It is been thought that the residential and educational elements of The Hammond School began with the purchase of 12 Liverpool Rd in the early 1950s. My recent research, however, has uncovered that a residential school combining dance and education was actually trialled in North Wales in the 1940s.

Advert from The Dancing Times, 1947.

In early 1947 The Irene Hammond School of Dancing advertised a ‘residential school combining education & dancing’ for junior students in collaboration with Moreton Hall School. The headmistress was advertised as Miss Grace Lloyd-Williams. The school was housed in Llantysilio Hall, Llangollen, where Moreton Hall’s junior school was based during the war and for some years after.

Llantysilio Hall, Llangollen.

By 1950 the school is advertised as now in Bryn-y-Pys Hall, Overton, Flintshire.

Bryn y Pys Hall, Overton, Flintshire. The hall was pulled down in 1957.

By 1951 this branch of The Hammond School now appears to have closed and Hampton Lodge (12 Liverpool Rd) is now advertised.

We would love to hear more about this period in The Hammond’s history. Please get in touch if you have any information?