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Pic from John Mosley of his father Sid's class in 1921
Pic from John Mosley of his father Sid's class in 1921
Photo: Rev David Long
Views: 2,920
Item #: 15493
Already uploaded to the site is a corresponding pic of a group of girls for the same year, taken in the same spot. It is assumed the wall and door behind are part of the cellars beneath the school.
Sid is second from the right of the second row up. In terms of dress, he's about half-way up the social ladder - a jumper with no holes, and a smart collar, but lacking the tie or even dickey-bow of others.
The School, named after the Hall which stood opposite until the early 70s, was built in 1866, and was used for worship taken by Clergy from Christ Church until a new church and parish came along in 1887/ 88. The Vicar from 1915-1944, Samuel Bryson, gradually brought about a change in the School's name to St Mary's in the 1920s.

Comment by: Sheryl B on 10th August 2010 at 09:37

Only one half-smile in this group. What a story this pic tells.. the boys far right of top row and third top row respectively, a world apart in affluence obviously, but both exuding the same self-confidence! I love it! Who was the teacher?

Comment by: Christine Ward on 10th August 2010 at 22:19

Without knowing the area in question, is it possible this school would have children from Factory Fold. I could swear there`s a Magnall child there, row behind three children at the front, 3rd from right. How wonderful it would be to have had the names. Due to the interesting views on WW I have spent months writing on the backs of my photo`s,so my g/grandaughter will not have to guess who`s who.
My g/granddaughter due in Oct (remember my worry a few months ago)is to be called Summer, her surname is KNIGHT!!!!! I am delighted to say her dad has a job and they are in a nice rented house.He looks after my granddaughter and they are all doing well. Many Thanks for letting me get that off my chest a while ago and those of you who said it would turn out okay were right.

Comment by: Dave Taylor on 17th August 2010 at 10:50

A truly wonderful picture. You could weep, you really could for how hard things were for working folk then and the conditions that they had to exist under. Faces and hands all scrubbed clean mind, but lads being turned out in little more than rags really in some cases, not because their father and mother didn’t care about them, but simply because there wasn’t enough brass at home to do anything else. It serves to remind me of just how hard things were then and how very fortunate we all are today when, in essence, we lack for nowt! Hard times yes, but tempered with love, care and discipline too I would wager.

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