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John Dryden playing croquet on Grove lawn in the 1960s, and a recreation of the photo from the 50 year reunion of 1965 matriculands.

My father – Al Sockett – is 101 and came up to Merton in 1932.Whilst emptying his flat recently, we found this photograph of him surrounded by other graduates. It is noted on the back as ‘Greats’ 1936 in Merton Garden and…

Women (or ladies) could be invited to dinner in Hall on special nights and one was segregated with them in the minstrels’ gallery. The other occasions were the Christmas and Commem dances, which often hired up-and-coming rock bands. This one in…

It was the college’s 700th Anniversary while I was here (1964). The Septencentenary Fund mainly raised funds for the Rose Lane buildings; I was surprised to find that I actually contributed to it, as I was always broke! Story gathered and…

As I recall, the brochure was sent out to prospective applicants. I have to say I’m somewhat intrigued as to what the group of three people in the Hollis engraving on the cover are up to…Story added to the Merton@750 Anniversary…

It’s interesting to see how the ‘Rules & Regulations’ pamphlet which was essentially a seven page ‘gentleman’s agreement’ forty years ago has morphed into the College Handbook of nearly 150 pages.Story added to…

You would be sconced for talking about women, politics or religion. Anybody who did that, somebody senior to them would send a note up to High Table saying ‘I suggest a sconce be presented to Mr Lloyd because he did so and so.’ The first…

Bert Gardiner an inimitable college scout. He was, even in the 1950s, the oldest and I think the greatest character as a scout. He was a marvelous character. His humour was incredible – very respectable and quite definite about whom he liked…

The Merton Rugby XV in action in the 1950s (1954-1957)Story collected byAlistair Macauleyas part of the Merton@750 Birthday Weekend collection days (September 2014), and added to the Merton@750 Anniversary Collection by Catherine Farfan.

This is matriculation 60 years ago in 1954.From left to right: me (Richard Lloyd); David Gilchrist; Tony Stearnes; Tony Hammond (captain of the Merton rugby team); and John Ingledew, who only lasted a year.Story collected byAlistair Macauleyas part…
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