SCHOOLS in OR NEAR Winson Green
Benson Road--Barford Road--City Road--Dudley Road
Foundry Road--Handsworth New Road--Icknield Street
Does anyone remember Shenston Road school it was off City Road if any one has got a photo of it i be really gratefull. tina firstname.lastname@example.org
BENSON ROAD SCHOOL START
Two Benson Road School photos with thanks to Pat Woodward
Top one is dated 1938 can anyone date the other?
I was attending Benson Road Infants school at the time this letter was
sent. I was six at the time so I can't remember receiving the letter and
my parents are no longer alive to ask. I can therefore only presume
that all the school children in the U/K received a similar letter from
King George shortly after the Second World War ended.
Looking through a scrap book that belonged to my parents
(Caretakers of Benson Road school) I came across this
photograph and wondered if it would be of any help to your site.
The photograph shows the school house taken from the infants
end of the school before any extensions were carried out. The
protruding part of the school housed the office that Miss Legge
used, It was also the juniors entrance.
Benson Road School (Top End)
There used to be houses on the car park site, with a long gully running between the backs of the houses in Allens road and the school wall which went through to Bacchus Road.
Thanks to Roger Dennelly for the information.22/04/02
Just came across this photograph of Benson Road School Infants in 1950. I
know myself, I'm the "chubby chops" in the second from back row, right in
Dose anybody else recognise themselves I wonder?
Waverton and beyond 22/11/06
BY BOB TAYLOR
On 2nd July, 1971, Miss Legge, Headteacher of Benson Junior School, wrote in the school's log book:
Most of the school and teachers and escorts went to Rhyl for the day.
On the return journey, the train was derailed at Waverton and two children, Catherine Clarke and Wayne Dandy, were killed.
Injured members of the Party were taken to Chester Royal Infirmary and Wrexham Hospital, some being detained.
The first part of the train continued the journey and some members, after being treated in hospital, were brought back to school by the Crosville Motor Coach Company.
This was completely unknown to me when, in February, 2004, I was asked to investigate the origins of a wooden plaque which had hung for many years in the foyer of a school in Chester. The plaque bore the inscriptions:
Benson Junior School
Presented to Dee-Point Middle School Chester as a Token of Friendship
Do Good Fear Nothing
There was no date, no indication of where Benson Junior School was and nothing to suggest why the presentation had been made. I was unable to identify the coat of arms.
I began the research on 4th February and soon learned that the plaque was something to do with a train crash at Waverton. I had no idea, on first hearing of the crash, that there had been fatalities and I hope no-one will mind if this brief résumé is dedicated to the memory of Catherine and Wayne.
Not knowing what to expect, I labeled my file of notes simply, “Waverton and beyond”.
Later, I had to deal with the dilemma of striking a balance between pursuing the original questions about the plaque and risking the possibility of rekindling painful memories in those who might be able to help us. Because, by the end of April, it seemed that it was unlikely that answers to our specific questions would be forthcoming, it was decided not to proceed with the quest.
Some two and a half years on, I am persuaded that many who were affected might benefit from knowing the facts of the crash and some of its more positive outcomes, and have decided to gather the information together. I trust that any benefits which may emerge will outweigh any potentially negative consequences.
I had managed to locate the school almost immediately by means of the Ofsted website. My first contact was by telephone with Pam Willis, who had been a pupil at Benson Road, mentioned something of a Catherine and Wayne memorial fund and told me of Ted Rudge's website. From the outset, Pam and Ted did all they could to provide information and to suggest possible ways forward. Ted was quickly able to supply the date of the crash and I found my first documented account, online, in Cheshire Magazine:
July 2, 1971
A school trip to the seaside ended in tragedy today when a train derailed near to Waverton, on the outskirts of Chester. Only two hours before the accident Chester's temperature was registered at 87 degrees, the highest for many years. The seaside special was carrying teachers and pupils back to Birmingham after a day trip to Rhyl. Two children were killed and scores of others injured when the last coach left the rails and overturned at Tattenhall Junction, shortly before 6.15pm.
From there, it was a simple matter of trawling newspapers and I have decided that, where possible, it is probably more helpful and informative to quote directly from reported accounts rather than to compile my own version of events.
My main sources are The Times, and two newspapers local to Chester, The Chronicle and the Observer.
The first extracts are taken from The Times of Saturday July 3 1971. The front page report was headed: “Two killed as day-trip train crashes with 400 children on board”.
Two children, a boy and a girl, were killed and five people were seriously hurt when a seaside day-trip train carrying 400 children and 30 adults was derailed after hitting a bridge near Chester yesterday. About 25 others were slightly hurt.
The train, carrying children and teachers, mostly from Benson Road Junior School in Winson Green, Birmingham, was returning from Rhyl, North Wales, where the children had been on a day excursion.
Police described the crash as a “major disaster” and 18 ambulances were sent to the area.
Parents of injured children were taken from the Midlands to Chester by special train last night to see their children in hospital.
Cheshire fire brigade sent fire machines, a breakdown vehicle and special cutting gear to the scene.
Railway officials will hold an inquiry and a public inquiry is expected to be ordered by the Department of the Environment.
More than 300 anxious parents waited in silence last night outside the Benson Road school for news of their children. Dozens of police attempted to answer questions.
At one stage they brought blackboards out into the street and chalked up what sketchy details they had, such as the number of injured.
Later, as the children arrived home, many mothers were weeping hysterically. Several children had cut marks and bruises and were crying.
British Rail said last night that there were stretches of continuous welded rail on the line between Chester and Crewe, but it was not known whether the train was running on welded rail when the coaches were derailed.
The Birmingham Post, of July 5th reported that five crash victims were still detained in Chester Royal Infirmary. They were Brian Law, aged 11, Margaret Hawkins, aged 11, Elsie Hobson, aged 59, Gladys Cross, aged 68 and PC Harold Coopey, aged 41.
The following letter from the Chief Constable of Cheshire, Henry Watson, appeared in The Chronicle of July 9:
May I, through the columns of your newspaper, thank all the volunteer helpers who gave their services to assist the Police, on the occasion of the railway accident at Waverton, on Friday, July 2.
Too numerous to identify individually, they all responded magnificently and rendered valuable assistance both at the scene and at the two hospitals which catered for the injured.
Their help was very much appreciated by all concerned.
A report “Buckled track caused school train crash” appeared in The Times on July 16.
Evidence of “creep” in the railway track between Waverton and Tattenhall Junction was given at an inquiry at Crewe today into the derailment of a school excursion train on the return journey from Rhyl to Birmingham fortnight ago. Two children were killed.
It had been established that the derailment was caused by a severe lateral distortion of the track, a buckle which developed under the train. “This buckle was the result of instability in the track, and not of any gross fault either in the passenger train or in a preceding freightliner train or in the way these trains were being driven.”
The more detailed report of the inquiry, published in the Observer, explained:
The inquiry, called by the Department of the Environment, and conducted by Major C. F. Rose, Inspecting Officer of Railways, sat for five hours examining the circumstances in which two children died and 26 of their schoolmates, teachers and other passengers were injured when the last coach of a train carrying Birmingham children home from a day at Rhyl left the rails and overturned.
Evidence was given of “rail creep” - a technical term describing a minute movement of rails along the sleepers which can cause the gaps especially left for expansion to close up.
It was heard that rail creep was discovered on the stretch of line concerned as early as February but had not been remedied at the time of the derailment.
Mr D. M. Howes, Chief Operating Manager, London Midland Region, said that on behalf of the British Rail Board, he would like to express his sincere regret for the accident and the fatalities and injuries that resulted.
Mr Howes also placed on record the Board's sincere appreciation of the work carried out by the police, fire and ambulance services and the staff of Chester Royal Infirmary and Wrexham War Memorial Hospital.
He also thanked other bodies and individuals who rendered assistance.
The Chronicle of July 23rd carried the story, `Kindest school in the world':
While railway officials were gathering evidence for the inquiry, the children of Waverton County Primary School stepped in to give their own special evidence of thoughtfulness to two children injured in the crash.
In assembly on the Monday morning after the crash, the children decided unanimously to give books, toys and games to 11-year-olds Margaret Hawkins and Brian Law, who were lying injured in the Chester Royal infirmary.
So off went a deputation, laden with gifts, to the infirmary, where they saw Margaret, and Brian's mother.
And last week, the headmaster, Mr Stanley Hancock, received a grateful `phone call from Mrs. Law and a letter from Margaret's father. He told Mr. Hancock that Margaret had said: “Waverton School is the kindest school in the world.”
The derailment resulted in the formation of close links between the police and civic representatives of Birmingham and Chester which gave rise to a number of initiatives.
