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Downloads take about two minutes each - click save- if the download box gives the option. It is currently being prepared for change of use from offices into a Steiner waldorf school. Approved school for 55 junior boys. The grounds occupy a beautiful position on cliffs overlooking the Bristol Channel. Boys are helped to go out into the local community and there are valuable links with outside organisations.

The majority of boys that were placed in NCH Junior Approved Schools had not committed any crime, being placed in an Approved School was simply a safe place to house a child.

Thanks to the Captain for the use of the Headlands photo. For more of the Captains'' Photos please see: Click on this link to see photos of Sister Margaret Scorey and her boys at Coomb Download takes about 2 minutes - click to save - if download box gives the option. The Dormitory at Congleton Nice cold floors by your beds. You do not get up until Sister tells you to get up, then you pull your top sheet, blanket and cover down to the bottom of your bed, so that your top sheet does not touch the floor.

You stand by the side of your bed whilst Sister makes a bed inspection. Those boys that pass are allowed to go for their moring wash whilst their beds air. After your wash you make your bed. Sister Pearl changed the rules little in the next twenty years whilst at Harpenden.

S uch a similar layout. If you wet the bed, it remains stripped for the entire day to show every boy your problem. The huge estate would be created by Bryant Homes, and would incorporate a church and children''s nursery which currently make their homes on the site. Bryant aims to build homes on land previously home to the Danesford National Children''s Home, a development which includes 58 four-bed and 15 three-bed houses. Some 15 two-storey starter homes would also be created on the West Road site, in addition to 24 two and three-bed flats.

The New Life Church and a nursery group currently use the old school teaching block as the Danesford Community Centre, which would be retained as part of the massive new development.

Special school for children was the centenary of Edgworth, the first branch of the Home outside London, a gift to Dr Stephenson, who asked his colleague Mr Alfred Mager to take the first party of children to Lancashire.

Mager faced the task of converting a rat-infested, tumbledown inn into a home, and acres of barren moor into green and fertile land. Boys helped to quarry stones and build houses and by hard work a remarkable transformation was accomplished. Since Edgworth has become a residential special school for boys and girls who are educationally backward. Classes are so organised that each child receives individual attention at his own level and stress is placed on practical studies and positive achievements.

There are separate houses for senior boys and senior girls where older children can be encouraged to be more independent and self-reliant. At the heart of all this work is the beautiful chapel which is in daily use.

The book charts the history of the Edgworth Home and includes many moving recollections from the ex boy's and girls. The Reunions still take place today even though the the school is closed and the buildings are now sold, such is the strength of feeling for their "Home". Today it is about to be sold as an entire village. Karen Stephen visited the moorside residence that once gave hundreds of deprived youngsters a place to call home.

The silence is deafening. No more the sound of children laughing and running along the corridors, bouncing on beds, squabbling over toys in the playrooms and arguing who has the last piece of cake in the kitchens. Today the place is deserted, save for the odd bits and pieces left by the last residents of Crowthorn School. But its history is almost tangible. The original children''s home was founded in and became Crowthorn School in , a school for children with special educational needs.

Crowthorn finally closed its doors on July 27, due to increasing financial and staffing pressures. The original home''s founder was Rev Dr Thomas Bowman Stephenson whose vision was a place in the countryside that would provide the children who lived there with fresh air, a healthy lifestyle and -- perhaps most importantly in the Victorian era -- a stable home and sound education.

The home became a self-contained village with its own butcher''s shop, bakery, herd of cattle, stonemason, hospital, chapel -- even its very own quarry. The youngsters lived in surrounding houses -- all built with money donated by local benefactors. The first children arrived at the moorland site with nothing but their admission papers.

Many of these files are still housed in the office of the main school building, Wheatsheaf -- originally an inn used for cockfighting and Sunday drinking. Penny Dickinson, the housekeeper at Crowthorn for 10 years, had the job of clearing all 19 buildings. One boy arrived at just 15 months old -- records showed he had already been in the workhouse for the first seven months of his life -- because his mother had died in childbirth and his father, who lived on one room, couldn''t look after him and his brothers and sisters.

