Possibly I'd also haunt the entire length of the Avenue at the dead of night and maybe also Eastlands Copse across the railway, which was a rather nice airy and mossy coppice wood as I recall.
I wouldn't haunt Chapel or Big School, nor the Dining Hall (because I have no stomach for adolescent prattle). My old house has been turned into a girls' house, so no point in haunting there. The Prep Block? Well, the top floor was already haunted and I wouldn't want to cramp someone else's style.
The sports pitches? You've got to be joking. Too many memories of miserable mud-spattered ordeals which effectively exorcised me from Big Side and Wapplegate when I was still alive and still a teenager.
But when was the Garden Quad so named? In my day it was the Science Quad. Where/what is Wapplegate?
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As for the Garden Quad: that's what it was christened when it was laid out in 1930 (there's a slate plaque in the ground near the pond). It was named after a quad in London. But certainly no one ever called it that before 1965 at least, for us it was always the New Quad.
The New Science School had a very specific odour (of the ghostly sort you very occasionally get a whiff of elsewhere) and as it was also the scene of my first lesson, I might find myself haunting it.
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It would also have to be somewhere where there is some action - a bored ghost is a sad ghost.
If the former, it would have to be the theatre.
If the latter... golly, what choices...
Big School? The scene of exams, but also the venue for plays before the theatre was built.
The bed I slept in during my first year, the scene of frequent torture by 2 ars***oles who shall remain nameless? No, they don't have those dorms any more, do they?
The cross-country run route, if I could remember it - past Shelley's Wood, over a style and up a b****r of a hill - the rest is a blur thankfully.
Come to think of it, there's very little I disliked about CH, so I'll settle for the theatre.
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You'll probably now tell me that Wapplegate has been given a fearsomely naff new name - likewise the cinderpath - or that they've both been obliterated by a vast new housing complex for retired bokkers.
Whatever, even in my day the cinderpath was properly metalled, with nary a cinder in sight, so let's hope the name still survives against the odds.
I'm now wondering whether any of the dew ponds survives. Maybe they bowed out along with the dairy herd. A shame if so.
Michael, I well remember that distinctive smell of the New Science School, a blend of faintly-seeping gas, dismembered frogs, fishtanks and grimy parquet flooring. The Old Science School barely even had a smell (unless we count the smell of boredom), though some of the fume cupboards had a sulphurous von hanging around them and then there was the sandbucket full of tab-ends outside the door of P G Matthews' lab.
I wonder if the Arts Centre foyer, toilets and stairwells still smell like they used to many a long year ago. A smell of grout, mastic, carpet and ever-so-slight pretentiousness.
(Or do I mean pretention? Or pretence? Nurse, the dictionary and quick.)
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In my day, it was dark, damp and smelly and also the scene of a 'bocker' suicide around 1959/60, so it may well already BE haunted !!
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There is a certain ex Uni professor in NZ whom I will haunt instead.
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Mind you, for all I know, being a ghost might be pretty scary for the ghost himself (or herself). As I recall it, being alone in the Maths Block or Classics Block after dark was a pretty unnerving experience at the best of times, so why would it be any less unnerving if one were a ghost? The resident ghosts might attempt to give one the bum's rush in no uncertain terms for trespassing on their territory.
I wouldn't mind betting that Basil Gregory haunts CH every now and then. The place was his life, so why wouldn't he? Mind you, latter-day developments such as Grecians' East, Grecians' West, Barnes Wallis Avenue and Bluecoat Pond may well have driven him away in tears for all time.
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No, I'm choosing the passage that led to the Ante Room and DR's office, where I was so often summoned for various crimes. Whoooo!
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