Roedean School at Keswick: the War Years
A photograph of Roedean School on display at its wartime home in Keswick, Cumbria.
This photograph of the staff and students is displayed in the Reception Area of the Keswick Country House Hotel (part of the Choice Hotels Group). It was taken with the permission of the Hotel management during a visit to the hotel in December 2007.
Displayed on the Ground Floor of the Keswick Country House Hotel, Keswick, Cumbria is a brief summary of some of the key events and visitors in its history since it opened its doors in 1869. The following extract, transcribed with permission, summarises the evacuation of Roedean School from Brighton, East Sussex to Keswick, in the county then known as Cumberland (now Cumbria):
"At the outbreak of the Second World War, the Keswick Hotel closed its doors as a hotel and was used to house the staff at the Roedean School who were evacuated from their premises on the South Coast in 1940. The hotel provided a safe haven for some 350 girls between the ages of 11 and 16".
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