English Heritage recently made an inspection of Gloucester School for possible listing.
While the final recommendation was not to grant listed status, some interesting history of the school and building has emerged, more of which you can see in the report linked to below.
- Gloucester School was built in 1875 by the School Board of London (SBL)
- It follows the ‘Queen Anne’ design for secular schools of the time, an alternative to the ‘gothic’ styles of Anglican Schools.
- It was originally called “Gloucester Road School’ and was built to serve the working class areas to the south of the Camberwell basin of the Grand Surrey Canal (now part of Burgess Park).
- The school suffered serious bomb damage during WW2 but was deemed ‘repairable’.
More information in the report (PDF – 40Kb)