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OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

ROMAN CATHOLIC, SECONDRY SCHOOLS, BRISTOL ENGLAND.

I DIE THE KINGS GOOD SERVANT, BUT GODS FIRST!

Updated 13th May 2008

ST THOMAS MORE, STOTBURY ROAD, HORFIELD BRISTOL

From about 1959 to 1963 or 4 I attended this school. Old chums might well drop in and also supply further pictures. A potted history of Sir Thomas for those interested is at the base of this page.

To those who drop in, please send name inputs and corrections to me via Email.

I have heard so far from Pat Berry, Anita Farrel, Theresa O'Riordan, Chris Callaghan, Jenny Young, Sandra Fox, Carol Jenkins, Patrick Hope(proxy via sister) please contribute photos and names if you can.

From L_R Back Row, Jimmy Arnel, Mike Higgins, Eric Baldwin?, David Hammond, Self Terry Bailey, Patrick Bell, Alan Maddox?, Derick Shadbolt, Terry Norman, Bridget Horan, Rita Skidmore?, Valery Harper?, Pauline??, Forgot, Forgot, Alberta Adams, Valery Mason?, Suzanne Burbridge, Forgot, Mary Haley, Margaret Curry, Forgot, Forgot, Forgot, Mr O'Leary, Valery Harper? Anita Farrel, Forgot, Sally Green, Patrick Berry, John Erwin?, Patrick Hope, Eric Baldwin?, Eneo Candido, Tony Manners, not bad after almost 40 years. Special thanks to Anita Friths(Farrel) input.

 

The small pics are from around the school taken in 1998 on my trip to the old Dart.

 

Back in After Play

Back of change rooms

The games we Played

My Son Dave 34 years later

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Here we are in 61 or 62 in MR Mortimers(Flapper) (French Maths) class he drove the Metropolitan.

Again from L_R back Row, Eric Baldwin, Forgot, Mike Higgins, Alan Maddox, Self Terry Bailey, Eric Baldwin?, Patrick Hope, Terry Norman, Helen Navoyz(thanks to Anita), Alberta Adams, Lost?, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Mr Mortimer, Gloria Price,Lost,Lost, Lost, Rita Skidmore?, Bridget Horan, Lost, Lost, Janet Palach,(thanks to Anita) (had the Hots for Janet) her, Margaret Curry?, Forgot, Michael Walker, Lost Lost, Not to good in this one. Who will be first to fill in the blanks?

time for some teachers

Mrs Cunningham, Mrs Walsh Head Mistress, Miss Thompson(History) Married Mr Parry(sport), Mr Oleary(History,maths), Mr Mortimer, Danial (English) Cox & Tony Cox (Geography)(Brothers), Mr Silverton (maths & Sport), Mr Murphy(history) (spud) Dep Head Master, Mr Mitchel (first Head Master) Mr Monahan? Second Head Master, Mr Moore (metal Work) Mr Barratt, Mr Hall (woodwork thank you Pat), Coulston, what was that Art eachers name Ah got ,it Mr Everard(art), Science was Mr Fletcher ?Father Supple. More required please.

 

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Dave on steps he wearing Aussie Outback Coat

Toward Metal & Woodwork

The new additions on End

In all the School Photos

 

In the year ahead of us where these folk, The pic supplied by Chris Callaghan,again corrections and input welcomed.

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Here is another pic from about 1959-60 from Chris

 

THIS IS A PHOTO OF MY FAVORITE SISTER JUST PRIOR TO HER LEAVING TO GO TO ST BEADS LARWENCE WESTON, AGAIN WITH MR MORTIMER, I AM AFRAID I DO NOT KNOW ANY NAMES PLEASE SEND THEM TO ME. Oh, she is just behind sirs right shoulder.

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Mr Moore Metal Work & Mr Hall Woodwork?

All those 9 penny school dinners

The school was closed on my viset, looks like rebuilding

Smokers Corner

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REMEMBER THE RADIATOR, ON WAY TO GYM

AAAAHHH THOSE MEMORIES

PLEASE SEND AS MANY PICS AS YOU CAN, I WILL ADD THEM.

Prior to St Thomas More I attended 'Our Lady of the Rosary' Lawrence Weston. Thanks to James Callaghan I have this pic from about? 1957ish the Nun is Sister Aegina and in the back row fourth from the left is my older brother Malcome (TBC).

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THERE FOLLOWS THE ST THOMAS MORE STORY.

 

SAINT THOMAS MORE

More, Saint Thomas (1477?-1535), was a great English author, statesman, and scholar.  He served as lord chancellor, the highest judicial official in England, from 1529 to 1532.  More resigned because he opposed King Henry VIII's plan to annul his marriage to the queen.  He was beheaded in 1535 for refusing to accept the king as head of the English church.  More has become an example of the individual who places conscience above the claims of secular (nonreligious) authority.  The Roman Catholic Church declared him a saint in 1935.

 

His life.  More was born in London, probably in 1477 but perhaps in 1478.  He studied at Oxford University.  More began his legal career in 1494, and became an undersheriff of London in 1510.  By 1518, he had entered the service of King Henry VIII as royal councillor and ambassador.  He was knighted and made undertreasurer in 1521, was elected speaker of the House of Commons in 1523, and was chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1525 to 1529.

 

More became lord chancellor after Cardinal Wolsey was dismissed late in 1529.  At that time, Henry VIII was engaged in a bitter battle with the Roman Catholic Church.  He wanted to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he could marry Anne Boleyn.  More resigned his office because he could not support the king's policy against the pope.  In April, 1534, More was imprisoned for refusing to swear to the Oath of Supremacy, the preamble to a law called the Act of Succession.  The oath stated that Henry VIII ranked above all foreign rulers, including the pope.  More was convicted of high treason on perjured (falsely sworn) evidence and was beheaded on July 6, 1535.

 

Character and writings.  More's personality combined intense concern for the problems of his day and spiritual detachment from worldly affairs.  He was a devoted family man, and lived a plain, simple private life.  He was famed for his merry wit.  Yet to the people of his day, More was a contradictory figure--he was merriest when he seemed saddest and was saddest when he appeared most happy.  He was a patron of the arts.  His friends included the humanist Erasmus and the artist Hans Holbein. 

 

More's sympathetic philosophy is best reflected in Utopia (written in Latin in 1516).  Utopia is an account of an ideal society, with justice and equality for all citizens.  This masterpiece gave the word utopia to European languages.  More also produced much English and Latin prose and poetry.  He wrote his finest English work, A Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, while in prison.  His other works include The History of King Richard III (written in English in 1513?) and a series of writings in Latin in which he defended the church against Protestant attacks.

 

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