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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road and some advice please re Pendragon Road
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2010, 10:33:33 AM »
Hello,
I do not know anything about the bomb but wonder if you could help?I  Currently I work at Pendragon School in Pendragon Road, Downham formelly known as Meeting House. I am trying to trace the site's origins back to 1930's as the Council wants to demolish tI would like  to make  a documentary film with the children as a memory of the school for them and the local community and perhaps even prevent this criminal waste  millions of pounds by the local authority lead by government to demolishing this school and build a modern plaster box probably painted in crazy colours and finished off with wooden cladding , this the latest craze to give it that garden shed look on the pretence of being ECO whilst importing the wood.  The school is brick built in keeping with the houses built around the school. It has parquet floors throughout, each classroom has been modernised with an interactive white board in every classroom and a computer for each teacher, new double glazed windows and doors, new internal doors and a catering kitchen for cooks to prepare lunch for the children on site. For the some 130 children on school role  we have 2 fully equipped science laboratories, 1 food tech. room ( cookery) even an adpted station for  wheelchair users, DT room ( woodwork), music room, fitness suite ( all those machines to do exercises on ) huge equipped gym, 2 changing rooms with showers, bathroom facility for wheelchair users,  large dinning room, library, 2 computer suites, 1 specialist computer suite, art room and a specialist recording studio and lots of large classrooms for English maths, MFL (foreign language), etc. Lots of outside space which  includes a caged football arena, basket ball court, small garden with a pond and many other features.he school and waste millions of ús buiding a modern board plaster box probably with some wood cladding! Gone will be the high ceilings, parquet floors, real bricks...
and in 20 or so years even hey presto the land is in private hands!! Can  anyone help please?
 
 

 


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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2010, 12:47:20 PM »
Hi Novotna, I was born in Pendragon road in 1954. The school then was a junior school at the back and at the front were (handicapped) children. I know you should not call them that now but it was then so please dont take any offence. Anyway, the school had fond memories for me as we used have a Playcentre their, it was for after school and during school holidays. We had various activities including Football and Rounders. It also used to hold the Boy Scouts and Cub Groups (22nd Lewisham South). I did not go their myself. The Junior school then moved to Ballamore Road but still called itself Pendragon and the school changed its name to Meeting House. Most of the Children were local and walked to the school but when it became Meeting House it took in children from a larger area and they were Bused in. I still own the house in Pendragon and rent it out, i was only their yesterday. I am appalled at what they are going to do. When the estate was first built their was a covenance on certain buildings  i am not sure but might be worth checking as they tried to pull some of it down in the early seventies for local parking but that came a cropper. Please keep me informed, if i can help in any small way, just let me know. John.
Born in Pendragon Road 1954 Family lived in house since 1935 Bought in 1970/1 Still own it.

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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2010, 11:04:20 PM »
Hello Splinteer,

My first name is Renee. No offence the school is now totally for special needs children ( now the latest name for them is children with learning difficulties- no doubt in a few years they'll decide that we need to call them something else!)Thanks for the info. How can I find out about a Covenant? Did they actually want to pull some of the school down for a car park?! Also Do you know roughly when the school was built? Also if you know anyone in the area it would not go a miss if people started to write to the Mayor of Lewisham objecting to knocking the present school down only to rebuild it proposal so far for a 2 to 3 storey block!.
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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #33 on: February 04, 2010, 11:07:49 PM »
Sorry John. Just noticed I miss spelt Splinter and also noticed you are named John.

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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #34 on: February 06, 2010, 06:31:19 AM »
My house is only 100 yards from the school was built in 1926. i only remember my dad said that when they were going to pull some of the school down to make an access road for garages at the back of the houses it got cancelled because of a legal matter. If i were you i would print flyers and deliver them to the local area with the address of any petition.
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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #35 on: February 06, 2010, 10:31:34 AM »
My schooling began at Pendragon c1948, firstly in the Infants and then Junior Schools.  I had heard about its impending demise and was very sorry to hear it.  Pendragon School goes and so does a bit of my own history.  It's very sad.  One has to wonder why these solid older buildings that blend in so well with their surrounds and have stood the test of time must be demolished to be replaced with - as you say - with characterless boxes.

 A friend of mine made a sentimental journey back to the school a couple of years ago and I have to say, it looked in pretty good condition judging from the photos she took.  Must admit, I was a bit shocked by the high wire fence though.

Good luck with your efforts to preserve Pendragon, Renee.

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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2010, 06:06:11 PM »
Thank you Brenda and John for the information.
The high fence is the latest craze of keeping children safe! We even have locked gates to get in and out of the school site. Once inside we have swipe cards to get in the bungalow building and the other building. Most schools in Lewisham ( and probably all over London) have such security. Sometimes some of the children want to 'escape' and have climbed over the fence ( the fence is a flimsy wire mesh at least 12feet high) it's quite an athletic accomplishment when they go over.  Sadly this ugly fence was the Head Teacher's choice.

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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2010, 12:12:28 PM »
The place reminds me of Stalag 17. Is the fence to keep people out or the pupils in?
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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2010, 12:25:22 PM »
Most of the schools in and around Perth have a high fence around to keep the children safe? it the sign of the times
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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #39 on: February 08, 2010, 11:41:55 PM »
If they are going to pull the school down to build a new one where are all the pupils going to go. What i am worried about is if they can relocate them they might not bother rebuilding and sell the land. IT COULD BE A CUNNING PLOY!!!
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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #40 on: February 26, 2010, 05:20:45 PM »
Novotna. Have you heard anymore about the situation at the school.
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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #41 on: May 12, 2010, 12:35:02 PM »
Does any one remember the Sandhurst road School Getting bombed..It happend about 1.PM dinner time just a lone german plane flying just over the roof height Machine gunning several schools he then dropped one bomb in Harrises steam roller yard in Sangly road and then dropped another on the school..i can remember going down on my cycle to help hand pick the bricks away to get to the children out, with my dad i must have been 13 or 14 years old If you look in the cemertary Verdernt lane ,they have the children and teachers grave in there..even the cemertary had a V2 rocket hit it to..and it blew out lots of graves, and stones fell over several houses and garden etc..when the bombing was heavy i use to go and sleep in Chislehurst caves..that was good fun for me.Bit damp but ok..(( Just tell me if i bore you folks..))... Bill ...
Bill you could never bore us with your amazing storys of the past.I could not claim to of been around at the time (hence) born 1966,But the pain you all saw and were touched by during the war is what makes you all so very special,Bored never my friend,You keep posting and i will keep responding.

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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #42 on: May 12, 2010, 12:43:02 PM »
Novotna. Have you heard anymore about the situation at the school.
I passed the school last week,There is now a new section to the school that i had not seen before.

Nursery i do believe,I also took a walk back down memory lane,Downderry school (does it really ever change)
the woodland walk (same except for the crate yard ?? at the bottom end of downderry road,

wonderful a walk and a smile believe it or not all in the sunshine of good old downham town

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Re: the bomb in Pendragon Road
« Reply #43 on: May 13, 2010, 03:51:04 AM »
Novotna. Have you heard anymore about the situation at the school.
I passed the school last week,There is now a new section to the school that i had not seen before.

Nursery i do believe,I also took a walk back down memory lane,Downderry school (does it really ever change)
the woodland walk (same except for the crate yard ?? at the bottom end of downderry road,

wonderful a walk and a smile believe it or not all in the sunshine of good old downham town

I really must get onto google street view and have a look.
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