Can anyone jog my memory (for the History of Pangbourne book) about the former public loo at the centre of the College known as (I think) the Crystal Palace? Why was it so named? Anything particuarly memorable about it? Did it have doors, for example, on the stalls? In case older OPs don’t know, this…Details
4th Former Tom Armstrong wrote this poem (below) titled ‘Jubilee’ in 1992 to mark the College’s 75th anniversary: “Pangbourne College is seventy five The spirits are high, the staff still alive, Old in foundation and loyal to the Queen, And the hardy traditions of merchant marine. “Up here on the hill the Band marches still,…Details
I attended Pangbourne in the 1950s and although I haven’t tried to keep in touch over the years I’ve been receiving OP material such as the Pangbournian, writes Jerry Grandage (53-58) from Australia. When I read in the 2012 issue that the OP Society was requesting material for a new history of the College I…Details
I’ve come across the expression “Bart’s Arse” in an OP from the 1950s describing his time at the NCP, writes Robin Knight (56-61). I think it refers to the steep hill from the College down into Pangbourne village, but can anyone confirm this please?
Re the article “Sixty Years On: The Spithead Review. How well I remember boarding the tender on Gun Wharf Portsmouth under the stern of the naval tug Envoy, writes Peter Tambling (50-53). On arriving alongside HMS Indefatigable, one of the cadets dropped his case into the water. “Go on lad, go down and get it…Details
The Old Pangbournian Group on LinkedIn has recently been recalling memories of Bob ‘Tiger’ Knights, “the last of a long line of staunch (naval) Instructors” in the admiring words of Lionel Stephens’ history of Pangbourne College published in 1991. Tiger supervised the old Gym at the NCP “with loving care” for 24 years. Even in…Details
“I wonder if anyone else remembers the words and tunes of this hymn or knows anything about it,” writes Arthur J.D. Coxon (41-44). “It was in the Chapel hymn book when I was at the College. I remember it so well but have never come across it anywhere else. I sing it to myself!” Great…Details