Brian Gayner an early pupil of Bath Tech School
A further Communication received from Brian
Former company managerand group technical consultant (retired) aged 69.I was at South Twerton School before and including part of World War 2. The headmaster was Mr Sperrey. I was taught for a time by Miss Wilkinson, a wonderful techer and lady. Mr Marks was also there and I recall one of our masters,Mr Pope who was killed on active service during the war.I think Miss Abbott was also there at this time.
My time at Bishops Nympton Schoolduring the war was because I was evacuated to Devonshire from Bristol.I had relatives that lived in Bish Nym. Their family names were Westacott and Bowdon. The head master as I recall was named Mr Haskins. One local boys name I remember was Charles Bawden. Another local boy was surnamed Blake whose family owned a farm a couple of miles out of Bish Nym.Do any of you out there know of them ? They would now be around 70 years of age. Maybe they had children or grandchildren that attended the school who you might have known.I suspect the school site has changed since my days. During the war we were at the bottom of the village on the left and opposite the church. There was also a hall near the post office for the overspill of children caused by the avacuues. I lived at Furze Hill Farm for two years with a load of East End London evacuees which is about three miles from Bish Nym and we were transported by coach each day by a coach firm from Molland,called Gardiners and his premises were just behind Bishps Nympton and Molland railway station just past the Black Cock public hotel.
I returned to Bathand went to West Twerton Senior School.The headmaster was Mr Reg Dann. I was in Allen house and our house head was Miss Benjafield. Other techers I recall very well for her fierce reputation with the cane was Miss Elms who left her mark on most of us with six of the best if we misbehaved. Mr Rowell was our gym master and I recall a Mr Babbacombe.
I left West Twerton in 1945on a 2 year scholarship to Bath Technical College (Engineering Dept:) which is not listed on this site, leaving in 1947. However our maths teacher was Bill Hayman who was a brilliant teacher who I drove to distraction because of my inability to get to grips with the subject. Mr Parker was our technical drawing guru and Mr Freeman nicknamed " Gummy" was our science teacher. Mr Mainwaring was our english teacher and Ray Jones taught woodwork and metalwork at the Old Jail which was the headquarters of the Building department. My first year was spent at the end of the war in Brougham Hayes where we were housed in wooden hutments and we were then transferred to the the Old Hospital in Lower Borough Walls in Bath for our second year. In those days the scolarship was taken at thirteen years of age for the Tech College. There was three departments. Engineering,Building and Commerce who were at Weymouth House and consisted of boys and girls educated together.