I Was A Boy Of 11 Walking From The Station To A Choir School Nearby - a Memory of Addlestone.
In 1953 I attended, as a boarder, the 'St Mary of the Angels Choir School' in Addlestone. You walked from the station, turned right up the High St and then left up a hill(?). The school was down a long leafy drive. After I left in 1953, the school was burned down and transferred to Beaconsfield. Does anyone remember this fire at the school and what caused it?
Google has incorrectly stated the fire occurred during the war, but i can positively confirm this was not the case as i was there in 1953 and the school did not move, due to the fire, until at least 1954.
I remember on one occasion the Queen rode down the hill in a car and was waved to by all the school, staff and boys who stood at the end of the driveway! I have happy memories of Addlestone, especially buying a couple of buns in the little cake shop near the station when I was going home to my mum in South London for holidays!
So can anyone tell me about the fire? It must have been big news as the whole school burnt down, apparently while the boys where in Devon singing.
With grateful thanks.
A memory shared byon Jul 17th, 2014.
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