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Dauntsey's Aided Primary School, West Lavington - ID 3251

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St. Probus School for Boys, Salisbury - ID 1165


St. Probus School for Boys, Salisbury

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David Brand said:
I attended St.Probus from 1951 to 1955 and can recognize quite a few of the boys.However I do not appear in the photo for some reason and I do not see David ,Brian Lawes brother.While I was a boarder there the 2 Lawes,Tom Keating, myself and 2 others shared the same dorm.
Posted 27/02/2019
John Butler said:
I remember St. Probus well, as it was next door to my mother's cousins' house at 18 Manor Road, where I used to go for spring holidays when my parents lived in Khartoum. I knew Mr. French, the headmaster, and a very kindly lady, Miss Cowell, who was friendly with my aunt and who sometimes took me on walks with her. In 2000 I was in Salisbury (I now live in Canada) and was sad to see that the school had closed.
Posted 23/12/2015
Stuart Sylvester said:
I and my brother Gordon attended the infant dept at the school in 1952. I think I can recall our teacher being a very nice lady called Mrs. Holmes. Our father was stationed with the Navy at Boscombe Down and we attended the school for a short time before moving to London. I vividly remember travelling to school on the No. 8 bus from Amesbury ! Regards,Stuart Sylvester
Posted 12/10/2015
Rob Toupin said:
When I attended, Mr Wright wasn\'t head teacher but he was my fifth form teacher. We called him \'Fish\'...never to his face. Paul (Nicholson, I think) and I were Prefects. That was 1971-1972.
Posted 18/05/2015
Glenn Sedgwick said:
I attended this school from around 1978 to 1983 and can certainly remember the headteacher, Mr. Wright and my two teachers, Miss Knight and Mrs. Cox. Mrs. Hoskins was the secretary and I have many lovely memories of my time there.
Posted 13/12/2014
Paul Dean said:
I have now put an official St Probus page at https://www.facebook.com/StProbusSchool Anyone have a contact for Gordon Fonstad?
Posted 12/11/2014
Chris Hutchison said:
I attended the school but briefly, for 5 terms between September 1964 and June 1966, when the merger with Cholderton College took place. This merger was I recall because the lease on two of the buildings expired and I guess new leases could not be afforded. There is an active page on Facebook (look up St Probus)with interesting recollections and photographs. When I was there aged eight and a half to ten and a half one disgruntled 15 year old was Christopher Biggins who developed a considerable career on stage and screen.
Posted 14/10/2014
John Vent said:
Timothy Walker may even remember me, I started at St Probus in 1943 until leaving for Salisbury Tech in 1955.The school houses were Nott, Moore, Anderson and school. Mr Anderson was head when I started then Moore and when I left French was head. The masters I remember, Micky Macann,N E Gale, Philips, Mrs Christian. Major Meridith and Watts the Pt instructor. Some of the boys Markson. Read brothers, Laws twins, Hutson,Hunt who was always in trouble like myself I couln`t wait to leave.I went on to work for the MOd for 39 years and retired in 2000.
Posted 04/05/2014
Jeffrey W. Hurt said:
I am also an American who lives in Dallas, Texas. I attended St. Probus from 1955-1957. Mr. French was the headmaster and I remember the school fondly. Although I recall 3 times being caned, I became a Junior Prefect and could use the big stairs. Other teachers included Mrs. Poole and \"Tibs\" Turner. It was a great experience.
Posted 29/01/2014
Martin Griffiths said:
| attended St probus school from 1943 1946, first as a day pupil then as a boarder.Names of other boys I recall were Michael Buckingham whose parents ran the Greyhound Inn in Amesbury. One whose surname was Pritchett his family had a butchers shop near Salisbury market. Also the Carter brothers whose father ran a company making ventilation equipment.Another boarder came from Newfoundland I do not remember his name.
Posted 20/01/2014
Robin Toupin said:
I attended St. Probus 1971-1972 school year. My favorite memory was Mr. Wright, 5th Form Master telling his joke about puns (which was terrible!) and rocking back on his heels chuckling as he did. I have always looked back at that year with fondness.
