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War Memorial Chapel and Weekites, Charterhouse School, 1927


This view of the Memorial Chapel, taken in the year it was dedicated (see previous page), was viewed from the grounds of Hodgsonites on the opposite side of Charterhouse Road. Hodgsonites and Weekites, the four storey building below the chapel with the distinctive chimneys, were both boarding houses where the Charterhouse School boy boarders lived during term-time. Lockites, another school house, is visible through the trees on the right of Weekites.

Weekites was named after the Church of England clergyman and schoolmaster Charles Hampton Weekes who had been a vicar in Lindfield[1] before joining the staff of Charterhouse. He was at the school by 1878[2] and the 1881 census shows his boarding house as being on Sandy Lane[3]. It wasn't until the 1891 census that the Enumerator gave a slightly fuller address; the house was then named "Rev. C. H. Weekes", and the pupils living there would have been Weekites[4].

Weekes was one of the sons of Richard and Mary Weekes of Hurstpierpoint in Sussex and was christened there on 25th January 1840. He married has wife Laura (nee Smith) in the same church on 2nd February 1864; she had also been christened at Hurst[5]. When they celebrated their diamond wedding in 1924 they received a congratulatory message from the king. At the time of their 65th wedding anniversary in 1929 Charles Weekes was quoted as saying that the recipe for their happy marriage had been “put up with everything that comes along and look for the brighter side of everything in life"[6].

Charles Weekes was clearly not without a sense of humour as he recounted a tale of a visit to the Ascot races with Rev. Gerald S. Davies when they were both masters at Charterhouse. Apparently the girl collecting their tickets commented that she didn't know they allowed parsons! Both Weekes and Davies were strongly opposed to gambling and "had never had a farthing on a horse" although apparently Rev. Davies had "a wonderful way of spotting a winner"[6].

By 1911 Rev. Weekes, then 71, was no longer a schoolmaster and he and his wife were living in the 21 roomed mansion called Woodmancourt on Mark Way with several of their children[7]. Charles Weekes, still "of Woodmancourt", died on 14 April 1932, aged 92. His wife Laura continued to live at the house until her death on 5 Jan 1936, aged 96. Woodmancourt remained the home of the couple's son, Lawrence Car[e]y Hampton Weekes, who died in September 1953, and his sister Edith H Weekes. Miss Weekes passed away in 1964, but by then was living on Priorsfield Road.[8] Their family home was eventually demolished by Bovis Homes. Weekites and Lockites were also demolished and the flats of Chapelfields were built on the land; the boys in these houses are now in purpose built school accommodation off Hurtmore Road.


"Charterhouse Memorial Chapel". Published by F. Frith & Co. Ltd., Reigate, No.79365. First published in 1927. Unused.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References:

[1] 1871 census, Clergyman in Lindfield, Sussex. Several of his children were born at Lindfield.
[2] 1878 Post Office Directory.
[3] 1881 Census.
[4] 1891 Census.
[5] FamilySearch of the IGI. According to later census returns Laura Weekes was born at Albourne, just along the road from Hurst.
[6] "Derby Daily Telegraph", February 1929. Never had a bet. But a way of spotting winners.
[7] The 1911 census is available on FindMyPast. The Weekes family had four live in female servants.
[8] Dates of death and abodes from Calendars of Wills at Wills Probate and Inheritance (Gov.UK).




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