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Pishiobury School, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire

In 1941, Northcotts, an Approved School formerly based at Walthamstow, relocated to new premises at Pishiobury Park, near Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, then becoming known as Pishiobury School. It could accommodate 81 Junior boys aged from 10 to 13 years.

Pishiobury School, Sawbridgeworth. © Peter Higginbotham

Pishiobury School, Sawbridgeworth, 2014. © Peter Higginbotham

Pishiobury School entrance lodge, Sawbridgeworth, 2014. © Peter Higginbotham

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

In more recent times, the building has been converted to office use.


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