The refurbishment of the main building looks to be nearing completion. The new blocks of flats have enclosed it on two sides – where the art building used to stand (to the east) and behind, blocking the view to the river.

School makeover


School makeover 2


Gap to art building

This is the east side of the building. The river is straight ahead and the flats to the right stand where the art building used to be.

Gap between flats

This photo was taken on the approach to Tower Bridge. To the right (north) is another block of flats.

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When I read these magazines, I am quite surprised at the range of activities and clubs that were available at Stogs even 45 years ago. 1965 was a key year in my life. I visited Spain for the first time and took my “O” levels. Unfortunately, the year at the school began tragically, with the death of one of the boys in a freak accident on the premises.


A large copy of this photo is on display at the school. Orpington High St. can be seen running along the top of the picture.

This is another school magazine loaned to me by my friend Alan.  I wish I had more time to upload them, as they contain some real gems. The article on computers and the report on the school trip to Spain particularly caught my eye. The following Easter I would make my first trip to Spain and fall in love with Andalusia.


I was offered a chance to look around the school premises in Orpington, where I spent my last year having helped with the move from Tooley St. (the street name is a corruption of St. Olave’s). Unfortunately, it was something of a whistle-stop tour, so I couldn’t take many photos. This is the board at the entrance to the premises.

The facilities are first-rate. The music rooms, libraries, etc. are really impressive. The swimming pool is being converted (filled in) for other uses. And of course, the playing fields are more than adequate.

In the assembly hall, there are relics from the old Stogs. It was very dark and my photos contain reflections of the flash but I couldn’t resist this one.

It’s a very good likeness of the Oaf.

This is the portrait of Queen Elizabeth I familiar to all Stogs boys.

This painting hangs on the wall of the school reception. It was on the cover of the brochure that my parents were given when I started at Stogs.

This monument to the old boys who died in WW2 will also be very familiar to old Olavians.

After visiting the old building, everyone strolled up Tooley St. to Southwark Cathedral, where the Founders’ Day commemoration service has traditionally been held. It is a gorgeous building whose beauty can barely be appreciated from the ground because of the elevated railway lines and tall buildings that surround it.

You can read about the history of the cathedral (the site has been used for worship for over 1000 years) here


These are some more photos of the old building as it is today.

The top floor was used for science subjects. This room is still known as the lecture room. It used to have college-style tiered seating. Behind the seating was a small dark room and enough space for daring pupils to hide and smoke a fag.


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