Tracing his progress through his file, we discover he thrives at the moorside home and eventually, in his teens, lands a job as an office clerk in Hull. He kept in touch with the home by letter for some years.

A considerable number of the children emigrated to Canada between and where the NCH had a home in Hamilton, Ontario. But for those children who remained at Edgworth, especially the first intakes, their main task -- for the older ones of course -- was to build their school. Together with the first governor, Alfred Mager and his wife, who was matron, they drained the land, quarried stone and prepared the site for the addition of further buildings. Other activities the children learned included clog-making, baking and dairying.

Many of these skills served them well in later life. Both wars had a massive effect on the school with the post war years seeing an increase in intakes -- fathers had been killed in action, mothers had died and children, including babies, were left at the workhouses. In , the children''s home became Crowthorn School and provided education for children with special needs. The school continued to provide the same kind of lifestyle as the the children''s home always had -- the children lived on site and the "village" was self sufficient.

New classrooms were constructed -- metalwork, woodwork and art rooms, there were rooms for domestic science and a swimming pool was added in A sports hall came soon after. The children were encouraged to take part in a wide variety of outdoor sports , which for the majority would be their first taste of being able to run free amid rolling hills instead of smog-ridden inner city housing estates.

In , Crowthorn finally closed its doors. Financial and staffing difficulties were growing, and the remaining children were relocated to similar establishments around the country.

Today, in the kitchen of Howarth residence, once home to a dozen or so youngsters, mugs, plates and glasses sit on the draining board. The cupboards are empty but were left full of food when the children left en masse one day in July last year. The playroom''s pool table is home to a host of abandoned toys, perhaps once much-loved and cuddled by tiny hands and a walk upstairs to the bedrooms reveals the artwork of the last residents -- a childish scribble on the wall, just above the Coca Cola border.

A couple of football posters adorn one wall, a tiny t-shirt thrown in the corner of the room forgotten by its owner. The whole place has an eerie, almost Marie Celeste feel to it. Look out of a bedroom window onto a glorious summer''s day, and you gaze at the desolate playground, its swings -- once flying high with excited youngsters -- now sway forlornly in the summer sunshine.

Yards away, the graves of 48 children from the home -- some who died more than years ago -- lie in Edgworth Methodist Church. The children, aged from four months to 21 years old -- were laid to rest in two unmarked graves and forgotten for 61 years. But last year, John Cartwright who died in aged nine, Henry James, aged 11, Charles William McGovern aged four months and 45 others were remembered in a memorial service and a headstone placed on their last resting place.

The Crowthorn site is a sad place. Sad because this was a home and a school that offered and gave hope to hundreds of children over the years. Children who have gone on to make better lives for themselves, here and abroad, and who return to the school year after year for reunions.

Perhaps for them there is no sadness. As Penny Dickinson says: My hope now is that, whoever buys it, treats it with respect. The complex covers Blackburn and Darwen council have drawn up a development brief and Manchester-based Matthew and Goodman are acting for the sellers. The other girl is possibly Pam Neate. Sylvia Hollings been given away at her wedding by Charles Roycroft.

Gov of Harogate, later to become Gov at Harpenden. Sister Evelyn Woolfe is third from the left. Most of the Homes are recorded in maps and ariel photographs, Click on this link and enter the post code of the Home you wish to see a map or photo of. Some of the Postcodes are now out of date, if the postcode brings a nil result try a slightly different last letter eg For Bramhope LS16 9HU will not work so try LS16 9HL, a simple change to the last letter should get the map and photo, it is best to select the scale of 1: This Page is for any NCH or other photos.

The Site of the first home. The factory soon became The Children's Home. The idea was to move children away from the smoke and dirt of London. A new home was aquired and in twenty-four boys and four girls arrived at the Wheatsheaf Inn with it's eighty acres of land at Edgworth Lancashire.

From this point the aim of getting children a clean and pleasant living was born. More branches of the National Children's Home soon were placed in the country and towns. The text used in the information part for the Homes has mainly come from the year book, or if prefixed comes from the NCH yearbook for The remaing items come from various other NCH works. Many of the Homes listed here have closed down since this text was originally devised, but it gives a clear image of The NCH Home locations.

