Woodland Road School - Lambeth

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  1. The Artful Dodger

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    The school named above was built from the plans of the Architect - Thomas Bailey - and was opened in 1887.

    My paternal Grandfather - Alfred Digby Fanning - was admitted to the school at the age of 5 on 3 June 1902. At that time he was living with his parents and 3 siblings at 52 Palace Road, Penge and his father was a Commercial Traveller dealing in Fancy Stationary.

    Googling the school has produced a picture of same as well as a thumnail of the plans that was published in 'The Building News' dated 8 July 1887. It was a very large and dignified building and reminds me of some of the 'private' or 'boarding schools' that catered to those folks of significant wealth.

    What I have yet to learn of is:
    1] The history of the school between 1887 and the late 1930's
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    2] When did Alfred Digby Fanning leave this school?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.
     
  2. AnnB

    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    Colin, I would e-mail the Lambeth Archives housed in the Minet Library http://www.
    lambeth.gov.uk/Services/LeisureCulture/LocalHistory/Archives.htm

    I have had a lot of help from them in the past, so, hopefully, they may be able to help you.

    Ann
     
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    Have sent an email - will now wait!!
     
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    looks like he transferred in 1904 to the Boys Dept...not sure what that means
    but on the last census we can see he is down as an electrical engineer age 14!!
     
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    I have him in 1911 as a 14 year old and believe he may have been in training with one of the lodgers as all the lodgers - except the young lady - seemed to follow the same line of work.

    Where did you find the reference to his transfer in 1904 at the age of 7? Nothing shows on his Schools Admissions record on Ancestry.
     
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    Colin, if you follow the page across, (note his admission number - 509), it gives the information that Sandiep gave you.
     
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    Hi Jellylegs. Thanks for this.

    Once again I am guily of not looking further across on the image

    So, he entered the school in 1902 at age 5 [primary or infant's school] where the school was co-ed. Then the boys and girls weresplit up into Departments for Boys or Girls.

    So if and when the Lambeth Archives get back to me, I'll likely find what the educatioal level was for boys. I do know that in later life, he was fluent in languages, was technological as well as mechanically minded and modified certain 'items' as well as being an Engineer.
     
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    The register you've been looking at is the Admission & Discharge Register for Infants LCC/EO/DIV08/WOO/AD/007

    The one you want next would appear to be the Admission and discharge register for boys 1894 - 1921 LCC/EO/DIV08/WOO/AD/003 This does not appear to be on-line but you could order a search through LMA's research service.

    I can't see how Lambeth Archives would be able to help. The school was managed by the London County Council, not by the Borough of Lambeth, and records are at the London Metropolitan Archives.
     
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    Colin also wanted to know about the history of the school between 1887 and the 1930's, so it is possible that Lambeth Archives may hold some information on that, as opposed to having any of the actual archives.

    Ann
     
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    Re posts #8 & #9, I have just heard from [14 days after enquiring] and they advise they have nothing on this school, however some records of the school are held at LMA.

    Looks like I have to order a search from their staff.

    Colin
     
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    Hello I'm a new member from Australia. I would like to now if this school was a rebuild/replacement of another? as I have an 'admissions & discharges' list for 1885. My great grandmother and her brother were discharged in 1885. Hoping someone can help me.
    Thanking you,
    Gayle
     
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    Hello Gayle - welcome to the Genealogy Specialists forum. :)

    I have had a rummage in the National Archives and they refer to records from 1873 to 1939 (click the link) being held by the London Metropolitan Archives. Therefore, I would think that the school that was built over 10 years later (a rather imposing building if the picture in the link below is anything to go by!) was a replacement.

    http://
    archiseek.com/2010/1887-school-woodland-roads-lambeth-london/
     
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