Retirees go back to school at Francis Court
May 2016 |
Francis Court, Barbourne Road, Worcester, WR1 1RP
Four retirees have returned to the site of their school days, after moving into Francis Court, which was built on the site of Worcester Grammar School for Girls.
Francis Court, which now comprises 60 stunning one and two bedroom apartments and a vibrant community of retirees, was home to the Worcester Grammar School for Girls between 1929 and 1962. To pay homage to Francis Court’s rich heritage, the retirement developer retained many of the building’s original features, from the historic exterior and the layout of the gardens to the finer details, including the walls, original glass panes and heavy wooden doors.
One room in Francis Court that still harbours memories is the school’s old assembly hall, which has since been replaced with the Homeowners’ Lounge, a communal area of the development where the old girls, Flora Potter, Judith Lindley, Mavis Hemming and Barbara Millington, get together to reminisce about their school days.
Flora, 83, who attended the school from 1943 comments: “I suppose it was a little strange coming back to school, especially as my husband and I now live in the old science lab! It’s great to see how McCarthy and Stone has made the most of the school’s character; it definitely adds a touch of nostalgia when you’re walking around the development.”
Mavis, 77, who attended the school from 1948, adds: “The fact that McCarthy and Stone had refurbished my old school was definitely a selling point for me; the history of the place is incredibly endearing and the careful restoration really is wonderful. The development also looks across to the road where I used to live as a child, so it really does have a deep rooted history for me.”
To help others relive their school days, a committee of old students organise an annual ‘Old Girls’ Reunion,’ which this year saw over 70 old school pupils and teachers get together to share memories, photos and then came to the development to see how McCarthy and Stone has changed their old classrooms in stylish and practical retirement apartments.