Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Back at school in Well Hall



As I grow older I have come to admire the old board schools which were build in the decades after the 1870 Education Act.

They were solid brick or stone buildings, warm in winter and cool in summer.

The tall windows let in plenty of light but were not those expanses of glass which became popular in schools from the late 1940s.

These leaked heat, turned classrooms into boilers in the hot weather and when the metal frames began to deteriorate let in the rain and the wind.

Now I know they were built with outside lavatories and were heated by big open fires which was rotten if you were too close and equally miserable if you were far away.

That said these were places that looked the part, announcing that learning and opening the world to widening horizons was the name of the business.

So I like this picture which was taken by Chrissie and which holds such powerful memories for Jean Low that she also sent me some photographs.

And so I think it is time to invite people to tell me about the school and so share their memories of the school here in Well Hall.

You can either add a comment at the bottom of the story or seek at the Well Hall site on facebook and have your say there.

Pictures; from the collections of Chrissie and Jean.

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