Update from the Archives and 1940s Crescent School Photograph – Lent 2022
I am sorry to say that this will be my final contribution to the Old Princethorpians Newsletter as I move on to a new role elsewhere at the start of February. An extract from an article written by Jonet Slater for the Peeps magazine of 1964 (reference SMP. 27.3.70) summed up what my time at Princethorpe has meant to me:
Princethorpe must mean all things to all people who have ever been near it, let alone those lucky creatures who actually lived there and learned there (or tried to!), for me it seems to be an amalgam of little things.
The first time I drove up to Princethorpe College, I found myself a bit awestruck by the beauty and magnificence of the buildings and surrounding grounds. Even now, more than four years later, I am still taken aback at how lucky I am to be part of this setting. Researching and then sharing the history of the campus with staff, pupils and outside visitors has been one of the best parts of my role here.
A place, though, is nothing without the people. On a daily basis, it has been wonderful to work closely with colleagues that acknowledge and cherish the heritage of the Foundation and support the archives in so many ways. There is a very special spirit to Princethorpe that welcomes you in and makes you feel part of a family. This is also shown by the active Old Princethorpian community, your relationship doesn’t end after you leave but is lifelong. I would particularly like to thank every past pupil and staff member that I have had the pleasure of talking to and getting to know over the last four plus years in all the Foundation schools. It was a real privilege to hear your stories and the archive has really benefitted from your generous donations of materials. I am sure that the next archivist will be delighted to find themselves welcomed by such a friendly group.
Before I go though, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share a very exciting item with you and to ask for your help once again.
Crescent School Photograph
Thanks to the eagle eyes and expert eBaying skills of Foundation Bursar, OP and OC, Eddie Tolcher, we were able to secure an early photograph of Crescent School shortly before Christmas (see gallery). This was particularly exciting as we have very few records dating from the early days of Crescent School. The seller had listed it as being from 1946 but there was no other information attached. I think that the photograph is a whole school photograph and is likely to date from at least 1947 as the school did not move to Horton Crescent, which can be seen in the background, until then. It is possibly dated even later given the number of children in the photograph.
This is also where we are asking for your help – are you in the photograph and tell us more about it? Do you recognise anyone in the photograph? Can you help us establish a more accurate date? Any help that you can give would be much appreciated, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.