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8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago #184 by Holladay 111
BACK IN THE DARK AGES ! was created by Holladay 111

Back Row:- P. Griffin, G.M.Ward, F. Canning, G.A.H. Gould,
Second Row:- A.C.L. Mills, E.J. Carver, B.H. Smith, R.C.W.T. Salusbury, J.H. Graves,
Seated:- Miss Leuchars, R.C.H. Price, Mrs W. Spark, D.S. Spark, E.P.C. Langdon, Miss Langdon,
Front Row:- D.R.S. Munday, P.B. Griffin, R.K. Husband.

Almost out of living memory are the days when the school was located in Paignton, Cliff Road overlooking Torbay in South Devon.
I think it is imortant to publicise anything from those days as it was doubtless the belief of Mr & Mrs Spark the founders, that they should create a school that would expand and continue over the decades.
He achieved much of his goal as he was around when the school outgrew its original location at "Ravenswood" and subsequently moved to Stoodleigh Court.

You'd have to have beeen born around 1914 to be one of these pupils in the image here. I would respectfully suggest that someone coming up to their centenary is unlikely to be viewing this Website or, indeed, Ravenswood on Facebook - BUT - YOU NEVER KNOW !

I would encourage everyone to have a closer look at this image. Not only do we know who the persons are but many of us can see familiar items - the blazers are different but you can bet your life that the ribbon trimming on the edges, around the lapels on the sleeve and above the breast pocket are purple. Look carefully at the pocket of the blazer of the boy sat between Mr Spark and the Lady in White. The Rampant Lion (is that the right term?) again doubtless in purple is making its appearance - obviously an idea for a School Emblem that had its roots back right at the beginning - after all this image is SUMMER 1922 - no more probably than a year after the School was formed.
You'll note that the expressions don't change over the years - still that familiar mix of happy, scowling, sulking and put on expressions that you can see in every school photograph! I would note that the average age of the adults in the picture is probably in the mid to late twenties . The Headmaster and Founder was DURBIN S. SPARK, M.C., B.A. (REPTON & EMMANUEL COLLEGE., CAMBRIDGE) who, with his wife and "a fully qualified Resident Staff" prepared "Boarders, Weekly Boarders and a limited amount of Day Boys" for the Public Schools and Royal Navy.

As we all know the school only had a limited life span - like many schools in the area they have disappeared, St Aubyns, Norwood School and Endsleigh House and now, unfortunately, St Margarets School (the last three all in Exeter) and no doubt a host of others.

Ravenswood's initial formative years are on the border of Living Memory - the images and archive material will (hopefully) remain for future generations so I hope you'll spend a moment or two looking at this image.
Holladay 111
(Richard Holladay)

POSTSCRIPT - 24.09.13 - A mention of G.A.H. Gould appears in the last posting of Documents and Letters in the SCHOOL GALLERIES Section. The posting is an extract froma 1982 Edition of the School Chronicle and mentions a visit by Mr Gould in 1982 to the School at Stoodleigh.
G.A.H. Gould is in the Photo, Top Row last on the Right.!
Last edit: 8 years 7 months ago by Holladay 111. Reason: Additional info.
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