Monday, 9 April 2001

'The History of Peter Symonds'

This week I  received my copy of this book through the post and it made a fascinating read. It is a slim hard backed volume of 140 pages. Very comprehensive in that it does cover the whole history back to the Will of Peter Symonds in 1586. Although the parts that covered my own time at school were naturally of the most immediate interest to me there is much to enjoy from other eras. I like the photos and I hope to be able to get authority to post some of them on the site. There are good ones of Cozey and Mr Hawkins and Doc Freeman, together with aerial photos of the school and two good maps.
It cost 짙12 [including postage] from
Stuart Mariner c/o Martin & Company, 
25 St. Thomas Street, Winchester, SO23 9DD     
payable to   the Old Symondians Society
 
regards,
Jim Wishart, site manager 

8 comments:

  1. Oh, and another thing, it was written by Neil Jenkinson and was published in 1994   jim wishart,

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  2. Hi Jim,   I would be interested in getting hold of a copy of this book. But before I send off a cheque, you are saying that there are a number of copies in stock at this address, and that an unnanounced letter out of the blue complete with cheque would be OK?   As I am a 'new boy' I guess I should introduce myself... I was one of the last intake of First Year pupils in 1972. It was kind of strange not ever having a year below us, as the school metamorphosed into a sixth form college. When we left in 1979, I guess you could say it was truly the end of an era. The commemorative badge that we painted on the wall was still there a few years later. I hope that it is still there today as a reminder of different times. I was a boarder, first in The Lodge, then Wyke Lodge, then School House. During those seven years there were many changes, including the introduction of females (very distracting), mortar boards became non-PC, 'masters' became 'teachers', there was no more shooting of rifles on the range, the College Centre was built on the quadrangle putting an end to decades of football no doubt, and of course uniforms disappeared. The billiard table went from The Lodge, the "temporary" canteen at the bottom of the field finally closed. The title 'headmaster' became 'principal'. I did the first Computer Science 'A' level course, complete with some hilariously primitive equipment. However I still work in IT, so I guess it wasn't so bad! The reason that I am starting to think about the past a bit more is that I am approaching the big 40 in a couple of months. And just recently, I met up with two great friends from those times, who I hadn't spoken to or seen since the day we all left in 1979, which was fantastic.   Regards   Steve Powell  

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  3. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for the great introduction, just what we need in the 'Corner'. I am not sure whether they have a stock of the book although I don't think you would lose anything by sending a cheque?   What can I say about your reaching 40? Before I was 40 I used to laugh when people said "Life begins at 40", it seemed like whistling in the dark, however it is not such a big landmark and from my experience the best is still to come, so have a happy birthday
    regards,
    jim wishart, list manager 

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  4. Hello Doug, Glad to hear from  you. Here is a copy of the first mailing of this thread.  I hope that the information is still current. If not then the OSS website is here and they published the book.   This week I  received my copy of this book through the post and it made a fascinating read. It is a slim hard backed volume of 140 pages. Very comprehensive in that it does cover the whole history back to the Will of Peter Symonds in 1586. Although the parts that covered my own time at school were naturally of the most immediate interest to me there is much to enjoy from other eras. I like the photos and I hope to be able to get authority to post some of them on the site. There are good ones of Cozey and Mr Hawkins and Doc Freeman, together with aerial photos of the school and two good maps. It cost 짙12 [including postage] from Stuart Mariner c/o Martin & Company,  25 St. Thomas Street, Winchester, SO23 9DD      payable to   the Old Symondians Society Oh, and another thing, it was written by Neil Jenkinson and was published in 1994   regards,   jim    

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  5. Hi Jim ...
    Many thanks for information about "The History of Peter Symonds'"
    Hate to be a pain, but who actually are the publishers ??? ... and does it have an ISBN number ???

    I am going to try and track it down here (Western Australia), if I can, but I will need that information to do so, PARTICULARLY the Publisher ... if I am unsuccessful, I will contact the OSS

    Would appreciate your help ...

    Many thanks ...

    All the best to all ...

    Doug Clews (WA)


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  6. hi Doug, It was published by the Old Symondians Society and my copy doesn't have an ISBN number. The secretary is Mike Conlan and his address is casamelara@aol.com but I think he is away for another week or so, regards, jim         

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  7. Hi Jim !!! ...
    Very many thanks for the information re "The History of Peter Symonds'" ... I will endeavour to find out whether it is available here, if not I will contact the OSS ... hopefully, I will be able to track down a copy one way or the other.
    Once again, very many thanks ... much appreciated !!!
    Take care !!!

    Doug Clews (1944 - 1950)(2A-3A-4A-Five2Lit-Five1Gen !!! 

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  8. Hi Doug
    Just browsing round the site to try and jog my memory, not too successful so far in a major but little bits are gradually coming back. looking at your signature above made me wonder because I can not recall 2B

    Try this if you can
    Year starts September
    1948-49 3B
    1949-50 4B
    1950-51 Lower 5 Lit
    1951-52 Middle 5 Lit
    1952-53 Upper 5 Lit
    1953-54 one term in sixth

    John Scott Townsville OZ

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