Strode’s College historic pillar crashes down after van wedged
A delivery van became wedged in the arched entrance to Strode’s College and construction workers tried all they could to save the historic pillar.
A historic pillar at the entrance to an Egham school has been destroyed by a delivery van.
The red brick pillar toppled over after a Yodel delivery van, delivering parcels to Strode’s College, got wedged between the entrance pillars on Tuesday (October 28).
“A delivery van decided to come in the wrong way,” said Strode’s principal, Anna Fielding Smith, who was called in from annual leave to deal with the disaster on site.
“It pulled one of the gate posts down causing devastation,” she added.“Luckily, contractors were on site and held up the gate post with a digger.”
Workmen, who were building new changing rooms on site at the time, climbed on top of the van to unscrew the metalwork sign freeing the Mercedes-Benz delivery van.
The gothic red brick building of Strode’s College has held three forms, originally built in 1706 with £6,000 left from Mr Henry Strode, it was then rebuilt in 1828 to include almshouses and later in 1915 when it opened as a boys’ grammar school in 1919.
Although the date of the pillars is unknown, the college’s insurance company will now take on the task of sourcing historic bricks to restore it.
“The post is at waist-height now, it’s very old, we want a proper reconstruction done,” said the principal, who did not remember the name of the delivery company. “The entrance is fine, it’s quite safe, we still lock the gates and the other pillar is sound.
“It was really very sad, it took three hours to sort it, one visitor was stuck for three hours and some of our staff had to direct traffic.
“We will make sure we replace them [the pillars] with something similar, some bricks are reusable and cornered off on the front lawn.”