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Banstead School Chapel (Banstead Hall?)
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Banstead School Chapel (Banstead Hall?)

This is the Chapel at Banstead School which we believe was also known as Banstead Hall. It is the first time we have come across a photo of it and would like to know more about it.

The postcard was sent in 1905 by a pupil called Clive, to his "nannie". It appears to be part of a set issued by Elliott & Fry, and a view of the swimming pool can be found at picture #305
Picture added on 29 August 2014 at 09:44
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I remember the chapel was wood panels with memorials to all ex staff and pupils who died in the first world war. This picture is of course too early to show those.

Looking north to Banstead cross roads you would be standing in the boot room, left door to toilet area and stairs to main building, left front door to court yard and boiler house, centre door to swimming pool, right centre door to the Chapel, right hand door to the court yard rose garden.

I have a few photos but Mr Wilkes (dept gardening master ) took thousands of photos of the school and the grounds in the time I was there in 1962.
Added by Bert Gaze on 29 August 2014
Windows on right hand side covered over maintenance workshop, rear windows covered by metalwork shop, the left hand wall was where square panels of memorials were fitted. The lighting was more modern the rest was about the same. It is like I left there yesterday but it is over fifty years.
Added by A W Gaze on 29 August 2014
Yes this is the chapel minus the WW1 memorials of the mostly "boy" soldiers I do remember a person taking a very long exposure shot of it "in color" in 1960 I always wonder where that is ???
Added by John Harvey on 03 March 2015
I have a very nice photo taken by Mr Wilkes of myself he was a nice fellow, he also took movies of our visit to Henley Fort in Guildford wondering what happened to that??
Added by John Harvey on 03 March 2015
John I have pictures of you on a Box Hill walk.
Added by A W Gaze on 03 March 2015
Now that would be nice to see them, I actually have one too showing a rest on Box Hill with Mr Andrews' dog in it. I "forgot its name now but it was a Dalmatian.
Added by John Harvey on 04 March 2015
Yes I went in that chapel a few times and I remember lots of old boys names on the wall, who were killed in the first word war. A lot were officers , I wonder what happened to all those plaques with the names.
Added by Derrick Calder on 05 March 2015
I did ask about that, there is an historical society who are interested in the hall but they do not know where they went, they did however send my a list of all their names, so they are n ot forgotten..John
Added by John Harvey on 05 March 2015
Hi John Harvey if you have names from the chapel wall Lewis would like to have them. You can contact him via webmaster@bansteadhistory.com. I have also been looking at the names on line - only found a few as now hospital takes up more of time my email is gazeaka@virginmedia.com
Added by A W Gaze on 06 March 2015
I am looking for the list of names I was sent, they may be in my old hard drive which I extracted from my old computer. I got the list from a lady in Banstead who works in the archives so they are available just in case I cant retrieve them you could perhaps look into that path. I would like to see any of your photos at Box Hill if I may thanks John Harvey.

Note form LNW : I suspect the lady in question is Audrey Carty of the Banstead History Centre. Audrey is also a member of the Banstead History Research Group
Added by John Harvey on 06 March 2015
Check with here in case she was the person who sent them and I will try and hook up my old hard drive and retrieve them, anyway when I do find them I will pass them on. John
Added by John Harvey on 06 March 2015
As i kid I played in the derilict hall, all the gym aperatus was there. One day in May 1980, there was a fire, the whole place went up, I walked amongst the smouldering ruins and picked out a piece of stained glass from the chapel ruins. I have it in my bathroom window.

Note from LNW: That's amazing Daniel. Can we have a photo of it?
Added by Daniel Hodgetts on 09 July 2015
That was a shame the place burning down. In the chapel picture I can see the pew that I sat in most Sundays singing my head off ...John
Added by John Harvey on 23 July 2015
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