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Armley Road
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Undated View looks along Armley Road in the direction of Wellington Bridge. On the left edge is part of the premises of John Wilby and son, builders and monumental masons. Beyond this is wasteland with hoardings facing onto the road. On the right, the fence around the yard of Castleton County Primary School is visible.

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Wendy White

Comment:
My grandparents were caretakers of the school and my memories are of playing in the playground and the school when it was closed, while my grandparents cleaned and cleaned! It was a massive old place. I can't remember how long they lived there, it was some years though, and it was in the 1950s and maybe the 1960s. I remember the tons of coke (cheap coal) that used to be dumped in the playground and my grandad had to shovel it all into the boilerhouse. He had to light the boiler each morning so the school was warm for the children's arrival. It used to take him ages. Then he had to do the same for the infant school at the top of the playground, shovel all the coal and light the boiler.

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David Cook

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The railings along the side of the playground of Castleton school were gone when I was at the school in the early 60's. They were dismantled during the early 40's for the war effort, but the railings seen running parallel with Armley Road were still there. I was told this was to stop balls and kids running across the main road.

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Edward Deighton

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I attended Castleton School infants and juniors from 1946 is to 1952 when I went to Armley Park School having failed my 11 plus,remember Mr Downey Mr Pinder Mr Storey Mr Mahoney

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Dennis Swale

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I attended Castleton infants and Juniors from 1957 to 1960, Mr Mahoney was still teaching then (he was my fathers' superior officer in the army). Also remember a teacher called Mr Zoltie who taught Geography.

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Julie Hubbard (Nee Tring)

Comment:
I went to Castleton School from 1965 - 1969 from 7 to 11 years old. I remember Mr Mahoney, Mr Lodge, Mr Lees, Miss Pilgrim & the headmaster was Mr Moorehouse. School life was much stricter in those days & everyone did as they were told otherwise you risked getting the cane or plimsole if you didn't....you daredn't tell your parents either or you'd end up getting another wollop from them as well !!!

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martin patterson

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l went to castleton school in 1959,i remember mr Zolte and mr Lees who learnt us how to spell disappear and disappoint correctly.We used to say one s two p`s sure to please mr. Lees.

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colin wilson

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i went to castleton from 1948 to 1955 and them i went to West Leeds , I policeman used to do the school crossing we used to talk to him I joined the leeds city police in 1963 and use to do the school crossing patrol as well outside castleton

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T Watson.

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When viewing this picture it took me back to easter 1946, this was the time I started work at J Wiby & Son.I worked there and finished my appreticeship in 1953. I was privelidged to have worked with some of the finist tradesmen in yorkshire, yes they worked at this company.They were also good employers, Jack and his father Robert (Bob).

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ian Stansfield

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Me and my three sisters went to Castleton school from 1967. I remember playing on the top playground and the blue ghost was supposed to haunt the toilets up there. I remember mr Lees who was are teacher. If you upset him he would knuckle you in the shoulder. We used to play cric crack number game. Those were the days

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Alex

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Seems to me Mr Lees had a lot to answer for. I also remember being thumped by Mr Lees for telling him he was wrong. And woe betide anyone who confused Mr Lees with Mr Lee. On the other hand, I can still spell L-E-T-T-U-C-E and A-Double C-O-double M-O-D-A-T-I-O-N, just as we used to chant them at school. We played "hot rice" in the playground, and "chain tig".

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Brian Birdsall

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Re T Watson,I served my time as a Joiner at Wilbys, my father also worked there John Birdsall.

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Richard Lamb

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I attended the school in the late fifties but do not remember any ot the teachers names, though I do remember getting slippered by the headmaster in assembley along with another miscreant.

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Eric Thirkettle

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I remember Terry Watson and his father, both very skillful brickies I also remember Brian Birdsall and his father too.Wilby's was a very good firm to work for I finished my apprenticeship with them.

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Chris Martin

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I attended Castleton from '65-'69. I remember Mr. Lees, Mr Moorhouse, Mrs Sanderson, was there a Mr Nelson? How many people had Vice-Versa read to them by Mr Lees?? Great times were had at Castleton even though if some of the things that the teachers did to the school-kids were done now-a-days, they'd get jailed for it! I remember Mr Moorhouse slippering someone on stage at assembly, the poor kid (I can't remember his name now) was crying his little eye's out and couldn't sit for hours. Out and out child abuse if you ask me.

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keith broadhurst

Comment:
Anyone notice the police box is not on this photo? It was in the corner of the playground.It was there in the 40's.

