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Letter: Dick Melton October 3, 2017

Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage unveiled the new village sign at Dersingham on Saturday.
Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage unveiled the new village sign at Dersingham on Saturday.

In the Lynn News last Friday there was a picture of some children at the Dersingham Junior School in November 1975.

This school building has been empty for a few years now and it looks like that in the near future this old school will be demolished. Dersingham Public Elementary School (mixed) was built in 1860 and was enlarged in 1875. In 1891 the school was further extended at a cost of £240. The school was again enlarged in 1904 to take 326 children and the average attendance was 220. St George’s Secondary Modern School at the top of Doddshill Road was built in 1938 but it was taken over by the Army, so it did not open as a school until 1946, then those children over the age of 11 went up the hill to St George’s. This school also took children from surrounding villages aged over 11. I started at the bottom school, as it was known in 1945, we had no canteen so we had to walk home to lunch at noon and you had to be back by 1.15pm. The only heating was an old black round coal stove with an iron chimney going up through the roof. In the middle of the playground was a horse chestnut tree but in later years it was taken down for health and safety reasons. It will be a shame if the old school is demolished – it is only 157 years old. There are many houses in Dersingham a lot older than that, but the dear, old school is in the way of progress.


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