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Memory Lane

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

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THIS week we have two views of one of the town’s most prominent buildings - Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School.

Pat Smith, from Mayfield, kindly lent us these pictures, which are old postcards of scenes in and around the town.

Two of them show the Green Road school from different angles and, we assume, from different stages in the building’s life.

It’s a lovely opportunity to see the building - the basic structure of which has barely changed - before the ivy engulfed its facade.

Another stark difference is the lack of greenery around the building. By contrast, in modern times, the school is surrounded by some magnificent mature trees - which were obviously at a much earlier phase in their life cycle when one of the pictures were taken.

We don’t have a date for either of the pictues but the building first came into use in 1909 where it has remained ever since.

The most obvious difference, of course, is the relatively recent addition of extra blocks to the right of the building which are occupied by new classrooms to accommodate the town’s growing population - especially following the closure of the second site at the top of Derby Road.

In a third picture this week, also brought in by Mr Smith, we are treated to another altered view - this time of Compton Bridge before Shaw Croft was culverted and the supermarkets that occupy the Shaw Croft Centre.

If you have memories to share, please bring in your pictures to our Market Place office where we can now scan them in and hand them straight back to you.

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