Crystal Palace

I can tell you that there were no doors, or loo seats for that matter, in the heads of the Crystal Palace. You should find the whole history of the Crystal Palace in Lionel Stephens’ history of the College of which I have a copy at home, but I will not be there until Monday.…

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The Crystal Palace

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…

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The College at 75

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,…

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The 100%

A poem titled “Running” printed in The Log Spring Term 1930 and attributed to “A Sufferer”: The 100 per cent is a terrible thing; It makes you grow old and it makes you grow thin. It’s part of our sports, authorities say, To run the five miles on a cold winter’s day. The start of…

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The Spithead Review 1953

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…

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A memorable hymn

“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…

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