Elm Park 1626-1954

Elm Park 1626-1954

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Elm Park near Killylea, County Armagh, occupies an important place in 20th-century educational history in Northern Ireland. In 1920 Seth Smith and Willoughby Weaving acquired the house and grounds known as Elm Park and established a preparatory school for boys aged between 7 and 14. During the Second World War over 60 boys attended the school, but a decline in numbers after 1945 resulted in its closure in 1954. Many of its former pupils went on to play important roles in the world of business, industry, the armed forces, the civil and diplomatic services. This beautifully illustrated book by Sean Barden draws on material collated by the qold boysq of the school. It is much more than simply a chronicle of the school, however, as the history of Elm Park and the families associated with it are covered from the early 17th century through to the beginning of the 20th.... the proximity of Killylea station to the school gates must have been a positive factor when the two masters discovered the location. ... Known as a#39;the inventiona#39; it comprised the chassis of a bullnosed Morris Cowley circa 1921, on which suitable seating and fittings ... inventor, Mr Bob Mitchell, the individual who played a key role in ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the school services. ... fact that he One of Elm Park Schoola#39;s spartan dormitories, with high ceilings 29 Integration.

Title:Elm Park 1626-1954
Author: Sean Barden
Publisher:Ulster Historical Foundation - 2004

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