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The Avenue Field Then and Now

The fields at Bishops have a historical background. Sport has been played on the fields since the school started at Woodlands in 1850.

This Morning, the view from The Mitre
This Morning, the view from The Mitre

The fields at Bishops have a historical background. Sport has been played on the fields since the school started at Woodlands in 1850 (established the year before at Maynier's Cottage, Protea, Bishopscourt in 1849).

Above is a photograph taken this morning (4th May 2021), across the Avenue Field with the historic Avenue in the background. Previously, the first major field was that parallel to Sandown Road which was called the U15 Field. There were also tennis courts along the cemetery boundary. According to John Gardener's 'Bishops 150' these were removed in the 1940s, and three fields laid out as they are today, the Avenue, the Range and the Cemetery fields respectively. These three fields are used as rugby and cricket fields in winter and summer respectively.  The Avenue Field gets its name from the one running east-west on the Avenue, the Range where the shooting-range used to be, and the Cemetery next to what used to be the Graveyard. 

 

If you have any stories that you would like to share please contact Paul Murray the school archivist at [email protected]  It could well be worth something to share. 

 

 Photo of the U 15 Field taken in 1913

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