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Here's some trivia gleaned from various sources - edited and with no names included unless strictly necessary! Much of it is not related to the actual school but may be of interest......

Jack Doughty came across this photo of the Victory Party in Farnham Road, Seven Kings, presumably 1945. Some children living in Farnham Road went to Downshall and some to the William Torbitt. Click on the image to see more.......


For information regarding the refurbishment of William Torbitt's grave CLICK HERE

Roy Tyzack sent us some more Trivia related to the Trolley Bus Memories memories below:

Whilst looking at the trolley bus pictures on this site it reminded me of an incident in the early 1980's. The photo showing the buses turning into Ilford High Road at the broadway shows a building on the right that later became the Co-op. The front of the building was later covered in very '60's looking plastic squares.

I was a serving officer at Ilford Police station one evening when we were called out to a serious fire at these premises. The building was well alight and as fire appliances began to arrive from far and wide and the flames were leaping across the road, we had no option but to close the High Road.

It was the beginning of the evening rush hour and the traffic poured, relentlessly, out of the City, up through Manor Park, arriving at Ilford broadway. Initially, we just diverted everything down Cranbrook Road and traffic coming out of Ilford lane had to be turned Left, back toward London to queue up to do a Right through the Mill Road 'rat run'. Soon we had to stop everything coming up Ilford Hill and every vehicle had to turn left down Mill Road if it was coming out of London or go down Ilford hill from Ilford lane and turn Right into Mill Road, uder the tiny, traffic light controlled tunnel and through the back streets to link up with Cranbrook Road.

As the evening wore on, the whole area just came to a standstill. The fire was still raging, there were fire engines, Police cars, ambulances, press photographers etc. everywhere. Even the Salvation Army Tea wagon had turned up (they were saints) and traffic was backed up for miles in every direction. The most 'hard done by' drivers were those coming down to the broadway from Ilford lane as we could not allow them to cross the broadway because of the mayhem of stationery public service vehicles. Imagine, having queued for an hour to get to the broadway and being sent Westbound again !

At one point, I was crossing the junction were I heard my name being called. I saw that it was Harry & Betty Kayler, the parents of my best friend David Kayler, an old Torbitt boy who had been tragically killed in a car crash when we were out together as teenagers. I took one look at Harry's face and told him to pull over into the centre of the road. I then got on my Police radio and asked colleagues on the other side of the broadway to clear a path as there was a 'doctor on call' coming through on an urgent case !. The road opened up like a biblical scene and with a broad smile, Harry (who was, actually, a menswear salesman !) & Betty were on their way, leaving 1000's of hot and bothered motorists in their wake.

Perhaps it was wrong but if David was looking down on us at that moment (and I'm certain that he often is !) he would have said "Thanks mate !"

Sadly, Harry and Betty have both now left us but if we really are reunited in death they will be ecstatic to, once again, be with their beloved son David.

Incidentally, the trolley bus picture that makes the comment about people people being able to walk in the road in Ilford High Road is actually taken in Ilford lane facing North toward the broadway. You can see the rear of the building I'm referring to on the Right. If anyone is really interested in Trolleybuses, there is some fantastic film of them all around London including East London, Silvertown, Forest Gate, Stratford etc. on YOUTUBE. Just go to the site and type in 'East End Trolleys' there is some fantastic footage from the 1950's and 1960's

Click on the picture to see a School Report from 1946/47 

Some time ago we were contacted by Adrian Monti, a freelance writer for 'Woman' Magazine. He was putting together a feature about best friends from infants school who are still mates now. We put him in touch with a few of our members and the resulting article appeared in 'Woman' on 19 May 2003.
You can see a copy of the article by clicking HERE

St Peter's Church at Aldborough Hatch now has it's own website - Click HERE>> www.stpetersah.org.uk

1953 - Coronation Day Street Party - Bawdsey Avenue (trivia012)

Girls Life Brigade Camp Group, Herne Bay 1950  (trivia011)

1954 Sunday School Anniversary, Oaks Lane Methodist Church (trivia010)

Memories of Wartime have moved - CLICK HERE

A typical school report - CLICK HERE (trivia009)

City Coaches (trivia008)

CLICK HERE for a peep at the first Intake Register for the school (trivia007)

1st Aldborough Hatch Scouts 1953 - it's a big picture - 85k - so Be Prepared!
PLEASE don't send in identifications for this pic! (trivia005)



The Duchess of York (later to become the Queen Mother) leaves the Super Cinema, 21 October 1926. The bear was a gift for Princess Elizabeth from the children of Ilford. The Mayor, Frederick Wise, and the Duke of York (later King George VI) are also shown - and that's William Torbitt on the left. (trivia004)

Picture with thanks to Bill Torbitt

Charlotte and Anna Torbitt (the great granddaughters of William Torbitt) at home in Namibia holding a beautiful silver plate, given by the staff of the Ilford Education Department to William Torbitt on his retirement in 1938 shortly after the school was founded. (plus detail of plate). (trivia003)
Picture with thanks to Bill Torbitt

Aldborough Stores - source of the legendary penny crisps! (trivia002)

Memories of "the white hut", on the Oaks Lane Estate. Many of the pupil's fathers had a hand in the construction - it was a self-build thing for the residents of the new council estate and became their Community Centre and was the headquarter's of the 2nd Aldborough Hatch Cub/Scout troop. It was used for whist drives, parties and wedding receptions and is now used by the Salvation Army. (trivia001)

Trolleybus pictures circa 1959

The subway must have been built pre-1939 War. One of our contacts recalls using it with his big brother when he went to school. There was a plaque under there once - long since gone. He was frightened of going under the subway for it seemed dark. During the war it was used as an air raid shelter. There were two-tier bunks down each side. Sacking hung at each end to keep out the draught. His brother would run on ahead of him - and through the subway, leaving him to run the gauntlet of the bunks alone. There were people sleeping in the bunks some mornings. For more information click HERE

Yvonne Whitney became a Baptist minister.

1965 - School photos cost one shilling (1/-), but you could splash out on great huge ones for 2/6!

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