LocationEngland
LB Croydon
New Addington (CR0)
Meridian High School (formerly Addington High School), Fairchildes Avenue
Distance (S) from Greenwich
OS map detailsOS Explorer: 161
OS grid refTQ 39312.61362
(539312,161362)
WGS84 lat/long51.334291, -0.001592
TypeSundial | Ground (line)
Marking datec. 1953
AccessRestricted, but visible from public road
Greenwich Meridian Marker; England; LB Croydon; New Addington (CR0)
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c. 1953

Addington High School was formed from the amalgamation in 1984 of the pre-existing school on this site, Fairchildes School and Overbury school. A new name was needed so as not to ruffle sensibilities, and one of the names considered but rejected was Meridian School. The buildings themselves date from 1952 or thereabouts. The Meridian was marked with a sundial on a plinth, and a brass strip on the ground either at that time or perhaps more likely soon after. In September 2015, the school changed its name to Meridian High School.

A student’s painting derived from an original photo of the original unveiling exists in one of the school’s halls (1950s image set).

Between May and July 1953, a number of short articles and letters were published in The Times following the re-marking of the Meridian outside the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. None mentioned this school, but the Headteacher of a nearby school in West Wickham did have a letter published. If the original architects had known the school was on the Meridian, there would surely be more than just this sundial – perhaps a feature in the school’s entrance lobby, or even an alignment of or within the buildings themselves.

The positioning of the dial both beneath a tree and on the north side of the buildings would have limited its usefulness as a time finder since it would often have been in the shadows. It seems to have survived in tact until at least the 1970s. A refurbishment of the brass strip and the paving around it took place in 2009.