One of the most notable of these was the presentation by Chester City Police, on 25th May 1972, of the gift of an Honours Board. Miss Legge wrote in the Benson Log:
A Service was held today in memory of the two children killed in the train accident last July. Police Inspector John Morgan and Police Constable Ronald Mountain presented to the school an Honours Board, given by Chester City Police and entitled The Catherine and Wayne Award for Good Citizenship. A girl and boy from the Fourth Year were chosen to receive the award and Mrs Clarke and Mrs Dandy presented silver medallions, on which their names will be engraved, to the two children. Their names will also be engraved on the Honours Board, which will remain in the school.
The Chronicle of 2nd June 1972 reported:
A JUNIOR school in Birmingham played host on Thursday last week to two Chester Policemen. Inspector John Morgan and Police Constable “Rocky” Mountain know Benson-road Junior School because of a tragedy.
Last July they were involved in rescue operations when a train carrying a party from the school back home after a day's outing to Rhyl crashed at Waverton. Two children - a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy - died after the accident.
Last week in front of the assembled school Insp. Morgan and P.C. Mountain presented the "Katherine and Wayne Good Citizenship Board" to Miss Violet Legge, headmistress of the school who was also on the train 11 months ago.
On the board - named in memory of Katherine Clarke and Wayne Dandy, the two children who died in the crash - will be engraved the names of a girl and boy chosen for the "good citizenship" in the school.
The two children chosen will also receive a silver medallion.
Also at the presentation in the crowded school hall were the parents of the two children who died. Mrs. Mary Clarke and Mrs. Anne Dandy, mothers of the two, presented the first of the silver medallions - which will be awarded annually - to Rosinna Sadiq and Suraj Prakash Lal. whose names will be the first to be engraved on the honours board.
Our picture shows Miss Legge receiving the board from Constable Mountain. Also seen are Mr. K. R. Pilling, deputy Chief Education Officer for Birmingham, Mrs. Dandy and Mrs. Clarke, with Suraj Lal and Rosinna Sadig, Inspector John Morgan, of Chester, Constable M. Coopey and Supt. J. Barnes of Birmingham City Police.
Unfortunately, although Miss Legge reported the occasions of the presentations in her Log until her retirement in 1976, she did not record the names of the recipients. Nevertheless, it is clear that the presentation remained an important event in the Benson calendar as Miss Legge's entry of 9th July, 1976, indicates:
The Catherine and Wayne Award for Good Citizenship was held this morning. Among those present were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, the Chief Constable of Cheshire County Constabulary, Chief Inspector J Morgan and Police Constable R Mountain of Chester Police, the Former Mayor and Mayoress of Chester, Mr and Mrs J Smith, the Deputy Chief Constable of Birmingham, Mrs Hobson, Mrs E Stacey and the parents of Catherine Clarke.
Pam and Ted recently heard from Colin Lawrence who was one of the recipients of the award in 1973 and has kindly allowed me to include photographs of his medallion. Colin was one of those who returned to Birmingham by bus after the derailment.
The trip to Rhyl in 1971 had been a whole-school affair and it is highly likely that many of the children who had been involved in the derailment and who were still at Benson made a visit to Chester in October, 1973.
According to a report in the Observer, it seems that when PC Mountain had visited Benson in July, he had been asked if a football match could be arranged between Benson children and some from Chester. This was agreed and the trip developed from there.
There were precedents for arranging football matches. The Benson Log of 17th October, 1971, records: “Birmingham City Police `C' Division and West Bromwich Albion Football Club played a match in aid of the Catherine and Wayne Fund”. There is no indication of the result of this encounter!
Miss Legge wrote, 2nd October, 1973:
The school visited Chester Zoo this morning and Dee Point Middle School this afternoon and were welcomed by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chester, Councillor J Smith and Mrs Smith, Mr Harcastle HMI, Mr Lane, Director of Music for Chester, Mr Gordon Reeves, Chairman of Chester Education Committee, Mr Griffiths, Director of Education for Chester and Mr P McCabe, Head Teacher of Dee Point Middle School. Police Constable R. Mountain, of Chester City Police, accompanied the school party.
During the morning, while the children were at the Zoo, the Head Teacher, Mrs Hobson and Police Constable Coopey of Birmingham City Police, met members of the Fire, Ambulance and other Services including the WRVS and Red Cross Society, to thank them for their help in July 1971.
The Chief Constable was also visited at Chester Police Headquarters, where our thanks were conveyed and Chester Royal Infirmary was also thanked for help.
Gifts were sent to Wrexham Hospital, as it was not possible to pay a personal visit in the one day.
Both of the Chester newspapers carried detailed reports, with photographs, of this visit. One of the photographs shows Chief Constable, Henry Watson, being presented with a silver tankard by Miss Legge, accompanied by Mrs Hobson and Mrs Stacey.
In April, 2004, I was able with the kind assistance of Inspector Nick Adderley, to photograph the tankard at Cheshire Constabulary Headquarters. It is inscribed: “Presented in gratitude from Benson Junior School Birmingham to the Chester Police for kindness and help on 2nd July 1971”. The photographs below show the tankard together with Inspector Adderley and Chief Constable of Cheshire, Peter Fahy.
The Observer, 5th October, 1973, records:
A party of Birmingham schoolchildren returned to Chester on Tuesday to meet some of the people and organisations who helped them when they were involved in a tragic train crash two years ago.
Since the tragedy in Waverton a definite link has been forged between Chester and Birmingham, which culminated in the trip by train to Chester of over 200 children from Benson Road School, plus teachers, helpers and Members of the Education Committee.
Some of the fourth year children had also been passengers on the train involving the accident, but for most of the youngsters it was just an exciting day out to a city very different from their own.
A visit to Chester Zoo was on the agenda for the children and then the party moved to Dee Point Middle School, Blacon, who acted as host school and provided tea for the visitors.
Mr Peter McCabe, headmaster of the school, and his staff entertained the party, and the children of Dee Point played netball and football with the pupils of Benson Road; organised a discotheque for them, and showed them the various activities at the school.
Benson Road School presented Dee Point School with two trees in memory of the two children who died in the train accident.
Constable Ron Mountain, according to everyone involved in the visit, had been responsible for the contact between the two places, and had arranged Tuesday's outing. He was quick to deny this, but from the thanks he received during the day, it was obvious that he had worked very hard towards the visit.
We still have photographs of the visit, including the football match and the tree-planting ceremony.
Unfortunately, some years ago, it became necessary for one of the trees to be replaced because it was in poor condition.
However, the second tree still flourishes and has for some years been the focus of an ongoing study of the seasons by children from Dee Point. The origin of the trees only came to light as a result of this investigation.
The invitation to Benson to visit Chester was reciprocated by Miss Legge. On 18th June, 1974, she wrote:
Four hundred children from Dee Point Middle School, Chester, visited Birmingham today. They were met at New Street Station by the Head Teacher and representatives of Birmingham City Police and taken to the Police Center at Metchley Lane, Harborne, where a display of Police dogs and horses was given. They were then taken to Handsworth Park for a picnic lunch and spent the afternoon in school. After school they were taken to Ladywood Comprehensive School for tea and welcomed by the Lord Mayor, Councillor E.J. Eames, who, with the Lady Mayoress, his sister, Mrs Georgina Wheeler, went to New Street Station for their departure in the evening.
I have not been able to find any newspaper report of that visit, neither in Chester nor in Birmingham, although I have spoken to someone who took part and can recall some aspects of the day.
Perhaps it is appropriate that the final words of this piece should be those of Miss Legge who, on the occasion of Benson's visit to Dee Point, told the children:
When I was a young girl I was told that
good will always come out of evil.
The good of that tragic train crash has come in the
wonderful kindness of the people of Chester.
In all of this, I have been unable to discover any mention of the plaque presented, as a token of friendship, to Dee Point Middle School. There has been no indication of when or where it was presented, or by whom, who commissioned it or who made it.
I have been in conversation with both Mr McCabe, Headteacher of Dee Point, and Miss Legge, and neither of them can remember anything about it.
When I discussed the question with Ron Mountain, he told me that he still treasures what seems to be an identical plaque, presented to him as a token of friendship, but is unable to recall the occasion on which his plaque came into his hands.
My understanding is that the plaques may have been made by someone in the Birmingham area, possibly a policeman, who had woodworking as a hobby. And although the Honours Board was given and presented by Chester City Police, it appears that it, too, may have had its origins close to Benson School.
Additionally, it has emerged, after much searching by many people, that the whereabouts of the Honours Board for Good Citizenship is now a mystery.
