Some readers might remember Broadfield School which was a small private ‘primary’ school which operated in St.Francis church hall off Oaklands Avenue. Presumably named as it could be accessed from the top of Broadfield Lane from Hampermill Lane.
I went there from 1944 until I had to leave at 10 years old and go to Watford Fields in order to take my 11 plus exam.
The school was run by Mrs Blount who lived in Cedar Road assisted by Ms. Rosemary Golding who lived in Raglan Gardens. When Rosemary Golding was married she lived with her husband in a caravan at the bottom of the garden in Raglan Gardens. There was a gate leading out to the top of Broadfield Lane and a 2 minute walk across to the school.
There could have been no more than maybe 30 pupils in all and in order to use the toilets you had to walk from the hall through the church to the opposite end by the front door where they were situated. We used to go on nature walks down Broadfield Lane and then at the end of the day the whole school lined up in order to shake hands and say goodbye to Mrs Blount.
I think the school closed in the 50’s and sorry but I don’t have any photos. Maybe someone else has ?