Penrhos College, a girls’ school in Colwyn Bay in Wales, moved to Chatsworth during the Second World War as its own buildings were in use by the government. The staff and students moved into Chatsworth in 1939 and didn’t leave until 1946. The State Drawing Room at Chatsworth (originally designed for visiting royals) was used as a dormitory.
Today (Thursday) 48 former pupils will be returning to view the new Chatsworth in Wartime exhibition a day ahead of its public opening on Friday. They will be taken to see their old dormitory dressed with beds and furniture.
Chatsworth experienced at least one very cold winter during the Second World War. This photograph shows Penrhos College girls skating on Canal Pond which was a popular past-time with many of them who brought their own skates especially.