Castlemount School, c.1930 (Dover Express).
Castlemount School, Dover
early picture from a French Postcard
In 1911, it was taken over by French monks known as Les Freres des Ecoles Christiennes who came to England because of an anti-clerical movement in France and established it as a training centre for teachers. It must be from this time that the ghost stories began. It is said the school was haunted by a ghost known as the Black Monk. In the First World War the school had a narrow escape from destruction. The monks left and the military took over the building and were using it as barracks when the very first bomb to hit Dover fell barely a metre from the perimeter wall. The monks returned after the war but eventually the school was taken over by Kent Education Committee and turned into the mixed secondary school we came to know so well.
A new school was built but in recent years Castlemount was closed, demolished
and the site re-developed with houses.