Although it had been over for 13 years the Great War continued
to have an impact on the thinking of schoolboys well into the mid
1930’s. Prominent in their minds was how any future war would be
fought with airforces to the fore.

Life continued and the School enjoyed a period of friendly rivalry
with Eastbourne College and witnessed a number of outstanding
performances, not least the setting of the Long Jump record which
still stands today.

However, the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 and the
School’s evacuation to Hitchin for 2 years brought further disruption.

Thereby hangs a tale!

It was recorded in the EGS Magazine of July 1930 that the ‘Victor Ludorum
Shield’ for Seniors and the ‘Victor Ludorum Cup’ for Juniors were to be
abolished. They became Inter House Trophies for Athletics and were awarded
on points gained by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in each event. However,
it was also decided to award a small Cup to any boy who broke a School
Athletics Record.

Philip Clear (1926-1932) broke the School Long Jump Record and was duly
presented with a Cup and the Headmaster told him to have the Cup
engraved at Brufords in Eastbourne. A short time later Clear was called into
the Headmaster’s Room, “Clear – I have a bill for 12/6d from Brufords –
what did you have engraved on that Cup – The Lord’s Prayer?”

In fact the inscription read:
“Eastbourne Grammar School, Presented to P. W. Clear,
Holder of School Record (Long Jump 20ft 2ins – 1932)”

A record that still stands!


This History is a
reflection on the many
factors that helped
shape the development
of Eastbourne
Grammar School
since its foundation
in 1899 – the buildings,
Headmasters, Staff
and pupils, all
important influences
throughout the years

Contributions have
been taken from School
Magazines of the
period which together
with the many
photographs provide
an interesting insight
of the changes in
school life during the
78 years of the
School’s existence

More articles and
photos will be added

    The Prince of Wales
inspects the Cadets
on his visit in 1931
Athletic Notes

The Athletic Meeting with the School was held at
Hampden Park on April 12th, and a large number of
‘Past and Present’ enjoyed a splendid afternoon’s
sport. The Old Boy’s team was much stronger
than last year, and had evidently put in some
intensive training.

P. Clear was their outstanding performer and won
the 100 yards, the 220 yards, and the Long Jump,
and was second in the High Jump – a very fine
performance. Padwick, who has gained his
‘half-purple’ for cross-country running at London
University, ran a well-judged half-mile and won
comfortably in 2mins 11secs.

The Relay Race was the most exciting event of the
afternoon. Although the Old Boys had a lead of
about two yards at the first ‘hand-over’ the School
picked this up and held it to the finish, winning by
about three yards.

At the conclusion of the races, the Challenge Cup
was presented to the Old Boys’ Captain
(R. A. Kingsnorth) by the Headmaster.

The Old Grammarian 1933
The detailed results:

100 yds – 1st P. Clear (OB);
2nd Ash (S); 3rd Roach (S)
Time 11.4secs

440 yds – 1st Martin (OB);
2nd Kingsnorth (OB); 3rd Roach (S)
Time 58.2secs

220 yds – 1st P. Clear (OB);
2nd Walch (OB); 3rd Ash (S)
Time 25.4secs

880 yds – 1st Padwick (OB);
2nd P. Clear (OB); 3rd Martin (OB)
Time 2mins 11secs

High Jump
1st G. N. Clear (S) 4ft 11in;
2nd P. Clear (OB) 4ft 10in

Long Jump
1st P. Clear (OB) 19ft 4.5in;
2nd Kingsnorth (OB);
3rd McQueen (S)

Relay Race – School

Old Boys 25, School 14
Cricket 1XI 1933
PHOTO OF 1939          
The ‘Eversley Players’
production of 1936
2 Years in the Sixth have taught me

That there were some humourists in the form in 1941.

That the ‘Igor Twist’ is not part of a Russian game of Pontoon.

That one coulomb = one amp per square second.

That we have no moral responsibility.

That if you have an equation:
2L sin oc = πL (sin 2ø + cos oc) + L cos ø you can get the ‘L’ out of it.

That bi-focal lenses are intended to confuse one as to the size of the
canteen dinners.

That we should vote for Mr V-----r, the working man’s friend.

That the only difference between a ‘slip’ and a ‘mistake’ is who makes it.

That sunbathing on the roof is not allowed.

That fire-escapes are intended to train the ivy in regular lines.

D.G., EGS Magazine July 1943
Evacuees enjoy
musical entertainment
at Hitchin
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