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The Cantilupe Road Board School

The Board School fronted onto Cantilupe Road. After it was deemed unsafe for use and was condemed and a decision was made to demolish it.

Board School fronted onto Cantilupe Road
The Board School fronted onto Cantilupe Road
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The south-west end of the Board School
The south-west end of the Board School
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The middle section of the school was removed first and then the ends were demolished.


These two shots show the details of the frontage of the building. The windows, walls and eves of the roof are very detailed when compared to an equivalent modern building.

Part of the Board School, Ross-on-Wye
Part of the Board School, Ross-on-Wye
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A bay window of the Board School
A bay window of the Board School
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This shot, taken from Cantilupe Road looking over Ursells Monumental Works, shows the A-frames that formed the roof. To the right can be seen the tops of some of the more ornate windows.

North-east end of the Board School
North-east end of the Board School
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The two photos below show the inside of the Board School and the view over the Monumental Works after the roof joists have been removed.

The demolision of the Board School
The demolision of the Board School
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The roof with the joists removed
The roof with the joists removed
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The demolishion
The demolishion
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The demolishion of the school in the area of the bridge.


The demolishion of Cantilupe Road School
The demolishion of Cantilupe Road School
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Board School fronting onto Cantilupe Road
6 Board School fronting onto Cantilupe Road
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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After the school was demolished all that was left was a large amount of rubble. This was then removed in preparation for the redevelopment of the site.

Board School fronting onto Cantilupe Road
5 Board School fronting onto Cantilupe Road
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Car Park

Site of the Board School
Site of the Board School
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After clearance of the Board School, the site was in use as a car park as seen in these three shots. The car park was entered and exited from Cantilupe Road, which was a two way road at the time.

One particular memory I have is of the puddle in the car park, as seen in the photo below left. This puddle was a permenant feature and seemed to be present even in the middle of summer. Whenever we visted the car park this always seemed to be the only free space and this often resulted in me getting wet feet when getting out the car.


The car park on the site of the Board School
The car park on the site of the Board School
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The site of the Board School after demolition
The site of the Board School after demolition
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By April 2005 plans were well under way to build the new Public Library on the site.

Horsa Huts

The bridge over Cantilupe Road was used to access the horsa huts, that were on the east side of the road. These were two rows of huts each split into two rooms and these formed four classrooms.

In the photo below the building on the right (furthest from Cantilupe Road) was split into two classrooms where the one on right was Fred Turner's and the one on the left was Mrs. Edwards.

The horsa huts
The horsa huts
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The photo below shows the left-hand end of the horsa hut nearest to Cantilupe Road and this was Mr. Williams' classroom.

The horsa huts
The horsa huts
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The photo below shows the right-hand end of the horsa hut nearest to Cantilupe Road and this was Danny Ball's classroom.

The horsa huts
The horsa huts
[Photo: J.C.Coombes]
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