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Pelham House School for Boys, Calder Bridge, Cumberland

On 11th January, 1941, Pelham House, at North Drive, near Calder Bridge, was certified for use as an Approved School for Intermediate Boys. The premises could accommodate up to 80 boys, aged between their 13th and 15th birthdays at their date of admission. The training provided at the School included gardening, joinery and carpentry.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Cumberland County Council.

In more recent times, the building has been used as offices for the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency.


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