The old building in the foreground, of which more is out of the photograph, was initially known as Wick Lodge and may have been part of the Wick estate. By the turn of the century the name was St Michael’s Hall. A young ladies private school and it remained in this occupation for a considerable time. The next change was to a boy’s Preparatory School known as Claremont. Finally, soon after the War, it became St Anne’s Children’s Home and it may have been during this time that the buildings seen in the background were erected to provide further space. Sadly all buildings have been empty for some time apart from squatters. What will happen to them now is uncertain but the area is large enough for considerable commercial redevelopment. The date of the photographs is not known.
Image Reference: JG_11_001.tif
Date: No date given
Image Details: Original monochrome print
Size of Original: 118x80
Additional Information: No comment
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