Morgan Kendle: Dedicated Norfolk teacher and Loddon historian

A senior teacher, Morgan Kendle, who has died aged 93, taught for more than a quarter of a century at the first purpose-designed school built in Norfolk after the second world war.

As clerk to Loddon Town Council, he devised the distinctive sign featuring the Saxon Lord of the Manor, Alfric Modecope.

John Morgan Kendle, always known as Morgan, was born in 1918 over his uncle's bakery in Blakeney High Street. His father, who was a baker and ardent Methodist preacher, had bought the Briston bakery.

After winning a scholarship to Fakenham Grammar School, he still had to deliver bread by pony and trap before starting his lessons.

His parents moved to Gipsy Lane, Norwich, and Morgan, who had a job as a council rent collector, met a local girl, Margot. He was called up in 1940 and became an Army PT instructor.


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On Christmas Day 1941, he married his teenage fianc�e at Ilfracombe, Devon, before embarking for India. He rarely spoke of his wartime experiences in Burma, Malaya and India but returned home as acting major in June 1946 to a young son that he had never seen.

He took a fast-track teacher training course and accepted his first post at Sprowston. Then in 1953, he was appointed PE teacher, with history and English at Loddon Secondary Modern School.

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He organised many school trips and camps at Holt Hall and Santon Downham and even took parties to London and Dublin.

As a history teacher, he devised the town sign and the original model was made by his wife. For many years, it stood on the window sill in the history room.

After joining the English department, he often produced school plays and many scripts were written by his wife. Responsible for the school library, he encouraged pupils to share his love of books.

He was proud to remember many traditions which continued at Hobart High School after it became a comprehensive and he retired after 27 years as senior master, living at Chedgrave for the last 10 years.

His widow died two years ago and he leaves five children, 13 grand-children and 21 great grandchildren.

A private funeral service is to be held.

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