Posted 27/04/2013
Peter W. A. Ambler said:
My family lived near Salisbury in the early 1950's and I attended St Probus as a day student and later boarded since my dad was an army Major in the British Army so when he transferrd then I boarded. I am now age 72 and living in the Dallas, Texas area. I do remember Mr. French and his wife and have good memories of the school in the 50's. Peter,
Posted 18/04/2013
Gordon D. Fonstad said:
I would like to thank Messrs. Pontet-Piccolomini and Campbell for responding to my enquiry, and to Mr. Walker for his information on the origin and history of St. Probus, but especially for his reminiscences of his time there. It seems to me to be a shame that St. Probus could just wither away after something like 50 years of operation, with little or no record of it. Therefore, I would like to share some of my reminiscences, if only for posterity's sake. In response to my original posting to this web site, the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre suggested that I contact the Salisbury Journal for any information that they might have, which I did. They responded ... "I'm afraid we no longer have archives going back that far in our offices here. They are on microfiche at [the] Salisbury Library and in hard copy format at the Wiltshire and Swindon Records Office in Chippenham so staff there may be able to help you." Since I live in Edmonton, Alberta, in Western Canada and was unlikely to visit either location, the Salisbury Journal offered to ... and kindly posted ... my enquiry as a 'Letter', through which a former classmate, Mr. Peter Cox, contacted me. We have shared some reminiscences and information, so some of the following is from Peter as well. Regarding Mr. Walker's "strong Canadian interest" in the school, I cannot offer an opinion on what may have caused it during his time there, but during my time I believe the following may have been the case. My father was a Flight-Lieutenant (Navigator) in the RCAF, who was posted to RAF Boscombe Down for a three-year exchange tour. When we arrived in Salisbury in January, 1966 (my original submission said 1965, but we left Canada in December 1965), there were already three other Canadian boys at the school, and our family knew the family of two of the boys (Steven and Robbie Sutherland, whose father was also a Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) in the RCAF), so my parents may have been persuaded to send me to St. Probus by the Sutherland family. If I recall correctly, entrance to the Bishop Wordsworth School was somewhat more difficult at the time, and we may not have qualified to attend Bishop's. However, our parents were interested in having us attend a school which would provide us with a University-entrance level of education, and I'm not sure how many of that type of school were available in Salisbury. Anyway, one possible reason for a "strong Canadian interest" over the years may have been Canadian servicemen on postings to the Salisbury area sending their sons (and daughters) to the best schools that were available to us (tongue in cheek) "Colonials", which the boys sometimes referred to us as. It was not just Canadians. The father of the three Byrne brothers, who attended St. Probus at the time I was there, was an American Army Lieutenant-Colonel on an exchange posting in the Salisbury area as well. Mr. Campbell also indicated that during his time at St. Probus, Canadian and American servicemen were still sending their sons to the school. Mr. Walker mentioned that Mr. David O. French, M.A., was the Headmaster in the early 1950's, and that he had two children. Mr. D.O. French was the Headmaster when I started there, and according to Mr. Cox, he had been there since the 1950's, so we and Mr. Walker may have shared a Headmaster. I remember him well, as the boy's nickname for him was 'Doff', or 'Doffy' (after his initials), which was one of the more polite nicknames that the boys had for the Masters. Mr. French (oddly enough) instructed us in the French language and math. Mr. Walker also mentioned the school uniform introduced by Dr. V. Moore as "bright red with silver braid around the jacket edges". We wore a similar blazer, though the colour was more maroon than what I would describe as "red" (apple-red, scarlet, etc.). The blazer pocket had the school crest and motto "Mens Sana in Corpore Sano" [A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body (?)] embroidered upon it. We also had the option of wearing a tweed jacket, with no crest on the pocket. In my second or last year at St. Probus a new blazer was introduced, being the same maroon colour, with the school crest embroidered on the pocket, but without the silver trim. The school cap remained the same. The school tie was also maroon, with paired thin silver or grey diagonal stripes. The Prefects, besides wearing the lapel shield (the school crest) mentioned by Mr. Walker, also had their own tie ... again maroon, but with single stripes and the school crest embroidered upon it. I was made a Prefect in my final year (1968) and still have my Prefect's tie and lapel shield (unfortunately I can't find my 'regular' school tie). I am attempting to get these photographed, or otherwise copied, to send to the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre so that their web-master can add them to this note. {Insert Photos Here} Mr. Walker mentioned that raincoats were blue (which I recall), but that the "sixth form could wear gabardine". I don't think that St. Probus went as high as the Sixth Form while I was there, and I do not recall gabardine raincoats. I recall that St. Probus went only as high as the fifth form, as the highest examinations we took were "O-Levels". Students who went on to write "A-Levels" had to transfer to a different school, which I thought was the Bishop Wordsworth School. Mr. Cox has similar recollections, except that students ... "would normally do 'A-Levels' and further education at the Salisbury College of Further Education on Southampton Road." Mr. Walker also mentioned two of the four school 'Houses', one being "Anderson" and the other "School". Mr. Cox provided the name of a third ... "Churchill House". Another reminiscence of mine was that the initial form that I was put into was called "Remove". I never did learn what that designation was for. It may have been between Third and Fourth Forms, as I was in the Fifth Form when we left to come back to Canada, and had been at the school for three years, hence was in Remove, Fourth and Fifth Forms. I am a little confused about the buildings the school occupied over the years. As given in the original write-up by the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre's web page on St. Probus (above), it indicates that the original school was at 9 Manor Road, and subsequently expanded by 1953 to include 15 and 20 Manor Road (shown in the picture); by 1962 the school had expanded to include 22 Manor Road; and by 1967 to the "house on London Road". When I attended, 22 Manor Road was the main building, holding the school and Headmaster's offices, plus some classrooms and a library. 