Children's Party at Duncan Hall, Yarnfield

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Date:June 1947

Description:A group of children seated round a table in the Duncan Hall common room, celebrating Valerie Henshaw’s birthday, one of the resident children. Christine Cooper (the image donor) is seated at the end of the table, far left. The boy looking towards the photographer is Michael Milner who lived at Beatty Hall.

Duncan Hall, Beatty Hall and Howard Hall (all named after Royal Navy Admirals) were built in 1938 for munitions workers relocated from Woolwich Arsenal to work at the Royal Ordnance factory at Swynnerton. However, they were not occupied by muntions workers, and instead were occupied by the United States Air Force during the Second World War.
The General Post Office took over the buildings after the war, and the G.P.O. Engineering Department Central Training School opened in Yarnfield in 1946. In 1984 G.P.O. telephones became British Telecom. Since 2002 it has been under the management of Accenture, an American company supplying training and human resources services to B.T.

The Duncan Hall site was demolished in the late 1980s and is now the site of new housing on Ashdale Park and DeHavilland Drive.

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Image courtesy of: Mrs Christine Cooper

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