My Name is Norman Barrington, I was a former full-time
boarder at the Town & Country School from April of 1961 to July 1968.
There is no doubt in my mind that the T&C was a special place.
Partly because of the remarkable teaching staff, and it's extraordinary
headmistress, Mrs Elizabeth Paul.
Partly because of the rich mix of talented pupils, and I think
Partly due to that particular era, and perhaps, even the geographic location.
I felt it was appropriate to memorialise the school, and remember some
of the wonderful personalities that I met there. This website might also
prove useful to anyone wishing to regain contact with former schoolfriends,
and in this respect I would love to here from you. Indeed, I would be
delighted to add your story to the site, or maybe you might just like
to send me your contact details. (see pupils section)
I plan to add many photos and other memorabilia, indeed I even have recordings
of French Without Reading and Music Lessons with Mr Neville
& Mr Nash! Perhaps you have something you could submit for inclusion,
The teachers? The buildings? Hedgerley Wood? - whatever you have that
you could share. Meanwhile, below are some personal photos taken during
my time at T&C but also since, in case you wonder how I look since!
Here aged 9, a little before starting at Town & County; in the back
yard at home, 29 Diana Road, Walthamstow, E.17
My portrait at age 12 years, by Stella Brown, our art teacher.
I can clearly remember sitting on the radiator at the front window
of the Assembly/Music/Art/FWR room for this.
Aged 15 - detail of top image, Here I have electronically corrected
the orientation of my school badge, which I actually wore upsidedown
(see top) - an early sign of rebellion!
Aged 16 or 17 - Already hit by the radio bug, here on Hospital Radio
Manchester, a short while after leaving T&C
My daytime job was in Merchant Banking in the City.
By 20, I had left Wm. Brandt,s & Sons for the North Sea, here (centre)
in the 'Mess Room' after, what looks like, a stoned show
Age 21, in 'super-star' pose outside Caroline Offices
Age 22, in my cabin before a stoned show?
Age 24, Another change of Job and Country.
1976 sees me as Tractor Man & GFW in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
And here, still in Scotland but 20 years later, my whole family, Christopher,
Me (less hair), Esther, and my wife Dorothy