Originally a barracks called Argonner Kaserne on Soester Straße, Hamm, Nordrhein-Westfalen and built in 1937/38, the British took control and renamed it Brixton Camp. At first the camp housed German and Austrian POW's and then went on to be the base for the Polish 61st Tank Transporter Unit.
In 1953 Brixton Camp reopened as Windsor School which was a mixed boarding school and stayed that way until 1959 when it became the male only Windsor Boys School (WBS). The nearby Newcastle Barracks opened up as Windsor Girls School (WGS).In 1981 WBS became mixed again and then finally closed its gate in 1983.
Remains of the Dining Block. (2020)
Photograph courtesy of Chris Brooking
After seeing images online showing the remains of Windsor Boys School / Windsor school in Hamm, like many others that went to the school between 1953 and 1983 there was a disappointment that it won't be there anymore. I never really had the chance to go back to Hamm and have a look at the old buildings and always thought they would have been converted into apartments or something else. No chance of that and all that was left in 2020 was a pile of debris from the Dining block.
I have a keen interest in 3D modelling so it was time to bring the school back to life and show the buildings and grounds as they would have been during that 30 year span.
Thanks to the kind and knowledgeable members of the Windsor Boys and Windsor Girls School FB groups there were many old photographs and even a floor plan of the entire grounds to use for reference.
Created over two years, the final virtual tour consists of 39 X 360 degree images of various locations throughout the school grounds. Included in the tour are popup image galleries displaying personal photographs from both pupils and teachers who have kindly allowed the photographs to be displayed outside the Facebook groups. A full list of the owners can be found on the tours Credits page.
Old shooting range and Garden
Chapel St Boniface
Old stables area
Donate any amount you wish to help towards the tour hosting. No PayPal account is required.
The full tour contains thousands of images to make up the 360's and these all use a lot of bandwidth when people view them online.
Making a donation will help contribute towards the additional bandwidth charges and keep the tour online so you can return anytime.
It's also an ongoing project so more photographs will be added when I receive them from ex-students / teachers / staff.
I'm still on the lookout for more images. If you have any negatives or slides of WBS (any year) that will probably end up in the bin during clearouts or downsizing, please send them over and I can scan and restore them if needed. Even printed photographs that you may have no need for anymore, let me get them up on the tour so everyone can see them.
Please get in touch using the contact form below and I'll get back to you with a link for you to upload any digital files. If it's negative, slides or prints you have then I can pass on my mailing address.
Just added another 80 images to the various tour pages, including several to the Assembly Hall area as it was lacking in live bands and socials. To date, there's a total of 277 images of students, teachers & staff displayed near the location the pictures were taken. Thanks to the Facebook groups and also the non-Facebook users that sent emails with attachments.
I'm still on the lookout for more if they become available. If you have any negatives or slides of WBS (any year) that will probably end up in the bin during clearouts or downsizing, please send them over and I can scan and restore them if needed. Even printed photographs that you may have no need for anymore, let me get them up on the tour so everyone can see them. I still don’t have anything to display for the late 1950’s.
Please get in touch to let me know what you have and for my postal address.
Added two new images of the swimming pool taken in the 60s.
A new popup page was created to show the Speech Day program that was kindly donated by John Rayner. This can be found via the movie camera link located in the middle of the front sports fields. Previously this link just showed the move clip.
The virtual tour goes live.
When the 360-degree images load, you can look around in all directions.
Drag the slider left or right to switch to the before or after view.
The modern view is from Google Earth
Here's the very first attempt of Block 5A, Balmoral and Edinburgh houses.
I put the main project on hold as I wanted to make a winter scene based on the this image I found online showing a sunset.
Working out the direction of the shot, it was either taken from the fire escape or one of the windows up in Block 5 which was Caernarvon so I went with the window scene and included items from 1979 / 1980.
You can view the full size version here and this one allows you to zoom in and out and listen to the recorded audio track of 'Sounds Like Sunday' on the BFBS Radio show.