It is on record that the Good Citizenship Awards were made from 1972 until, at least, 1976. Someone in the vicinity of Benson must have been responsible for supplying the medallions and engraving them with the names of the children; who was this? Equally, ten children must have been presented with the medallions and we know of only three; who were the others?
If anyone can shed any light on these matters I would be glad to hear from them.
The quest for information about the plaque at Dee Point has been a rewarding one in so many ways. That it has thus far proved to be inconclusive has been more than compensated by what I have learned about Benson and the acquaintances I have been privileged to make during the process.
It would be wrong to finish without acknowledging the guidance and contributions which I have been fortunate to receive from a range of interested professionals, and in particular from those teachers, librarians and the staff at Cheshire Constabulary H.Q. who were most helpful.
I remain especially indebted to Pam Willis, Ted Rudge and Colin Lawrence, former pupils of Benson Road School, and to Ron Mountain, formerly of Chester City Police, without whose interest, support and encouragement this account would not have been written.
Finally, a big `Thank You' must go to my wife, Linda, and her colleague at Dee Point, Ron Lalek, who posed the questions in the first place.
Ron Lalek and Linda Taylor with the Benson plaque
in the foyer of Dee Point Primary School, Chester
At the time I was bringing this account to a conclusion, I spoke with a former Dee Point teacher who, I recently discovered, had joined the staff in January, 1974.
She was not, therefore, at Dee Point at the time of Benson's visit to Chester but had heard of it. She told me of a book, possibly about Birmingham, which she says had been presented to the children and staff at Dee Point by the children and staff of Benson.
Apart from the visits of October, 1973, and June, 1974, I know of no other formal contacts between Benson and Dee Point and it therefore seems probable that the presentations were made on one or other of these occasions.
The fact that we are now given the impression that the inscribed book existed before January, 1974, suggests to me that this might have been presented in October, 1973. The plaque may have been presented at the same time or, as now seems more likely, in June, 1974, in Birmingham.
Could it be that Benson pupils were involved in the presentations? I wonder if anyone can remember being asked to take part?
IF YOU are able the FILL IN ANY OF THE MISSING DETAILS please send them to
and I will forward them on to BOB TAYLOR
I was browsing the internet and came across the Benson Road School on this website. Though I don't remember a lot about school, I am sure that the C&W award when I left was awarded to a pupil called Virinder Nayyer/ar (she is now married and I believe lives/d in Gloucester). She used to live on South Road and had a brother a year/couple of years older than her.
The School also used to present an award for 'best handwriting'. I won it the year I left!
Kindest regards and thank you for bringing back a few memories - Miss Legge/Miss Protheroe!
Sharan Kainth email@example.com
I worked at Benson Road school canteen from september 1965 until July 1973 & was there when Wayne & Katherine where killed in the train crash [ wayne was the only child to pass the 11+ ] our cook Mrs George was also on the day trip with the children but she was lucky she was'nt injured in the crash just very dirty & shaken up it happened in 1971 Miss Legge was headmistress of the juniors at this time & Miss Protheroe was headmistress of the infant school. Sheila Savery
I remember the train crash on return from day- trip to Rhyl, I was a pupil at Benson Road school, also lived right next to school in back to back house 8/115, (now demolished). I have tried for years to get some information about that day. Although it was very sad that we lost two pupils, and the memory of what happened still remains etched in my mind. Does anyone remember that a piller box was put up in the hall and pupils posted money in it to get to the target so we all could go. Some posted more than others I remember putting in three pennys.That was the only time I ever went to the seaside as a child, I was eight. I am now 44 and still see that day as my most happiest and saddest day of my childhood.Thank you Miss Legge & Benson Road School. God Bless the family's of Katherine and Wayne.
Well done great site. Clover Hines. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Tom Byrne, my brother Martin and I were on the train and we have many thoughts we can share with
you, interestingly as well my younger sister Catherine was awarded the Wayne and Catherine medal along with a Sikh boy i think in 1974, sadly my sisters medal was stolen in a burglary, i have contacted my Mom and sister aswell as my brother and asked them to gather as much information as they can. My mom is sure she has photos of the medal presentation and of the anxious night waiting outside the school after the crash somewhere in the house but she needs to search a while and 4 house moves since then may mean chasing after
momentoes passed onto my other siblings, i will do my best.
I also have stayed in contact with my favorite teachers, Fran & Denis Corrigan, sadly Denis died several months ago but Fran is still as lively as ever, they were both on the train with us that fateful day.
Please feel free to contact me. Tom Byrne E-mail : email@example.com
BENSON ROAD SCHOOL 20/08/06
I have just read the sad news that Dennis Corrigan, former teacher at Benson Road School (1968 - mid 80's) has passed away, his funeral is at Lodge Hill Crematorium on
Tues 15th Aug at 1.30pm .
Thank's to Sandra Rees for letting us know
Does anyone remember how magical Christmas'at Benson Road school in the 60's were?
I remember a big Christmas tree in the infant's entrance. it seemed to be massive and was covered with tinsel & glass balls. I think it had candles on, although that might just be my memory playing tricks on me. we made little displays out of red candles & gold & silver painted twigs. I still remember the smell of the melting wax. I miss those days more than I can ever say.I feel so sorry for today's youth, they think they have it all, with all their 21st century technology,& yet we had more than they could ever imagine, and we had next to nothing.
Mark Arnold Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,uk18/05/05
I was at Benson Road School 1955-62. The headmistress was Miss Legge, whose office was at the top of a spiral staircase. Other teachers were Mr Griffiths (deputy head), Mr Evans (who played the piano - there was a sort of tapestry on the back of the piano showing scenes from Wind In the Willows), Mr Phillips, Miss Ford, Mr Powell. Most of the teachers seemed to have Welsh names - and many of my fellow pupils too.
Anyone remember the dreaded "Clinic" on the main road? One of my mates, Christopher Bilbow fell off the wall one lunchtime and cut his head open - I had to take him up to the "Clinic". I hated this place - whenever I went there they gassed me and took out some teeth! Luckily, this didn't happen when I escorted Chris to have his head patched up.
For years I've been trying to write a book about growing up in Winson Green in the 50s and 60s - but publishers don't seem interested. Phil Mansell Email: email@example.com
After coming across this website, I have just been looking at several colour slides that I took when I was doing my final teaching practice at Benson Junior School, February 1965. The children with whose class I was working did such an excellent project on France. This included a huge relief map made either from clay or papier mache, French costume posters made from scraps of material and even a papier mache French loaf of bread. First class work! Anyone happen to remember this? I didn't know at that time that Ozzy Osbourne was "in the area"! Best wishes to everyone. Anne Elliott (nee Bassindale) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class photo circa 1951/2 taken at Benson Rd
junior & infants school.
I can still remember a few of the pupils names but not the teacher.
Can anyone else put names to the faces, my name is Pete Ellis and l'm standing back row centre dressed in black.
Benson Road School 14/08/02
My parents were the caretakers at Benson Road school, where I lived from 1940 to 1965. I also attended the school. From 1951 to 1955 I was at Handsworth New Road school. Bob Jones
Benson Road School by Stuart Waldron 25/04/02,
Stuart states Miss Dumealow was Head Mistress, she, as far as I know, was never head mistress during that period of time, she used to take topclass in the juniors, I know that for a fact as I was in her class during my last year. Miss Legge was head mistress when I started and still head mistress when I left.
Benson Road School
I would just like to put right the following facts about Benson Road School.
The Headmistress was Miss Legge and the Senior Teacher was Miss. Shiner who was replaced by Mr. Taylor.
At the time I was at school 1949 to 1954 Miss. Dumalow was the Head of the Infants Department and Miss.Danby Earl was the Deputy Head.
Think people are confusing the fact that Benson Road was an Infants and Junior School.
Your site is great - many thanks. Winifred Briscoe (Dickson)
Benson Road School 17/10/02
Photograph taken in the playground 1938 / 39 the ocasion was either Commenwealth or British Empire Day.
Left to right: R.Davies, J.Cox, P.Crisp, S.Adams, B.Gibbs, Ethel Pursehouse, C.Mathews, V.Holland,
Robert Buckley, M.Poole.
Kneeling:A,Brickles and A.Webb.
Photograph from Robert Buckley (anyone who would like to get in touch) Email: email@example.com
Here is an old photograph taken in Benson Road School in 1917 in the Domestic Duties class (Cookery) my Mother Glady's Carr is third from the left.
On the blackboard is written... "Lesson 16. 24th May 17". "To Waste is Criminal".
Don't they all look happy? All my mothers sisters and her brother went to Benson Road School.
