tony in Australia. I have been in Germany since 1968 and made my hobby my job. My brother Peter ended up as a jounalist and now lives in Scotland. I only have good memories of Ben Britain, who did a lot to encourage us. It would nice to hear from some of the others, particularly Keith Prest.


    • I’ve only just noticed this entry by David Houseman.

      So congratulations on having made a good life in Germany, but was it electronics or weapons manufacture at which you prospered?

      Because of the poor teaching of electricity by Mr Bayliss at Richard Hind, and Ben Thompson at Stockton Grammar, I have always struggled with the subject even though aspects of power generation and transmission have been important to me over the last 30 years. .The only thing I got from Ben, which he referred to quite often, was the issue of reactive power and its impact on useless electricity flowing through the Grid. I now harp on about it myself quite a lot!

      I am surprised that you found him encouraging. I have a definite impression of Ben peering suspiciously at the two of you working on the oscilloscope.

      I don’t think Ben was very keen on these interlopers from Richard Hind. I knocked together a simple rig to show optical interference and also a method of making high powered lenses using molten glass threads. He didn’t seem very impressed. Then in 1972, when I was back in Stockton I bumped into him on one Sunday….”Oh you were one of the boys from Richard Hind” was his only reaction. I was rather taken aback considering that I was probably one of his most enthusiastic pupils.


  3. A number of the faces look familiar to me although I did not attend RH.
    Keith Prest {Seated -left end} was at Newtown Junior School along with his brother Graham. Graham and I were in the same year at Grangefield GS. The boy sitting to the left of the master I feel certain is Phil Dover. Phil joined Grangefield in the sixth form if my memory is correct!


  4. The two twins went on to Stockton Grammar. Both of them were very practical. They made a gun when they were in the third form at RH and when at Stockton Grammar built a cathode ray tube–all valves in those days. I don’t think that the Physics master, Mr “Ben” Britain was particularly keen on their initiative. Like most teachers in those days he was “challenged” when it came to the teaching of advanced electricity. From what I understand, things haven’t changed as much as they should.


    • Nothing much changed then Fred, we were adventurous and inventive in our time too. It was wartime so we thought of ways to hinder any invasion and it was normally explosive. The ingredients for gunpowder were well known to us and easily made with the help of a chemist, you could buy stuff over the counter, home made Carbon and something to pack it in plus a fuse, explosive gasses and pipes became weapons and on one memorable occasion we set up a pipe bunged at each end full of gas mixed with Oxygen pulled one bung and lit it, the resounding bang had people running from classrooms and the Head Master out of his office, at the time it was Mr Rawlings a man with much more humour than Mr Rosser, he smiled as he caned us all.

      We made Ice Cream with snow and salt less dangerous though on second thoughts scruffy school boys handling something we ate maybe not. The Wood work Master showed me how to fire weld and braze we made some weird and wonderful metal objects in wood work as well as a wonky stool. The highlight though was the day we made a noxious smelling gas and dropped it in the corridor as the classes changed far worse then the stink bombs we could get in shops, it took some time to clear on a cold wet day, the lads did not take kindly to being outside until it cleared. We lined up in front of Mr Rosser who did not smile as he caned us. I did like messing with electrics making our own wet batteries school lessons before H&S could be fun.


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