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TBT #3 – Thursday 17th March 2016 – Ballard School

March 17, 2016

#ThrowbackThursday on Ballard School

Every week we post about #TBT or #ThrowbackThursdays on Facebook (click here) and also on Twitter.

Since our last blog from January 2016 we have featured various aspects to Ballard School life.


External Plaques

2016.3.10 TBT 2000 plaque nursery picmonkey

The plaque is near disguised on the ground outside the Music School.  Tree planting is someone Ballard is hugely keen on and is a mark of respect for a time and place within our history.

Were you in Nursery when this plaque was unveiled or maybe you remember a similar event from the millennial year? Do send us your memories to

Internal Plaques

In February we featured one of our many internal plaques and our write-up on Facebook was as follows

This week we look at the Howat Shield from 1934. This was presented by Mrs Howat, a parent at this time. The shield is now placed outside our Heritage room, in our main building, but in the note it is mentioned it was in the dining room.

From the paper copy with reasons why it was presented we find out it was for:

“the boy who, by his own personal character, influence and achievement has been deemed to do most for the School and others in it”

Today we have many ways to show commendation to pupils, such as the head boy and head girl, prefects and headmasters tokens.

Our thanks go to Ian Broadway for the images.


We pride ourselves at Ballard for having some stunning period interiors from, we think, the Arts and Crafts movement. We are conducting some research into the main school house and hope to open for a special event in September 2016 as part of Heritage Open Days. 

Ballard School interiors jpg

Ballard School interiors




On the 4th February we posted about the family for which the main building was built for – do read more below.

For this week’s ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ we look a little closer at the family for which our Ballard School main building was built for. John Arnold Ubsdell the second (1841-1909) and his wife Genevieve (Jenny) Ann (nee Eads) (1840-1930). They were a very wealthy American couple who bought land to built the now main building and surrounding outbuildings and gardens.

We plan to have a booklet written with much more about the family and the history of the Ubsdell’s, the Fernhill and Great Ballard estate.

Our thanks to Ian Broadway for the work he has put into compiling this.


#TBT For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday we look a little closer at the family for which our Ballard School main…

Posted by Ballard School on Thursday, 4 February 2016


Ballard School Sport

Edinburgh House, which in 1919 was by that time what the old ‘Royal Naval School’ in Lee-on-the-Solent had been renamed, was featured in our tweet from 28th January 2016.

The name – Edinburgh House School – was adopted in 1905 after the Royal Navy requested that the old name be discontinued.

Football from nearly 100 years ago – featured here with proud grins, firm stares and a future headmaster – S. Cruickshank (far left, standing).

2016.1.27 TBT 1919 football team

Happy Birthday Ballard

Ballard School celebrates its 21st birthday this year – watch this and our other social media channels for details.

1995 newspaper clipping merger

We tweet weekly on a Thursday for #TBT from @BallardSchool and usually have a more detailed explanation on our Facebook page




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