Centre - The Children's Home. Left - The Children's Home Hospital. At the Conference of , an important step was taken affecting both The Children's Home and the neighbouring Chapel in Approach Road. The arrangement was mutually advantageous. The Church secures the valuable and attractive services of the Home Choir, the children and officers form a most interesting and important element in the congregation, and in various ways the work of the Church is helped by the presence of the Home community, and by the cordial cooperation of the officers of the Home in many branches of Christian enterprise.

The Home is benefited by the new relationship. The officers and children come out of the secluded life of their own community, and take their place in a general congregation, joining in public worship, and learning what is of great value to our children, that they have their place in the Church of God. One of the greatest perils of Institution life, is that it is extremely difficult to avoid giving the children a limited view of life, so that when they go out into the world they are unable to fall into other ways than those to which they have been accustomed in the little world of the Institution.

The sharing in common worship is an important element in the education of our children. The officers of the Church greatly value the presence of the children, and are ever ready to meet their needs. The order of services has been re-arranged so as to be suited to a Church whose congregation is to a considerable extent made up of young people; and it is proposed shortly to make such changes in the structure of the Church as may provide safely and conveniently for the attendance of the epileptic children from "Hope House.

It is thus most conveniently situated to be the ordinary place of worship for our large family. The Home Chapel, so dear to many in many lands, is still used for daily prayers, for our monthly Communion Service, and for many gatherings in connection with the internal life of the Home. Most of the branches of the NCH are often known by two names. The Home might be known by the towns location or the branch name. Malmesbury House — St. London and Northern Home Counties.

Students return to the branches after their courses, not only with fresh insight into the needs of children and how they may be met, but also with a new sense of belonging to their colleagues and the community in which they have chosen to work.

The Legard Day Nursery and the Legard Family Centre provide a service for children from the neighbourhood selected on the basis of need. Bonnor Road London Gymnastics display in the playground. Neil's Father is sitting on the immediate left of the scoreboard.

For a large collection of photographs taken by Sister Laura Harrington, please visit the Children's Photos page. Opened in , Alexandra House is a purpose-built nursery with accommodation for 20 babies and young children under five years of age and facilities for training nursery nurses. Building began in and large houses for children were set around an oval green dominated by three tall trees.

School buildings were also provided and these have been converted into a fine community hall now that children go to the schools in the neighbourhood. The fine chapel at Harpenden was built through the generosity of the late Joseph Rank. The east and west windows were designed by Mr Frank Salisbury, but the windows in the transept were brought from the Bonner Road Chapel and commemorate Dr Stephenson and his wife.

Highfield The Early Days. Originally the five blocks of houses had names. Later when each house was divided into four units it was found easier to use the numbers Numbered anti-clockwise starting with the first building on the right hand side as you entered the home. The first twelve flats were on the boys side and the remaing eight flats on the girls side.

Card sent by a Sister? Where X is, thats my house. The Oval is in centre with trees on it. Lords is number 11 on the P. The enclosed site occupies some forty acres including open grassed areas and woodland.

Various group activities are available for the children to attend during their free time and a chapel is located in the grounds. The children are now sent to the Infant, Junior and Senior schools in the local town for their education.

The Founding of the O. A house that has been provided through the generosity of Old Girls and Boys. The foundation stone laying at the new Harpenden Branch, on Wednesday 12th October Harpenden The First Girls Block to be built. Harpenden Girls Side c. Harpenden Boys Side Flats Hot water for washing and heating for flats was suppled during the 's from a single boiler unit at the rear of the flats.

This used a very cheap form of waste oil from the railways. In the winter due to the cold the oil in the main tank would turn almost solid, with the result of no hot water or heating. During burning, lead and toxic smoke and fumes are released, with possible nerve, blood damage, and cancer on exposure, not really the thing to have in a Children's Home.

On the girls side a more traditional form of clean oil fired heating was used that did not fail in cold weather. The original artist work to show how the new Harpenden branch would look.

Harpenden At The Carpenter's Bench. Harpenden A specially beautiful little cemetery was provided in a space next to the woods at the Harpenden Branch, for children and members of staff a Principal, a Vice-Principal, a Governor, and Sister Emma Goodin, old girl and Superintendent of the Sanatorium, who died in her rd year.

