||15 - A fireman stands before the main entrance
The fireman is Martin Rice, who's in charge. He's telling the reporter
all about what's gone on. And behind him is the wreckage of the south corridor,
and the wall of the north corridor beyond. The interesting metalwork to
the right is part of the roof-structure of the IT block. The roofs in the
background are the old gym. The stuff behind Rice's head can be seen in
the next photo.
16 - Another shot of the main entrance
Rice and Forster discuss the wreckage. There's that language lab again
(left). This time, we can see the steps over the crypt. We can also see
the north corridor to the right of shot. What's more, we get a really good
view of that central chimney and fireplace. The recessed fireplace in the
centre is art-deco in style. What look like crenellations along the top
are actually part of the girderwork of the roof section infront. I don't
remember seeing the fireplace before the fire, and I think it must've been
hidden behind a shelf-unit. Note a raised plaque area above the fireplace
itself. This is probably an ideal opportunity to mention the borders on
these pages which are based on the wall-embelishments of the lower school
Main Hall (a simple art-deco rectangle overlay design).
||17 - Mr Forster looks forlorn outside what is probably the Main
The south door to the main hall is on the left. The wall and roof structure
is visible beyond.
||18 - Looking NE through the gutted language lab
Another view of that fireplace, with the door to the main hall visible
again on the left of shot. The archway thing we saw earlier can just be
made out as a grey blur beyond the door (its precise location in the building
I've yet to figure out). Note how the east corridor and Mr Cooke's room
are not visibly damaged, despite being next to the source of the fire.
||19 - Looking SW through the central IT labs
The bushes and trees outside the main entrance can be seen through
the metal framework of the IT labs. That fireplace is over to the right, and a radiator
can be seen in the foreground. We are stood on one of the lateral corridors.
Diagram of the depicted corridor
|20 - View along a corridor
Now here's a photo that's been puzzling me. It's clearly a corridor,
but I couldn't work out where. I initially thought it must be the northern
corridor, looking west from the boys toilets or thereabouts. My reasoning
was the number of doors. The first two openings to the right are definitely
doors, and then there are three more openings where it isn't entirely clear
if they're doors or windows. This seemed more in keeping with the top corridor.
But I began to have my doubts. Mainly because there is a section of
exterior cladding poking in on the right (it's slightly less cropped on
my master-copy which is how I noticed it). That suggests that the collapsed
door in the foreground is an exterior door rather than just a firedoor
along the corridor. Well as there are only five entrances on the building,
it should be easy to work out where we are. It's not the main entrance,
it's presumably not either of the western entrances (because the fire doesn't
seem to have gotten that far), it's not the east entrance because that
opens onto the corridor at a right-angle. Therefore it has to be the south-east
entrance, meaning we're looking up the east corridor. Great.
I was still reluctant to believe for a while, because I couldn't help
thinking that the east entrance should be in view. As it is, it must be
through that dark doorway at the end of the depicted corridor block.
Having worked out where we are, we can now analyse what can be seen
in the photo. And to help us with this one, I've made a diagram (cos I'm
nice like that). The main door seems to have been held between that bit
of wall to the left and its more charred counterpart on the right (the
door is set back in an alcove). The first door on our right (beyond some
sort of beam and a well-grilled radiator) is probably the technology store.
The next door is the toilet, and then beyond that is whatever the cloak
room was converted to, I suppose. My memory of this corner is a bit weak,
it has to be said. It might be worth comparing what we see here with the
block in the next photo, which is a reflection of the block we're looking
at. So the toilet door lines up with the small window on the exterior wall.
Another curiosity in this photo lies between the door and the cladding.
If your monitor is turned up enough you should notice what appears to be
a wooden case; suitcase sized. However, another viewing of the footage
suggests that it's just some form of wall boxing.
||21 - The south-western block
If it weren't for KP stood in the yard surrounded by musical instruments,
you'd think there was nothing wrong here. The western end of lower-school
has come off unscathed. The instruments have been rescued from the cloakroom
store in the block behind (which also contains a toilet and the modern
languages office). The red-doored garage seen in earlier photos is to the
right, out of shot, and the caretaker's hedge can be seen jutting into
view. The western entrance lies beyond the shadows to the left of shot
between the south-west block and Mr Ellis' biology lab. Doe Quarry Lane
runs along the background.
||22 - Ground Zero: the east entrance
The fire was started in a bin on one of these walls (the left one presumably).
The ramp here is a recent addition. Through the main doors, a corridor
runs north/south (right/left). A single door opens onto the east quad,
and the remains of the south corridor can be seen through the door-window.
Mr Cooke's technology lab is in the block to the right of shot. This is
almost a reverse angle of shot 18.