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St Swithun Wells

(Opening comments from Ruislip, Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society)


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.



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