This photograph was given to me by my cousin Pauline Shaw nee Hough and shows the sixth form at Grangefield Grammar School, possibly taken in 1968. Pauline is sat on the extreme left of the front row. Can you name the staff or any of the pupils?
Image and details courtesy of Martin Birtle and Pauline Shaw.
A view of the Church of England School on the Green, Billingham c1950.
Photograph and details courtesy of William Bennett.
Sports certificates for ‘First Prize’ issued to my late father-in-law Albert Hindmarsh, June 21, 1940 and June 20, 1941 during the 30th and 31st Annual Sports Day at Stockton Secondary School.
Images courtesy of Norman Hill.
What is now Wolviston Primary school on the village Green, situated on the outskirts of Billingham, 1983.
A view of the old National School on The Green in Norton, 1975.
This photograph was taken in November 1980 and shows the demolition of Richard Hind Senior schools to make way for new housing. I attended both the junior and senior schools between 1953 and 1964.
Photograph and details courtesy of Ian Pirie.
The front of the former school house at Cowpen Bewley taken in 1978.
Views showing the old entrances to the Boys and Girls sides, the school hall and the school siren (war relic).
Photograph and details courtesy of Philip Moore.
All ready for a school trip, pupils from Oxbridge Lane School c1955.
Can anybody identify the class children and teacher? Kathleen Knowles is on the front row 4th from right, c1955.
Photograph and details courtesy of William Bennett.
Class at Newtown Junior School c1969/70. Who do you recognise?
Photograph and details courtesy of Robert Ross.
End of term report for Peter Brookes – Class 3A, July 1961 and Class 4A, July 1962, Oxbridge Lane School.
Images and details courtesy of Peter Brookes.
Bill Burnett has written his memories of his time at St. Gerard’s school for my album project and I thought it may be an idea to use his words. Bill was at the school in the early to mid 1950s.
‘There were just four classrooms in the school with folding partition ‘walls’ between them; infants at one end, the seniors at the other. When the folding partitions were opened up a fair sized space was created, which had been used in the past for Sunday mass; though I don’t remember it being used for that purpose while I was there. Miss McNamee took the infants, Mrs McGloghlan took the next class, then Mr Carroll took the third class, and finally the headmaster Mr. Morrisey took the senior class. I have a clear memory of my first day at school and being paired with another boy – his name long forgotten – who was very tearful after his mum had left. We were given a toy ‘shop’ to play with. At some point in the proceedings Miss McNamee asked if anyone could count to more than 10. My hand shot up and I confidently counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace; my parents and grandparents were keen card players and I was all too familiar with the hierarchy of a pack of cards! Miss McNamee was highly amused but my mother was mortified when she told her. On another occasion we had an inspector visiting the school he wrote the initials B.Sc on the chalk board and he asked if anyone knew what they stood for. Muggins responded with “British Sugar Corporation”. Well – at that time if you went shopping and bought sugar it came in blue paper bags with British Sugar Corporation printed on the side; a reasonable mistake to make I think.
Behind the school there was a playground with a toilet block and to the side a sloping playing field, which was out of bounds in wet weather.
The lower part of this field was largely devoid of grass and after rain we would often find small coloured patches on the surface of the mud, indicating that there was a metallic object buried beneath. These would be eagerly dug up in the hope of finding a coin. In those days we used to have free milk delivered to the school in 1/3 pint bottles. In the winter the milk often froze and pushed the foil top off leaving the creamy top part sticking out of the bottle – ice cream!’
Courtesy of Bruce Coleman and Bill Burnett.
Our first year at Grangefield Grammar school for Girls in 1959/60.
Photograph and details courtesy of Patricia Rendall.
These photographs were taken by my late uncle, Albert Abbott, they show the demolition of the Technical College on Finchale Avenue in Billingham in 2003.
Many thousands of people passed through this establishment learning scientific, engineering and artistic skills and went on to many different occupations, teaching, acting, engineering and much more besides.
As a child I remember it being built and it was a terrific playgound for young boys, heaps of sand and gravel, piles of bricks and holes filled with water,we could get dirty and damp within a few hundred yards of our homes, sheer magic.
In later years I did evening classes there, night school as we called it, at both the Billingham and Oxbridge sites and also went to the theatre a number of times, including the opera ‘Don Pasquale’ with my school music club, my first and last foray into the world of opera.
It had most likely past its usefulness with the rise of University education for all and a lesser requirement for technical skills as industry faded away and administration and service work increased, still, it is always sad to see something you have grown up with disappear forever.
Photographs and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.
Back Row from left to right: David Clish (Head Boy), The infamous Mr Phillips (Headmaster), Billy Davidson (Deputy Head Boy).
Front Row from left to right: Pauline Jackson (Head Girl) and Eileen Alderson (Deputy Head Girl).
David Clish became a doctor, both Pauline Jackson and Eileen Alderson became teachers, the latter appears in the Billingham Roseberry Teachers photograph on this site.
I am sure there are many visitors to this site who will remember Mr Phillips unusual military style of running a school. This photograph of the head pupils at Billingham North School was loaned to me by Pauline Jackson.
Details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.