Fawley Court – Documentary photography by Czesław Siegieda

Documentary photographer Czesław Siegieda recorded life in a Polish community in England from 1970 to the 1980s. Fawley Court is a country house near Henley on Thames. In 1953 it was bought by the Marian Fathers, a Polish clerical congregation, to be used as a boarding school for boys of Polish descent. In its heyday, Fawley Court had up to 140 boys between the ages of 10 and 16.

Every Whit Monday, Poles from all over the UK gathered in the grounds for a religious service followed by social events. The school closed in 1986.


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