Eccles Grammar School

Essayan – Spring 1967




On the line between Brighton and Lewes on June 6th, 1851, engine number 82 (built by Sharp, Roberts and Co., 1847-48) was running down an incline between Falmer and Lewes with a passenger train. At a point where a high brick bridge, known as the Newmarket Arch, carries the line over a road, No. 82 struck a sleeper which was lying across the outside rail and became derailed. The engine and two coaches fell into the road below killing three passengers and the fireman and mortally injuring the driver. The question arose as to how the sleeper got there. There were a number of sleepers on the line side because re-laying was in progress. The men working on the line denied leaving the sleeper on the line and it was alleged that it was a wilful prank on the part of a ten-year-old boy called Jimmy Boakes who lived near the line. Despite the fact that he was questioned, nobody was able to trap him into making an admission.

Now comes the strange sequel. Exactly a year later, on the same day of the same month, at the same spot that the accident happened, Jimmy Boakes was struck by lightning and killed. Doubtless the incident was quoted with relish from local pulpits as an awful example of the visitation of divine retribution.

J. Simpson, 4L



During the past year, the society has had enjoyable meetings with an average attendance of 17. Slides of steam locomotives have been shown by several of the members and Mr. Coles, who also brought records and tape recordings of various steam engines working, while other members brought photographs.

In October, a trip was made by 35 members to the West Riding of Yorkshire, one of the few areas where steam engines are still predom­inant. As well as seeing B.R.'s locos, we saw two privately preserved engines: the K4 2-6-0 No. 3442 "The Great Marquess" owned by Lord Garnock, and the other N7 0-6-2T No. 69621 owned by Dr. R. F. Youell.

On March 6th, twelve of our members were amongst the 500 on a special trip, organised by Williams Deacon's Bank to Crewe and Derby works. The train was hauled by the A4 4-6-2 Pacific No. 60019 "Bittern," which was brought down from Scotland specially for this trip. Interest­ing leaflets were issued to us all at Derby works, giving details of the history of the works, and its present activities.

We also ran a private trip to Crewe in April, where in the works we saw "Coronation" class 4-6-2 Pacific No. 46235 "City of Birming­ham," which has since been presented to the Birmingham Science Museum by B.R.

All members would like to thank Mr. Coles for his help and sup­port, both at weekly meetings and on the outings.

R. Peters, 6L Sc. 1



The results this season were variable and matches were often lost by a few runs. In general our batting was at fault and we usually found runs very hard to make. Bowling, on the other hand, showed a lot of promise and we "skittled" teams out for less than 50 on many occasions. Fielding showed a marked improvement on previous seasons, and was a very pleasing feature of our play.

The 1st XI was mainly inspired by their captain, Oakes, who fin­ished top of both the bowling and batting averages. Finch and Rule­man, the opening batsmen, made a good start to the innings, but usually runs were hard to make. The team benefited by McCulloch's hard-­hitting; he was a new member of the team and often made quick runs, so valuable in our class of cricket. Draper, another new member, bowled well and intelligently and was a valuable asset to the team. Stubbs, Maw and Booth also showed promise that we hope will benefit the team in the next two or three seasons.

R. Britton and G. Cunningham shared the captaincy of the 2nd XI and both worked hard for the team.

Both teams would like to thank Mr. Machin for his valuable coach­ing and enthusiasm. Our thanks must also go to the scorers and the girls who provided refreshments throughout the season.

Colours: Re-award . . . Gould

J. B. Gould



Woman walking all alone,

Rubble and fire all around;

Children's screams startle the night,

Children soon to lose their lives.

Bombers coming far away,

Just like cats with mice to play;

But humans are not mice, alas.

Shhh! be quiet, let them pass!

Building down around our head,

This is hell! No good, he's dead;

Bodies heaped upon the floor,

These bloody murderers don't need war.

Silence is forever golden,

Women, men — bodies frozen

In the streets all are gone,

Just a cry of one new born.

Susan Lee, 5M



The cock struts with proud assurance,

Past the heart-rending agony and ecstasy

Of the serf who waits with cringing adoration,

On even a Sabbath morn.

Choir girls raise mascara eye-lashes and worship;

Bowing to the craven images of their idols,

Envious of associates of their god-like star.

Is not the Lord their God an envious God?

S. Dolan, 6LSc.


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