Building the Masters' Common-room

When I first arrived at the school in 1963? The masters' common room was in the bottom corridor of the mansion, next to North House prefects' common room and opposite the music room. I recall often waiting outside the room with my buff card to see smoke oozing from around the door which when opened revealed a small room crammed to capacity with the staff at break times. The room was obviously far too small and an ambitious project was started to build a new common-room on the piece of land on the left hand side of the path leading from the bottom corridor entrance to the squash courts. The new common room was to have a work area, a common area and changing rooms. The work started in earnest in my second year. Boys either volunteered or were “volunteered” by prefects to work at weekends and in free time on the project. The first stage was the construction of the foundations in concrete on which was built a block-work plinth on which the prefabricated building was to be erected. Mr Foot visited the school that year following his retirement the year before and witnessed the work in progress – sadly he died not long afterwards. All went well until the building sections arrived and then it was discovered we had built the plinth a little too small – No matter this was soon rectified and the building erected. The finishing touches were all done by boys, even the plumbing. The final glory was when the work was featured on the BBC news which rather stupidly showed one boy, Trant, firstly fixing a tap onto a hand basin then turning it on - and surprise surprise, then water coming out! Clever that.

RE: Building the Master's Common-room

They showed me too....banging in an imaginary nail!

RE: Building the Master's Common-room

I seem to remember having to glaze some of the windows after the completion of A level examinations in the summer term of 1965 and constantly seemed to wonder whilst puttied up what kind of mugs we were sweating buckets for something we who were leaving were going to get nothing from! I went back for a visit to sort out a Ucas reference the following term and wasn't even invited into the holy of holies to see what the completed "hut" looked like!