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Peckham Rye School, Southwark

Original name Peckham Rye School
Current name Rye Oak Primary School
Previous names Nunhead Passage School
Current address Whorlton Road, Nunhead, London
Postcode SE15 3PD
Date of opening 1884
Date of addition(s) 1926
VSIL grading Compromised
Evidence source SBL Map 1904; LCC: Education Service Particulars for the Year 1914-1915. Tim Walder site visit 2007.
Original architect E R Robson
Additional architect LCC architects
Style Late Robson
Borough Southwark
Current use Primary education
Condition Good
Protection None
Between Whorlton Road, Old James Street and Nunhead Crescent. The school originally had a two storey block facing Old James Street and another to the west adjacent to Nunhead Crescent. In October 2007 the western block had just been demolished, if memory serves the lost block was a two storey structure similar to the remaining one. The remaining block is unusually plain (without even a plaque), but would appear to be the school of 1884. The complete absence of embellishment gives this building (presumably by Robson) the appearance of one of the later 1920s schools (the Whorlton Road end is indeed an extension from 1926). Viewed from Nunhead Crescent this block is not without interest, forming a three gable, five bay ensemble not without rhythm. Further research is needed, but this school would appear to have been built on a very low budget, perhaps as an experiment or as a response to a cost cutting exercise, and may be of historical interest for that reason.
© Frederick Wolff
© Tim Walder
© Tim Walder
© Tim Walder

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