Austin Friars School

  • Description

    "Austin Friars is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-18. The Order of St Augustine established the school in 1951, but since the last friar left in 2005 it has been under lay leadership (school website ). The building has had a number of previous uses associated with the Roman Catholic church. It was constructed by the Order of the Sacred Heart as a girls' convent school, which opened in 1892 but moved to Newcastle in 1903. A charming photo of the girls playing croquet is available at Cumbria Image Bank (search for Saint Annes Hill Convent) . The site was taken over by the Chadwick Memorial Industrial School, a reformatory for boys run by the Community of the Presentation Brothers of Cork, until 1924. It then passed to the Poor Sisters of Nazareth, and was an orphanage for boys (Nazareth House) until 1951. More information can be found on the Children's Homes website & . During the First World War, buildings at the school were donated to the Red Cross for treatment of wounded soldiers. This was the Chadwick Auxiliary Hospital - see article by Tullie House Museum . In May 1915 the hospital received some of those injured in Britain's worst ever railway disaster at Quintinshill [[NY3169]] ." Photo by Rose and Trev Clough, 2017.
  • Owner

    Rose and Trev Clough
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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    Picture Taken: 2017-03-01
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