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Wimpole Park School Photographs
1948-1955
Click a small photograph or a link to open a larger image plus names where known and explanatory notes.
I also have photographs of 17 class groups from Wimpole C of E School (1876-1946) and
these are on a separate page.

Wimpole Park School Pupils, Intake Class c1950 Wimpole Park School Pupils, Junior Class c1951
Wimpole Park School Pupils, Senior Class c1951 Wimpole Park School Pupils, Senior Class, 10 July 1953
Intake, c1950/51  
    Seniors, 1950/51  
  Juniors, 1950/51
  Seniors, 10 July 1953

Wimpole Park School
1948-1955
A Brief History
There is a large flat area of arable pasture situated just inside the Arrington Gates to Wimpole Hall, a large country-house in Cambridgeshire now owned by the National Trust.
Between 1944 and 1960 the pasture, or Wimpole Park as it became named, was host in turn to the US Army 163rd General Hospital treating WW2 army casualties of war, (possibly) a small prisoner-of-war camp, a squatters camp, an experimental 'fast track' teacher training college to help servicemen and women returning to civilian life, a community school, emergency local authority housing, and finally a US Air Force Hospital perhaps best remembered for being the 'place-of-birth' for hundreds of Americans.
Wimpole Park School was a temporary community school set up in one of the ex-army Quonset huts left behind after the first hospital closed. The school was situated just inside an additional entrance [visible on the second aerial photograph, now closed] into Wimpole Park at the bottom of Arrington Hill. Children from the age of seven up to school-leaving age were drawn from the evacuees, plus some from Arrington and Wimpole (and the seniors from Orwell). The education authorities provided cycles for all those travelling any distance.
I'm unsure of the exact dates Wimpole Park School was fully operational but 1948-1955 would seem about right (unless someone tells me otherwise...). The end of the park school began with the opening of Bassingbourn Village College with the seniors being transferred there for 1954/55. The juniors may have continued for a year or two before the remaining pupils were transferred to Arrington Village School.

Further reading:
Wimpole Park School
External Link
Wimpole Park Hospital (.pdf)
The United States Military Hospital at Wimpole Hall during WW2. (33 pages)
© George Duncan

Can anyone positively identify which is the Wimpole Park School classroom hut (or huts) on the right-hand aerial photograph below?
The two aerial images below are from the National Trust's collection and only freely available as low-resolution images to the size shown. Does anyone have larger high-resolution images free of any copyright or licensing complications that I could use?
Please get in touch if you have any other photographs, even if only snapshots, that would help illustrate life at Wimpole Park between 1944-1959.


Wimpole Park c1945. Wimpole Hall is in the top right corner, the Arrington Gates and the Hardwick Arms PH are in the lower-left corner. Wimpole Park c1945. Wimpole Hall is in the top left corner, the Arrington Gates are in the lower-right corner.
A view overlooking the ex-US Army hospital huts at Wimpole Park. It is thought the image dates around 1950. The ex-US Army hospital huts at Wimpole Park. It is thought the image dates around 1950
 


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