Demolition of Nelson Higher Grade School

Demolition of the Higher Grade School on Nelson Terrace, Stockton. Taken 2 December 1984.

Taken by Roz Prichard, courtesy of Carole Prichard.

12 thoughts on “Demolition of Nelson Higher Grade School

  1. I, too, as part of my indentured apprenticeship as fitter, attended school in this memorable building, commencing in 1943. Mr. Goodier was my math teacher there as he had been when I earlier attended Richard Hind School. Mr. Dumble was the sports director at the day school, later becoming also Assistant Head. As you know the “Sec” was abandoned, to be replaced by Grangefield Grammar that was developed on the former Kidd’s farm property, and as a school chum of Frank Kidd I recall the farm house, complete with side of ham hanging from the ceiling in the kitchen and the paraffin stove.
    It is sixty years since I left Stockton and England, but thanks to Picture Stockton I can still keep in touch with my past and jog my memory regularly – with great pleasure, I might add.

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    • Thank you Ronald, I have wracked my brains for the name of my other Maths Teacher at Richard Hind as well as Eggy Plummer, Mr Goodier, that was the name that was lost to my memory. They both helped me to succeed in a life where maths were tools of the trade, Boilermaking then Engineering.


  2. My mother and father and one of my sisters attended this school. I sat the 11+ exam here in 1950 prior to attending The Grammar School.


  3. I started at this school after passing the 11 plus in 1949. Our classroom was on the top floor overlooking the play ground. We then moved to Grangefield in 1950.


  4. Apologies if this is a silly question, but could this be where my late father and uncle, Trevor and Alwyn Jones, attended school in the late 1920s and 1930s? Also my grandfather Everett Jones in the late nineteenth century? According to my dad’s family history, they attended the local Secondary (Higher Grade) School, which I believe was the predecessor of the buildings at Grangefield near where my father and brother and their parents lived. I do not live in the area (and have never done so), so I don’t know whether this is correct or not, and I would be grateful for some clarification. A sad end if it is their old school but,as you say, good that photos have been retained to this day. Thank you.


    • Martin, the School opened in 1896 to the best of my knowledge so your kin could well have attended. Picture Stockton Archives would be a good place for you to look.


  5. Good to see these photographs by Roz Prichard d 2016. Roz had the foresight to record such scenes for posterity, as indeed did other regular contributors to the site.


  6. Not that long ago in the general scheme of things, 1984, but I hope that school plaque was saved even if it’s hidden away from public view. It should have been saved, re-mounted and displayed somewhere else within the town centre. What a shame , what a loss.


  7. Sadly, another memory turned to rubble. In September 1957, I came to this building to sign on for my night school classes that were provided at the Stockton and Billingham Technical College in Oxbridge Avenue. I had just become an apprentice at Head Wrightsons. I am still useless at algebra but I can recite the definition of Boyle’s Law and Charles Law.


    • That made me laugh Roy. Leaving Richard Hind I started to serve my time with Browns Sheet Iron and Wire Works, it meant going to Night School at what we then called the Secondary School I had friends who had gone there. That was late 1944, Arthur Brown told me he would allow me to go to a class that had started on a Friday afternoon so was that the first day release? I left work after lunch and spent two hours head down bottom up as we would say learning laws I had never heard of although I was in the top part of the class for Maths.
      Boyles Law never forgotten PV=K or pressure and Volume equal Constant, to me a budding Boilermaker it probably had a bearing yet I cannot ever remember ever using it in any way along with a lot of other things I was told to learn by heart. Night school two nights a week, Friday afternoons, two compulsory half shifts until 7pm until I was seventeen then 8pm plus Sundays, we worked Saturday as a normal day at the time until I joined the Army in 1947.
      Add to that dancing at the Palais Maison and Jubilee, Helping Dad change springs and tyres on the trucks, looking after the animals helping in the garden and chores like lighting boiler fires for Mother to do the washing on Mondays and for cooking the pig food, when I ask did we sleep?
      Watching my Grandchildren on their iPads and Phones it makes me wonder who had the best of it, they grow up not having to get the work ethic we had to learn, remembering 16 was the most schooling we could expect University was a dream for us, the university of life the norm yet would I change anything no apart from those early years of the old tin bath, more boilers to light and heat the water, then an audience as you bathed shy we were not, embarrassed what did that mean, the good old days?

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    • Yes Roy we went there when we were still at Newham Grange School to take our J1, I think the school was the first to do this which was a good start for us starting work.


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