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Mr Stanton by Robert Bathurst

The Cold Feet actor remembers an architecture-mad history teacher who delighted in going off on a tangent, and conveyed his subject with enthusiasm and humour

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The first school I attended, at the age of 4, was Holy Child School in Killiney, south of Dublin, where I was taught by nuns. Later on, I moved to two other schools in the region, including St Conleth’s in Dublin, which was run by a rugby referee who we’d often see officiating at Five Nations international matches on TV.

In 1966, when I was 9, my family moved to England and I attended school at Worth Abbey in Sussex, which is a Benedictine monastery. I stayed until I was 18 and that’s where I met John Stanton, who taught history.

Before that, I’d already become very interested in history and ...

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