The Houseblock Lofts

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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by Angela Woodford » Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:27 am

Foureyes wrote:michael scuffil says:

"...I shall not reveal the names of my credible first-hand sources..."

Possibly an unfortunate choice of words, given the circumstancers!?

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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by J.R. » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:22 am

Foureyes wrote:michael scuffil says:

"...I shall not reveal the names of my credible first-hand sources..."

Possibly an unfortunate choice of words, given the circumstancers!?

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Hmmmmmm ???
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by Great Plum » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:01 pm

Thinking of the lofts, I never knew anyone who ventured into them but a rumour persisted for a number of years that you could get from the boarding house lofts into the attached housemaster's houses' lofts (the ones built in 1902).

I was able to prove this wrong as I had one of the attic rooms in Peele A attached house and I had a small door that led into the rather large attic - the attic stopped at the wall of the boarding house (it wouldn't have been at the same height as the attic in the boarding house as the floor heights are different...)
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by Mid A 15 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:48 pm

I can't recall ever entering a loft.

As others have said the tube (s) were more interesting.
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by michael scuffil » Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:58 pm

The tubes were more interesting, but more crowded. They were used by smokers, but not I think for romantic assignations, or at least, not much. Another (in itself) boring place was the flat roof on top of the staircase. This was used by nude sunbathers.
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by Lightbulbbroken » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:18 am

Tubing?
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by Great Plum » Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:08 pm

Underneath the boarding houses and extending out to other buildings on the campus is a series of tunnels called the 'Tube'. These were orignally there to enable people to walk across campus without getting wet as well as being a useful place for storage etc.

About 25 years ago (I guess), they were closed to most people as they have asbestos in them - they are now used as service tunnels and the gas pipes, phone lines etc run down there... as you can guess, it makes for some good exploring!
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by J.R. » Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:43 pm

Wih the dim and somewhat intermittant lighting, one would probably have described the tubes in the late 50's & 60's as very 'Hogwarts/Harry Potterish'.
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by sport! » Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:12 pm

Chrissie Boy wrote:No - not the name of a band.

I was wondering whether any of you ever ventured into the seldom-visited lofts of the old houseblocks at CH Horsham. I was always rather amazed by the fact that whilst Tubing was relatively commonplace, exploring the lofts was apparently unknown.

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Yes! Barnes B circa '76. Not a full exploration above the dorms though. I only remember staying close to the loft hatch entrance. As I remember, it was more like a small room - can't recall there being access any further, so I couldn't say either way - it did make a nice, peaceful private room and storage place for things you didn't want to be found.
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by Chrissie Boy » Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:56 am

And the bat guano?

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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by Wuppertal » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:41 am

When I was on my LE I lived in 'top north' dormitory, by the fire escape stairs (which we were allowed to use completely as normal stairs). For about a week there were some builders doing something up there. Only upon reading this thread has it sprung to mind the idea of 'exploring' them. I'm surprised that, to my knowledge, when this unknown building work was going on, no-one in my dorm made any attempt to see what was there. But I suppose it's just a loft and is not like a whole exciting network like the tube. I've never been in the loft in my own home but don't much care!

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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by michael scuffil » Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:50 pm

It occurs to me that they did have a legitimate use too. In Thornton B we stored the house sledges in the loft. I was there from 55 to 63. We used the sledges twice: in my first year (early 56), for about three days, and in my last year (early 63) for a very long time.
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by Great Plum » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:24 pm

House sledges... I like the sound of that...

I'm suprised that the school made it through that 1963 winter with what I have heard...
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by J.R. » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:50 pm

Great Plum wrote:House sledges... I like the sound of that...

I'm suprised that the school made it through that 1963 winter with what I have heard...
Probably the worst I can remember, though there was one worse end of the 1940's/early 1950's, but I was too young to remember that one.
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Re: The Houseblock Lofts

Post by michael scuffil » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:58 pm

The winter of early 47 was worse, if only because there were constant power cuts (which I can just remember).
As for 1963 at CH, it was actually quite fun. It had some very good sides -- no mid-morning PT for a start, and "activities" consisted mostly of sledging in Denne Park.
I remember that my swab and I kept my study fire going uninterruptedly for about five weeks. It was quite illegal -- we weren't supposed to light them until 4 in the afternoon. But in the evening I would cover the remains with ash, and in the morning he would come in and fan the last few embers into a fire, so the study was warm by the time I got there at 7.30 (I was an honorary house captain, so I was allowed to be late for breakfast.) While doing the fire, he also used the (illegal) electric kettle to make my early-morning tea, which he brought to me in bed. Those were the days...
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