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Welcome to the Apley Park School and Millichope School web site.

The Apley Estate

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Hi my name is Graham Jackson and I was a student at Apley Park Boarding School between the years of 1975 and 1980. During my time at Apley I was known as Moriarty. As most of you know the original site was born in 1995 as a result of a project for my degree, and over the last sixteen years it has grown from a few pages to over two hundred pages - and is still growing! Over four hundred old boys and teachers have made contact with the site. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed material for the site.

Main Hall

Main Hall - Taken in March 2013

This site mainly consists of information on Apley Park  School. Any information on Millichope School can be found in the dedicated Millichope School, section which can be accessed from the main menu on the left, the Millichope School section also gives details on the transfer from Millichope School to Apley Park School in 1962.

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The last ten people who have contacted the site are: The most recent feedback left is: The most recent additions to the site are:
Les Davies who attended Apley Park School between 1972 and 1973 contacted the site on: April 21, 2014
Robin Hill who attended Apley Park School between 1966 and 1971 contacted the site on: March 14, 2014
Clive Marrs who attended Millichope School between 1960 and 1962 contacted the site on: March 6, 2014
Roger Gaunt who attended Millichope School between 1960 and 1962 contacted the site on: March 3, 2014
Mervyn Price who attended Millichope School between 1959 and 1962 contacted the site on: March 2, 2014
Chris Davies who attended Millichope School between 1961 and 1964 contacted the site on: February 23, 2014
Philip Royal who attended Millichope School between 1958 and 1961 contacted the site on: January 23, 2014
TONY HALL who attended Millichope School between 1953 and 1956 contacted the site on: January 5, 2014
Robin Christian who attended Apley Park School between 1971 and 1977 contacted the site on: December 13, 2013
Bill Mottershead who attended Millichope School between 1953 and 1956 contacted the site on: December 1, 2013
I stumbled across this site and what wonderful memories.

Submitted by: Clive Marrs on: March 7, 2014

Graham I have just read all through the comments and have discovered that my trainer Mr Shultz and his Dear Lady are deceased God rest there souls. So very sad to hear that news and wish I could have met with him one more time. Graham I am late starter on the computer front but in sincerity I think you have created a fantastic site here and I congratulate you. Have discovered the matrons name through reading your site Miss yapp has also passed over. She was a diamond and very good to all the pupils at the school and most professional at her job. God rest her soul getting upset now as I am looking at her in an old school photograph. Was trying to remember names and thanks to reading comments found it. I am hooked and just hope you do not get fed up with my writing in all the time. Thank you graham Bert.

Submitted by: Philip Royal on: January 27, 2014

Hello Graham This is just to say I do have a photograph which will gladly send to you if you could use it on your web site. I only remember so many of the assembled staff and pupils but you may know more? They were very happy days at the school which taught me lots of very important lessons and the one that shaped my life was you can never run away from life. As you may remember three times in the book you went in front of the cabinet and then outside the head masters office in the evening for either cane or strap. I was nine times in the book and had to go down Monday Wednesday and Friday did two of the three then did a runner. Got as far as the church in Munslow where I met the local Vicar who was most enlightening in his chat with me and I proceeded to walk back to the school and was met by the headmaster in his car. I still had to go and receive my punishment on the Friday evening but was something I have never forgotten that story has stayed with me all those years. Will pull stumps there this could end up as a book. Kindest Regards. Philip Royal

Submitted by: Philip Royal on: January 25, 2014

I have very happy memories of Millichope and I do possess some photos of our camping in Snowdonia. Was it Lake Gywnant ???? I can send them to you if you like. I wish I had the school photo of all of us from 1960 and 1961...I did have them but over the years they got misplaced. I love the site by the way.

Submitted by: Ian Davidson on: November 27, 2013

I recently visited the Apley Walled gardens(15 Oct 13)in a tour conducted by the estate head gardener. It was marvellous to see the old garden area been restored and now growing vegatebles for the estate farm shop.Also the green houses are been restored to their former glory. I remember the area of the gardens that the school use to use for lessons i.e. growing vegatables and attending to the chickens. Bought back good memories. Although the whole garden area was overgrown the estate have made very good progress trying to restore it all. Well worth a visit. Check out Apley Farm shop web site.

Submitted by: John Leith on: October 21, 2013

Phillip Royal has sent me a photograph of the Millichope School intake for 1961. The Photograph can be found on the The Phillip Royal Collection page, located in the Millichope School Photograph Section.

Added: 02nd February 2014

The obituary for Gerry Gladwell has been added to the Obituaries Section and I have added two more newspaper cuttings to the Paper Cuttings Section They are the two sponsored swim articles.

