Friday noticeboard: memories sought, and details lost

Memories of National Service?

Members of Tang Hall Local History Group are interested in hearing from York men who were conscripted to National Service. They are preparing a questionnare, which can be obtained by emailing or by telephoning Ralph Peacock on 01904 421656.

Missing bits: Scarcroft School

It’s a handsome building, isn’t it, Scarcroft School. I’ve taken a fair few photos of it over the years. Here’s one from 31 July 2007:

Scarcroft School, roof details, 31 July 2007

Scarcroft School, roof details, 31 July 2007

Apparently this photo records some architectural detail since lost. A reader emailed recently with the following observation/concern:

I wondered if I could highlight to you the changing face of Scarcroft School clock tower. Over the last few years the four finials appear to have disappeared. I imagine they were wooden and simply rotted to the point of becoming a danger to anyone walking underneath – not good in a school.
The architect was York’s WH Brierley and I reckon he (like me) would be disappointed if they’re never to be replaced.
It was listed Grade 2* in 1968 and I’m not sure what that means with regard to reinstating them but I imagine there’s a commitment to keeping the building as original as possible.

I hadn’t noticed this, but then I don’t pass this way very often. Perhaps York Civic Trust could help with the necessary restoration? Or do we just accept that details like this will rot and fall away?

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