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St Swithun Wells

St Swithun Wells School | Hunters Hill, Ruislip

(Opening comments from a Ruislip, Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society publication from 1992)
In 1958 Father Philip Dayer was sent out from Westminster to form a new catholic parish in South Ruislip. He began operations from a house in Queens Walk, to which he added a small chapel from where mass could be said. He made his next priority the provision of a school. Land on East Mead was acquired and Blessed Swithen Wells was built and opened in January 1962. A hut set up on the site was used as a mass centre until St Gregory's church was opened in Victoria Road in 1967 and then accommodated a remedial class until 1984, when children with special needs were absorbed into ordinary classes.

The school opened with 80 children in four classrooms, two infant and two junior , but very soon expanded to seven classes, with about 35 children in each. A nursery was built for 20 children, in 1981. There are probably about 200 children on roll now (1991).

St Swithun Wells 1536-91 who was martyred for harbouring priests at his house in Grays Inn Fields is shown on the was of the school in South Ruislip named after him.

Blessed Swithun Wells, after whom the school is named was one of the Forty English Martyrs canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970, causing the slight change in name.

Did you know that there are actually five web sites in the Ruislip Online group when Ickenham Online is taken in to account..

Brief details are show below. Some of the web sites are very large!

So, as well as the one you are looking now which is mainly historical pieces below are some other web sites about Ruislip that may interest you.

Main Ruislip site

Ruislip Village Winter Scene

Up to date information about Ruislip and the area. Plus sections with suggested walks and even why houses are so expensive. Not forgetting the spies and USAF South Ruislip, so some history too.


Ruislip In Pictures

Ruislip In Pictures
Pictures. Hundreds of them. Old pictures. Old adverts. Old buildings, in fact old everything and just a few more up to date ones. A veritable cornucopia of pictures.



A beach scene at Ruislip Lido

Ruislip's premier attraction and so important it gets a web site all to itself.

Everything from the history from years back to struggling to park today. It is all here.

Some classic pictures from years gone by.



Ickenham Pump

We also run the community web site for Ickenham. Loads of old pictures and some more up to date one plus details of all that Ickenham has to offer.
Details of all the pubs and more is just one click away.