Sunday, 29 May 2016

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Rugby 1975 - Richard Mant stands with the team.



Front row, left to right - Neil Burchell, ?, Jack Carter, Nick Keyte, Jeremy Seymour, Pete Wilson, Ian Thomas, Andy Fowler
Back row, left to right - Dave Howells, me, Nick Pierce, Steve Pike,, Paul Jackson, Chris Woods, Paul Swinburne, Phil Hooley., Steve Heath,

Staff Member from 1948 still alive !

John Hanson ( pupil 1942-1949 ) writes with some amazing news.



"When I first went to school, our PT master was George Weedon (later replaced by "Taffy" Williams")  George was a bit of a show-off and had a colleague from Caterham Guards Depot.They engaged in gymnastic feats by doing handstands on the rugby crossbar!

 I remember being told that he had been "lined up" for the 1948 Ldn. Olympics.  I Googled his name and found that he was selected for a few of the disciplines but GB got nowhere in gymnastics  at those games.  However, to my great amazement I also discovered that he is still alive at the age of 92!!   There is a few minutes newsreel(?) of him chatting to current young athletes telling them about how it was in 1948.
He must be the only master still alive from that era!!

You can see the film below:

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Do you remember this on the wall of the old Pavilion ?





Are you old enough to remember this on the wall of the old Pavilion ? When we were all playing cricket at Purley Boys school this photo hung in prime position in the pavilion. 

The wicket keeper in the photo - John Asquith was one of the finest cricketers that attended the school. 

The Pavvy was knocked down in the 1980’s and the photo lost for all time. However, last month it reappeared as part of the Nigel Bowles Archive.

However the caption is wrong. Hugh Asquith ( John's son ) has pointed out that
the bowler was actually Tom Hare.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Purley Frisbee Team 1977

The Purley Frisbee Team 1977 -


Lots of comments on the Purley Facebook page about this photo:


David Rogers I can remember a lot of sniggering in Assembly when Dogs used to read out the sports results. I think Nick Way used to arrange a match with Ally Pally Tossers every week - just so that he could hear one of the teachers use the word "Tossers".

Richard Lucas Some of the participants lived near me and it all became quite cool. It's sad to have to report that Aston Moody-who was a really nice bloke-died a short while afterwards, coming back from a tournament as I recall. Absolutely tragic and affected the whole feeling around the frisbee 'thing'...

Steve Watt Can we just add Purley reached the finals of the U.K. Ultimate championship in 1979 only losing to Cambridge uni as they had played less games

Richard Lucas Some of the participants lived near me and it all became quite cool. It's sad to have to report that Aston Moody-who was a really nice bloke-died a short while afterwards, coming back from a tournament as I recall. Absolutely tragic and affected the whole feeling around the frisbee 'thing'.











































Steve Watt also added this photo of Ashton Moody in action.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Mass Calisthenics 1934



Is there anyone still with us from this photo.? 

The quality is very good. Please click to see full size.

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Nigel Bowles Legacy - Derek Akers and the Cheque


Paul Robinson far left. Mr. Webber (?) Next right chair of PTA. Jason Peacock Head Boy. Year 1985-86.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Chemistry lesson 1938

John Hanson ( possibly the only surviving player from the 1948 1st XI ) writes to comment:
"The classroom shot depicts my very first Physics master - Mr "Spriggs" Batchelor.  He was an odd soul indeed.  Once, during a lesson, a helicopter landed in the forecourt of the "Tudor Rose" which created much noise and excitement.  Throughout this unique event he continued delivering his subject and refused to acknowledge that anything bizarre was happening!  I guess that this picture was taken pre-war."

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Basketball1964

Basketball Team 1964 Back Row: Derek Jones (also taught PE, English and Latin), me, Stephen Gilfedder, Mick Giradot, Unknown in blazer; Front row, Steve Taylor, Mark Potashnick, Pete van der Mey, Alan Winder, Bill Mathie, Roger Stansfield. Steve Gilfedder is Australian and although he returned to Oz late 60s I have recently been in touch with him. Bill Mathie became Head boy and I exchanged emails with him a couple of years back. I think Colin Wood recently got back in touch with Mark Potashnick. And Steve Taylor sadly died young in about 1974

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Nigel Bowles Legacy

Nigel can be seen on extreme right. He would not be happy with that description. Pal.

We still mourn the very sad loss of Nigel Bowles, who died recently. 

Whilst going through his worldly goods and chattels, several boxes containing 100's of pristine photos and ephemera, were found.

I assume that these were salvaged by Nigel when the Croydon Archives closed down several years ago. 

I would guess there are more photos in these boxes than I have already published. A rich vein indeed. 

Over the coming years I will make these available on here and the Purley Boys Facebook page.


My wife is delighted with this news.


Monday, 2 May 2016

Croydon Schools Top of the Form Competition 1972
















Croydon Schools Top of the Form Competition 1972

click to see the photos full size

Fas et Patria

Please explore the world of Purley Boys School 1914-1988. Feel free to leave your memories and comments on the photos.

There is a search function too - see the box top left ? Just enter a keyword and all the articles or photos that match will appear from the archives.

Many thanks - Nick Peaty - mail me at archiveking@gmail.com



If any of you are tempted to make a donation to help with the long term upkeep of this site then please click the Paypal Donate Button below.



 Grateful thanks to those of you who have sent funds in the past 



Thanks.