Photograph supplied by COLIN ASTON
Have just been looking through your schools site and have found two photographs taken in Benson Road School in 1917 and 1914-15. These photographs were supplied by Colin Aston whose mother Gladys Carr was featured in them...I think that, maybe, she was my great Aunt! My grandmother was Emma Carr and she had a sister called Gladys. If this is the case I would love to hear from anyone conected with the family.
Thank you. Denise Elves firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a school photograph of Benson Rd Year lll
My Mother Glady's Carr is top row 2nd from the end right. The date is about 1914--1915
Between the girls lying down is a small sign "B.Rd.lll". .Colin Aston 26 / 04 / 02
Another Benson Road school photograph sent in by Barry Broadbent. Barry is sitting on the floor front left.
Can anyone tell what year the photograph was taken? or put names to the other pupils and the teacher?
After seeing this photo Maureen Harwood sent the following
I have been on the website and I recognised the picture of our class, because I have it.
I am standing next to the teacher, I am the girl with the dark hair, Maureen Harwood.
The girl next to me with the ribbon in her hair is Betty Leesley, from Talbot Street.
The girl on the left hand side who is standing with her hands to her side, on her own and with a parting in her hair, is Pauline Mann, from 31 St Michaels Hill, she was my best friend at school, I am looking for her.
The girl who is on the forth row, on the far right, works in Benson Road School NOW as the secretary, she has a ribbon in her hair but I forget her name.
Maureen would like anyone who remembers her to get intouch Email: email@example.com
On the photo that Barry Broadbent sent in of the class at Benson Road school I am the girl sitting down on the right hand side with a ribbon in her hair! (I have worked at Benson Primary School as school administrator (fancy name for secretary) since 1979). I was born in Willes Road (where Mom still lives) and attended Benson School and then HNR leaving in 1958.
Sitting two up from me is Maureen Ashwell she is now secretary at St.Catherine's School in Colmore Row. That photo must have been taken either late 1948 or early 1949. The teachers name was Miss Jones she had reddish hair and even redder lipstick! 29/05/03
Pam Willis (nee Byfield) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I left Benson Road School in 1944. At that time I had been in Miss Dumelow's class. Prior to that I was in Miss Green's class. There was also a Mr White who I remember. I seem to recall that the headmaster was a Mr Barlow, but in that I could be mistaken.David Phillips Email: email@example.com
BENSON ROAD SCHOOL END
BARFORD ROAD SCHOOL START
CLASS OF 1955 Taken AUG/SEPT/OCT
ROW 4 BERNARD (BUNNY) PRESSDEE, ALLAN HALL, JOHN ROBINSON, TONY PARKES, T. BACH?, MALCOLM READ, KENNY DURRANT, TONY LOVERIDGE.
ROW 3 DAVE BAYLEY, DAVID CLOVES, JOHN ALLEN, TONY CROOK, TONY ROBINSON, HAROLD EVANS, CHARLIE (DINKY) NEATH, MAURICE CRUICHSHANKS, N/l .
ROW 2 N/l, J. FENSOME, M. PEACH, TONY DEAN, ? DEAN (TWINS) , KENNY MILES, N/l, N/l, JOHN CLARSON?, DA VID LONGSTAFF.
ROW 1 EDWIN CLAYTON, ROY COX, N/l, N/l, (TEACHER) F.J. MARTIN, JOHN CLEWLEY, MALCOLM WHEELER, N/l, H. BRIGHT.
FLOOR ALLAN TAYLOR, JOHN ONIONS.
Photograph supplied by Tony Parkes, names compiled by Tony Parkes and Malcolm Read Email firstname.lastname@example.org
can anyone fill in the N/I not identified . Please excuse any miss -spelling of names
Page from school magazine
OLD BARFORDIANS: 1955-56
D.Prichard, M.Peach, AHall, C.Callow, KDurrant, R.Colloff, M.Cruickshanks, M.Wheeler, D.Bayley, R.Beech, ADuthie, W.Lucy, RPerks, C.Scott, J Rose, T.Moxley, T.Strain, M.Walker, A Harris, S.Parker, T.Beard, D.Robbins, C.Crook, AJones, J.Freer, KOrgan, W.Mellor, J lHanson, B.Kirkham, J Davies, ANorth, C.Mould, AMincher, M.Crathorne.
KSutton, D.Nobbs, AScott, J.Haywood, H.Lowe, E.Clayton, J Robinson, M.Read, KHodgson, D.Cloves,
A Robinson, A Dean, M.Renar, J.Lenton, A Lawrence, R Downing, K Moss, A Wilkins, B.Brusch, RHumphries, B.Phillpots.
L.Ward, F.Benson, T.Newbery, P.Cox, J.Glass, RCox, J Howes, T.Willetts, B.Daniels, H.Castello, W.Harris, C.Neath,J Gresty, ACummings, D.Clarke, V.Stephens, E.Varney, D.Breakwell, G.Pickering, T.Westwood,
A Lester, G.Layton, RCollins, L.Bird, D.Hood, A Edge, D.Bridle, M.Barton, J.Perry, D.Longstaff, KMiles, T.Bach, J Clason, AParkes, J Fensome, L.Oldershaw, KRead, D.Bowen, V.Hill, J Clewley, J Gardener, R Pearshouse, A Crook, H.Bright, J Allen, B.Pressdee, A Taylor.
Barry Sutton ( 1951-55 ) Skating at Wembley
1 st in Open Challenge Trophy for dancing ( with partner ).
2nd ( silver medal ) - Individual Championship ( B. Isles ).
FOOTBALL TEAM 1955/56
Back row left to right: Mr.Edkins, Alan Lowe, Tony Parkes, John Robinson, Donald Robbins, Dennis Nobbs and Mr. Birch.
Second row: Kenny Sutton, D. Beard, Les. Ward, Harold Evans, Terry Willetts and John Flint.
Seated: Bobby Nash and Tony Crook.
Photograph and names supplied by Tony Parkes.
ATHLETICS TEAM 1956
Back row left to right: Eric Perry, N/l, Allan Lowe, Les.Ward, Bob Nash and B.Moore.
First row: Mr. Birch, John Morton, Ray Pearshouse, Tony Parkes and Mr. Hepburn.
Photograph and names supplied by Tony Parkes.
Seated on chairs right to left
David Avery--John Newby--Mr R C Kingscote -- Frank Thornhill--Barry Welch--Mr Peasnall--three unknown Standing R-L behind Dave Avery Brian Clarke--John Whitehouse--unknown--Ken Green the rest unknown
Behind John Whitehouse R-L Dave Tipping--Francis Northall --Brian Timmings-- Willmott Richardson--John Underhill--John Merriman-- three unknown Philip Jordon on the end
Back row R-L Barry Tenby--Bill Walin two unknown Dave Parry-- three unknown
maybe someone else can remember the others
Regards Frank Thornhill E-mail : email@example.com
My mom went to Barford Rd school which is on the border of Winson Green and Rotton Park. At the time she lived at No 54 Winson Street Winson Green when she left school in 1922 she was 14yrs and 55 days old.
Best Wishes Clive Roach.
BARFORD ROAD SCHOOL
20 July 1951
Secondary Modern Shool 26/09/04
Teachers 1946 - 1950
Head Teacher Mr Wilcox then Mr Griffin.
Dept Head Mr Bradley.
My form teacher Mr Kingscote
Physical Training teacher Miss Fisher
English teacher Mr Hepburn
Music teacher Mr flavell
History and Swimming teacher Mr Pearsall
Woodwork teacher Mr Morgan. Thanks to Alan Miles Milesya@ntlworld.com
1944--1948 Class 14-1updated 26/09/04
Photo and naming thanks to
Back Row L-R
?, ? ,? ,? ,? ,? ,? ,? ,'Gassa' Branson
Next Row L-R
? , ? ,Eric Martin , ? ,?, ? , ? , Norman Causer, Alan Miles , ? , ? .
Next Row L-R.
? , Roy Johnson, ? , ? , ? ,Alan Bishop, Ronnie Warrilow , ? , ? , ? , ?.
Next Row L-R.
Stanley Beard, ? , ? , ? , Mr Wilcox (Head Teacher) , ? , ? , ? , ? .
Front Row L-R.
? , ? , Ronnie Lawrence, ? , ? , ? , ? ,? .
CAN YOU NAME THE OTHER ????s
The team was made up from pupils of
BARFORD ROAD SCHOOL 1950s
Back Row L-R
Mr Oscar Allen (Trainer), Stanley Beard, ?,
Ron Willets, Jeffery Sanders, ? , ? , ? .
Front Row L-R
Alan Miles, Kenny Warrilow, ? , Ronnie Allan,
Jonny Scrannage, ? .
