I was looking for the college, here is a post card photo of it taken on 30th July 1911, attributed to one Eug. Texereau, (as are many of the old post card photos). As you can see five windows on the first floor and five little ‘dorma’ windows in the roof.
Now there is a building near the traffic lights which has a similar structure.
However the dorma windows and roof are not quite right and it also has a large clock tower at the right hand end. Here is a better photo of the clock tower part.
Then I found this other old postcard which is definitely the building in my photos.
This is entitled ‘Caisse d’Epargne’ and dated 29th March 1910 also attributed to Eug. Texereau.
So we have two buildings obviously different and existing at vitually the same time, thus ruling out the possibility that the tower was added sometime later. Possibly both built/designed by the same architect/builder.
Incidentally the clock stopped at 25 minutes to 7 or 6.35 but whether that was am or pm and what year who knows?
If any one can enlighten me as to the location of the actual College, ( is that at the top end towards Super U or Attack and Lidl supermarkets?) then I will be able to do a ‘past and present’ on that building and if any one knows anything about who built or designed either building then that would also be most interesting.
The Caisse d’Epargne is a mutual savings bank with branches all over France it also has a cycling team. See what Wikipedia has to say about it.