New community space for Grayshott village heritage

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Former and current pupils of Grayshott School visited the new council offices to view the displays, featuring original architect drawings ()

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GRAYSHOTT Parish Council has relocated to a new home, and has assigned two permanent display boards for Grayshott Heritage.

The parish council office move, to its new home in the sports field pavilion, resulted in space becoming available for the boards.

Katie Weir, clerk and executive officer for Grayshott Parish Council, said: “The parish council was pleased to be able to purchase the display boards for Grayshott Heritage’s use and to provide a grant to cover the cost of a series of displays during the year. It provides an opportunity for residents to view changing topics of local history."

Grayshott Heritage recently acquired a collection of original architect’s drawings of Grayshott School, dating from 1871, and prepared by Edward I’Anson’s London practice.

The I’Anson family settled in Grayshott in 1863 and became major benefactors to the village. Edward’s daughter Catherine was lead in the creation of the school, which opened in September 1871 and next term will be celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Richard Peskett, chairman of Grayshott Heritage, said: “The new display boards gave the opportunity to display copies of these drawings along with other material relating to the early years of the school – my late father attended the school from 1916 to 1925.”

Former students of Grayshott School were invited view the new display (pictured), including Mrs Betty Harrington who was a pupil at the school from 1931 to 1940, Ben Blackwell (1990 to 1997) Jenny Willis (1976 to 1977), Richard Peskett (1951 to 1958), Graham Maguire and Geoffrey Theobald (1941 to 1951), Abi Rees (2006 to 2013) and William Enever, a pupil of the school since 2016.

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