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.reffleyspring.co.uk.
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