Kendrick School Book - Long may our Lion roar


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On Saturday 9th September 2017
Long may our Lion roar  
was launched at
Waterstones, Broad Street, Reading
as part of their Heritage Day event.

Daphne signed copies of her book for former and current pupils, staff and even head teachers of Kendrick Girls' School as well as representatives of Reading School which amalgamated with Kendrick Boys' School in 1916.

Copies may be bought direct from us by sending a cheque for £15.95, made payable to Corridor Press, to 19 Portland Avenue, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2BS.  This price includes postage & packing.
Alternatively you may wish to use our order form which is available from the My Order link. 
[The C P Order Form is at the end of the My Order page]

About Daphne Barnes-Phillips and Long may our Lion roar:
Author and historian, Daphne Barnes-Phillips has written this long awaited social history of her Grammar School - Kendrick School in Reading - for her latest project.  The only known previous history of this distinguished establishment was "The Kendrick Book" written in 1948 by Miss Appleby - and was in the School Library when Daphne was a pupil there.

Daphne was a pupil at Kendrick from 1955 to 1962 and is still in touch with many of her peers from those days.  She regularly attends the annual reunions - nowadays called School Birthdays - which are held in September/October each year, so has kept a close association with and has fond memories of her time at Kendrick School.

After leaving Kendrick in 1962, she went on to Rolle College in Exmouth, to train for her career in teaching.  She wrote a social history of Rolle College, Exmouth entitled "Exmouth's ROLLE", which was published by Corridor Press, in May 2015.

Daphne has made contact with as many former Kendrick girls and members of staff as possible, from all generations, to obtain their memories and copies of any photographs from their time at the school.

Kendrick School was first housed in Watlington House, Watlington Street, Reading in 1877 and moved to its present site in London Road in 1927.  The book covers the school's history over that 140 years.  It also contains a section on Kendrick Boys' School, which started a term after Kendrick Girls', until its merger with Reading School in 1916.

Here is a selection of comments that Daphne has received since the launch of Long may our Lion Roar:

Thank you so much for the book, which arrived this morning. I’ve looked through it and started reading and it is most interesting – what a labour of love, congratulations!

Barbara Davies

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Thank you so much for ‘Long may the lion roar’ which is absolutely fascinating. I have learned so much already and will continue to dip into it. It has stirred many happy memories, especially of the staff who were so special. I recognise many of them from the 1947 photo.

Frankie Cowling

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I felt should write and congratulate you on the excellent writing including research for your new book "Long May Our Lion Roar".

Rodney Huggins OBE

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Dear Daphne - what a wonderful book!  Loved reading it on Saturday afternoon with all the interesting info in it and what some hours you must have spent on research and presenting it as well as writing it and finding photos.  Really well done.   

Lyn Carpenter

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I received the book today, thank you so much, it's amazing.  Lots to read and some great photos too. 

Jan Saunders

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Dear DaphneI'd like to add my congratulations on a superb book, the attention to detail and your research is remarkable, Daphne.  Very well done.  I enjoyed every page.

Gillian Coward


To whet your appetite here are a few of the photographs that are in the book:

This is the earliest photograph that we have found - it is on page 37 and shows staff and pupils of
Kendrick Girls' School during its time at Watlington House.  Taken c. 1890.
[Click on the image to enlarge it then use the back arrow to return to this page]

Kendrick Girls in 1947 depicted the time in 1908 when the School song "Long may our Lion roar"
was written to celebrate Miss Rundell's 25 years as headmistress. - see page 142.

Kendrick Girls' School Staff - 1947 - see page 137.

Four Year 11 Kendrick girls (with head teacher Marsha Elms) meet and entertain Margaret Thatcher on 3rd March 2009 at the Grammar School Heads Association meeting in the House of Commons - see page 193.


If you would like to give feedback about "Long may our Lion roar" please contact Daphne at: kendrickbook2017@yahoo.co.uk .