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Started by: dav127 (1)

my sister gill and i were in greenfield from approx 1947-50.
i think there were very few boys - maybe 30 but many more girls. i was an altar boy and had several severe beatings mainly from the mother superior.the sister in charge of the altar boys was a 'hattie jacques' like figure and she was also the headmistress and could weild a cane as good as anyone. most of the boys had cuts under their earlobes from being pickedup by the ears and shaken. i remember a girl called jean who helped the nuns look after the boys; bath them, get ready for school etc. there was a blonde boy called o'leary - jean used to comb his big curl. several boys and girls had ringworm and we missed school for a year. we were turned out into a field all day. even though our heads were painted with iodine every day, it was the best summer of my stay. i do remember a Mr Noble the gardener who was very kind to me. i helped him put chicken muck on the rose bed where the nuns walked up and down saying their prayers - the stronger the smell, the better we liked it. we had salts and buttermilk to drink once a week. hated it. can't even eat yoghurt now! and i remember having to polish the dining room floor before school with polish bumpers that were far too big for small children. I hated the place and thought of all nuns as being in the same category for years!

Replied: 27th Dec 2009 at 13:26

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