I am currently working as researcher and historian for The Hammond Performing Arts School in Chester, UK. In 2017 the school is set to celebrate 100 years since it’s founder Miss Irene Hammond came to Chester. My role is to research the history of the school and  Hoole Bank House (where the school is now housed). I am also trying to gather as many memories from past students as possible.

When I began the school knew little about it’s rich history. My research has so far taken me to all manner of sources from Newspaper archives and the Chester regional records office to the archives of the RAD.

I am posting daily updates from my research on the new Facebook Centenary Page and the Hammond History Blog.

Here are a few insights:

The Hammond School

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The first advert for Miss Hammond’s dance school in Chester.
June 1933
Miss Hammond’s students in 1933

Hoole Bank House

1869
Hoole Bank Estate in 1869
1901
The 1901 Census showing the Hayes family and their servants living at Hoole Bank Estate.
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The House was run as a Red Cross Hospital from 1914 – 1919
1960
Hoole Bank House was a YHA hostel from 1952 -1962
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