The sisters of La Saint Union des Sacres Coeurs arrived in Southampton in 1881 and set up a convent boarding school for young ladies in Archers Lodge on the corner of the Avenue and Archers Road. In 1904 a residential training college for teachers was established on the same site and a year later the convent school moved to new premises on the corner of Carlton Crescent and Rockstone Place. It eventually became St Anne’s School. In 1954 a large stuccoed block facing onto the curve of Rockstone Place was built to replace an original building destroyed in the Blitz, and in 1961 a three-storey extension to the school was built by architects Richard Shephard, Robson and Partners. It fits in nicely with the older three-storey Regency buildings in the crescent.

St Anne's School, Carlton Crescent

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St Anne’s School The original building in Carlton Crescent, c.1905

St Anne's School, Carlton Crescent

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Photograph, c.2000. On the far left is the extension built in 1961

St Anne's School, Carlton Crescent

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A modern view of the original building.

See also

Further reading:

LSU 100: 100 years of La Sainte Union in Southampton. (HS/ls)
Buildings of England: Hampshire and the I.O.W., by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, p560. (H/i)


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