In light of various comments regarding the sad demolition of Laindon High Road School, here are some photos that I took in 1962.
When I was 14, armed with a very simple little camera, I became a keen but not very good, amateur photographer. I didn’t have much pocket money, so made use of a mail-order, film developing company based in Glasgow, called ‘Gratispool’ who sent me a free Kodak film along with my prints. These films came on a spool, which I had to wind into the camera. I wish I could remember the make and model of the camera, but unfortunately, I cannot. However, I Googled ‘Gratispool’ and found a couple of very interesting sites. They are well worth a look.
Along with taking snaps of my family and pets, I took my camera to school with me on several occasions and attach some of the results here. I have just two regrets, the first being that on the evening of the leaving dance in the school hall, the camera jammed and three or four photos were taken on the same exposure. The second is that it didn’t occur to me to take any photos of the neighbouring plotland bungalows in the area where I lived. With hindsight, they would have been of great value.
I also enclose two photos from the archives at Essex Records Office in Chelmsford, concerning the careers conference that had been organised by Mr C Hawkins, the Careers Master, which took place in the last week of February 1962 (half term). During that week pupils made visits to various companies and organisations within the area. Myself along with Irene Peall visited two places. Firstly Laindon Telephone exchange where we noticed how close together the girls on the switchboard had to sit but were most impressed when the supervisor informed us that some of the telephonists were earning as much as £10 a week. That seemed a small fortune to us at that time. Secondly we visited Gifford House, the headquarters of Basildon Development Corporation where we were shown around the offices and given lunch in their canteen.
Two of the boys from 5X2 who were taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme made a cine film of the proceedings throughout the week. We were shown the result a week or two later and I have often wondered what happened to the film.
In the middle of the quad, there had originally been a little fishpond but by 1962, it had been emptied out. I hope you enjoy seeing these photos and that they bring back even more memories of our great school.