Added: 04th November 2013

Brian Dickin has supplied 5 photographs of a camping trip which have been added to the site. They can be viewed from the School Activities page in the Photograph Section They are the last five photographs. Thanks Brian.

Added: 08th March 2013

Alan Ventress has been in contact with the site again. He has submitted an extract from autobiography which can be found on his page in the Site Guestbook Section.

Added: 31st December 2012

Geoff Gwilt has sent me numerous article from the Millichope School magazine. The articles can be found on the School information, Articles and Email's page.

Added: 21st November 2012

Gerald Pritchard has added photographs which can be found on the Millichope photograph section page.

Added: 13th July 2012

Geoff Gwilt has sent me some photographs of his time at Millichope. They can be found on the The Geoff Gwilt Collection page, located in the Millichope School Photograph Section.

Added: 24th March 2012

Mike Hands has sent me some photographs of his time at Millichope. They can be found on the The Mike Hands Collection page, located in the Millichope School Photograph Section.

Added: 15th March 2012

Two photographs of Linley Station have been added to the site. They can be viewed from the Apley Park and Estate page in the Photograph Section They are the last two photographs. Thank you Lady Harriet Hamilton.

Added: 07th October 2011

Ian Haime has sent in two newspaper cuttings from the Express and Star published in 1960, visit the Millichope - Newspaper Cuttings section. The cutting are called 'A Remarkable School' and 'Ingestre Hall - Ideal for school'.

Added: 06th October 2011

Another great reunion, you can view the photographs on the newly created 2011 Reunion page. You can also put your names down for the 2013 reunion, see the Apley Reunion 2013 page.

Added: 15th May 2011

I have added the Millichope school song to the School information, Articles and Email's page. Thank you Bill Lewis.

Added: 3rd February 2011

I have added three newspaper cuttings to the Apley Newspaper Cuttings section. They are called 'Apley surge to final and keep record' , 'Apley stay in trim for county final' and 'Apley warm up'. They are shown at the bottom of the pull down list.

Added: 30th January 2011

Bill Lewis has sent in a newspaper cutting from the Shropshire Magazine published in 1950, visit the Millichope - Newspaper Cuttings section.

Added: 29th January 2011

Bill Thacker has sent in a newspaper cutting relating to Apley from the Shropshire Star, visit the Newspaper Cuttings section.

Added: 17th May 2010

Robert Oakley has added photographs to the Millichope Photograph Section. Robert has sent photographs of Skipol airport and the YFC, dated 1960/61.

Added: 11th January 2010

Bill Roger has added photographs to the Millichope Photograph Section

Added: 20th July 2009

Added more photographs taken by Jaz to the Charlton Arms 2009 Reunion page.

Added: 7th July 2009

There are 443 students or teachers who have registered with the site so far, to see their details, visit the Site Guestbook page. Can you please register your details with the web site, by filling in the Register with the site form, which can also be accessed from the Navigation Bar on the side of the page. There are 187 students who have left feedback with the site, to see other peoples feedback, visit the Site Feedback page. Please send me your thoughts on the site by filling out the Site Feedback form, which can also be accessed from the Navigation Bar on the side of the page. I am always after Apley memorabilia, if you have any Photographs, certificates, newspaper cuttings, or letters please send them on to me. Either Email Me, or Register with the site and I will send you my address. Everything will be returned!

Most of you when visiting the site will be searching for friends from your year; the quickest way to achieve this is to click on Site Guestbook button on the navigation bar at the side of the page. When the page opens enter your search criteria into the form and press 'Search database'. The page will be updated with the search results.

Please note that facebook now has an Apley Park School Old Boys group which is rapidly growing in size. The group can be accessed by clicking on the icon below.

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Apley Old Boys

Apley Park School was located near the villages of Norton, Stockton and Sutton Maddock, which are a few miles from the town of Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

Unfortunately due to Shropshire County Council education cuts in the eighties Apley Park School has now closed down. The last year of education was in 1987.

After Apley closed the building remained uninhabited for many years and suffered from horrendous damp problems and vandalism. The "Apley Hall Restoration Trust" then purchased Apley Hall and the surrounding buildings (Classrooms etc). The trust then started to restore the hall and surrounding buildings and eventually obtained planning permission to convert the hall into luxury flats.

In Feb 2004 the House went up for auction and was sold to developers Earlstone under the company name Apley Hall Restoration Ltd. Earlstone developed the Estate into 17 houses, apartments, and mews houses, with the House itself divided into five grand mansion houses, completed and sold in 2006-07 with the Apley Hall House incorporating the main entrance being the most expensive at £1.5 million, the others being the Library House, Georgian House, Garden House and Courtyard House. The surrounding 8,500-acre Apley Park estate is still owned, since 1868, by the Hamilton family's Apley Estate

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