Fatal accident on the railway line – Adelle Stapleton

Adelle croppedAdelle recalls the sad tale of how one of her school friends who lived at the Mandeville Children’s home was killed near the level crossing. The home was closed in 2001 and demolished to make way for Remus Close.

Interview date:26 March 2014. Interviewer: Sandy Norman

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  1. Trevor Foster

    Well, my both Philip I were there after arriving form then Rhodesia in about (but not sure) 1964-1970 I think. Reading about Terry, I lost my pocket money for swearing, so swore again and lost it for the next week. He took us out once in the car and on the round about I open the back door to see the road – you can guess what happened.

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      • Trevor Foster

        Wow, I dint remember yo specifically I am sorry to say. Philip seems to remember everything mind you. How long were you there?

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        • Jon Cowen

          Terry was my Dad Trevor. We lived in the flat above the garage when you were there along with my mum, Meg and my older brother Michael. I did have younger brother, David but he would not have been born when you were there.

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    • Jon Cowen

      Hi Ian, I remember you very well and the night Elvis died. You enjoyed fishing as I recall. You were also very fast at running! Do you remember the night my Union Jack flag got nicked when we went to watch at Albans city football?

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  2. Philip

    Hi Jon. I remember mandeville very well. Your dad, Terry was what was needed. Firm but fair.
    I also remember a guy who worked there occasionally called Frank Jarvis . He was an actor who was in the film called the Italian. job.
    For all the bad press about childrens homes, this one stood head an shoulders above

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  3. Robert Coombs

    As I posted a couple of years back, I was at Mandeville in the 60s,what looks like a garage on the house on the right I’m sure wasn’t there when I was, it must have been added later. There were just the two houses and a one level building between them that housed the laundry etc. only other staff members name I remember was a big jolly lady called Rose she was always good to us same as the rest of the staff. 2 brothers I remember when I there was Doug and Phil Stokes who were good friends at the time. When I’d outgrown Mandeville I was moved from there back to Sparrows Herne Bushey and after a short stop there I was moved from there to The Royal Philanthropic Society School Redhill where I stayed until I was 18 and my care order came to an End.

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