- Page 24 - May 2005 -
- Page 24 - May 2005 -
Lack of space prevents our including the
following items on the main News Page, but here are some interesting
events/comments from the past several months.
Derek Charlwood (JRGS 1958-64) finds himself in various school photos...
have located myself in the
Derek Charlwood, May 2005 email
David Anderson (JRGS 1964-71) visits the Upper Shirley Road school site...
I was in the Croydon area recently and dropped by the old school
site with my digital camera on 8th of May. I took some shots of The Sandrock, The
Surprise, the views around The Mill (which was open and dressed for VE Day) with the housing estate. I wanted to provide pictures of the
present day area that can be compared with photos of the school when
first built and
under demolition, which are already on
The Mill website.
JRGS Alumni who live on the other side of the world or have not been to the
area since the demolition may be interested - and possibly a bit shocked
- to see the transformation that happened at the school site. There is,
apparently, simply nothing left of it apart from the line of trees where
The Mill quad area adjoined the Mill Pitch. There is also the low
retaining wall where the staff car park joined the footpath on Upper
Shirley Road, just down from The Surprise.
David Anderson, May 2005 email
Derek Charlwood (JRGS 1958-64) adds: David joined JRGS in the
autumn after I left in the summer, so we don't know each other, but I am
impressed with his excellent photos. They raise one or two questions for
me. What is on The Mill Pitch site now? And who uses the old games field
in Oaks Lane?
David Anderson replies: I am glad that you enjoyed the photos. Had
you any idea that the school site had changed so much?
Chris Horrobin (STHS 1959-66) offers us some remarkable images...
ML writes: Chris Horrobin, a former student at Stanfield Technical High School, Burslem (near Stoke and Newcastle-under-Lyme), has supplied some useful artwork for The Mill site. Our sincere thanks go to him for his kindness and patience.
I've just come across the John Ruskin
memorabilia site, and thought you might be interested in the way the
Stanfield Technical High School memorabilia site has organized the display of its old Panora
panoramic pictures. It only takes a little patience to make one picture
from multiple scans.
Incidentally, Burslem is one of the six
towns that forms Stoke-on-Trent city. The city created its three
post-war non-denominational grammar/high schools from existing ones in
Longton, Hanley and Burslem. These schools then migrated by 1960 from
their respective town centre Victorian buildings to green-field campuses
- just like JRGS.
Chris Horrobin, May 2005
Roger Adcock (JRGS 1963-68) locates images of the Upper Shirley Road site...
This enlarged aerial view from Cities Revealed shows the Post Mill development (centre) and Coloma School's new extension (right). [Images ©The GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2000. All rights reserved.]
David Anderson can also use these
images to see the houses now built on the Bennett Yard (and
which I walked beside on my way home from school).
Roger Adcock, May 2005 email
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds: Using Photoshop I have taken the central section of the aerial view shown above and developed the following image that identifies key local landmarks, and also superimposed onto it (as best I can) a layout of the planned school buildings from the early Fifties.
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