Before the Paint was Dry

Old Hale Way County Secondary School

Robert J. Prebble

Before the Paint Was DryThe pupils of 1940 who enrolled so hopefully at the new school in Old Hale Way, even “before the paint was dry”, could never have imagined that within sixty years their handsome building would have vanished. On this site the boys and girls (strictly segregated) of the Old Hale Way County Secondary studied to the accompaniment of air-raid sirens, made jam, and were sent to dig potatoes for the war effort. Bob’s book is a treasure-trove of photographs, reminiscences, newspaper cuttings … and much, much more. Essential reading for all ex-pupils (if they dare!) and the wider public with an interest in the recent history of the town.

About the author

R.J. (Bob) Prebble is Hitchin born and bred, a product of the town’s educational system. A printer by trade, he worked locally for a number of years before diversifying briefly as a drummer in a local group, then as a military hat maker, and finally as an upholsterer before becoming self-employed for over twenty five years. Besides taking an interest in Hitchin’s history in general, he plays golf (badly!) when time allows.

This book is currently out of print.
ISBN: 0 9512109 6 3
Publisher: Hitchin Historical Society 2002
Design, reprographics and printing: Climacs Imagin, Letchworth Garden City