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The front entrance of Staplefield Place
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The front entrance of Staplefield Place

The frontage of Staplefield Place is quite unusual with several gable ends in different styles, surrounded by a host of chimneys and a chimney breast.
For many years the house has been the home of Brantridge School , a residential establishment catering for boys with special needs.

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Staplefield Place
The stone tiles are mixed with the clay ones in an artistic way, combining both types on the same course at some points. Must be tricky to do I imagine.

Barry Ray:- I have just uploaded a Large Version so that the detail can be more easily viewed.
Added by Darren Ray on 23 November 2012
This splendid house was built in, I believe, 1910/12 for "Denny's", a family name of bacon importers. The Great War could have influenced its future and in WWII it was occupied by Canadian soldiers.
I admire it greatly for its appearance. The features indicate to me that the architect was an artist. The stone chimney breast hints of maybe an earlier building; the porch is a welcome "step inside".
The exit for carriages close to the service end of the building, and the mix of tile hanging and half-timbered first floor abutments subtly combine to enhance the impression of traditional grandeur.
There are also standard details, the leaded light sashes are all set in oak frames, the eaves and gable bargeboards with capped finials are identical, as is the pitch of the roofs. All the lofty chimneys were built to accentuate slenderness by separating flues and some turned diagonally to give strength. The artistry in the architect is shown by his "brush stroke" of a wave of stone tiles.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 18 February 2013
This was my old school.
We had a old Greenline bus in the playground where I spent many happy hours playing in it.
Added by Aleks Whitemore on 29 March 2014
In 1950/1 the then London CC bought Staplefield Place for about £10,000 together with Ditton Place, up Brantridge Lane.(£13,800).
The former under-headteacher, John Hughes, worked with physically disabled children from London. Both schools were under the control of the ILEA.
The head of Ditton Place, Ray Winn (from 1979 to 2002), combined both schools as Brantridge School and developed educational therapy to help emotionally disturbed boys. The school was operated by the LB of Greenwich from 1990 until 2002. It is now under a charitable Trust - Radius.
Added by Ray Winn on 29 December 2015
I too attended the school here from around 1977 to 1981 and seeing the picture brings back many childhood memories.
I also remember the green bus and the little brick castle in the playground.
It was and is a fabulous building and a wonderful place to go to school and grow up!
Added by William Wyatt on 29 March 2016
This is my school now!

Added by The best thing ever on 27 May 2016
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