Last month I was stepping back into the past for Heritage Open Days, and occasionally I remembered to take a photograph. This is one of those rare camera moments, when I was in the middle of a fascinating tour of St Swithun’s School in Winchester.

St Swithun’s School

Designed by architects Mitchell & Bridgewater in 1929, the original plan for the school consisted of a quadrangle of buildings. However the school ran out of money and so the full plans were never implemented. Whilst on the tour I wondered if the reason they ran out of money was the quality of the building. The drainpipe you can see in the header is gilded in gold, and so would have been sparkling when the building first opened. Which neatly takes me on to which themes I could have shared this new square under – well obviously this month’s Past but I was also thinking it would have worked for Lines, Perspectives, Circles & Squares, Time, Up, Top, Bright and Blue. What do you think?

If you can spare some time, here’s a lovely podcast revealing more of the school’s history.

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  1. This reminds me of the former Grammar School (15th C) / Palmer’s Hall, a late 18th/early 19th century dwelling and hall in Ludlow. It also has an ornate timber clock and bell tower with weather vane and may well have appeared as a square! I love historic architecture!

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