A History of Canford in 90 Images

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

 

A scene from King Lear, directed by Robin Whicker who, from the time of his appointment in 1961, championed drama at Canford. After the opening of the outdoor theatre in 1966 he would direct a Shakespeare production each summer. By the time of his...

A scene from King Lear, directed by Robin Whicker who, from the time of his appointment in 1961, championed drama at Canford. After the opening of the outdoor theatre in 1966 he would direct a Shakespeare production each summer. By the time of his retirement in 1996, he had covered virtually the entire canon.

Canford appeared in the press again in 1962, with The Sphere carrying six photographs and a short report on the Bryanston cricket match. A captain’s innings by Richard Baxter took Canford from 57 for 7 to 127 all out. Bryanston also struggled on the...

Canford appeared in the press again in 1962, with The Sphere carrying six photographs and a short report on the Bryanston cricket match. A captain’s innings by Richard Baxter took Canford from 57 for 7 to 127 all out. Bryanston also struggled on the wicket, but clung on for a draw, closing on 81 for 8.

Headmaster Hardie’s contribution to the school was noted in an article in the Illustrated London News in March. The four pages included six attractive sketches of Canford by artist Dennis Flanders and reported that Headmaster Hardie had overseen “a...

Headmaster Hardie’s contribution to the school was noted in an article in the Illustrated London News in March. The four pages included six attractive sketches of Canford by artist Dennis Flanders and reported that Headmaster Hardie had overseen “a remarkable growth in the academic standards of the school”.

The Senior Common Room in 1960, when John Hardie (centre front row) left to take up a post elsewhere, after 14 years as headmaster. A man of outstanding administrative ability, he brought stability to the school in the post-war years and increased...

The Senior Common Room in 1960, when John Hardie (centre front row) left to take up a post elsewhere, after 14 years as headmaster. A man of outstanding administrative ability, he brought stability to the school in the post-war years and increased its stature.

Sam Bridge, teaching in one of the new Chemistry Labs. He was Head of Chemistry until his retirement in 1968, and was one of the masters who helped to created a tradition of strong science teaching at Canford.

Sam Bridge, teaching in one of the new Chemistry Labs. He was Head of Chemistry until his retirement in 1968, and was one of the masters who helped to created a tradition of strong science teaching at Canford.

One of seven Assyrian sculptures discovered in the Grubber. They had been thought to be replicas of items brought to Canford by Sir Henry Layard in the 1850s and were sold at Sotheby’s in 1959. A more valuable frieze remained in the Grubber...

One of seven Assyrian sculptures discovered in the Grubber. They had been thought to be replicas of items brought to Canford by Sir Henry Layard in the 1850s and were sold at Sotheby’s in 1959. A more valuable frieze remained in the Grubber undiscovered for another 34 years.

A fire in December resulted in the destruction of the Chemistry lab, the old lecture room and several ancillary rooms. Earlier serious fires, in the 1930s, had caused damage in the School House dormitories and the Assembly Hall. The thatched cricket...

A fire in December resulted in the destruction of the Chemistry lab, the old lecture room and several ancillary rooms. Earlier serious fires, in the 1930s, had caused damage in the School House dormitories and the Assembly Hall. The thatched cricket pavilion would burn to the ground in 1964.

Pupils enjoying Canford’s newest facility. In 1952 river pollution had meant the end of swimming in Hatch Hole. There was none at Canford until a new pool was built in the middle of the decade. Swimming remained a recreational rather than competitive...

Pupils enjoying Canford’s newest facility. In 1952 river pollution had meant the end of swimming in Hatch Hole. There was none at Canford until a new pool was built in the middle of the decade. Swimming remained a recreational rather than competitive activity.

Canford was back on the BBC a year later, taking part in a chapel service broadcast as part of Children’s Hour. It was conducted by the Rev. Roy Mckay, the school chaplain. He was an important figure in the life of the school, and would later become...

Canford was back on the BBC a year later, taking part in a chapel service broadcast as part of Children’s Hour. It was conducted by the Rev. Roy Mckay, the school chaplain. He was an important figure in the life of the school, and would later become Head of Religious Broadcasting at the BBC.

Pupils hauling a two ton replica of a Stonehenge rock. They were taking part in a BBC archaeology programme to explore the ways the stones might originally have been dragged from West Wales to Wiltshire.

Pupils hauling a two ton replica of a Stonehenge rock. They were taking part in a BBC archaeology programme to explore the ways the stones might originally have been dragged from West Wales to Wiltshire.