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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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16 of 24  Mon 18th Dec 2017 8:50am  
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Hello Graham, Folly Lane School as it was called then was my first school (Infants) and I remember I had to go over the big (well it was to me) iron bridge. Used to frighten me when the steamers rolled under. We lived in Welland Road. One of my better memories was being able to buy liquorice wood from the nearby chemist. Must have been there around '45 just for a couple of years and then on to Moseley Ave. Wish I could remember the teachers but can't I am afraid. Wave I am sure Folly Lane has been mentioned before. Big grin
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Prof
Gloucester
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17 of 24  Thu 21st Dec 2017 8:49pm  
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Graham 224. You mentioned Mr Thomas, he was the senior boys teacher, I was in his class, but the lady teacher you mention was Miss Lewis. Mr Thomas had nicotine stained fingernails, and a neat moustache.
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herberts lad
Exhall
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18 of 24  Sat 23rd Dec 2017 5:44pm  
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Hi Graham, you won't believe this but I mentioned you and your brother to my wife as we passed your house in Gulson Rd the other day. I said the Balls lived there the Harritys here and then there were the Lambs and the Kemps. We all used Orton's shop or Lawrence's bakery - never forget their bread, I too was at Folly Lane same time, was it Miss Neguses class you were in as I was in Miss Lewis. Classmates were Alan Donnelly, Jack Mason, John Samuels, David Finch, Jimmy Martin, Rob And Marion Ray, Roy Twigger, Christine Finnemore to name a few. Great to see you are still alive and kicking. Best regards Brian
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Villiers
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19 of 24  Wed 4th Apr 2018 10:44am  
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I believe that Folly Lane School became Gosford Park School in 1948. But does anyone know when the new Gosford Park School was built in Humber Avenue or when the old Folly Lane building was finally demolished?

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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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20 of 24  Wed 4th Apr 2018 11:46am  
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Hi Villiers. I have looked through the newspaper archives. All I can find is that the name of the school was changed because the name of the road was changed from Folly Lane to Humber Road and people could not find the school as they were looking for Folly Lane! No mention of buildings being demolished but planning was applied for to build a kitchen and dining room in 1970. Hope this is a bit of help.
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Villiers
Coventry
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21 of 24  Wed 4th Apr 2018 8:07pm  
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Thanks Annewiggy. I'm aware of the things you say and I too have seen planning applications for improvements to the old school. But I was wondering how long the Folly Lane building lasted before it was finally replaced with the new Gosford Park School in Humber Avenue. I suspect that the old building still survived into the 1980s. Does anyone know when the current Gosford Park School was built?

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Midland Red
Cherwell
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22 of 24  Wed 4th Apr 2018 8:47pm  
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Gosford Park School has its own thread here Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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23 of 24  Thu 5th Apr 2018 4:06pm  
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Folly Lane as I knew it was still there in 1946. I know, because I was there (for just a couple of years). Smile
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herberts lad
Exhall
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24 of 24  Sun 15th Apr 2018 11:26am  
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I attended Folly Lane/ Gosford Park 1946 to 1952. The change of name took place in 1950/1 - this moment is etched in my memory. Our teacher was Miss Lewis, she produced a sheet of hardboard in the shape of a shield and asked the class to make a design for a new school badge. We had in our class a very talented artist, John Samuels - he came up with the intertwined initials of GPS which were placed on halves of sky blue and dark blue, the school colours. This was hung over the centre of the stage in the main hall by Mr Thompson, school caretaker of that time.
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