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Chillingham Road School, Heaton

   Chillingham Road School, Heaton, was one of the Newcastle locations where A Battery had billets.

   David Anderson reports:
I got talking to an 87-year-old polish immigrant who came over here in 1941 (Max Brzosowski) and he remembers your battalion being in the school. The school is of a typical Victorian design with smooth-faced red brick walls. The features which hit you in the eye are the very ornate chimney stacks/flue pots, which are grouped in threes, of a Tudor design, and which dominate the roofscape.
   A Battery member Lawrence P. Belmont recalls:
I recognize the school as being where we were from the 2nd story on the right of the first photo below. We had our quarters on the other side of the building in the photo, which faced the main street where a bus use to stop right in front of the door. Someplace out back there was a quonset hut which was our mess hall. I don't see in the picture they probably tore it down. Not far from the school they had a fish and chips place — you had to bring your own newpaper to put the fish and chips in. They were very cheap. I can still remember the big and long deep-fat fryer where they cooked the fish and chips. It cost about 20 cents for a couple pieces of fish with a bunch of french fries.


PHOTO 1 (14 K)

What appears to be the rear of the school (all photos courtesy Steve Ellwood, who maintains a Newcastle photo archive at ClubPhoto.com). Click on the image to view a larger version.

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