View looking east towards the rear of Cranley Court private day and boarding school for girls which was located at 22 North Park. Newly founded at the time of this photo, the school continued until around the outbreak of WWII when it was incorporated into St Mary's School.
The girls are shown here playing football. In the late 19C and early 20C womens football was very popular and attracted enormous crowds, in many cases numbering more spectators than at mens matches. After WWI when male numbers were depleted and society was attempting to regain an identity, the FA banned womens football at its grounds and this proved a terminal blow to the sport, which was only to slowly reappear following England's world cup victory in 1966.