Norton Board School Demolition c1980s

These photographs show the demolition of the old Norton Board School and also the Nursery school by the side of Tanners Bank. The school was demolished in 1983. The archway and clock from this school remain on the High Street.

Donated on behalf of Wendy and Andrew Booth (who attended the school).

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.

Grangefield Grammar School Orchestra c1972

t15382A photograph of Grangefield Grammar School Orchestra at its regular rehearsal in the school hall, now demolished.  I think it was taken in about 1972.  I am playing trumpet at the back. Others I remember particularly are David Beall on cello, also a great singer, Richard Chesser on oboe, (now Head of Music at the British Library), William Bruce on cello (now an acclaimed professional cellist and teacher), Phil Davison on violin, Dean Agnew and Chris Huckle on French Horn.

I am now Director of Music myself in a secondary school, having been involved in music education all of my life, and I still marvel at what we were able to play in this orchestra, ranging from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no 3 to The Dambusters March, under the maverick tutelage of music teacher, Harry Horsman.

Photograph and details courtesy of Mark Pallant.

Billingham Church School c1970s

t15263This photograph of Billingham Church School on The Green was taken shortly before it was demolished, I don’t have the date for the demolition but the photograph is from the early 1970s.

The children are playing a game which we called ‘Knights’, the children being carried were supposed to push and shove each other until one of them fell off, something akin to jousting, this game was played in every school playground throughout the country and is quite possibly played still.

There were many lumps, bumps, cuts and bruises gained during this game as was the same with many other games we played, I have noticed in the background there is a young girl with a bandaged knee with blood seeping through, an everyday sight in my childhood.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Wolviston Primary School, 1945/46

t12290A class photograph of Wolviston Primary School taken in 1945/46 with the Headmaster, Mr Batey.

Back Row: Wilf Thornton, Tom Parker, Kath Hutchinson, Joan Cook, Ethel Dodds, Mary Pearson, Roy Thornton.

Third Row: ? Durkin, Maurice Dowd, Joe Allen, John Archer, Joyce Brackenborough, Brian Sayers, George Thornton, ? Ward, Bill Sisson.

Second Row: Ann Brackenborough, Dorothy Reynard, Barbara Lay, Joan Reynard, Peter Dodds (my brother), ? Durkin, ??, Ann Bullock.

Front Row: Jill Swinbank, Bill Archer, Tom Linton, Reg Hardwick, John Foster, Sid Hutchinson.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ethel Foxley (nee Dodds).

Staff at St. Patrick’s School, Thornaby c1960s

t15153Probably taken in the early 1960s… These teachers taught in ‘the huts’, the secondary school of St Patricks
I don’t know why Vin Martin isn’t on this one. Front row from the left; Kath Fllyn, Margaret Ahbrams? Marjorie Kilcoyne (my mum), ? Dalton Headteacher, Chris Laird, ??, ??, ??.
Back row from the left: Art Teacher ? Mick Spain, Woodwork Teacher, Len ?, ??, Frank ? and ??

Photograph and details courtesy of Lesley Wilson.

Bader Primary School, Thornaby

t15142 t15143It is nice to see that the new Bader Primary School signs give a hint as to were the school name originated from or should I say from whom it originated?

Indeed both Sir Douglas and Lady Joan Bader were there at the official opening of the school and today it stands on Thornaby Road appropriately between the Thornaby Spitfire and the Airman’s Statue both also reflecting the towns aeronautical history and the debt we owe to The Few.

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Which School?

t15120I have been given this photograph to include in the Billingham School Album, the information that came with it says that It is St. Johns on Cowpen Lane, Billingham. I have a number of photographs of St. Johns and the building is very similar to the one in this image but the houses to the right of the image are definitely not next to the school. It has been suggested that it may be St. Johns at Ragworth, since demolished and rebuilt. Does anybody know which school this is and who the teachers are?

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Billingham Stephenson Hall c1960s

t15121This picture of Stephenson Hall shows the Hale Road entrance, this is just off Marsh House Avenue, the two storey wing to the left housed the Headmaster’s and secretary’s offices and the staff rooms, the single storey part was the dining area combined with the stage, beyond which was the main hall, this was sunken by about three feet.

The door in the corner was the staff entrance, the upper floor of the building behind the grassed area was the ‘Domestic Science’ room, the lower floor was the girls cloakroom.

The building is typical of it’s era, architecturally uninteresting and has since been demolished, the activities inside the building were much more interesting, there were many excellent teachers and the facilities were second to none, because the whole of the school started together on a September morning in 1958 there were no ground rules or set routines, we were all finding our feet at the same time and this included the staff.

Available to download is The Photo and Memories Album of Billingham School: 1951/1961.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman

Stockton Billingham Technical College c1967

t14778Stockton Billingham Technical College on Finchale Avenue in Billingham, it appears to have been taken from either the Bowling Alley which was on the first floor above Asda or from the roof of Roys furniture store, to the right is John Whitehead Park, the road in the foreground is The Causeway and behind the college theatre is the Community Centre.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.