Photo and naming thanks to
BARFORD ROAD SCHOOL END
CITY ROAD SCHOOL START
(no quite in Winson green but near enough)
Photographs supplied by
Linda Daniels (nee DOE) 18/06/03
A photograph taken during the 1950's
In the third row on the right hand side is me, Eileen Cartwright and on the
same row, fourth from the right is my twin sister Doreen Cartwright.
Can anybody else identify themselves or others?
If so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and hope to hear from old friends soon
Eileen Smith (nee Cartwright)
CITY ROAD SCHOOL END
DUDLEY ROAD SCHOOL (Summerfield ?) START
Were you EVACUATED to Abberley Parochial School, Worcestershire??????
On Sept. 1st 1939 a number of children were evacuated from Birmingham.....
30 infants from Dudley Road Junior Schools arrived accompanied by three
teachers and three helpers.
Were you one of those children or among those that arrived dring the war
Abberley school is celebrating its 150th anniversary and we would love to
hear from anyone who were evacuated to the village.
Please contact Jo Roche 01299 832666 email@example.com
In this photo taken about 1921/22 of Dudley Road School
my mother, Elsie May Lowe is in the back row, four in from the left with the white bow in her hair on her right hand side. My mother was born in 1916, so this looks like her first or second year of school. My mother was a twin but her twin brother, Albert Leonard Lowe is not in the picture for some reason. He may have been sick that day or he may have been in another class from my mother. Can anyone else name any of the other pupils from this photo.
Albert Evans Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Classs of 1950
Thank's to Pauline Joseph for supplying the photos
Class of 1958/9
Supplied by Linda Daniels (nee DOE)
DUDLEY ROAD SCHOOL END
FOUNDRY ROAD SCHOOL START
I would like to leave a message on your school site but am unsure how to do so could you help.
My name was Delia Gould and I went to Foundry Road School and Handsworth Road School from 1947-1955 or there abouts. I remember Mavis Rudge, Nora Johns, Valerie Reap, Jean Meluish anybody who remembers me please get in touch with me at email@example.com.
CLASS OF 1937/38 (30/09/10)
Back Row Jenny Davies, ?, ?, Vera Graham, ?, Eva Fletcher, Katie Dyke, Audrey Stubbs,
Babs Jenkins, sylvia Deakin, Jean Pugh, D Smith.
Third Row John Lissemore, Gordon Bradley, John Edwards, Ron Smith, Frances Erry, ?, Ruth Jackson,
Doreen Barrett, Alec Jilkes, George Stockley, Harold Green, J Stokes, Denis Padget.
Second Row ?, Joan Edwards !, Margaret Rainbow, Joyce Corps, Madge Holmes, Mr Trelore,
Cliff Mears, Roy Bickley, Ray James, Dennis Evans, Bernard Smith.
Sitting on floor L-R Alan Keith, Gordon Brindley, ?, Cyril Rotheroe, ?, ?, Ron Hardeman, --- Jukes.
Photograph thanks to Dennis Evans
One piece of history that is missing from the entries regarding Foundry Rd School is the sad death of a pupil there in about 1955/56. It think his name was Harris and he collapsed and died whilst fighting with another boy called Eric ??(I think it was Scanran or something like) The fight took place in the boys toilets at afternoon playtime. Itwould be nice if someone else remembered him. He was a very thin dark lad with a deformed arm and had a heart defect of some kind. Regards Colin Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff of 1953 14/05/08
I've just discovered my 1953 school diary which lists the staff as follows:
Miss W M Moyle [Head Teacher]
Mr C V Kirkham [Chief Assistant]
Miss W A Wastell [2nd Post of Responsibility]
Mr R H Lewis
Mr D J Cummings
Mr D G Jenkins
Mr E Cross
Mr G W Thomas
Miss H O Smith
Miss M I Dunn
Miss P A Powell
Mr W J Eames
Mrs D Ridgley [Secretary]
Ted Collins (Meat) Ltd email@example.com
FREE DINNERS AND POVERTY 26/03/08
Seeing the picture of Foundry Rd. school dining hall brought back not very fond memories of the time in the late fifties when my mother Betty Ashford worked there as a cook.
I remember making the long walk down Winson Green Rd. with my two sisters during the holidays when the school was open to pupils who received free dinners. We had our dinner with them and I remember the mothers standing along the wall with other children and babies waiting to be fed should there be anything left (which there always was).These children would have gone hungry without the service that was provided by the school and was my first insight into the poverty that existed in the area in which I lived.
Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful site in which to share our stories.
Kindest regards Jim Ashford firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BAKER BOYS 26/03/08
L to R; David Winston Baker went to Foundry Road School in 1947 left in 1953 and went to Handsworth New Road School and finish there in 1958.
Malcolm Danold Baker went to Foundry Road School in 1950 left in 1955 and he also went to Handsworth New Road School and left in 1960.
Maurice George Baker went to Foundry Road School, in 1947 age six.
David Bakers best friends were Barry Grinnal, Johnny Lawrence, Johnny Masters, and Carol Stansbry from Foundry Road School.
David would love to hear if they are still around. email@example.com
MEDALS FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE at FOUNDRY ROAD SCHOOL early 1900's
My mother Daisy Cherrington lived at 81 Foundry Road and attended Foundry Road School were she was awarded the medals for perfect attendance.
The silver medal says awarded to Daisy Cherrington 1904, for eight years perfect attendance.
The bronze top left is 1902.
The bottom bronze is for 3 sessions of perfect attendance at evening classes.
The jeweler is P. Vaughton & Sons Gothic works, Birmingham.
Mother worked for Ward Brothers Jewellers making Lavaliers when she was 14 yrs. old. She used a blowtorch in her mouth to shape the jewellry!
She came to Canada in 1912 with her widowed mother and her 2 brothers. They arrived in Quebec City aboard the Tunisian, then settled in Hamilton Ont.
Kind regards Lillian firstname.lastname@example.org 14/01/03
Class 1/1 of 1953
The photograph is taken in the infant's playground, the houses in the background are in James Turner Street. The school buildings on the left are the infant's classrooms.
The teacher is the very kind and charming Miss Dunn who guided us through our first year in the juniors. I still have a propelling pencil she gave to me, converted from a rifle bullet.
Back row L-R: Joyce ?, Rita Jelly, Sylvia Baddeley, David Elliott, Alan Day, Diane Woodman, Royston Brazier, Joey Miles, Raymond Crump, Annette Johnson, Linda Sadler, David Woodman & Michael Williams
Second Row L-R: Gloria Jelly, Maureen McBride, Helen Waite, John Varley, David Lowe, David James, Brian Bant, Pat Stansby, Val ? & Linda Jones
Third Row L-R: Sandra Davies, Susan Holmes, Barbara Holmes, Pamela Ingram, Tony Vincent, David Halford, ? Bellefield, Robert Taylor, Keith Whitehouse, Martin Hewitt, James Holloway, Roger Brown & Michael Devaney
Front Row L-R: David Durose, John Farrington, Michael Davenport, the twins are Norman and Leslie Bradshaw with Graham ? in between.
Linda Jones was my dancing partner. Alan Day contracted polio and was removed from school, we never found out if he recovered, I hope he did. John Varley lived in Preston Road and amazingly for the time his dad built his own car called the Varley Special. David James lived in Magdala Street and his dad ran a large mobile grocery van with his name embellishing the sides. Keith Whitehouse was the caretakers son, his house being in Perrott Street.
The class shows 42 pupils, numbers not a problem for teachers in those days. Other names in the same year who I remember are John Weston, Dennis Brassington, Edwin Averill, Peter Shakeshaft, Max Lloyd, Margaret Armstrong, Brenda Blaine, John Watson, Colin Dovey & John Grinham.
James Holloway email@example.com
School Report July 1956
This is all you received at the end of each year. The comments and results are entirely handwritten by Miss Powell who was our teacher for 2 consecutive years, those were classes 3/1 and 4/1. I remember being very pleased when I heard she was to be my teacher purely because she was young and a woman. Apart from Miss Dunn my only other teacher in the juniors was Miss Wastell, class 2/1. She was considered quite old and had a stern countenance, but my mom said that I learned more in her class than at any other time in school. The headmistress's signature, Miss Moyle, is a rubber stamp, high tec. in those times.
James Holloway firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas party, in I would guess 1955 or 1956. On this photo I'm the one on the far left, back row holding something, directly under the letter H.
Interesting to see Foundry Road School Christmas 1956. I was due to be a rabbit in the play but decided I needed to have my tonsils out instead! I left early in 1960, I was in Mr Williams' class at the time.
