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St. Cuthmans School
Tote Lane, Stedham
closed 31 August 2004
The former St Cuthmans School is located approximately 1.5 miles north of Stedham at the northern end of Tote Lane, which runs from Stedham Lane at the south end and becomes a bridleway at the north end just past the School.
One set of proposals for the school after closure were to -
Convert Wispers into seven units and provide garaging for five cars
Extend the two traditional cottages and provide two single garages with garden rooms over
Replace the Coach House with a new dwelling and garaging
Convert the workshop into groom's accommodation for the ancillary use of the Coach House, with new stable building.
Extend Tote House along with a combined double garage and stable building
Convert the barn to a dwelling and the provision of a single garage
Replace the two modern semi-detached dwellings with a single house with garage and stable
Demolish the later school and other buildings, including the hanger-gymnasium
Reinstate the original drive to Wispers
Artists projection of St. Cuthmans by Neil Holland Architects
eMail received June 2013
From Alison Dubois [formally known as Melissa Jones] - Starting year 1993/1994 - Leaving year was 1999
....Was reading the info from you and it brought back some fond memories. I enclose a picture of the Wisper building and of the school swimming pool and of a few friends on the farm with some of the animals we raised there.
I would love to see a lot more pictures of St. Cuthman's from years ago....
eMail received April 2013
From Jeremy Forbes
Lovely to see the article about St Cuthman's online.
In the early sixties while still at school I lived in Madehurst, near Arundel in West Sussex, and had a part-time job with the Hon Mrs Vernon-Barren.
She rented and farmed land at St Cuthmans and I often used to go there. Amongst other things she bred Dartmoor ponies.
A wonderfully eccentric old lady, I had the joyful experience of working in a time-warp.
Everything was done in the, I think, Victorian or possibly Edwardian way; haymaking using horses etc. No chemicals under any circumstances.
Her secretary and general do everything was a Miss Rhoda Thicknesse, who eventually went to work for the BBC.
Thank you for re-kindling such fond memories.
DURAND ACADEMY PLANS
The Durand Academy in Stockwell, South London, plans to open a boarding school on the site of the old St Cuthmans School.
Although some are in favour, many local residents are bitterly opposed to the plans....
St Cuthman's School had 71 pupils age 7-16 in October 2002 - the school closed in 2004.
Durand intends to bus in 600 pupils to the site.
Boarding school plans rejected - Dec.2013
Boarding school Closes - 4 August 2017
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