Photographs

Some from the The Centaur have been de-screened to remove the dots from the printing process but the quality of a number of the originals is low.

From Volume 19, Number 39, Summer Term 1950, 21st Anniversary Number:

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From Volume 22, Number 45, Summer Term 1953:

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From Volume 24, Number 48, Spring Term 1955, Silver Jubilee:

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From Volume 25, Number 50, Spring Term 1956:

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CLOSURE OF THE SCHOOL CEREMONY 2009

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Closure of the school (by then a City of Nottingham secondary school) on 21 July 2009. The Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir Andrew Buchanan, is holding the key used to open the school in 1929. The school was named for his father’s first cousin, Henry Mellish. Photographs from Richard Bullock (1954-1961), Sir Neil Cossons (1950-58) and David (‘Chas’) Chambers (1953-59).

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Lunch – old boys before the closing ceremony. Photographs from Richard Bullock (1954-1961) and Neil Cossons (1950-58).
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Sir Neil Cosson, Garth Norman and the late Mick Fisher by the front door – used only by those who arrived late in the morning to have their names taken.

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The late Malcolm Jackson, David ‘Chas’ Chambers, Garth Norman, Neil Cossons

More on the Closing Ceremony on David Hallam’s website HERE

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The 1958 Prefects

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The same group as above but on a separate occasion and in their prefects’ caps
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Reunion ca 1985. Back row: Miles Onley, Neil Cossons, Fred Green, Garth Norman (or possibly Frank Clifford), Glen Nightingale. Front row: Graeme Wilcox, Mick Fisher

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Staff dressed for football. The date is probably late 1940s. Original source unknown but this copy passed to N. Cossons (1950-58) by the late J.A.T. ‘Jat’ Holloway (1950-58). A gem for those of us of the 1950s and 60s.

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Regular Inhabitants of the Biology Library et al., Summer 1961

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Back row: Colin Love, Michael R. Cooper, Gordon J. Taylor (died 2008), Gordon D. Masson. Middle row: Nigel D. Dixon (died 1997), Keith L. Crouch, John Glasby, Malcolm Peaker, Andrew Martin, Michael J. Lander, Raymond E. Hickling. Front: Peter J. Severn, Philip J. Mayfield

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V Science 1954-55 (from David Hallam)

5sc_1955David Mundy comments: front left on the grass is Peter (T.P.) Turner, son of Tom Turner who had a large hardware shop on Front Street, Arnold. After it closed, Peter ran a smaller version on the opposite side of Front Street just round from the corner of Coppice Road. He married, but sadly his wife died young. Front row fourth from right on the grass was his cousin David (F.D.) Wilson, a superb musician, who became organist at Front Street Baptist Church and got me, a pianist, into organ playing! He eventually became organist at St. Paul’s Daybrook, back to HMGS (according to your data), Head of Music at Redhill Secondary, and later as Head of Music for Notts. C.C, I believe. What intrigues me that I was always asked to pick the hymn and play the Bechstein Grand in the hall for morning assembly when Mr. Saggers had been held up! The last time I did it I chose the ‘Old One Hundredth’ and the roof was lifted off! Mr. Saggers spoke to me afterwards about it! It was very difficult to get sixth formers to sing so it was a unique moment! Back row, second from left is Bill Hall (father was head chemist at Boots). Centre row, right hand end, Stanley Charles was the only person in Form 1A who could swim! Back row third from the right is Hedley Mather

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1958-59 Prefects (from Tom Elliott)

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1954. CCF RAF Section at summer camp, RAF Thorney Island (from David Mundy – left, middle row)

Officers/staff are W.L. Evans, E.A. Hutchinson and F. Clarke. David Mundy writes: ‘Sitting on the grass left is ‘Ginger’ Hughes from Arnold, then Roger Lewis. Middle row right-hand end is Hedley Mather, behind him on the back row is George Fox, third from the right is Bill Hall and fourth from the right is Brian Newbert. Back row again, third in from the left is ‘Grinner’ Welsh. The camp started off with 6 of us per tent (Roger, Bill, Grinner, Brian, Hedley and me, we got to know each other very well as you can imagine!) but soon after we arrived there was a huge downpour and we were moved into the actual RAF barracks, three to a room (I was on the floor while Bill and Brian had beds!). We had several camps, one being up in Middleton-St-George, near Darlington where we visited the Darlington Foundry where they made ocean liner prop. shafts on enormous lathes and steam presses. We also went to Honington, near Newmarket, when all the Canberras took off during the night and we we all obliged to sign up to the Official Secrets Act! (they went to Malta, just before Suez!) What fun!’

1956 CCF .22 Shooting Team. Winners of the North Midland cadet competition receiving their medals at the inspecton on 23 March; they won the next year too (from David Mundy – nearest camera)

David Mundy writes: I ended up as Sergeant-in-Charge of the 0.22 shooting in the CCF , and, after getting spectacles in the 4th. form(!) I became a marksman and Kevin Dearman, and myself, used to do a demonstration shoot for the inspecting officers as we could somehow synchronise our shots! I I have got some .22 cartridge cases cut in half at 25 yards! My ¼” groups are famous ( I still have the targets!). We actually won the North Midland cadet .22 shooting competition and the photo shows us being presented with our medals (which I still have, of course!).

Prefects 1974-75 – from Martyn Shaw

Front 4th row, left to right – John Thorley, David Gilbert, Mark Wilson, Robert Richardson, Simon Happs.
3rd row – Michael Reed, Andrew Swift, Richard Philipson, Nigel Slater, Jon Hart, Phillip Hendry, Nigel Howard.
2nd row – Colin Lewis, Andrew Oldfield, John Wood, Nick Lodge, Chris Cambers, Tadesz Oreszczyn, Ian Crouch, Paul Whayman.
Front row – David Barlow, David Costagliola, Steven Hunt, Mr H.S.Strutt (Head), Martyn Shaw, Bob Wragg, Mark Bennet.
 

Photographs from the Open Day before closure of the school – by Martyn Shaw

Vestibule – the only entrance for those arriving late for many of us
The Hall – by then blocked off from the Gym behind – and carpeted but no grand piano
Corridor on Kersall Drive side
Kersall Drive yard – with stockade for staff cars!
‘Original’ light fitting. Did they appear in the 1950s?
Classroom
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East quad with the CCF hut and armoury. Is that an air conditioner over the corridor?
Hall doors from the east quad
Rear Yard
Chemistry Lab (JCL) with four generations of board attached one over the other. The plastic gas taps have replaced the original metal ones. The old stools have gone but MP remembers polishing those teak benches. The door leads to the Prep Room (habitat of the lab steward and the lab boys) which came into use when the staff room was moved to the 5th form corridor. Beyond the Prep Room is the Junior Physics Lab.
Chemistry Lab from the other end. Electricity has been supplied to the benches. Ther door leads to the Chemistry Store and then to the Advanced Chemistry Lab (originally the Lecture/Music Room with the tiered benches).
Stairs down from the Library Corridor
Classrooms on the field
Steps to field – Kersall Drive end
Classroom on field
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Steps to field – Dining Hall end
View from steps to field – Ding Hall end
Air Raid Shelter – Dining Hall end. The school pond is above the shelter and was accessed by a leap to rough steps covered here by the bush on the right.
Rear yard Air Raid Shelter.
Dining Hall with the original doors blocked off.