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Photographs taken inside West Mon School, Pontypool in 2010

March 8, 2012


I have visited West Mon several times over the last ten years and the last time I was there I took a few photographs. Some things had hardly changed a lot whereas there has been great changes in other places. As I know there are some old Westmonians living far away from Pontypool, some in lands far away, I thought they, and possibly others, might like to see what West Mon looks like on the inside today.

This is the main hall, and, what luxury, chairs to sit on! In the 1940s every day 400 boys would stand in the hall for assembly, and not a word from anyone. We kept a narrow aisle down the centre ready for the entry of the headmaster R.S.Harrison when we were all assembled. The one thing that old boys will notice is the absence of the stage which has now been completely removed. That was where all the staff, suitably gowned, would sit during assembly. Incidentally, those peculiar creatures with the long hair are called “girls” and are now allowed into this hallowed place !!

This is the Memorial Window that all old Westmonians will certainly remember. This is one of the things that has not changed.

And exactly opposite the Memorial Window is the Roll of Honour. This has not changed either, nor have the matching door frames and panelling.

 I took this photograph standing in the doorway to the hall. You can see the main doors in the front of the school. A door to the right of those doors used to house the school library. Opposite that was a small room where my Six Arts form was housed. There was just about enough room for eight boys and a master.

 This is the room which is now the waiting room of the reception office which is to the left. My desk was to the right of the window and there were three rows of desks with very little space in between.

In this photo the main door is to the right and the hall door is to the left. The large notice board blocking the door on the right is where the new Form One was established and which I refer to in a much earlier posting about the drowning tragedy in 1947. This might bring back memories for Peter Jeffereys of Ilfracombe. Opposite that door is the extra entrance into what was Form 3A in 1943. The blue fire-doors are a modern addition.

That’s all the photographs I took on that day. I hope they are of interest to some visitors. Any comments will be welcome and, if there is any old West Mon boy living far away and would like to see some other part of the school, please contact me and, when I next visit, I can take some more photographs.