Collenswood School From the AIr

Ian Henning

Aerial photograph of Collenswood School
Historic England Archive. Aerofilms Collection

This image is taken from a postcard which dates from around 1965 and shows Collenswood very much as I remember it when I was there from 1964 to 1969. The caretaker lived on site in the bungalow which is near the school entrance. At the end, and to the side of the tall main classroom block I think is a small rural science ‘attachment’ which might’ve housed some animals ?

The outlines of long jump/triple jump/shot & diskus circle can be seen on the field but the football pitch, cricket wicket, and running track are out of shot. Children can be just seen in the two playgrounds, and I have a very vague memory that when I started one playground was for boys and the other for girls but I am not certain of this. The new Marlborough Road estate to the north had not been started although you can see what may be the early signs of the roads. Looking at the residential areas reminds me that there were far fewer cars around back then, even though there were a lot of garage blocks.


This page was added on 24/08/2022.

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  • Well remembered, yes I think you are right, thanks for the correction. Now you mention it I think it was the open tarmac area between the cycle sheds and gym which was mixed, it’s not easy to spot on that picture?

    By Ian Henning (04/06/2023)
  • 3 playgrounds Ian, boys, girls and mixed. I remember you well but I was a year ahead of you. The rural studies section was by the giant S to the left as we look.

    By William Jones (03/06/2023)