A History of Canford in 90 Images

Ninety images in 90 days, as Canford approaches its 90th Anniversary on 15th May, 2013

 

The school celebrated its golden anniversary with a number of different events, the most ambitious of which was the Canford Pageant. Written and directed by Robin Whicker and performed on the front terrace on three evenings with a cast of over 100,...

The school celebrated its golden anniversary with a number of different events, the most ambitious of which was the Canford Pageant. Written and directed by Robin Whicker and performed on the front terrace on three evenings with a cast of over 100, it presented a history of Canford from 1066 until the present day.

In the 1950s Canford pupils had helped in a BBC experiment exploring the origins of Stonehenge. Speech Day visitors in 1972 will have been surprised to find the transmigration of the stones to Canford – a leavers’ prank.

In the 1950s Canford pupils had helped in a BBC experiment exploring the origins of Stonehenge. Speech Day visitors in 1972 will have been surprised to find the transmigration of the stones to Canford – a leavers’ prank.

A new Art School was opened on Speech Day by former Canford housemaster, Andrew Davis. Replacing the cramped and decrepit Art Shack behind the Fives Court, it was designed by Head of Art, Robin Noscoe.

A new Art School was opened on Speech Day by former Canford housemaster, Andrew Davis. Replacing the cramped and decrepit Art Shack behind the Fives Court, it was designed by Head of Art, Robin Noscoe.

The simple cover of the 1970 Canfordian – in contrast to the increasingly flamboyant nature of the magazine as the sixties came to an end – had deep significance. It marked the introduction, albeit tentative at first, of girls into the Sixth Form:...

The simple cover of the 1970 Canfordian – in contrast to the increasingly flamboyant nature of the magazine as the sixties came to an end – had deep significance. It marked the introduction, albeit tentative at first, of girls into the Sixth Form: four intrepid trailblazers had started at Canford the previous September.

An Open Day, organised by housemaster Mike Frewer to raise funds for Cancer Research and Relief, was held on a very hot July day. A variety of attractions, exhibitions and displays drew an audience of over 4,000.

An Open Day, organised by housemaster Mike Frewer to raise funds for Cancer Research and Relief, was held on a very hot July day. A variety of attractions, exhibitions and displays drew an audience of over 4,000.

Ian Wallace with former Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas Home, the Speech Day guest. Sir Alec affirmed the value of public school education in his speech and expressed the worry that ‘penal taxation’ might make it impossible for parents to afford it....

Ian Wallace with former Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas Home, the Speech Day guest. Sir Alec affirmed the value of public school education in his speech and expressed the worry that ‘penal taxation’ might make it impossible for parents to afford it. Later in the day he gave an interview to the editors of the Canfordian.

The dress regulations suggest that if the sixties saw a loosening of old values in English society at large and the replacement of drab monochrome with exuberant colour, Canford – for the time being, at least – remained untouched.

The dress regulations suggest that if the sixties saw a loosening of old values in English society at large and the replacement of drab monochrome with exuberant colour, Canford – for the time being, at least – remained untouched.

The Head of School, Timothy Stevenson, leads three cheers for Princess Margaret who, on a fleeting visit to Canford, unveiled a sculpture by Geoffrey Clarke. This had been constructed above the entrance to the new Pavilion Theatre, which was designed...

The Head of School, Timothy Stevenson, leads three cheers for Princess Margaret who, on a fleeting visit to Canford, unveiled a sculpture by Geoffrey Clarke. This had been constructed above the entrance to the new Pavilion Theatre, which was designed by Robin Noscoe and built by pupils.

The Rev. John Macnutt, with the current headmaster, Ian Wallace. Macnutt was Canford’s first headmaster and was back at the school to attend a dinner in his honour. He died in 1971, aged 92.

The Rev. John Macnutt, with the current headmaster, Ian Wallace. Macnutt was Canford’s first headmaster and was back at the school to attend a dinner in his honour. He died in 1971, aged 92.

The building of the outdoor theatre was made possible by the destruction of the original cricket pavilion, the ruins here being investigated by sports coach Malcolm Taylor and groundsman Arthur Wren. The fire was started by a stray cigarette butt at...

The building of the outdoor theatre was made possible by the destruction of the original cricket pavilion, the ruins here being investigated by sports coach Malcolm Taylor and groundsman Arthur Wren. The fire was started by a stray cigarette butt at the end of an Open Day.