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Thomas Linacre School

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Lancashire Life February 1958
Lancashire Life February 1958
Photo: RON
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Item #: 5803
Photograph taken from an article about the school that appeared in the February edition of Lancashire Life.

Comment by: Dave Marsh on 5th April 2008 at 10:44

I was a pupil at Thomas Linacre from 1953 to 1958 and Since then I have never come across such excellent school workshop facilities as we had there.The same could also be said regarding the science labs.

Comment by: John Fazakerley on 29th May 2008 at 12:35

There between 1958 & 64. I'm with you on that Dave

Comment by: Graham (Eggy) Barton on 31st May 2009 at 12:05

Me too John, Sept 58 to Dec 64. It was a sad day when the school merged with the Grammar school. I remember the final assembly & Mr Smith's final words: The Thomas Linacre School is now closed.

Comment by: David Simm on 18th March 2012 at 15:11

Fabulous facilities at TLS I have very fond memories of this workshop, run by Basher Collins, who taught me that "You don't lean on a lathe boy, you stand poised like a boxer". I had a blast at Linacre and wore my school uniform with pride whenever we passed grammar school kids we threw our shoulders back and marched like champions, I'll never forget it.

Comment by: Len Dissado on 4th June 2013 at 16:37

I think that many of the staff felt that they were beggining a new kind of education, and Mr. smith perhaps more than most. It must have broke his heart to say that.
I visited the school not long after the amalgamation and teh workshop masters were all dispirited because they had hardly any pupils do their subjects. Sad. Even as a theoretical scientist I still appreciate the things that I learned in our workshops. It certainly gives me an edge on our student intake in Engineering!

Comment by: MICHAEL HEATH on 5th September 2021 at 23:04

When first installed, the forges were unusable, as the flue from the canopy just went up about 15ft and opened into the workshop. What the architects were thinking of, goodness knows, as when you lit the forge you simply filled the place with smoke. Eventually they altered things so the flue went outside through the roof and things were O.K.

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