Hampden School

Early days - the 50s

By James Gardiner

Hampden School early days.

My father , George Gardiner was head caretaker of Hampden School from it’s opening in 1950 , until his retirement in 1975. We moved to South Oxhey from Camden Town in 1949 , living first at 21 Caldwell Road . In 1954 a caretaker’s house was built next to the school in Little Oxhey Lane , and our family lived there for the next 21 years.

The photographs show the

1/ Entrance Hall to Hampden School under construction in 1948-9 , and

2/ Just before opening in 1950.

3/ Sports Day 1951 or 1952

4/ My sister Margaret Gardiner (Turner) 1937-1988 with the school headmistress Miss Salter (later Mrs. Laye ) , circa 1951-2

5/ School Panto 1951-2. The Headmaster , Bill Westaway extreme left. Possibly the only known image of Mr. Westaway in drag. Cannot recognise any other members of staff in the pic. Maybe someone can?

6/The school buildings seen from the playing fields c. 1951-or 1952

7/ Harvest Festival c. 1951. This was an annual event at the school , the whole stage would be piled up with home-grown fruit and veg , tins of Spam , boxes of Corn Flakkes and bottles of Camp coffee , etc. I don’t recognise any of the staff members or senior girls in this pic. Maybe someone can?

I will add more pix as I find them.

This page was added on 22/10/2014.

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  • Isn’t the one with the glasses and hockey stick the French teacher?

    By Janet Downie ne Milton (27/08/2017)
  • Ref the photo of Headmaster Mr Westerway in drag, the gentleman next to him also in drag was science teacher Mr Wray, he was my form teacher in 1962.   

    David Nixon.  Pupil from 1958 -1962.

    By David Nixon (27/09/2015)
  • I love the pictures; memories come flooding back.


    By Alan O'kelly (16/07/2015)