First baby to be born at Duncan Hall, Yarnfield

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Date:1947

Description:Christine Cooper (the image donor) a few months old, outside Duncan Hall being held by Ann Howard, one of the other, older children also resident at Duncan Hall. Christine had the honour of being the first baby ever to have been born to resident parents at Duncan 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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Source: Miscellaneous Collection

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