BRAEMAR : A LAST LOOK in 1960
BRAEMAR : DEMOLITION
BRAEMAR : THE REPLACEMENT BUILDING
The language lab was at Thames Ditton. It was heralded as a big innovation that came with the move in 1965.
The new building in the photo was AFAIR classrooms (in the wing closest) and labs (in the wing at the left rear). At least I recall the physics lab on the ground floor of that wing.
I never knew there had been an old building on that site. Not sure ’60’s architecture really improved on it, but I suppose needs must.
The incorrectly sited and captioned photo of The Language Laboratory has been moved to the renamed Thames Ditton page – was the Exit SCGS page intended to house material from that era 1965 -1973 when the school name changed. Thanks for pointing out the slip – after my time at the DoigSchule!
There is a great lack of material and even shared memories for that 1965-1973 portion of SCGS history – so anything that can be recalled, disinterred, dug out of lofts … would be much appreciated.
Maybe it’s an age thing – the great divide of 70 has to be seen to be approaching to trigger memory recall, get one searching for old copies of the Surbitonian …
AFAIR? Presumably this acronym could not be applied to Braemar. Now there’s a building with ‘character’, and a water supply filtered so legend had it through defunct pigeons. May explain a lot in the Junior School!
I arrived at SCGS in the autumn of 1960 and remember taking classes in Braemar. It’s fixed in my mind as the setting for my first and last taste of ballpoint ink. Whilst chewing the end of my pen I inadvertently sucked the ink into my mouth. The taste was foul and the effect on my appearance ridiculous. I still retain a mental picture of the demolition of Braemar, with a steel cable, attached to a bulldozer, being used to pull down part of the building.
I have a photo somewhere of Sid Capper trying to teach us French in one of the classrooms in the new building. On the top floor, Mr Cocks (otherwise known as Keats, for his fondness for the poet) also made valiant efforts with a largely Philistine rabble. A long climb for little reward.
Was anyone else in the Cadets?
Despite only being at the school for seven terms, I retain largely positive memories and am still in touch with one other OS.
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