Sent by Auntie to Patience Frappe. I feel I owe you some explanation for not having seen more of Maureen. We have had so much trouble since early March that we have not had a normal time for weeks. However we think now that things are temporily better. Special school for 35 physically handicapped children. The sanatorium at Harpenden opened in for children suffering from tuberculosis. Since the buildings have been adapted to accommodate seriously handicapped children, both boys and girls, in a residential special school.

New classrooms have been built and special facilities provided so that Elmfield has all the equipment to encourage children to overcome their handicaps and to gain independence. Now in it is a private school with Christian ethics. General branch for 30 children. The two large houses, adapted and improved over the years, offer accommodation for children in the small, mixed family groups common throughout the Home. A simple but impressive chapel has been added by converting the original stable.

Farnborough In all the premises of The Children's Home are our own property except one. At Gravesend we have always been in a hired house. Four years ago the lease expired. We secured a short extension of our ocupancy, but for many reasons which need not here be repeated, we did not feel it right either to purchase the property or to renew the lease.

Where, then, could we go? A few years previously, a building erected for an orphanage was presented to us at Farnborough. The site was excellent, the position extremely healthy, and the existing buildings when adapted would form an admirable centre block for the Institution. By a remarkable providence, it became possible for us to purchase a large piece of adjacent land: A thorough and admirable system of drainage has been laid down. A fine playground, big enough for football, is provided.

There is room for the erection of two more houses. Altogether we shall have a very choice and admirable Institution there; and we hope the transfer from Gravesend will be effected in the early summer. Provision for this was partially made by anticipation. Age range 5 to 18 years. Who is eligible for this service?: Children with severe learning or physical disabilities between the ages of , requiring residential care. Previously known as Doddington College, Southdowns was a boarding school for 'the sons of gentlemen'.

Local children used to say that the initials, 'DC', on the flagstaff stood for 'Dirty Children'! The master of the college, Mr. Longhurst, was also the organist at the Church and formed both a Boys Choir which performed at music festivals in Canterbury and a village Male Voice Choir.

Longhurst left, the college became less popular and finally closed. After the closure of the school, the property was bought by Sister Mary Broad, a Wesleyan Deaconess; she opened a convalescent home for girls, known as the babies unit of the NCH in the 's, Southdowns is now a respite care unit for children with disabilities. Southdowns is an imposing Victorian building that was built before as a boarding school, "Doddington College". It is set in its own grounds and approached along a sweeping drive that is entered from Chequers Hill.

In its early days the college was run by a Mr. Longhurst, who was also organist and choirmaster of the local village church of St. The census shows that Doddington College then housed Mr. Longhurst and his family, plus eight staff and 37 boy pupils.

The eldest child of the Longhurst family was then aged 9 years, and the birthplace is given as Doddington, which indicates that the building predates Longhurst left the college it declined and finally closed. Around the end of the 19th century, the building was purchased by a Wesleyan Deaconess, Sister Mary Anne Broad, who turned it into "Highgate Woods Lodge", a convalescent home for girls.

She also put up most of the money in for the construction of Doddington Methodist chapel, which is now used as the village hall. Message on the back of the postcard. Dear All, Hows tricks, I am enjoying myself fine.

This is a jolly place. There are 21 girls and 4 men students, so you see I am all right. I am just going to school, sounds funny doesn't it. Message written by G. Hill possibly to his sister. We are having a really lovely time. It seems a tiny school after Harrogate, but much more of a holiday for us.

Watson is having a great time. We had a baby calf yesterday. It has "assisted community home" status; that is, it is registered by the Secretary of State and run by a Management Committee on which the Social Services Committee is represented.

Southdowns is located in Alresford. It is an old site that is difficult to use as a children's home. It currently accommodates 18 children, two of whom are from Hampshire. One is 18 years old and one Both are well established with firm links in the area and will be ready to move on to independence with support from their social workers.

Over the past few years, there have been significant difficulties within the home, which relate to both staff and children. There has been a declining demand for the service and reducing occupancy.