Frances Davis Email: email@example.com
Taken in1953 for the Coronation.
I only have the name of the three small girls top
left, they are from left to right: Andrena Pell, Jillian Patterson and
Martin Hanchett 10/02/06
CAN YOU NAME THE OTHERS
1949 / 1950
Back Row L to R.Michael Bubb, Gloria Blaine, Stanley Watson, Sheila McNabb, Bill Devaney, Linda Garret, Maureen Hickens, Michael Kench, Valerie Inett, John Armstrong, John Jenkins, Pat Simcox.
Next Row L to R. ?, ?, ?, Margaret Vincent, David Chapman, ?, ?, Pat Frost, ?, Ann Simms,?.
Next Row L to R.Stella Turnock , Valerie Barley, ?, Raymond Burrows, Alfred Freeth, John Payne, Barbara Simson, Dina Mills, Barry Griffen, David Grinham, Terry Reed, Beryl Johns, Eileen Horton, Clive Roach, ?, Fred Handcock (Edward Reece)
Front Row L to R. ?, ?, ?, Keith Wood, Tommy Hudson, David Harris.
Two Girls Sitting. Joan Reeves , ?.
Thanks to David Chapman for the Photograph of Foundry Road School 1949 / 50
Can you help David to fill in the missing names please send them to Contact
06/06/07 In the photograph taken at Foundry Rd, 1949 ? sent in by David Chapman, we also had a John Holmes, in that class but I can't put the name to the face its a little while ago now! The girl stood next to me Maureen Hickin befriended me on my first day at the school in 1947 we are still good friends today.
Lynda Harper nee (Garrett) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the little girls on the floor with the sandles on, to the left of the picture is me Joan Reeves.
Joan Freeman(reeves)Email: email@example.com 01/09/05
Comments: The school photo was taken at Foundry Rd.school 1950/51. I am sitting on the front row on the right of the group I am the one wearing white pumps.Clive Roach
Clive was also able to supply four of the missing names now shown in white( can you help with others)
Joan Dawson nee Turnock Email: firstname.lastname@example.org said 3rd row from back - first on left. Little girl with hair ribbon, dark cardi, white socks and shoes is my sister, Stella Turnock
Can anyone fit Pat Reynolds in the photo she was displaced by Stella Turnock ????
Photograph Foundry road school 1949/50. The missing names .
back row. First position on left is John Deacon.
Second row.Third from left is Veronica Nicholson.
Third row. Third from left Brian Wheeler.
Fourth row. girl sitting on right hand side is Margaret Greenaway.
I had a fantastic time at Foundry Road School.great memories.
John Jenkins Email: email@example.com
I went to Foundry Road school and can remember the headmistress Miss Moyle very well also the staff there was MR CROSS MR KIRKHAM, MR JENKINS, MR DAVIS, MISS POWELL, MISS SMITH also one of the dinner ladies her name was MRS JUNE PAIGE who I still see from time to time. From Foundry Road I went to HNR those were the good times sadly never to return regards Mary Shurmer nee MALLABAND
FOUNDRY ROAD INFANTS MAY FESTIVAL 1935
Florence Ward nee Wiggin. E:mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Floss is on the photo, she is the girl to the right of the two girls in the centre of the photo holding the flowers
Photo of me
(Clive Roach) dancing taken in the hall at
Foundry Rd School
Clive's dance partner contacted us with her name
Christine Whiles nee Roe
Christines story can be found on the Winson Green Road page
Photo of Red Team? Foundry Rd School 1949/50
Back row LtoR Alfred Freeth,Pat Frost, Clive Roach, Billy Devany, Valerie Barley, John Deacon.
Front Row Linda Garrett, David Grinham, Maureen Hickin, Terry Read, Pat Reynolds.
Photos supplied by Clive Roach
Christine Turton (neeNewman) is first on left.
The girl on the far right in the gym slip is (7 years old) RITA HORTON .
Photo from Alan Sorrell 28/07/03
Early Summer 1951
thanks to Maureen Fulford for the photograph.
Maureen's mom was a dinner lady at the school
FOUNDRY ROAD JUNIORS 17/06/05
Photo thanks to Allan Butler
(Present school entrance )
I was just breezing through the internet and through some whim I looked up my old school, Foundry Road Juniors.
I was there from 1951 to 1954 and remember Miss Moyle, Headmistress, as if it where yesterday. I recall the school having a commerative garden built for the coronation and I think that the school picture was for the opening of that.I can't recognize me in the photo, I was one of the few kids who wore glasses.
How important those formative years were and at that time the school had pretty good standards.
In my case it led on to doing well in business living and working in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada and the US.
I know live in San Diego California where I own my own wine importing company. Not bad for the kid from Markby Road and due in no small means to those years at Foundry Road.
Malcolm (John) Jones Email: email@example.com
FOUNDRY ROAD SCHOOL
TEACHER Mr Holder
Back row. John Armstrong, ?, David Harris,?,
Barry Griffin, ? .
Front row.? ? David Grinham ? ?
Thanks to Clive Roach for supplying the names can anybody please help with the others.
Thanks to Fred Hancock for naming the teacher
FOUNDRY ROAD SCHOOL END
HANDSWORTH NEW ROAD SCHOOL START
I have been looking for infomation on Handsworth New Road School. It was by chance that after months of looking I came to your web page.
I went to the HNR school from 1974-1979 it was by then a mix school both for boys and girls. I have very found memories from the school days. Our head-master was Mr Gardener. I also remember the following teachers from my days Mr Evans, Mr Hill, Mr White, Mr James Mrs Williams, Mrs Robinson to name a few and Mr Mausam (I think thats how it was spelt)
I know the school has closed and in its place are Flats? I moved to Hertfordshire in 1982, I dont travel to Birmingham as often as I use to due to commitments and circumstances but when I am around I always ask my husband to drive up to the old school and a few moments I see a vision of how things use to be back in the 70's. It gives me great pleasure to read about the school. I look forward to more reading when added by other students,especially anyone from the years I attended the school. I would need to find my reports to see the names of other teachers from my days. I look forward to your reply.
Joshila Summan nee Bhutte firstname.lastname@example.org
The photograph is circa 1970, the boys pictured all attended Handsworth New Road Boys Secondary School, they had tried to raise money for a school mini bus by going on a sponsored run around the
no.11 bus route the day before.
back row left to right
Paul Mansell, David Lynock, John Wooton.
front left to right
Clive Devit, Martin Potter, Stephen Moore,
Andrew Jackson, Robert Hopkins.
Yes we all got round with the occasional breather, I managed 18 miles but unfortunately we did not raise enough money by a long way.
TRACY JACKSON email@example.com
60/61 team names
trevor humphries..nick name tipper
leslie james goal keeper---john cairns
alan grinham----michael phipps
sent by michael phipps firstname.lastname@example.org
I enclose a copy of the first year pupils that attended Handsworth New Road school in 1960-61 season. This was the last school photo I have before we moved to New Zealand in July 1961. Others may be able to name some of the others with their first names and/or second names.
Albert Evans Email:email@example.com
ALBERT EVANS please contact michael phipps firstname.lastname@example.org
Your site is great. I lived in Paxton road untill I got Married (1961) attended All Saints school which my mother was the caretaker. At 11YEARS I attended Handsworth New road school left in 1952 enclose a picture taken in my last year at HNR I am the one on the far right sitting down on the picture is Billy Jewel,Tommy Mayo,George Brooks,Ron Fellows,? Finney,Albert Hawkes, and myself Graham Taylor, the others I cannot remember Can any body remember, Graham Taylor (ex Paxton Road) Email: email@example.com
I attended Foundry Road School until my 11th year when I should have gone to Handsworth New Road. Sadly that was in September 1939 and found myself instead evcauated to a village near Evesham. I returned home just after Christmas 1939 because my elder brother had volunteered for the RAF. and didn't want to leave our mum alone during the blitz. I then attended HN.R.S.
I remember the teachers Mr Berryman, 'Slinker' Priest, 'Jammy' Hartley, and especially the teacher of class 3A - Mr H S Mason who taught me how to live, hopefully, wisely. Wonderful days- - - -
There was a beautifully carved shield on the corridor wall outside 3A's classroom inscribed HNRS with the words "Honour, Nerve, Reliability and Steadfastness.
Comradeship and friendliness of the Winson Green people then was a far cry from todays materialistic population.
John Bird Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continually reading comments of pupils of Handsworth Road School that I attended my time was a period of war time 1942-1945 under the regime of teachers. Class 1a George Berryman.2a.Vic Huxley.3a.Mr Mason all had secondry roles in the colloquium, in Art. Woodwork. History. Music.Science.Sport.and Gardening.All added to our general education.
