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From: "Colleen" <>
Subject: Re: CHRISTIE - 1861 Boarding school, Harlow
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2005 18:24:24 +0100
References: <000601c57dbb$56aecda0$13700650@Vaio> <013d01c57dcc$a3b51080$295d1ed3@ADOUGHTY>
The mystery deepens, Janice. I rang St Nick's while at work today and spoke
to one of my neighbours who works there - very helpful she was. She told me
that St Nick's School was founded only 66 years ago. Apparently. it was
initially based in the 1920s equivalent of a portacabin in Mill Road (near
here) before eventually moving to its present location at Hillingdon House -
which, prior to that, was a private residence. I should have remembered
that. Mind you, its not just my Churchgate Street censuses that are on loan,
I have a large file of old Harlow photos, censuses and and data and have
loaned it to local historian Stan Newens.
Anyway, my neighbour told me that it would be worth while looking into the
possibility that there may have been another school altogether on Churchgate
Street in a very old building which is also still there and now used as a
private house. She reminded me that this is opposite the church, so in the
right area for your Christie ancestors's school, and that has what appears
to be a school bell incorporated into the brickwork above its back door.
I'll ask the owners if it did used to be a school and speak to a local
historian neighbour of mine who lives in the old school house - a wonderful
building next door to St Mary's School. If anyone might know which school it
could be, she might. Now I'd better get ready for this wedding!
> Believe it or not, at the time of the 1861 Census there are three Edward
> CHRISTIES at the boarding school and two others, all are either brothers
> or cousins they are : -
> Edward J H CHRISTIE - Aged 17 - Born Woolwich, Kent. )
> Walter H CHRISTIE - Aged 16 - Born Woolwich, Kent ) Brothers
> Edward T CHRISTIE - Aged 17 - Born Sydney, NSW Australia. (This is
> Edward W CHRISTIE - Aged 12 - Born East Indies
> Harry B CHRISTIE - Aged 9 - Born Malta.
> (I have also been informed that Sydney Australia, has been transcribed in
> error as Linley, Austria and the T stands for Tolfrey, his paternal
> grandmother's maiden name).
> These are sons of the some of the 6 Military CHRISTIE brothers. When I
> discovered this wonderful Military record of this family, a saying popped
> into my mind "All the Brothers were Valiant". The seventh was the eldest
> brother, the Rev. John Frederick CHRISTIE, who was the Rector of Ufton
> Nervet in Berkshire, but sadly passed away in 1860. The Christies were a
> very religious family and were very much involved in the Church, as well
> as the Military.
> I would very much appreciate photographs, they do help to put meat on the
> bone. Thank you very much for all this wonderful information.
> Belrose - in Old Sydney Town
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Colleen" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, July 01, 2005 7:33 AM
> Subject: [Ess] CHRISTIE - 1861 Boarding school, Harlow
> >I think you're In luck, Janice. All of my Harlow censuses are out on
> loan at present, so I tried a search on Ancestry 's 1861 census for Harlow
> and up popped your Edward TH Christie, born in Woolwich, still at school
> in Harlow aged 17. What a coincidence too, since this school is in
> Churchgate Street (the original, very old part of Harlow) and I live less
> than a minute's walk from there. There are two old schools on Churchgate
> Street of the period you're looking for - which I negelcted to mention in
> my previous posting - can you believe I forgot to tell you about schools
> so close to my cottage!
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