The consultancy recommended closure. Consultations took place with the Deputy Director and other Senior Officers of the department, who were in agreement. The children were also consulted. The closure proposal was put to the Management Committee of Southdowns on 7 December and accepted. Due to the home having assisted community home status the Secretary of State must be informed of the closure decision.

Where the Management Committee are unable to carry on the home for at least 2 years, the Secretary of State may ask the County Council to carry on the home for that period. Discussions on future options for the site will continue.

Very careful plans will be made for all the children in conjunction with their home local authorities. It should be possible for some of the children in further education to stay on the site in a smaller unit to finish examinations in the summer and then be supported in the area in lodgings or other placements.

Hampshire Social Services Department has offered assistance and support over the closure and assistance, where our resources allow, with any staffing difficulties. Section 58 of the Children Act allows for compensation to be paid to the local authority where there have been improvements on the site.

This has not been the case here and no compensation is payable. One of the units on the site could be suitable for children with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. There are also other options being explored. Alresford The branch has recently been redeveloped, in a cupboard a box was found, some long lost selection toys have been saved.

A Spectro Rocket, also a metal car with the number 53 and a metal egg. All three items were probably made in the 's. Why they were put away, we might never know, unless a former resident would like to come forward, but until then 'finders' keepers' applies.

He was never seen as a particularly talented writer in his school years, with one of his English teachers writing in his school report "I have never met anybody who so persistently writes words meaning the exact opposite of what is intended. During his years at Repton, the Cadbury chocolate company would occasionally send boxes of new chocolates to the school to be tested by the pupils.

Throughout his childhood and adolescent years, Dahl spent the majority of his summer holidays with his mother's family in Norway. He wrote about many happy memories from those visits in Boy: Along with the only two other Shell employees in the entire territory, he lived in luxury in the Shell House outside Dar es Salaam, with a cook and personal servants.

While out on assignments supplying oil to customers across Tanganyika, he encountered black mambas and lions, among other wildlife. Dahl was commissioned as a lieutenant into the King's African Rifles , commanding a platoon of Askari men, indigenous troops who were serving in the colonial army. With seven hours and 40 minutes experience in a De Havilland Tiger Moth , he flew solo; [39] Dahl enjoyed watching the wildlife of Kenya during his flights.

Following six months' training on Hawker Harts , Dahl was commissioned as a pilot officer on 24 August , and was judged ready to join a squadron and face the enemy. He was assigned to No. Dahl was surprised to find that he would not receive any specialised training in aerial combat , or in flying Gladiators.

On the final leg he could not find the airstrip and, running low on fuel and with night approaching, he was forced to attempt a landing in the desert.

Dahl's skull was fractured and his nose was smashed; he was temporarily blinded. He wrote about the crash in his first published work. Dahl was rescued and taken to a first-aid post in Mersa Matruh, where he regained consciousness, but not his sight. He was transported by train to the Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. There he fell in and out of love with a nurse, Mary Welland. A RAF inquiry into the crash revealed that the location to which he had been told to fly was completely wrong, and he had mistakenly been sent instead to the no man's land between the Allied and Italian forces.

In February , Dahl was discharged from hospital and passed fully fit for flying duties. By this time, 80 Squadron had been transferred to the Greek campaign and based at Eleusina , near Athens.

The squadron was now equipped with Hawker Hurricanes. Dahl flew a replacement Hurricane across the Mediterranean Sea in April , after seven hours' experience flying Hurricanes. Dahl flew in his first aerial combat on 15 April , while flying alone over the city of Chalcis. He attacked six Junkers Ju 88s that were bombing ships and shot one down.

On 16 April in another air battle, he shot down another Ju Of 12 Hurricanes involved, five were shot down and four of their pilots killed, including Pattle. Greek observers on the ground counted 22 German aircraft downed, but because of the confusion of the aerial engagement, none of the pilots knew which aircraft they had shot down. Dahl described it as "an endless blur of enemy fighters whizzing towards me from every side".

His squadron was reassembled in Haifa. From there, Dahl flew sorties every day for a period of four weeks, shooting down a Vichy French Air Force Potez 63 on 8 June and another Ju 88 on 15 June, but he began to get severe headaches that caused him to black out. He was invalided home to Britain. Though at this time Dahl was only a pilot officer on probation, in September he was simultaneously confirmed as a pilot officer and promoted to war substantive flying officer.

