Weather Vanes (3) John Roan School
We haven’t had a weather vane for aaaages, so here’s one I snapped the other day whilst walking past John Roan School up by the park. After some uncertainty it looks as though the school will now remain where it is rather than moving to the Peninsula. I guess there are equal quantities of people pleased and fed up about that.
The architects were the fabulously-monikered Percy Boothroyd-Dannatt and Sir Bannister Flight Fletcher, author of the seminal A History of Architecture, now in its millionth imprint, and costing a packet (though earlier editions are cheaper and well worth owning. I wish I did…) – and it was built by Bovis in 1926-8. Presumably it’s the Bannister Fletcher connection that makes it Grade II listed.
The listing doesn’t mention the weather vane, which is a shame, but it’s not hard to work out that the stag is a simplified version of the Roan coat of arms (three stags rampant topped by a stag’s head holding an acorn in its mouth and the motto, “Honore et Labore”)
I don’t have a fantastic zoom on my camera, so here’s as close as I can get.
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