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Hadham Hall School

I joined the Hadham Hall School in September 1967. The large set of windows on the left belonged to my first classroom. Copyright © 2007 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

I’ve not visited my senior school since I left in July 1972

Needless to say, it’s changed. The school closed on Friday 20 July 1990, just a month short of 17 years ago (post written June 22, 2007). It’s now a very up-market housing development. All of the older buildings seem to have survived pretty well. The same cannot be said for all the more modern purpose-built classroom blocks which have disappeared. Including, according to Google Earth, the large swimming pool, which opened the year I left.

It was a great environment to grow up in. The Tudor hall and buildings. The walled gardens, the large sports fields, and ponds – a young man’s dream! Because agricultural science was taught there were also a few farming machines around to be admired from afar; only the borders got to play with them.

Looking back at these pictures, the thing that amazes me the most is how, twice a day, a dozen or more large motor coaches passed through the gatehouse arch with nary a scratch.

Link: Hadham Hall School History

Update – September 2022. Former pupil and journalist, Hollie Ryder contacted me for permission to use the above picture in an article in Bishop’s Stortford IndependentHadham Hall: Exhibition at South Mill Arts marks 70th anniversary of former secondary school at Little Hadham.

Some pictures from my school days

Form 5T Hadham Hall School, 1972
Hadham Hall School – Form 5T. Last day of school, July 21st. 1972. Form teacher Jack Doyle – crouching, center. Copyright © 1972 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
Hadham Hall School – 5T July 1972 – Relaxing after ‘O’ Levels.
Hadham Hall School, October 1968. From original scanned images provided by Jeremy Andrews. Originator unknown


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