20 Manor Road (in the picture) held only classrooms, including one L-shaped room on the ground or second floor, though I do remember the furnace room mentioned by Mr. Walker. The pictured building (20 Manor Road) was on the same (east) side of the street as 22 Manor Road, and was the next building toward the south. Mr. Cox recalls that the school Secretary, Mrs. Hoskins, lived at 18 Manor Road, the next house to the south of the pictured building. Based upon this, I surmise that even-numbered buildings are on the east side of Manor Road, with the house numbers increasing from south to north. By extension, odd-numbered buildings should be on the west side of Manor Road, and probably increase in number from south to north as well. From this, both 9 and 15 Manor Road would have been on the west side of Manor Road, south of the pictured building. The building with the original dormitory and dining room during my initial year at St. Probus was across the street and to the south of 22 Manor Road, so presumably had an odd number as its address. This may have been the original school at 9 Manor Road, as the building was the furthest from 22 Manor Road (hence had the lowest house number) of any of the buildings mentioned thus far, and was quite large. According to Mr. Cox this was also the Headmaster's residence at the time. I recall that the building was a short distance off of Manor Road, not right on Manor Road, as I recall having to walk down a path to the building. Mr. Cox recalls it as a "lane". 9 Manor Road may have been sold during my time at the school (when we merged with Cholderton College circa 1967?), because the new Headmaster and his family lived in 22 Manor Road. That building then housed the kitchen and dining room as well as the rooms mentioned above. I recall well the "elaborate staircase" and the "dark narrow twisting staircase" that Mr. Walker mentioned. However, I recall those to have been in 22 Manor Road. My recollection may be off. After all, Mr. Walker was at the school for a larger number of years than I was. Mr. Walker indicated that he attended St. Probus from 1944 to 1955, and the original Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre's write-up on the school suggests that 22 Manor Road was not acquired until some time between 1955 and 1962. Therefore there is a small chance that 22 Manor Road had been acquired while Mr. Walker was still there. In the alternative, both buildings may have had both types of staircase, but I remember the ones in 22 Manor Road the best because that is where most of my classes were held. However, I do recall that all boys, including Prefects, had to change into 'indoor shoes' in all of the buildings. We also had a building on the west side of Manor Road, across the street from the pictured building, and north of it, so it should have had an odd house number, greater than 20 or 22. The building wasn't used for much, though I recall at least one school photograph having been taken in its yard, and a dance held with girls invited from a nearby Convent school (which my sister attended, though I can't remember the school's name). However, there was a low-slung building to the rear of the unused building that housed the gymnasium and chemistry laboratory. I think that after 9 Manor Road had been sold the small house on London Road became the dormitory for the few boarders we had left, and held a wood-working shop on the ground floor or in the basement. It was north of the unused building with the gymnasium and chemistry laboratory behind it. I have no idea about 15 Manor Road. Through if my analysis is correct it should have been on the west side of Manor Road, south of 20 Manor Road, but not as far south as where I recall the original dormitory and dining room had been (9 Manor Road?). We did not occupy such a building while I was at St. Probus. However, Mr. Cox recalls that when he started at St. Probus in 1963, 9 and 15 Manor Road ... "were the original school buildings and housed the Junior School". I can find 20 and 22 Manor Road, as well as the 'unused building' using' using "Google Earth". Via the street level viewing function in "Google Earth" one can read the house number at 20 Manor Road. The 'house on London Road' appears to be no longer there; with a small park where it used to stand (the intersection of Manor Road with the London Road appears to have been changed since I was there). About where 15 Manor Road should be there are some newer row-homes, so that building may no longer exist. Similarly, I cannot find 9 Manor Road, nor the path/lane leading to it, though about where I recall it to have been, and since it was a short distance from Manor Road, there is an appropriately sized house at the southeast end of 'Rougemont Close', which road I do not recall having been there in the late 1960's, which may have been the original school building. Perhaps the area around 9 and 15 Manor Road has been completely redeveloped, and neither building exists anymore. Mr. Campbell recalls that the Headmaster during his time at St. Probus was a "Mr. Heyes". Mr. Cox and I had a Master named Hayes (or Heyes) when I left. I think came to us from the Bishop Wordsworth's School, and the boys nicknamed him "Gabby", after the American film actor from the 1930's. When I attended St. Probus, our 'playing fields' were also (I believe) in Laverstock, at the end of a street called "The Meadows", though these may have been different fields from those that Mr. Walker recalls, since he stated that the original fields are now a housing estate. I still have a couple of leads to follow-up regarding what became of St. Probus, and will make a final submission to this web site when I have as much information as is available straightened-out in my mind. Maj. Gordon D. Fonstad, CD, M.Sc., P.Eng. (Ret'd)
Posted 18/07/2012
Rory Patrick Campbell said:
I attended this school from late 1970 to 1973 it felt even then to be a relic from a bygone age, there were not even a hundred pupils in total I believe from ''pre-prep'' to 18years, the headmaster was a Mister Heyes and indeed I had a good Canadian and an American pal there who's respective fathers were in the military, Ian Dodd and Steve Wingfield.
