Does any record of Morden Terrace School remain?

1 Jul

Despite my best efforts I have struggled to find any additional information on the school that my grandfather attended in the London Borough of Greenwich. The amount of information that has survived about this school seems to be minimal to say the least.

I’ve paid a visit to the Greenwich Heritage Centre, and despite the best efforts of the very helpful lady there, we were unable to find out much more. At least I have now confirmed that it did exist and have a map which shows where it was.

Morden Terrace School was on the north side of Albion Hill at the junction of Lewisham Road, in the borough of Greenwich. Having been destroyed by bombing during the Second World War, it appears that the site is now occupied by a modern school, Morden Mount Primary School, and Albion Hill has only partially survived as Quince Road.

I have been searching through the catalogues for the London Metropolitan Archives, and the only thing they seem to have is a set of plans for the school. I am sure they are very interesting, but what I really need to find out is whether there are any records of the pupils.

It does feature in directories of the area, but they provide virtually no more information, they don’t even mention who was the headmaster. There is no suggestion that it was a boarding school, the evidence is not conclusive, but this suggests that my grandfather was living in the area with someone.

I still need to spend some more time searching for the school records, just in case they have ended up somewhere else, or under another name. However it looks like I need to be trying to find a relation that spent some time in Greenwich, with whom my grandfather was living.

That is going to a rather large task, but I am wondering if I might have a sneaky short cut. My grandfather’s admission record for his time at school in Sussex notes that he left on the 2nd November 1917 with the reason being that he "went to London". Is there anyone else in that admission register that left at the same time to go to London?

4 Responses to “Does any record of Morden Terrace School remain?”

  1. sandrap31 July 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    have found an article in 1978 newspaper which states the head of school was Mr L W Leeke. I believe my late father attended this school. Are there any school admission files at the LMA ?

  2. John Gasson July 9, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    When my grandfather left school the head was L G Lovell. The admission records are not at the LMA or the Greenwich Heritage Centre, the consensus seems to be they were destroyed along with the school in 1944. The only place I haven’t tried is the new school on the site.

  3. Anonymous July 4, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    My grandfather attended the school 1927 – 1929. I have three picture postcards taken of pupils. I would happily send you pdfs if this fits with your timeline.

    Donna Wallis

  4. Donna Wallis July 4, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    My grandfather attended the school 1927 – 1929. I have three picture postcards taken of pupils. I am happy to let you have pdf copies should this fit with your timeframe.

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