Tony remembers his brother Norman Livermore, who was 10 years his senior and born in 1922, going to the Church School. He would have attended the C of E School from about 1927. When Norman was naughty Miss Mopps, the Head Mistress, would not cane the boys herself but they were sent up to the Rectory to be caned by Rector Ludkin or Luckin. Miss Mopps lived at the School House.
When Tony Livermore went to the Church School in about 1936, Archibald Bullock was Head Master. According to the Census of 1911 Archibald had been the Head Teacher of another school in another part of the country and appeared to be lodging, along with his wife Harriet, at the “in-laws”. On the birth of Cyril Bullock in 1922, Archibald’s occupation shown on Cyril’s birth certificate had been School Master (not Head master). He lived at School House, Rayleigh Road, Wickford. It is thought that he could have been Head Master at Wickford Church of England School from 1928 to 1948.
Archibald was famous for his organ playing at the Church (probably St Catherine’s) and for spitting ‘liquorish imps’ at the boys to get their attention. (This is not the first time I have heard this story).
Tony said that as one of the bigger school boys, during the weekdays he and others were marched up the hill to pump the organ. The boys would conspire to leave the Head Master just a little short of air as he reached the crescendo in certain pieces of music, much to their amusement and Archibald’s annoyance. They would get their comeuppance the next day at school.
Tony remembers that Archibald smoked Gold Flake!
Norman Livermore and Cyril Archibald Bullock were both born in 1922 and were life long friends. They went to the Church School together.
The Bullock family grave is at St Catherine’s Church. This grave contains Archibald Bullock, his wife Harriet Henrietta Bullock, his son Cyril Archibald Bullock and his grandson, Christopher Richard Bullock
Tony also told me that Hall’s Corner used to be called Foundry Corner. The junction at Castledon Road and London Road was know as Downham Corner ( I can remember the old bus conductors calling this out) and that Castledon Road was always known as The Downham Road.