Posted 17/06/2012
Timothy Walker said:
The school was started in the early 1920's by the Reverend Leonard T. Hoare M.A. with the Deputy Head being J.Desmond Anderson. It expanded and in the 1930's and J.D.Anderson became Head, with his wife teaching Kindergarten/Juniors. Anderson was advertising the school in the press as having Fully Qualified University Graduates as teachers but-surprisingly- doesn't appear to have any qualifications himself.In the late 1940's the Headship came under a Dr.V. Moore(later landing in court) and in the early 1950's David O.French M.A. was the Headmaster with his wife acting as Matron. Both were well thought of and had two children. In the 1950's the Pupil Dining Room of the main boarding house, where Mr French and family lived, became too small and the top two classes walked daily down into the city centre to a Resturant next to The George Inn for a fixed lunch. Moore introduced a new uniform which was a bright red with silver braid around the jacket edges which was very noticable and decreed that the uniform had to be worn at all times in all situations. Wearing of red caps was mandatory. Raincoats were blue but sixth form could wear gaberdine. There were six prefects at any one time who wore a metal badge on their left lapel. Pupils were divided within the system into four school 'inter-houses', one being Anderson House, another School House. The school occupied four large buildings in Manor Rd at its peak. At the classroom building- as shown in the photogaph- everyone, except -Prefects, had to change into indoor shoes in two large cloakrooms on the ground floor. Here, in a well to create a low point, resided a large coke boiler coaxed into life every winters morning by an old man named Tom. Pupils entered the classroom areas to the first floor upwards via a dark narrow twisting staircase, previously the servants entrance. Only Teachers and Prefects could use the wide main central staicase, a grand affair from its residential days. The Play Field was at Laverstock, now a large housing estate.
Posted 30/05/2012
Timothy Walker said:
I attended the school from 1944 until 1955. I remember it well. I have drawn up site plans of the main school building (remember the wide central staircase?) as it was and would be pleased to share if anyone wants a copy. Plus a lot of other points of interest. There always was a strong Canadian interest at the school. I wonder why. Main building is now a block of flats.
Posted 26/05/2012
Patrick Pontet-Piccolomini said:
Gordon, I have an email from another past pupil of this school, Mark Nicholson, in which he says that St Probus School amalgamated with Cholderton College for a brief time; that pupils from St P would attend Cholderton only for occasional lessons, sport, music, etc, and that he sat a successful scholarship exam at Cholderton; but his links with Cholderton was only tangential (1969/70). So that answers part of your enquiry. As to what happened to St Probus School only WCC can help on that. Patrick Patrick Pontet-Piccolomini Archivist, Catholic parish of St John the Baptist South Croye, Alexandra Road, Andover, Hampshire SP10 3AD H: 01264 337 763 / M: 07748 955 147 Email: archives_stjohntb@btinternet.com
Posted 30/04/2012
Gordon D. Fonstad said:
I attended St Probus 1965-1968. I was one of 4 Canadians at the school, and there were 3 Americans. The building above was not the main building at the time, the one next-door to the north was. We had 4 buildings along Manor Road, and another where the boarders stayed. We merged with (were bought out by?) Cholderton College just before my family moved back to Canada. I would be interested in learning what happened to the school, if readily available; i.e. please don't waste too much time satisfying my idle curiosity. Thanks.
Posted 08/11/2011

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Gordon Chesterman said:
I attended this school in 1967-8ish. My dad was based at RAF Colerne and this was my first school after coming back from RAF Changi. My teachers, all excellent, were Miss Strawbridge, Mr Priestley and who can forget Mr Meaker. Classmates were Allen Coutts, Roger Bull, Anne Todd, Bernice Legge, elizabeth Jennings, Sarah Fielding, Ann Taylor, Vivienne Withers, Nicky Baker, Monty Sadler, Kevin Diprose, Paul Campbell, David Brown to name a few. My proudest moment there was passing my National Proficiency Test. I used to take the dinner money up in biscuit tins to the primary school with Paul Campbell, no fear of being mugged in those days.
Posted 05/05/2019
Dale Daniel said:
My ancestor Jane Phillips and her daughter Agnes taught at this school c 1901. Jane was the Headmistress and Agnes was the Domestic Science Teacher. Does anyone have any info please?
Posted 03/04/2013

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