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Woods Road School, Southwark

Original name Woods Road School
Current name John Donne Primary School
Previous names Unknown
Current address Woods Road, Peckham, London
Postcode SE15 2SW
Date of opening 1881
Date of addition(s) 1888
VSIL grading Classic
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 T J Bailey
Style Late Robson
Borough Southwark
Current use Primary education
Condition Good
Protection None
Between Woods Road and Colmore Mews. The W façade boasts two original plaques from the Robson era. The N façade is a relatively imposing but unremarkable twin end-gabled late Robson affair in a broadly Flemish style. The hall façade to the S is most unusual. Hard to date without further research it appears to be Edwardian or possibly later and is unique amongst schools seen so far. It would not appear to be the work of Bailey; the ornamental balconies at second floor level are intriguing. There is also an unusual, although less successful E façade which is clearly interwar, with a tiled porch in an art deco manner. The presumed Schoolkeeper's House to the E adjacent is shockingly awful.
© Tim Walder
© Tim Walder
© Tim Walder
© Tim Walder

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