Collection SCH88 - Purley Nursery School

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Purley Nursery School


  • 1946 - 1993 (Creation)

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(1946 - 1993)

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In September 1946 Bleak House, 64 Pampisford Road, Croydon, which was then occupied by Coulsdon and Purley UDCs Wartime Nursery was taken over by Surrey County Council and became Purley Nursery School. It was leased to the County Council at a rental of 163125 p.a. Three years later the lease was renewed at 163150 p.a.

In 1955, Surrey County Council acquired the freehold for 1633750 (1631250 of that sum being the estimated value of the land). The house comprised four bedrooms; bathroom and WC on the first floor; three receptions, kitchen etc. on the ground fllor and various out - buildings.

In 1975, in conjunction with an exchange of land, a private developer, Caldicott Property Co. Ltd, agreed to erect a new nursery school at no cost to the Athority, but to the Authoritys brief at the rear of what had been Nos 60 and 62 Pampisford Road, the private architect being R.C. Woodward, RIBA of Westerham, Kent. This building was eventually completed and occupied in April 1978 and Bleak House was then demolished.

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Accession Number: A766

Records of Purley Nursery School

Admission registers: 1946 - 1965, 1965 - 1992; 1992 - 1993

Roll Book 1997 - 2003

Leavers 1994 - 2002

Four VHS videocassettes

Item date: 1946 - 2003

Accession date: 15/06/2004

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