In 1944 there was a change in personal,with the retirement of Mr.Mason,the boys school had its first Lady Teacher,cannot recall heir name,she came to teach general subjects and History,the main subject was U.S.S.R. in its vastness and ideals,this was completly over our heads.
George Berryman was promoted to take charge of 3a,and the responsiblity to educate the following pupils.
A CLASS OF 26.
Albert Dipple Donald Hearn Gordon Charie Arthur Evans Ronnie Yates Billy Cheadle Leslie Mills
Bernard Whiston George Sankey Ernie Spiller Bert Clackett Charlie Beesley Brian Chapman Roy Freeman John Jones Brian Cox Shawn Bill Billy Birch Colin Tyler Arthur Hatton Raymond Deeley Albert Brennan
Reginal H.S.C. Raymond ? Colin Mills all in our 14th year plus one 11.year old super brain promoted to the top grade named Kenneth Poole who lived in Kent Street North, I hope that the names above brings
back school days good or bad
Good Health to all you Senior Citizens Regards Colin Mills. Email: email@example.com
Congatulations on an excellent compilation of our local history...This photo is of the HNR. school production of 'The Scottish Play' in the early 50s. Hartland Robbins played Lady Macbeth ( rear...centre) and I believe Ron Davis and Gordon Spratt are either side of him! Perhaps someone will recognise others. The teacher (producer) was Mr Knowles, who I think had connnections with the Stratford Shakespeare Company. This production was quite successful and I believe toured other schools during the 1950s.
Derek Weston. EMail:firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sure that I am in the photograph showing the Scottish Play group. I am sitting on the floor in front of Tommy Knowles right knee. In fact the play was not Macbeth but was the Taming of the shrew.
Bernard Shaw email@example.com
Another photo from the same play above from a different reader.
This one was taken at the final some where in Birmingham I think in Broad Street, I remember the man who took the photo he had a flat board which he held with his hand and on it was like gun powder next thing it was set alight just like a flash gun and the picture was taken and a good one has you can see.
the one you have already have must have been taken on the same day, by the way I think we won the final,
regards Graham Taylor
I attended Handworth New Road School from 1949-1953. Black Patch was used by the school, as I remember being marched down on two occasions, once for an art lesson where we sketched park of the park, and another we went down with a chain link and attempted to "survey" and draw out an area of the park. I didn't line near the Park but remember it well.
Dennis Mallett Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Arthur Evans for sending us this cutting. 07/11/06
HELP PLEASE 01/02/10
Some help if possible for I'm trying to find out when did George Liddell died? and if he was married and had children, Would you please be good enough to ask your members if they know anything for me please?
regards Steve Sheen email@example.com
The following four photographs were supplied by John Murphy depicting the sporting endeavors of the school.
Physical Training (PT) team / class.
Photograph was taken in the playground out side the Wood Work Classroom?
Does anyone remember why?
Another (PT) photograph (BELOW) this time taken in the main Hall. Names on their chests read:-
from the back left to right.
Bishop, Murphy, Parker. Mills, Miles, Abbott, Hawkley, Crathorn, Rothero.
?, Field, Hynett, Richardson, ?, Morris, ?.
Front Stan Watson, ?, ? ?.
Jackie Parker daughter of John Hawkley 4 from the left second row down sends this correspondence 22/01/05
COULD ANYONE HELP JACKIE WITH INFORMATION about her father.
Thank you for updating the site. I have noticed this morning that a new picture has gone on also featuring my dad he is on the left hand side of the picture "Trophy's on Display", my guess is the picture is around 51/52 as the others are from that period and he doesn't look much different. Unfortunately I can't share any stories with you as he died in 1978 and I was only a young girl. I do know he was very sporty and his father was against him following a sporty career. I believe the pictures of him in just shorts are to do with the fact he was a very good gymnast. If anyone has any information on my dad about anything I would be very grateful as myself and my brother have been trying to trace our family history. It is absolutely fantastic to see photos of my dad as I only have one photo of him. It is also nice for my children to see their " Grandad".
Many Thanks Jackie Parker E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Back row left to right
?, Ron Hynett, Trevor Howells, John Murphy, ?, Bishop, Doug Hatton, R.Sambrook, R Hudson
Front row left to right
?, Mr Archer, B Feeney, Billy Bambroff, ?.
FOOTBALL TEAM 1952 / 53
Back row left to right
Ron Hynet, ?, Brian Russell, ?, Kirkland,
Edwin Dunkey, John Murphy, ? Parker,
Middle row left to right
Harry Taylor, George Liddell (Headmaster)
Brian Abbott, Mr Whiting, ?.
Front row left to right
"Tich" Jones, Charlie Coley.
If you know the missing names, dates or why the photographs were taken please let us know.
Thanks to Alan Butler for naming the teacher.
TROPHIES ON DISPLAY
YEAR ? 1951 / 2
Thanks to STAN WATSON
for the photo and information
Left to right
Mr J Whiting
Mr H Jones,
Trophies Midland Chess Shield Senior Football Shield Intermediate Football Cup
and the Docker Shield (Cricket) won at the county ground
CHESS 1953? 27/02/05
Standing L-R ?, John Hawkley, Mr Jones, ? , ? ,
Seated L-R ? , Harry Taylor, ---- Parker
Photograph, thanks to John Hawkley's daughter Jackie Parker.
TED RUDGE outside the school he attended between 1950 and 1955 the photograph was taken during the BRMB Radio charity Walkathon ( i.e. 25 miles round the outer circle bus route).
HNR WOODWORK CLASS 06/07/04
I have very few mementoes from my early years, one that I still have is a wooden table I made whilst a pupil at Handsworth New Road
secondary modern School. Our Teacher in the wooden working class
room, which was separated from the main school, was Mr Huxley,
did I hate this teacher, although I did enjoy as I do today making things, he was a proper Jeckel and Hide character. I must have made this table in 1953-4 befor I left in 1955, it took about a term to finish anything we made. Although I dreaded going into Mr Huxleys wood working class, everything he taught me I remember today, I think I was too scared not to remember. Depending on the mood Mr Huxley which always seemed to be a bad mood, depended on whether some poor students wood work would end b
eing thrown across the class room, or if you would be made to stand outside in the play ground for that lesson. I remember one day as lessons started it was my turn to get picked on, he gathered all the pupils arround a work bench, asked me for my wood work, and then used a steel rule on it to see if it had been planed level, which to him it had not, he immediately threw it across the room, and shouted at me to stand outside in the cold, I tried to explain that he had planed my work the previous week to show us how to do it, but he would not let me get my words out and ranted even more, so outside I went. The following weeks lesson all was forgotten and it was someone elses turn. But he certainly got the message over to me and i have never forgotten what he taught us. Remember the Dovetail joints/ the motise and tenon? How many more of you lads have any mementoes from school?
You must remember "Jammy" Hartley, Berryman, Little Mr Philips, Mr Eden, he took us for P.T., & Mr Priest the Lab.(Dennis Mallett)
I went to Benson Road from 1957 till 1961, then Handsworth New Road till Easter 1966, I remember some of my class mate's from H.N.R. Mick Pratt, Kevin Maloanry, Jimmy O'Keffe, Ian Cannon,
Head was Mr Vincent, other staff, G.William's, P McFarland and Mr Hyde.
Roderick Scott Email email@example.com 04/03/03
HNR had an annex in the direction of Regal Cinema, Soho Road. Transport cafe on corner opposite school sold delicious tomato dip sanis' for a penny or thick bread tuppence. My nickname at this school was 'Toto'. Came out of french book called En Route.By Ged Rutter 25/04/02
Mr Taylor's class c.1958 (Paul Holmes - bottom row, 4th from left) - 42 kids!!!
RUGBY TEAM 1951 / 2
COLIN ASTON kindly sent us this photograph. Can anyone help confirm the names.
I am sending a picture of our rugby team 1951 / 52 can you identify anyone please?..
Bottom Left seated is George Liddell Head Master the two suits behind him are
(with glasses either Mr Phillips? or Mr Parker?) the other is Mr Eden
the master to the right is Mr Archer.
The chap holding the ball is John Durose
I'm sitting next to him on his right the chap above me is Alan Cox
I wish I could remember the other names to fit the faces David Dunn
is there and John Bishop
two Bishops well maybe you can help.. Best regards Colin. IF you know any of the NAMES please Contact
Thanks to Alan Butler for identifying the two suits.
