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Chipping Camden 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


November 1940: A group of evacuees from Millwall Central School, at Chipping Camden. They used the saloon bar of The Lygon Arms as a classroom. Back row, left to right: Joyce Quaye, Margaret Hales, Winnie Crowley, Florrie Hoskins, Joan Blundle, Eva Adams, George Woodward, Joyce Gilbert, Ellen Westwood. Front row: Annie Stanley, Joan Robinson, Horace Aldous, Mrs Evans (teacher), Kathy D' Arcy, Jean Bell, Connie Kemp. These children were all in the second year, aged eleven to thirteen; the group gradually dispersed as parents were re- housed out of London by the Blitz and children re- joined their families. Almost the entire staff and pupils of Millwall Central School went to Chipping Camden or nearby Ebrington on the 1st September 1939, just before the war was declared. Eva Adams recalls: ‘There were thousands of us on the train. We all went to Haverford West, where we were divided up, and eventually billited around midnight'. by Eva Adams