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.