Bracondale School

Bracondale School was a private boys' school in the Bracondale area of Norwich, Norfolk. It existed from 1821 to 1993.

The former Bracondale School

HistoryEdit

The school was opened in 1821,[1] by DB Hickey.[2] The school was sometimes known as Bracondale School for Boys.[3]

Dr Francis Darkins Wheeler was the headmaster of Paragon House School, and he brought his boys from that school, taking over Bracondale.[4] He was headmaster for 19 years; a street (Wheeler Road) on the Miles Cross Estate is named after him. A later headmaster was Frederick E Scott.[5] The headmaster until 1985 was Dr. Donald Cole.[6] The final headmaster was Denzil Gaudoin (1985-1993).[7]

The school's aims and objectives were "To produce happy and decent young gentlemen who do their best, and have consideration for the welfare and feelings of others".[8] Pupils were known as Bracondolians, and Peppermint Boys, from the colour of their caps.[9] The school had its own scout group (33rd Norwich).[10] [11]

ClosureEdit

The school ran out of money, and closed suddenly in 1993.[12]

The school building was Grade II listed in 1972.[13] The list entry makes it clear that the school building was originally a house.

The school is now housing, part of a Norwich Housing Society estate built in 1999.[14] The school's war memorial remains in the main school building.[15]

Old BoysEdit

Notable old boys include:

There is a Bracondale School Association;[21] when the school was still operational there was a Bracondale School Old Boys' Union.[22]

Further readingEdit

  • Bulpett, Ed (2014). The Peppermint Boys in the Great War: Discovering the Boys of Bracondale School Norwich who gave their lives in WWI. Bracondale Residents Association. ISBN 978-0-9927-4211-9.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "School & College Listings: Bracondale School Association". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Norwich Evening News: "Old boys remember a great centre of learning", 29 May 2012". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  3. ^ Kelly's Directory for Norfolk, 1937, p 888.
  4. ^ "Norwich Evening News: "Old boys remember a great centre of learning", 29 May 2012". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  5. ^ "1939 Register: 13 Bracondale, Senior School, via FindMyPast". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  6. ^ "School & College Listings: Bracondale School Association". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  7. ^ "School & College Listings: Bracondale School Association". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Norwich Evening News: "Old boys remember a great centre of learning", 29 May 2012". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  9. ^ "War Memorials Online: Bracondale School". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  10. ^ Kelly's Directory of Norfolk, 1956, p A42.
  11. ^ 33rd Norwich Scout Group still exists. "33rd Norwich". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Norwich Evening News: "Old boys remember a great centre of learning", 29 May 2012". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  13. ^ "National Heritage List Entry No 1205677". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Housing Care: Old School Court". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  15. ^ "IWM War Memorials Register: Bracondale School". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Eastern Daily Press: "When the Peppermint Boys of Bracondale went off to fight in the First World War", 9 June 2014". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Norwich Evening News: "Old boys remember a great centre of learning", 29 May 2012". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  18. ^ "ESPN CricInfo: Eric Edrich". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  19. ^ "ESPN CricInfo: Geoff Edrich". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Norwich Evening News: "Old boys remember a great centre of learning", 29 May 2012". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  21. ^ "School & College Listings: Bracondale School Association". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  22. ^ "Norwich Evening News: "Old boys remember a great centre of learning", 29 May 2012". Retrieved 26 December 2020.

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