Studies 1961 - 1966
- STUDY REPORT.
Towards the end of the Summer Term, 1960, the Vth and
VIth and those in the IVth who managed to work hard enough
to move into the Vth in the following term, were confronted
with a pleasant surprise. They were to be "put away"
at the top of the school in studies miles away from everybody
(not seen and not heard). Top Deck as it used to be called-and
still is to this day amongst the prime of the school-consists
of nine studies each with an average of 4.77777777 (recurring)
When we first entered the studies they were sparsely furnished
with four desks, and four chairs, unpainted walls and
uncarpeted floors. In the course of the next two weeks
remarkable transformations were to take place. Furniture
vans rolled up to the School and unloaded anything from
a television set to a tin of Baked Beans.
By the way the staple diet in the studies is Beans and
coffee (it was reported that a few were going to take
Cookery '0' level this year). One study remarked that
they had consumed 5 million coffees ; in another they
had eaten so many tins of Baked Beans that Mr. Mckell
remarked on the similarity between the occupants of that
study and Baked Beans !
At the beginning of the Autumn Term there were two televisions,
four Record players and numerous radios but the number
dwindled to one record player and a few radios, owing
to the speed at which the G.C.E. was bearing down on us.
"Papers are delivered every morning to the studies."
When this first started it was the Daily Mirror and Sketch,
now it is The Times and the Daily Mail. N.B., The News
of the World not allowed.
The fuses frequently blew during the first term but Mr.
Savill has devised a method of cutting down the number
blown. The first time the fuse blew it would be mended
the same day; the second time it would be mended in two
days, the third time it blew it would be mended in four
days, and so on until the fuse had blown so many times
it would be the end of the year before it would be mended.
Two of the studies have wash basins ; they are still trying
to work out whether it is an asset or a hindrance as there
is a regular stream of people going to and fro from the
The studies certainly keep the occupants occupied as there
are hardly any Vth or VIth formers downstairs. just a
last word of thanks to Mr. McKell, who has kept us well
supplied throughout the year.
- STUDY REPORT.
The number of people in the Studies has risen this year.
Last year each study had four boys ; this year there has
been an extra boy in each one to cope with the growing
Fifth Form. Total of study-holders is forty-five.
While last year nightly bean feasts gained publicity for
the studies this year there appears to be a lack of interest
in beans and also in food generally. This drop in consumption
is probably because fewer studies pool their food in order
to redistribute on an equal basis.
Study decorations have improved. Last year few studies
had posters or wallpaper. Now there is an all-out drive
to stick up brightly-coloured posters and other wall decorations.
Large advertisements are obtained and then pasted on to
the walls. The favourite ? One that advertises a brand
of beer. Perhaps this is symbolic of wishful thinking
! Three studies have been wallpapered, with the woodwork
neatly painted; in one study the Headmaster provided lino.
These studies could almost be put in the luxury bracket,
for they certainly put in the shade the Ideal Homes Exhibition.
Stamp collectors flock to a certain study, one wall of
which is covered almost completely with stamps of all
nations. Upwards of fifteen hundred stamps-many 3d. British-covered
this wall. The labour and attention to detail is to be
Most studies have either a radio or a record-player. Televisions
are declass6 this year. The music from the disc-jockeys
can be heard during every moment of spare time. Coffee
goes well with music, but this summer term it was superseded
by Orange Squash. A secret method of making it having
been introduced ("The formula has been in the family
for generations), it is now sold at a reasonable price
to other study members. An average of two gallons is made
each week ; "wildfire" sales are reported.
I would like to thank Mr. Savill and Frank for fuse-mending
and Mr. McKell for regular supplies of daily newspapers,
which help to keep us in touch with the outside world.
- STUDY REPORT.
On Monday, 17th September, 54 ex-fourth formers arrived
back at school laden with tuck, to start their year in the
studies. This meant another increase in the studies population,
making it approximately 4:083 persons per study.
The first half of the term consisted of a continual lending
of paintbrushes, paper, paint and paste, and towards the
end of the term, some of the studies began to look like
luxury flats. (This is what one of the old boys called them).
Posters were not so popular this year, and the occupants
decided that wallpaper was just as good; they also found
that it could be obtained easily. Our study had a fitted
carpet, which made the place very "cushy," while
another had gaily-coloured linoleum, brightening the room
up a great deal. But really, the first one and a half terms
were just a novelty to the occupants; beans were "out"
this year, and instead it was "ceufs sur le plat."
