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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Leigh Street School

Leigh Street Council School was opened on 7th November 1908.
According to Thomas Middletons "History of Hyde" the cost of the building and site and furnishing was £18,230 12s. 7d

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At the top of the photo is the small Infant School building and at the bottom is the larger Junior and Senior School building. At the very top of the photo is Ewen Fields.

Looking at this photo reminds me just how close Hyde Uniteds Ewen Fields was in proximity to the school.  When we played rounders, in the school yard, the better players used to "slog" or hit the ball very hard over into the football ground so they could waste time climbing over to retrieve it.
Ah... happy days :)


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B Williams said...

This photograph makes the school look so small. When I went to the senior school it seemed really big. I suppose that was in relation to how small I was at the time. When you look at the empty site now it doesn't seem large enough to hold all those buildings and have play areas all round. Many thanks for this brilliant photo which I have never seen before.

B Williams said...

A bit more information - The senior school was for girls only and is the right half of the main building. The gym and Science department is at the top right hand corner of the photo and at the bottom right are the toilets. The dark roof next to it was the bike shed which I can't ever remember being used only to shelter under on wet days. The upstairs on the Junior side was the cookery department for the senior school. Happy days!!

Anonymous said...

hello everyone - eileen from bolton here.
this brings back memories of leigh street secondary school from 1962-1966.
on the photo that would be the main building on the right side. the left side was the juniors and the smaller building at the top was the infants. our school was joined to the juniors by a small door in the hall which i never saw opened - i don't know anyone who was brave enough to try!
the entrance to school for me was the bottom right corner near the outside loo's and bicycle sheds.
the top right hand corner looks like more outside loo's but they wern't there in 1962. we had a new gym and the science lab, with two smaller rooms upstairs which were for art & crafts and needle work & making clothes. this was my most favourite place away from the main school. our school class was based here for two years so i felt more secure and happy being a very shy 11 year old.
i also enjoyed cookery and domestic science lessons which was upstairs in the main building. i hope this photo brings back memories for other girls who went to leigh street sec'

Trish said...

Hi Eileen, I just missed you at Leigh St secondary school, I was there from 1957-1961. I remember the two upstairs rooms for arts & craft and needlework, was the needlework teacher called Miss Sharples, I wasn't really all that good at needlework, and was very surprised to come top in the class one year, but I only got 59 out of 100 per cent! So I don't think that teacher was too impressed with any of our class! I loved the art class though, and thought the gym was brilliant, except for the showers. Was Miss Hall still there for Maths, hated it when she'd written "see me" at the end of my maths work! she frightened us girls. I loved the history lessons, but can't recall the teachers name at the moment. Loved the sports days on Walker lane playing fields, favourites were sprinting and long jump, wish I could still do them, I just loved to run! Those were the days.

ItzHolmzy said...

Hi miss French was t e History teacher. Miss Mac Donald took us for cookery and Scottish dancing Miss Walpole was my favourite.