Albury House/The Main School


Albury House in the  mid 1920s –  known as SURBITON COUNTY SCHOOL

 

1950s and 1960s – Surbiton County Grammar School

THE MAIN SCHOOL : GROUNDS AT REAR

THE MAIN SCHOOL : GROUNDS AND DRIVE AT FRONT

BIOLOGY LABORATORY AT SCGS

MAIN SCHOOL GROUNDS AT REAR : OPEN AIR SPEECH DAY

 

1980s – now Hollyfield School

THE MAIN SCHOOL 1980s

THE MAIN SCHOOL & HALL 1980s

THE MAIN SCHOOL DRIVE & ENTRANCE 1980s

 

2011 – now Hollyfield School 

The front of Albury House on October 3 2011 in the bright late afternoon sunshine (Tim Harrison)

The main entrance of Albury House on October 3 2011 in the bright late afternoon sunshine (Tim Harrison)

The stained glass with the Williams family motto Cadarn ar Cyfrwys (the strong and the sly) - just beyond the four pillars in the entrance to Albury House (School House). Oct 2011 (Tim Harrison)

The assembly hall floor looks astonishing after a fresh lick of paint to the wood panelling and a complete sand and revarnish to the floor, which now gleams a bright, shiny red. Floor work was done in July 2011. Staff thought it was oak. Turns out it was mahogany. Oct 2011 (Tim Harrison)

The only entrance/exit to the assembly hall stage is still through a curious dark door behind the curtains, leading down to this tricky little curved staircase where the Gilbert & Sullivan characters once came and went. Oct 2011 (Tim Harrison)

The old stable block survives, but has had so many bits tacked on to it over the years that it is almost unrecognisable. Upstairs, where the sixth form once lived, the present school maintenance men have their workshops and storage. The building is now known as Hill House, although when I asked the caretaker if it was indeed the stable block he said it was. Oct 2011 (Tim Harrison)

The tiny double-back staircase in the stable block, smartened up with fresh paint. Oct 2011 (Tim Harrison)

3 Responses to Albury House/The Main School

  1. Simon Spiers says:

    Brings back fond memories of this beautiful building. Would love to visit again one day.
    The stairs from the back of the stage and the stained glass windows really made me glad I stopped by.

  2. David Forward says:

    In David Forward’s “The history of Surbiton Central School 1937-1966 and Hollyfield School, Surbiton 1966-2010” pages 102-107 there is a succinct history of Surbiton County Grammar School with additional photos including the old Braemar building and the brand new Villiers (now Sharman) building.

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