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The sixth and final page of Tom Canning's photos : Broome Hall in 2005




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A view of the Broome Hall grounds in 2005

Tom Cannning writes (February 2009) :
"
This is the area called 'The Plantation' which was across the bridge that went over the road.
Fr Duffy would have us cut the overgrown grass but also instructed us not to cut any of the trees
that were hidden by the grass. There should have been a lot more trees than there are in this picture . "

Maurice Billingsley writes (February 2009) :

" Back at the Priory, Fr Duffy had been away on his long retreat, and the grass there had grown among
his newly planted conifers, while his rhododendron was looking peaky. (Not surprisingly, they hate chalk.)
Attempts to revive it, under Fr Haigh's advice (a handful of lime and bonemeal) were futile.
And the poor trees suffered: the old Allen Oxford autoscythe was a monstrous machine . . . "


The Allen Oxford, mean machine, to which Maurice refers. (First used by the Romans).


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Broome Hall in 2005

Does this lead to the front of the Hall ?

Susanne Scott (now Lamb) writes (September 2008) :
" . . . The photo is indeed of the drive to the main entrance, but
that was actually placed at the "back" of the house, far less
imposing than the "front" facing down the long sweep of lawns and fields.
The view of the house from lower down the hill is very impressive. "



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Broome Hall in 2005


'New' garages ?

Yes — this used to be the recreation room.

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The owner of Broome Hall (2005) thought that the Stations of the Cross were gravestones.


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The Stations of the Cross at Broome Hall in 2005

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The Stations of the Cross at Broome Hall in 2005


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The King's Arms (Dorking ?)

Was this the unofficial local for past generations of Broome Hall students ?

Definitely not
, says Susanne Lamb (née Scott) :
" The pub is the King's Arms in Ockley, and the novices would have been
shot had they been discovered visiting it in our day! When we were there,
the pub sign was actually of Nell Gwynn with a pair of arms around her. "





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