School’s ancient history revealed

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THE ancient photo here shows how a school chapel looked during pupils’ assembly in the 1940s.

It was then part of the Thomas Coram Foundling Hospital School, opened in Berkhamsted in 1935.

The school uniforms may now be a bit different; plus the boys and girls are allowed to sit together.

But the building itself looked very similar at an assembly on Tuesday to how it did back then.

The building has been part of Ashlyns School, in Chesham Road, Berkhamsted, since 1951, when it was taken over to accommodate more children living in the town.

Philanthropist Thomas Coram opened the original school in London in 1739 as a home for abandoned children.

Ashlyns governor Joanna Brown said: “By the early 20th century, its governors were looking to relocate in search of cleaner air and country living. That’s why it moved.”

The site will be open to the public from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday to display memorabilia dating back to the 1940s.

Adrian Scarborough, who plays Pete in TV sitcom Gavin and Stacey, will read two pieces of prose during a 5pm concert at the school on Sunday.

To book a ticket, call the school on 01442 863605.