I came across this recently. It is a Class photograph of children at Broadmoor School in 1915. I see some similarities with some of the faces when compared with class photographs of the 1950s and 1960s. At this time, I believe that all the children attending lessons, there, were sons and daughters of Attendants at the Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
Here’s a great view looking up the start of the High Street. To the right is the chemist’s shop and then just past the entrance to Lower Broadmoor Road (a hundred yards further on the right) is the sweet shop. On the left is where the Iron Duke public house stood and then the International Store before the turn off into Church Street. I see from the photograph that there is a tree growing in front of what became Elston’s newsagents.
I have still to find the album containing almost one hundred old postcards of Crowthorne but, in the meantime, I have stored a few recent acquisitions on Tumblr. You can view them HERE.
Leaving Addiscombe Road, I would walk down to the end of Lower Broadmoor Road. The Iron Duke public house is visible across the road in this photograph, as is the large barrier that would be closed when a prisoner escaped or on boundary days when all the entrances and footways were guarded.
I always wondered what the building was to the left of the Iron Duke. Can anyone tell me? Further along to the right used to be the International Stores where lots of the goods were displayed in tins with a glass top. I can remember annoying the manager when I remembered a cartoon in the Dandy comic. Have you any broken biscuits, I asked. When he said, Yes, I said: “Why don’t you mend them then?” He was very unimpressed with me!
I found this photograph of me and my grandmother – Marie Graham Smith in our back garden at Addiscombe Road. She was a resident of Rothwell House which was constructed at the far end of the Recreation Ground in Crowthorne. My Uncle George and Auntie Minnie lived not far from the British Legion club in Wellington Road.
Walking down from Addiscombe Road to join Lower Broadmoor Road was a regular route for me as a boy. I would then cross the road by the Iron Duke public house before passing a small terrace of houses and entering the gate into the Wellington College grounds. After a 100 yards or so, a path went off to the right and took you past the rhododendron bushes until you came to the first of the Wellington College Lakes. This one was always well overgrown but popular with children as it was not only shallow but well-stocked with newts.
The photos accompanying this post show me and my cousin, Michael Smith getting close to swans. The second one is of a swan we had fed on the edge of the main lake. I guess the photo was taken about 1954 as I hadn’t yet started my schooling at Broadmoor County Primary School.