I’ve only hearsay as a source of this fact, but it’s interesting all the same for residents of Lightwater
During World War Two Mrs Rosette Savill sheltered blind and disabled Free French personnel in her home at Lightwater House, in which in the 1950’s she opened as the Paddock Wood Girls Finishing School.
The school became well known and in the 1970’s attracting a large clientele from South America, such that expansion plans were made. With the start of the Falklands war in 1982 all of the girls from Argentina left, leaving a large hole in the income of the school.
The large loss of revenue was a major contributory factor in the school’s demise and its subsequent sale for housing development.
I live in one of the houses built on the land on which Mrs Savill’s Paddock Wood Girls Finishing School stood, as do a large number of others in Lightwater. The Victorian house in the picture was demolished, but some of its associated buildings remain, and were converted into flats.
Just thought you’d like to know.