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Comrie House School, 185 Friern Park
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Comrie House School, 185 Friern Park

This photograph was taken in the mid-1950s. The house was built in 1903 and the site is now occupied by a block of flats 'Whitefriars Court'
Picture added on 15 December 2009 at 11:16
I lived at 28, Cardrew Ave between 1937 and 1950 my friend Derek Adams lived in Cardrew Close and he went to Comrie House School during WW2, I went to Holly Park School.
Added by Roland Ede on 30 July 2012
I was at Comrie House School between 1946 - 1950, anyone still around ?
Added by John Bee on 20 September 2012
what happened to my picture and the rest of the school pictures? THE ONLY OTHER PICTURE WE HAVE IS NUMBER 3334. DID YOU UPLOAD THE PICTURES?

Added by Roy Johnston on 13 January 2013
to grenda hurt send me your e-mail so i can reply to you
Added by Roy Johnston on 04 February 2013
I was at Comrie House from c1946 to 1952. I've seen picture 3334 but don't recognise anyone in it. But some of the faces seem to be a bit familiar (not very good with faces I'm afraid!). But it may be that I started in 1947, but I don't have any records of it.
Added by David Everall on 23 August 2014
The picture was taken in 1945 or 1946 I can't remember which!

Added by Roy Johnston on 25 August 2014
Roy, you mentioned other pictures that apparently have not been published. What are they of? The school and/or pupils? Do you still have copies?
Added by David Everall on 27 August 2014
David there were other pictures beside the school photo but at sometime they were taken off. They were of various classes throughout the years. That's what I meant by other pictures. Where they went I don't know.
Added by Roy Johnston on 29 August 2014
I was in Comrie from 44 to 47, then to Henrietty School Barnet
Looking at photo of class in 1946 from Roy Johnston, with many names submitted by Rev Grenda Hurt( nee Horne). With Pamela Nicholls we can name majority of that class.
My younger brother followed 3 years after.
Added by Olwen Evans on 26 November 2014
Olwen Evans, I'm afraid your name does not mean much to me, though I do remember Pam Nichols, she was 3rd from right in the front row. Do you know her? Get in touch. Roy Johnston
Added by Roy Johnston on 02 December 2014
I was at Comrie House from 1958 to 1964. My best friend was Peter Ellerby, but when we left Comrie House he went to Woodhouse & I went to Christs College. Other people I can remember were Nicholas Mott, Janice Landsberg, Judith King, Val Marshall, Susan Henslow, Marcia Vanner
Added by Steven Bennett on 04 November 2015
I was at Comrie House in the early 70's until it closed then went to Q E Boys. I remember the sports days and going to Squires Lane to have swimming lessons in the teacher's VW Beetle about 6 of us squeezed in don't think that would happen now !!!! I also remember Mrs Layson
Added by Billy Davison on 15 November 2015
Hi I was at Comrie House at about 1954 till about 1966. I was a twin.
Added by Stephen Gilbert on 06 September 2016
Hello my parents and my grandmother owned and ran the school Mr Mrs Winterburn I remember the school and have a photo on sports day with the pet pony
Added by Diana Dowling on 16 November 2016
The comments added in by Steven Bennett and the other names he mentions were names that I remembered.
It was only last week that I was looking at all the black & white photos I took of my stay at Comrie House from 1954 to 1966.
Does anyone still have contact with former pupils of their years, I have one.
Added by Stephen Gilbert on 17 November 2016
I remember the Winterburns & Mrs Harden in the wheelchair. I even fought the son of the Winterburn's in the first round of the school boxing tournament.
Added by John Bee on 18 November 2016
Hi my brother John Winterburn must be who you remember, sadly no longer with us.
Added by Diana Dowling on 20 November 2016
I have started a Facebook group called Comrie House - North finchley. I would love to trace any former pupils? Unfortunately I am unable to add the link to the Facebook group but please search for Comrie House in Facebook or drop me a mssage and i would be pleased to add you
Added by Steve Bennett on 24 May 2017
My mother (Irene Hayden) worked here as a 'Live-in Assistant' in about 1928/29 when she was 19/20 yrs old. She used to cook lunch for 25 children and sometimes looked after the proprietor's two young sons (aged 9 & 12) while their parents were away.
Added by Mike Thomas on 23 June 2017
The proprietors of Comrie House School in 1928 were a Mr & Mrs Quilliam. Mrs Quilliam was a teacher and ran the school. Mr Quilliam was Deputy Headmaster of Finchley Grammar School and possibly Headmaster later.
Added by Mike Thomas on 30 June 2017
I was there 1962-67...I think. Remember Mrs Harnden as head. Teachers Miss Hawkins? Mrs Rogers. My year fellow students were Keith Elmes, Elizabeth Cole, Gillian Cutbill. Especially remember Sports Day, the sweet tray lady and dinner assistant Mrs Pearce who was lovely !
Added by Deborah Gold on 21 August 2017
I was at Comrie House between 1962 and 1966.
Added by Dimitris spatharis on 18 January 2018
I have a photo of the whole school taken in 1963. My mother is in the photo
Added by Zoe Dunn on 28 January 2018
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