He attempted to recover his health enough to become an instructor. Initially resistant, Dahl was finally persuaded by Balfour to accept, and took passage on the SS Batori from Glasgow a few days later. He arrived in Halifax, Canada, on 14 April, after which he took a sleeper train to Montreal. Coming from war-starved Britain, Dahl was amazed by the wealth of food and amenities to be had in North America.

But after ten days in his new posting, Dahl strongly disliked it, feeling he had taken on "a most ungodly unimportant job. People were getting killed. I had been flying around, seeing horrible things. Now, almost instantly, I found myself in the middle of a pre-war cocktail party in America. Dahl was unimpressed by his office in the British Air Mission, attached to the embassy.

He was also unimpressed by the ambassador, Lord Halifax , with whom he sometimes played tennis and whom he described as "a courtly English gentleman". Dahl socialized with Charles E. At this time Dahl met the noted British novelist C. Forester , who was also working to aid the British war effort. Forester worked for the British Ministry of Information and was writing propaganda for the Allied cause, mainly for American consumption.

After Forester read what Dahl had given him, he decided to publish the story exactly as Dahl had written it. Dahl was promoted to flight lieutenant war-substantive in August This work introduced Dahl to espionage and the activities of the Canadian spymaster William Stephenson , known by the codename "Intrepid".

As Dahl later said: Stephenson promptly sent him back to Washington—with a promotion to wing commander rank. Upon the war's conclusion, Dahl held the rank of a temporary wing commander substantive flight lieutenant. Owing to the severity of his injuries from the accident, he was pronounced unfit for further service and was invalided out of the RAF in August He left the service with the substantive rank of squadron leader.

It is most likely that he scored more than those victories during 20 April , when 22 German aircraft were shot down. Their marriage lasted for 30 years and they had five children:. On 5 December , four-month-old Theo Dahl was severely injured when his baby carriage was struck by a taxicab in New York City.

For a time, he suffered from hydrocephalus. As a result, his father became involved in the development of what became known as the " Wade-Dahl-Till " or WDT valve, a device to alleviate the condition. In November , Dahl's daughter Olivia died of measles encephalitis , age seven.

Her death left Dahl "limp with despair", and feeling guilty about not having been able to do anything for her. He was dismayed by Fisher telling him that, although Olivia was in Paradise, her beloved dog Rowley would never join her there. I sat there wondering if this great and famous churchman really knew what he was talking about and whether he knew anything at all about God or heaven, and if he didn't, then who in the world did? In , his wife Patricia Neal suffered three burst cerebral aneurysms while pregnant with their fifth child, Lucy.

Dahl took control of her rehabilitation over the next months; Neal had to re-learn to talk and walk, but she managed to return to her acting career. Neal and Dahl divorced in Dahl and Crosland had previously been in a relationship. I mean there is always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere; even a stinker like Hitler didn't just pick on them for no reason.

Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak. He was very angry at the Israelis.

He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew He asked me to be his managing director, and I'm Jewish. He reportedly wanted a knighthood so that his wife would be Lady Dahl. A panel of seven academics, journalists and historians named Dahl among the group of people in the UK "whose actions during the reign of Elizabeth II have had a significant impact on lives in these islands and given the age its character".

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. Forester , was "A Piece of Cake", on 1 August His first children's book was The Gremlins , published in , about mischievous little creatures that were part of Royal Air Force folklore.

Dahl also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories; they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death see List of Roald Dahl short stories.

His three Edgar Awards were given for: One of his more famous adult stories, "The Smoker", also known as " Man from the South ", was filmed twice as both and episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents , and also adapted into Quentin Tarantino 's segment of the film Four Rooms. Dahl acquired a traditional Romanichal vardo in the s, and the family used it as a playhouse for his children at home in Great Missenden , Buckinghamshire.

He later used the vardo as a writing room, where he wrote Danny, the Champion of the World in For example the village library was the inspiration for Mrs Phelps' library in Matilda , where the title character devours classic literature by the age of four. His short story collection Tales of the Unexpected was adapted to a successful TV series of the same name , beginning with Man From the South.

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