TRIPS AWAY INTO DISTANT PARTS
(but not out of range of British Railways)

Updated 20 November,2018



The North Yorkshire County Council web site of historic photographs includes a a photo of Norwood and a charabanc . As Norwood was opened in 1936 perhaps the photograph was taken shortly after? The caption supplied to the NYCC by Tony Eden reads:-
"School boys in an open-topped bus outside Norwood College in Harrogate c.1940. The school opened in May 1936 and closed in 1972. The headmaster was G.W.G.Cass. who, before taking up the post, was employed at Clifton House School in nearby Stray Road.."

photograph included here pending authority from NYCC
15 May,2007

There are four boys sitting outside at the rear of the charabanc and possibly three inside. A peak-capped driver is just visible. Notice the Norwood sign above the door of The Prefects' Steps; in the Annual Photo of c1947 this sign is no longer in place and had been moved to the Leeds Rd frontage as shown on other and later photos. This suggests that the charabanc trip was organised when Norwood consisted of only the Tewit Well Ave property - say about 1940?

And that building on the right of the photo; it looks as if it has a large glazed roof. A plan of about late-1960s, has an annotation showing that the various buildings to the rear of Norwood are Elm Park and Elm Park Cottage. (As at 2018 the house is still as built even with Elm Park above the doorway)


(?) Mallinson, John Scott and (?) on Lake District trip about 1950.
The coach is one from W Pyne & Sons, Harrogate

photo provided by John Scott

Charlie took Boarders to London in the holidays, usually staying in the Regent Palace Hotel just by Piccadilly Circus. The hotel had, and still has, a certain reputation but that didn't seem to both Charlie; probably did not bother the Boarders unduly.

Day trips in Term time were not frequent but perhaps one a Term to places that had some connection with railways; Doncaster, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool were examples and the journey there would invariably take in some engine sheds, tunnels or whatever. Less frequent were the non-railway venues. To see the Yorkshire County Council in action in Wakefield being one of the more entertaining ones.

By Tony Eden
18 March,1954. Rowntree's Chocolate in York gave us a small box each containing a miniature Kit Kat and other goodies that we polished off in the coach coming home. As it happened, I lived with my grandfather who ran a newsagents-cum-sweet shop, but the smell of chocolate in the factory had me off chocolate for at least a couple of days. Fifty years later I was to discover that Charlie had worked at this very factory as a 17-year old apprentice!

19 July,1954. The trip to Liverpool gave us a ride on the overhead railway which went alongside the docks for many miles; the railway was old even in those days and has since been demolished. (The Docklands Light railway in London is the equivalent modern system). The docks were still heavy with ships and one in particular took my eye; it was the burnt-out liner, the Empress of Canada . My Diary tells me that we went over the Mersey three times on the ferry and returned once on the electric railway through one of the tunnels. I am not sure what we leant on these sort of trips but we saw a lot of steam trains.
By Alastair Buchan 22 October,2001
Charlie was always gallivanting off to his "little village down the road" and on this occasion we were ambushed after dinner at the Regent Palace Hotel, Piccadilly Circus, by their resident photographer. Charlie always used to stay at the Charing Cross Hotel in the Strand but dinner was more expensive than his budget allowed. He moved to the Charing Cross Hotel was because of the noise at the Regent Palace, particularly the dustbin-men who emptied the bins at 3.00 a.m.

Whilst travelling on the London Underground Charlie would always remain on his feet in the train and with his hat removed. Using the three-point principle (what else?) he would lean against a wall partition with his feet spread apart for maximum stability! When the destination station was "next stop" he would don his hat as a signal to the boys to prepare to get off, and woe betide anyone who was not paying attention!


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