Log books of Charlecote Road School, 1926-1963

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1926 – 1963


2 bound volumes




This collection comprises the log books of Charlecote Road School (1926-1963).


Charlecote Road School in Dagenham was opened in 1926. The school was later divided into an Infant, a Junior Boys and a Junior Girls School. It was closed on the opening of Marks Gate Junior School in 1964.

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Open to research.

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At the discretion of the Borough Archivist.

Physical description

Bound volumes.



Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Assistant Archivist in accordance with ISAD(G).

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This material can be accessed by appointment in our reading room, which is situated in the Visitor’s Centre at Valence House Museum. To make an appointment please email: localstudies@lbbd.gov.uk or telephone 020 8227 2033

12 thoughts on “Log books of Charlecote Road School, 1926-1963

    1. Hi Raymond, I believe the name Charlecote is linked to a former resident of Valence House, Timothy Lucy of Charlecote, who lived there with his wife Susanna nee Fanshawe in the late 16th century.

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  1. Do you have the names of the head teachers at Charlecote Road Infants and Juniors. I went there until it closed and now belong to a Facebook group about Memories of Dagenham and Becontree

    1. I went to charlecote Primary from 1960to 1964.Mr Erasmus was the head teacher but died suddenly in about 1961 and was replaced by Miss Jeffreys-later Mrs Drew, while I was there

      1. You are right Robert – I was at Charlecote Juniors from 1959 – 1963. I recall Mr Erasmus dying suddenly – I believe in his school office. Fond memories of my time there and still recall the names of my friends who all I believe lived locally. I used to come by coach from Marks Gate .

        1. I too remember Mr. Erasmus dying, it was after we had all gone home by bus and the boy who discovered him went there to be punished by him. He was a lovely man though, as was my teacher for my whole time there, Mrs Randell, nee Miss Hurst. I also travelled from Marks Gate and did not live too far from you in Rose Lane. I think your brother passed his 11+ and went to Romford Royal Liberty. I failed mine and went to John Preston, part of Warren Secondary Modern at the other end of Rose Lane. I wanted to go to RRL as they played Rugby there, but soon got my chance as we emigrated to Australia in March 1965 and everyone has the opportunity to play sport in this country. My mother had gone to the same school during WW2 and regaled us with stories of having to spend times in the air raid shelters, which were still there when we went there. I taught for 45 years in Secondary schools before retiring and made sure I was a much nicer teacher than many of my teachers were at both “Charliecock” and The Warren, though Mr’s Randell was always nice to me, though I do remember her hitting students with a slipper. The female Head Teacher at The Warren used to cane the girls, something not allowed in Australia, though boys here in my time used to get the strap, not me though, getting the cane from Mr. Cooper at Charlecote once was more than enough !

  2. l was a pupil at Charlecote School from 1955 to 1961. I remember from the infant school days having to use toilets in a separate block in the playground. I recall my first teacher’s name in the infant school -Miss Prescott…my father used to refer to her as Miss Presstud ! The classmates l can recall were David Phillips who lived a few doors along from our home and Julie Fellows. The name Pascoe, from a previous correspondent, is familiar. We may have lived next door. My maiden name was Standley. We lived in Valence Wood Road; played in the park behind our house; swam in the open-air pool daily during the summer and frequently used the library within Valence House. I could see the bandstand in the park from my bedroom window. My sister and l used to make up all sorts of stories which figured the bandstand. As little girls , after we had been told off, we often planned to leave home and live in the bandstand because that was the limit of our horizon. We returned in the 1980s for a nostalgic trip and were most upset to find that the bandstand was no more, as were the swimming pool and school. During my last year at the school Mrs Jeffreys was the teacher and Mr Erasmus the headmaster. Mrs Jeffrey’s was preparing us for the Eleven+ Examination. She used to enter the classroom and shoot timetable questions rapidly and randomly to us pupils. I was afraid of her. My parents were so keen for me to pass the exam. They paid for me to have extra tuition via private correspondence. I remember feeling so anxious whilst waiting for the results. I passed .Thank goodness! I had dreaded my parents’ disappointment.

  3. I have a little keepsake from my days at Charlecote School. Aged 7, at a school jumble sale, l paid sixpence for a cheese plate and cover for my Mother. She never used it but I found it at the back of a cupboard after her death in 1988. I couldn’t throw it out. I still have it. I’m 70.

  4. I lived on the Marks Gate Estate and went to Marks Gate Infant School for 2 years from 1961-3 and then was sent on the bus to Charlecote Junior School until Marks Gate Junior School opened. I must say the school was very different to the Marks Gate Infant School and the area seemed very rough compared to what seemed like a village to us Marks Gate kids. The outside toilets were terrible, especially in the winter. Was so pleased when Marks Gate Junior School opened in 1964 and i could walk to school in 10 minutes.

    Loved using the Valence Park Outdoor swimming pool though in the summer months when I was older..

  5. I lived in Charlecote Rd. Went to the infants and junior schools there. The infant’s headteacher in 1939 was Miss King. My first teachers were Miss Rose, Mrs.Plumbridge Miss Fields, Mrs Benny, Mrs Romaine. In junior school, it was Miss Chant, Mrs. Johnson, Miss Powell, Miss Ardwin, Mrs.Snowden(nee Miss Jeans), the headmistress was Miss Ogle who was Miss Ardwin’s cousin. The name of the caretaker was Mr. Singer, he lived with his family in the house next to, and part of the school. From there I went to Halbutt Street boys school in 1945. During the war, we had to go to South Wood Lane for a period due to some bomb damage or shortage of teachers, I can’t remember which. How the teachers coped I don’t know as there were long periods of shelter time at the start of the war, and there were 60 or more children per class. I also remember there was a time when families had a teacher and a class in their homes. Our front room was used for this purpose at one time. I wonder if this is all on record at Valance house.

  6. Hi Leonorah, I remember Miss Jeffreys/Mrs Drew all too clearly, she always seemed to wear the same outfit, a crimson dress and a black cardigan, or maybe the other way round. She kept me in the classroom all playtime once when I was 9 and would not let me out until I had managed to work out a sum on the blackboard. It was very stressful. We also had a craft teacher, Mr Chaffer who used to sell us balsa wood for 2/6 for four little pieces. One of my classmates ran up a debt of 17/6 (87p) a lot of money for a kid in those days. It was probably a scam. Mr Herd was my teacher in the final year and he was lovely, and had us playing rounders in the summer in the playground instead of the usual PE. And Mr Young the caretaker, who always came across as a bit of a misery!

  7. I was at Charlecote School from the early 60s and from there went to John Preston School. I also used to live on the Marks Gate Estate and used to travel by coach (Dix Coaches) to school. I remember Mr Erasmus but also Miss Woodiwiss. My class teacher was Mr Rappaport. He used to tell jokes which everybody thought funny.
    We went to the Valence swimming pool. It was so cold and I never learned to swim whilst using that pool.
    I stayed to school dinners and used to serve those sitting at our table.

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Start date1926
End date1963