My mis­take

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I was mis­taken when I sug­gested in the Au­gust is­sue that Spring­wood High School, King’s Lynn, was named af­ter the road lead­ing to the school.

I have since re­mem­bered that the road, is in fact, called Queensway, con­se­quently the school was most likely named af­ter a lo­cal wooded area, the most prob­a­ble one be­ing the area known as Ref­fley Spring, a pop­u­lar spa from the mid-18th Cen­tury until the 1960s, when much of the area was de­vel­oped for new hous­ing.

A ju­nior school was sub­se­quently built there, and given the name Ref­fley. The his­tory of Ref­fley Spring is told on the web­site: www.ref­

I have also found a web­site deal­ing with the his­tory of Alderman Catleugh Boys School, but un­for­tu­nately this ap­pears to have been in abeyance for some years – a pity, as there are sev­eral in­ac­cu­ra­cies which I would be able to cor­rect.

One is the feel­ing that this was a Ro­man Catholic school. Not so, in fact, most if not all RC par­ents with­drew their chil­dren from Morn­ing As­sem­bly and RE lessons, as was their right, and this small group was su­per­vised by a mem­ber of staff each day ex­cept on Fri­day, when a lo­cal priest vis­ited to give in­struc­tion. RAY WHI­LEY Nor­wich Nor­folk

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