Elm Park 1626-1954: Country House to Preparatory School

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    Ulster Historical Foundation
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    275mm 205mm
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Elm Park near Killylea, County Armagh, occupies an important place in twentieth-century educational history in Northern Ireland.

In 1920 Seth Smith and Willoughby Weaving acquired the house and grounds known as Elm Park and established a preparatory school for boys aged between seven and fourteen. During the Second World War over 60 boys attended the school, but a decline in numbers after 1945 resulted in its closure in 1954. Many of its former pupils went on to play important roles in the world of business, industry, the armed forces, the civil and diplomatic services.

This beautifully illustrated book by Sean Barden draws on material collated by the ''old boys'' of the school. It is much more than simply a chronicle of the school, however, as the history of Elm Park and the families associated with it are covered from the early seventeenth century through to the beginning of the twentieth.

Sean Barden

Sean Barden is a gallery assistant in Armagh County Museum who has an avid interest in Armagh's past.

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