388. Hillstone School, United Kingdom

Hillstone School located Great Malvern was later merged with another school but some decades ago they had a head-master named Barbour-Simpson. His actions and the actions of his wife caused emotional life-lasting scars on the students.

When the police finally became involved they only forced the head-master into retirement.

The head-master fondled the students. His wife practiced force-feeding.

It is strange that it could on for so long and strange that the authorities didn’t put their foot down more severe when they learned what went on.

It could not have been fun to be there as a child.


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7 responses to “388. Hillstone School, United Kingdom”

  1. James Herrick says :

    I attended Hillstone School, Malvern (1959-1963) and can confirm the comments of A.N.Wilson, who was a contemporary of mine. I only wish he had written his expose earlier because life with the Barbour-Simpsons left me with permanent psychological and emotional scars. One was terrified of encountering the wretched man if one needed to visit the ‘lu’ in the early hours of the morning. I recall once being inside the ‘lu’ and hearing with a shock ARBS’s voice booming-‘whos in there’-‘Herrick sir’- ‘whos in their with you Herrick!’. His attitude and behaviour reflected his own warped mind. His ‘sex lessons’ were notorious, and every pupil was, I believe, subjected to them. So were his canings- there was often a queue of boys waiting to be deal with before my turn came.

    Mrs B-S was equally evil. I believe she was a magistrate- which may account for the fact that no parent ever challenged them- except to say that he was ‘funny’; people were terribly naïve in those days. If one was ill-and went to see the doctor-she was always there with him-and would discuss YOU with the doctor in French- so you knew you were being talked about but didn’t know what was being said.

    I never knew the details of his sudden demise, or why the new H.M Mr Torrance came. He and his wife were a breath of fresh air- but quite often by then the damage had been done. The ludicrous ritual of Barbour-Simpson ‘inspecting’ each boy- after they had bathed-finished promptly. I have no doubt that he would have been imprisoned if he were operating today.

    The Barbour-Simpsons ruined what could have been an idyllic and happy school, set in a beautiful part of Great Malvern.

    • Marcus Cash says :

      I arrived at Hillstone in 1964 and B-S was talked about then in hushed terms as if his crimes had been passed down by word of mouth which is probably the case. I never experienced anything unusual at the school and was there until 1970. I have interesting memories but nothing sinister. I suspect I was a poor student as I remember not working especially hard but overall my memories were not especially bad.

      • michael eades says :

        Dear Marcus,

        I was one of your contemporaries I think but was only there from 1965 to 1968

        Of course in those days we would have addressed each other only by our surnames

        I vividly remember the stories of the Barbour Simpson woman making boys eat sandwiches containing their own vomit

        I remember the Torrances as decent people but the caning ritual in his study was an unfortunate legacy of the times

  2. James Herrick says :

    I attended Hillstone School, Malvern and was a contemporary of A.N.Wilson. When I read his article about that awful couple (the Barbour-Simpsons) it was the first time I felt a little closure about the nightmare times I endured at the school. I am deeply grateful. As a child you have no standard of comparison to make judgements and the Simpsons artfully utilised the esteem they were regarded in the community (I believe they were both JPs) to ‘immunise’ themselves from suspicion. The wretched man was always hanging around the lavatories at night and in the early morning to try to waylay boys. I remember visiting the Lu at perhaps 2am and was shocked when there was a hammering on the door and Barbour-Simpsons stentorian voice called out ‘who is in there’s. ‘Its Herrick sir I replied’. ‘Who is in there with you Herrick!’ he boomed. This might give some idea how this perverts mind worked. I could relate many more stories, and I have no doubt that my deep-seated psychological problems- and the fact that I have never married derive from the damage I sustained at that school.

  3. Paul Conran says :

    Paul Conran 1959-65

  4. Paul Conran says :

    Hi James (Herrick), I remember you .. you were very good at cricket and I remember you once broke a stump as you bowled someone out. I never forgot that. Mr and Mrs B-S were both pure evil and if they were still alive would be spending the rest of their lives behind bars. Looking back at my life now I can see the effect they had on me, probably she more than him. AN Wilson’s ‘Confessions’ (Chapters 19,20 and 21)brought it all flooding back. Maybe it was best left unremembered. I wonder if there are other survivors out there?
    PRJ Conran 1959-65

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