Record-players were fewer and this year tape-recorders took
the lead in musical entertainment. The people who had taperecorders
recorded their favourite songs off the radio, in order to
save their valuable money for Mr. McKell in the tuck shop.
But then people suddenly realised that the G.C.E. was bearing
down on them, many of the tape-recorders vanished., and
people got down to some hard work. This year, during all
our time in the studies, it was the fuses that presented
the difficulties. Then we were told by the expert fuse mender,
Mr. Savill, that we could cut down on the continual fuse
blowing, by not using six-inch nails, and also by not using
so much electricity. This was taken to heart, and as a result
cut the blow-outs down by half. until the amount is now
This year in sharp contrast to last, newspapers were in
fashion, being taken in four studies daily, so that we could
find out what went on outside our little self-contained
However the G.C.E. is now behind us and we are making-or
at least those of us who are staying on-plans for next year,
when instead of luxury flats we intend to have a "Versailles"
up on the old Top Deck.
We are all very grateful to Mr. McKell for supplying our
newspapers, and also to Mr. Savill and Frank for continually
mending our fuses.
- STUDY NOTES.
The Eshton Studies were once again inhabited on the 13th
September, 1963, after two months' emptiness, and began
their fourth year of existence.
The new occupants together with the old were quick to move
in and soon settled down. Wallpaper, brushes and paint suddenly
began to appear, and the old paper and posters were torn
down, and quickly replaced by new and more varied sorts.
Carpets and furniture together with many gadgets arrived.
They were varied: record players, tape recorders, cookers,
typewriters, and toasters, were all introduced into the
studies. In fact by the end of the autumn term, nearly every
study was ship shape, and looked most impressive.
At the beginning of the winter term, music once more rang
out from the studies as the study occupants arrived back
with their newly acquired Christmas presents. The newest
addition to the studies in the winter term was the formation
of a group in Study 8, called "the Conventions."
They consisted of R. Sutherland, P. Edwards, A. Wight, K.
Burkinshaw and J. Swales.
At first their music was a source of annoyance to their
long suffering neighbours. Towards the end of the term,
however, we began to appreciate the group, and their original
interpretations of some of the top-pops.
In the summer term the studies began to realise that G.C.E.
was approaching, and setted down to hard work.
- STUDY NOTES.
With the advent of a new school year, a new crowd invaded
the studies. A few old lags still remained, and watched
dumbly as the new Vth Form moved in with all the necessary
junk to make life bearable. The latest records began to
blare out, and the smoke and smells of burnt food wafted
down the corridors. Things soon quietened down as a bit
of the novelty began to wear off, and the new crowd settled
down to the routine.
Study 2 exhibited a collection of beer mats, and the fresh
air fiends made good use of the balcony. Studies 3 and
5 boasted television, and both studies were like the Black
Hole of Calcutta when "Top of the Pops ' came on.
Study 5 housed a couple of looneys who practised magic
rites. Study 7 became Headquarters of the Prefects Union,
and next door in Study 8 lived Bathroom Billy. Kirk and
Grundy threw parties in their study every now and then,
much to the joy of all study occupants. It was once feared
that Smith had been crushed in the rush.
After the departure of Mr. Rowan-Robinson, the studies
missed the Monday night prep. check. Instead Mr. Gouldsworthy
dropped in periodically to see that the work was being
Quietly, the term shot by, and soon it was time for G.C.E.
The studies closed down their radio stations, and broadcasting
houses, and got down to the long missed work which they
had been promising to do all through the year.
- STUDY NOTES.
The senior prefects lodged in two studies on the top corridor,
and had in their midst such notorious characters as Fox
and Widdup. However they lived dangerously as Mr. Lewis'
room was just down the corridor. The top deck contained
nine studies and each had its own peculiarity. Study 2
was noted as a shopping centre while Study 3 was famed
for its rat rearing. Study 7 housed some of the prefects
and proved to be the favourite haunt of William Bowen
and the newly retired Lord Surreton. The bathroom provided
an ideal setting for social gatherings which Mr. Gouldsworthy
frequently interrupted. Study 8 was distinguished by the
works of art hanging on the wall. There was a regrettable
absence this year of entertainment, because certain former
study dwellers had departed to the safer confines of the
The main feature of the Eshton studies has always been
the combination of friendliness and industry. Half way
through the summer term most boys realised the urgency
of G.C.E. and at last began to take work seriously. It
is the convivial spirit of study life that most boys will
miss more than anything else when the school closes.
C. W. RIX, VI Form.