I must disagree with Alan Butler re the teacher with the glasses in the photo of the1951/2 rugby team, he was Mr Parker, you never forget the face of the man who gave you six strokes of the cain for trying to be helpful, and boy couldnt he hit, imagine my horror when I started college to find he took science, mind he had to behave himself there. Arthur Evans Email:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thanks go to Jackie Parker who emailed us to say The boy sitting next to the head master is
John Hawkley her father He is also on the outdoor picture (Physical Training (PT) team / class. seated bottom right) and the photo (Another (PT)) where he he has his name on his chest.
HANDSWORTH NEW ROAD SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOL 1952--1953
Had a sort out and found this photo Dave Chapman 01/05/02
Back row. Alan Horton,Robert (Bobby) Sambook (lived in Vittoria St) ,John Armstrong, ?, Dave Chapman,Horace Timbrell, John Jenkins, Barry Griffin, ?.
Seated on chairs (tich) Powell, George Liddell (head Master), Alan Gibbs (from Markby Road), Mr Jones, Kenny Jordan.
Seated on on floor. Tommy Loveridge (left), ? (right)
We thank Clive Roach and Eileen Horton for supplying some of the missing name can you help with the others?
i also worked with alan horton in the late 70s and early 80s,who when this photo was taken lived in the same street as me talbot st i lived at number 11.till 1962/3 not sure.
we then moved to another part of birmingham.
Rugby team c.1960
(Paul Holmes - bottom row, far right.)
The picture was taken at the very posh venue of Metchley Lane playing fields. I think that was the nearest place with a Rugby pitch.
We had to play grammar schools which, in the main, had older and bigger kids than us, 'cos not many secondary modern schools played rugger. We were tough, though! 08/06/02
The teacher, Mr Taylor in the centre,
Myself Richard Raiment being the 9th from far left in back row.
For years I could remember every ones name & never thought to write them down. Now I can only recall a few.
Could you please place it on the Winston Green web site in the hope some one may see them selves & help me with some of my class mates names.
A few names I can recall are Bertram Clemson, John Howell, Peter Mc Nab, Dennis Dove,
I left Willes Road Winston Green at the age of 14yrs,in 1960 to emigrate to Australia with my parents.
Thanks for your help Richard Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The wall in the background, was that the wall that separated the Boys from the Girls???
HANDSWORTH NEW ROAD (Girls) School,
I would like to leave a message on your school site but am unsure how to do so could you help.
My name was Delia Gould and I went to Foundry Road School and Handsworth Road School from 1947-1955 or there abouts. I remember Mavis Rudge, Nora Johns, Valerie Reap, Jean Meluish anybody who remembers me please get in touch with me at email@example.com.
Class 1/1 taken about 1957/8.
Back Row: L-R Janet Foley, Lynne Walker, Olive Williams, Gillian Keast, Ann Patterson, Errol Jones, Dorothea Ince, Sandra Taylor, Susan Duggan
Next Row: L-R Jacqueline Ashwell, Pamela Frost, Sandra Day, Christine Newman, Diane Ward, Stella Pickett, Diana Robinson, Jacqueline Brown, Margaret Ellis
Second Row: L-R Frances Cowley, Rita Avery, Linda Jackson, Wendy Jackson, Miss Irene Wagstaff,
Rita Horton, Linda Rose, Georgina Beckingham, Barbara Dobbins.
Front Row, L-R Christine Gough, Carol Prosser, Patricia Simmons, Diana Mallard, Valerie Fisher, Ann Sheppard.
Many thanks to Christine Turton nee Newman and Rita Layton nee Horton for the photo
The Handsworth New Road Girls School 1959 relay team
far left is Denise Leigh nee Ashmore.
Back row left to right:
?, Marlene Farrington, ?, Christine Bayley, ?, ?, ?,
Middle row left to right:
?, Joan Arrowsmith, Marilyn Riley, Margaret Pitchford, Linda Conlon, ?,
Jennifer Jukes, Joan Butler.
Front row left to right:
Susan Flint, Susan Cox, Marilyn Smith, Miss Lewis (Headmistress), Margaret
Hanchett, ?, Susan Freeman.
5th Year, Summer 1965 Thanks to Martin Hanchett for the photograph
Miss Hogarth's class 1947
Front row second from left is me Gwen Cotterill, and I think the girl next to me is Eileen Galazia, not sure of the spelling for Eileen. She lived in Perrott Street and I lived just around the corner in Kitchener Street. Our best friends were Barbara Mee who also lived in Kitchener Street, and June Jones who lived 4 doors away from Eileen in Perrott street.
We have all been friends for 67 years,although we don't live near each other now ,we still keep in touch,I have lived in Australia since 1966. I have found so many people on your site,which I am very gratefull for, please keep it going, very best wishes to you all, I feel as if I have just found a new family.
Yours Truly Gwen Golding [nee] Cotterill firstname.lastname@example.org
I found this old photo of myself Jackie(carnell)Perry and an old friend
Ann Gavin. whom I have been looking for for ages.
It was taken in 1963, when Sandringham House won the inter school cup for Netball. I think the teachers name was Miss Stokes? I am on the right side of the teacher and Ann on the left with shorter hair
Jackie Carnell 29/01/04
HANDSWORTH NEW ROAD SCHOOL END
ICKNIELD STREET SCHOOL START
(no quite in Winson green but near enough)
I have been looking at your Brookfields website for some time and have connections with the area - Hockley. I knew the Flat and Lodge Road. My grandmother Theresa Masters lived at 2 Ford Street Hockley and after I was born at Dudley Road hospital in 1952 we all lived there with her for a year. My mom was Florence Masters and had a twin sister Maud they went to All Saints school aboout 1927 onwards and I have a photo I think was taken 1928 - 1930.My mom is the girl at the back far right and
Maud is next to her. It also shows 2 very strict looking teachers I wonder if anyone recognises.
My Aunt and uncle Winnie and Harry Phelps also lived in Ford Street and my two cousins Barry and Brian Phelps went to All Saints - I wondered if they were in the photo taken in 1949? Barry would be 10 and Brian about 6.
I was christended at All Saints church in December 1952 and the photo from Sheila Savery on the All Saints Church page looks interesting - does anyone know when that was taken? I would love to hear from anyone who remembers any of these names. My mom married Dick Little and become Florence Little in 1948 and they met in the Abbey pub when he was de-mobbed about 1947.
Thank you Barbara Hanford email@example.com
Day outing to Weston from Icknield Street school
I Think this was in first year at Icknield street (1A)(1959) trip to Weston, definitely Joey Wise at back and my best mate on right Alan Williams, also another of my best mates Trevor Lewis in centre anybody recognise others ?, I know faces but cant put names to them.
Photo thanks to Ken Grinnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 1953/54
?,John Hemming,Alan Bushell,??,Barry Slack, Roy Cadman,?,?.
?,Billy Harris,?,Fred Herbert,?,?,?,Lesley Cole.
supplied by Fred Herbert.
Icknield Street School
Football Team 1953/54
Top row left to right
David Tandy,?,?,?,?,?, Roy Cadman, Ronnie jackson,
?, John Whiley, Fred Herbert, Keith Bird, John Lennon, John Clarke, ?.
supplied by Fred Herbert
Icknield Street School
Boxing team 1953/4
supplied by Fred Herbert
seated 2nd from right bottom row
Can any one put names to faces
I believe the two teachers in the Icknield Street boxing photograph are (L) Joey Wise (R) Reg Urch
Great guy's they were.I was there from 1962 to 1967. Now living in Canada
Walter Williams Email: email@example.com 17/01/04
NAME: Frank Beckstein
In the schools photo your source says that the pic of Icknield st school boxing team includes on left teacher (joey) Wise, I am pretty sure it isnt him, its Mr Watson, I dont recall his first name, but Watson was my teacher in the Back classroom in the back (gym) hall, he used to do the square dancing too, i played the accordion a couple of times for the dance class.this would have ben 52 to 55 ish.
Frank Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 07/07/05
Fred Herbert (2002) on the left with Roy King.
Through web sites like yours & Friends Reunited we have met up again after 40 years, carry on the good work guys you are doing a fantastic job.
Best wishes Fred Herbert Email: email@example.com
ICKNIELD STREET SCHOOL END
ST PATRICKS SCHOOL START
(no quite in Winson green but near enough)
SEATED FAR LEFT MONICA KAVANAGH
PHOTO THANKS TO Mike Hyde
The Class of 1957
THE CLASS OF 1957 REUNION IS PLANED FOR THE NEW YEAR
CONTACT TONY MANN
0121 460 1790
I used to live with my family on Barford road, Railway terrace, my parents were Josie and George Tiernan who was the caretaker at St Patricks School and Church for many years. Lovely site. Thanks.
Mary Tiernan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ST PATRICKS SCHOOL END