Saturday, 22 October 2011

Stanwell, Middlesex, Lord Knyvetts School c1910

Stanwell, Middlesex, Lord Knyvetts School circa 1910. Stanwell is a village in Middlesex near Heathrow Airport. The boys in this photograph appear to be celebrating something, perhaps it was Friday afternoon? Lord Knyvett was the man who arrested Guy Fawkes in his attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. In his will Lord Knyvett made provision for a free school in Stanwell and the school was founded in 1624. The school building still exists in the High Street but is now used as an old people's day centre. This postcard was published by Young & Co of Teddington in about 1910. For more old photographs visit (or join) the Sepia Saturday Blog. As always, click on the postcard to enlarge. Blogspot.com have recently introduced a 'lightbox' feature that make the picture open in your browser's window, but you can right click on it and save a high resolution version to your computer.


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17 comments:

  1. An amazing photo, it looks like the photographer was just passing by at a break time and how wonderfully it contrasts to the official school photos where the class all sit so orderly. It looks great in the new lightbox.
    Good to see that the building still survives.

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  2. Lightbox is definitely an advance. It makes viewing these tiny details so much easier. You can just imagine the boys all rushing up to the railings. Some have jumped on their pals’ backs.

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  3. A great image, some fascinating background detail, and a comparison shot - three for the price of one.

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  4. Where have all the people gone?....isn't there a song like that? Amazing comparison shot for sure, but I do miss the crowd joined for the photo!

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  5. No surprise that the area has become very much more built up, but at least the building has been preserved. I wonder where the girls were? Behind the wall maybe.

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  6. That's an interesting photo. It seems a little like a zoo or a prison, however, with most of the boys behind the fence.

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  7. The boys caught on the to photographer, it seems. Look how they are all crowded around the fence.

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  8. I'll bet that fence was taken down as scrap to aid the way effort. Somehow the wall its not the same; glad to see the building still stands.

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  9. How nice to see that this grand old building has survived for so long, perhaps because of the S-braces (I know that's not the right term, someone help me out here) holding the walls together. The huge main windows with their massive frames and boldly leaded glazing, the oval window up above, and classic entrances mark it out as special even in 1910. I am surprised, however, that it seems so small only a century later! Perhaps it needs some schoolboys in the playground once more.

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  10. Very interesting. It's too bad they put that half-wall around the building which prevents us from seeing the whole thing. As I looked at the original photo and read that it was now used for old people, I wondered about the steps and how they managed. Too bad we can see that in the modern view. I really enjoy how you bring the locations of old postcards to live with modern views. Thank you.

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  11. The building looks so much bigger then, as a school, than what it does now. I'm sure that it's because there's more mature landscaping now and closer neighbors, or maybe it's just the size of its occupants. It's a great photo, though. I love all the boys lined up by the fence with their faces pushing between the bars. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. What a boisterous bunch! As always, I love your modern contrast shots.

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  13. Such a rambunctious bunch of boys. They look like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves!

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  14. My first thought was the remind me of a bunch of monkeys going crazy at the zoo for spectators. haha, what a beautiful school building this is compared to so many of the other school buildings from the past! And Im glad the building is still there.

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  15. An amazing photocard that really captures the noise of schoolboys! A bit terrifying actually. It took a strong teacher to control this bunch.

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  16. Maybe the boys in the first picture were just poking fun at the photographer. A bit different from the usual 'posed' school photos.

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  17. George Lavender9 April 2012 at 15:00

    This brings back many memories for me as I lived in the School House in 1956. Their were only two classrooms a door lead straight into the main one.
    Also my brother attended this school.

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