Date:
11-Jun-2009

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keithbroadhurst@yahoo.com

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Mick Agar

Comment:
I went to Castleton around 1952 when I was seven, after being at the Clock School. I think I was a year behind my former colleague Colin Wilson, whose comments are above. The police box was still there then. I began in Mr Lodge's class. I remember Mr Mahoney as a relatively kind man among a bunch of strict disciplinarians. He taught one of the older classes but occasionally covered ours. I also remember Mr Lee (I never realised there was also a Mr Lees) There were some really stupid rules. On Thursday afternoons we did ruler drawing. Your hands had to be spotlessly clean but you were not allowed in the washroom after lunch ten and eleven year old prefects kept you out! The teacher used to come round for a hand inspection before we were allowed to get the paper out. Dirty hands meant "the slipper" (actually a plimsoll) and being sent to wash them. Not quite clean enough meant a ruler across the knuckles and being forced to lick them clean. On Friday afternoon we did "real writing" followed by singing - the best bit of the week before going home. I was a slow writer and I ofetn missed the first few songs. The headmaster was called something like Dornier. I remember him once dishing out a public caning during assemby to somebody who had done some damage at Marston Excelsior on Armley Road. I remember at least once during assembly he announced that an execution was taking place next door in Armley Gaol. When he retired we all had to sing "For he's a jolly good fellow." I moved my lips but I didn't sing. In those days the school was not co-ed. The boys were downstairs using the playground to the edge of the picture. The girls and infants had a playground on the roof. I only remember going up there once for an assembly of the whole school. I think it must have been for the Coronation but the actual Coronation Day was a welome holiday. There was a rather shabby Union Flag and we did three cheers for Her Majesty. Strange, the things you remember - I was intrigued that the headmaster shouted "Hip, hip, hip..." rather than just "Hip, hip..." In February 1954 we moved to Castleford and I went to Lock Lane Primary School where they had lady teachers who were not cruel to children.

Date:
25-Sep-2009

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Mick Agar

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Funny how a bit of school fence can evoke such memories. It's set me thinking about what I remember learning there. A lot of mental arithmetic and spelling which has served me well. Writing with a sctrachy metal nib and penholder, dipped in an inkwell, which was a waste of time. I only remember two factual things, both connected with water. First that the Romans built their roads with a camber, to ensure the stuff drained off, and that Egyptians used a shadouf (a bucket suspended from a balanced pole) to irrigate their fields with water from the Nile. I don't know what Egyptians do about irrigation these days, but modern road builders have forgotten how to drain roads.

Date:
07-Oct-2009

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ARTHUR J WILSON

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I HAVE SEEN THIS PHOTO MANY YEARS AGO.THE MAN WITH THE STICK APPEARS TO BE MY GRANDAD[JAMES HENRY BLACKWELL LOWE] WHO DIED IN THE1930S.ONE OF THE MEN ON THE RIGHT COULD BE HARRY BISHOP WHO SOLD THE PICTURE FOR A PINT OF TETLEY,S IN THE "ALBION" TO MY STEPDAD WHO GAVE IT TO MY MOTHER WHO AGREED IT WAS HER DAD. I WENT TO CASTLETON 1949?-ISH,MY FIRST TEACHER WAS MR.H.A.LODGE-A NICE MAN.HEADMASTER-MR.WALKER-THEN MR.G.M.DORNEY.MR.LEESE HAD A BEAKY NOSE,WAVY HAIR AND A RASPING VOICE.MR.MAHONEY WAS IRISH WITH GINGERISH HAIR.MR.C.H.PINDER READ STORIES TO US[TOM SAWYER ETC.] MR. J.P. MACDONALD WAS O.K. BUT HAD HIS"EXECUTIONER"-A STRIP OF WOOD FRAYED AT THE END WHICH HE WOULD GET OUT IF ANYBODY WAS BAD. I KNEW A FEW LADS LIVING ALMOST OPPOSITE THE SCHOOL-KEITH BROADHURST- BOB ALEXANDER-FRANK BILTON.MR. MACDONALD BECAME HEAD OF A SPECIAL SCHOOL NEAR THE HYGIENIC LAUNDRY.

Date:
23-Dec-2009

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Michael Threapleton

Comment:
Yes, I went to Castleton School from 1954 through to 1959. It was indeed a hard place. The head was Mr Walker. A Mr Lees was a terribly cruel man. I had him twice in class 2 and 7. One year we had the school prizes presented by Raich Carter, the Leeds United Manager. In out year eleven pupils passed their eleven plus..all the others went on to Armley Park Secondary Modern. Boys and girls segregated..girls upstairs. Times were very hard in those days. Poverty was rife..most had threadbare clothes..and shoes insoled with cardboard. We lived in the Avenues in Armley and had to walk through the jail grounds to and from school. Thank god times have changes! And... if only I could meet up with Mr Lees now!

Date:
22-Jan-2010

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arthur wilson

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DOES ANY FORMER INMATE REMEMBER A SWARM OF BEES OR WASPS ON THE SCHOOL WEST- FACING WALL? THE HEADMASTER MR.WALKER/DORNEY ORDERED"ABANDON SCHOOL".WE ALL ASSEMBLED NEAR THE INFANT,S BLOCK TO WATCH AN APIARIST[BEEKEEPER] REMOVE THEM AFTER CALMING THEM DOWN WITH A SMOKE PUFFER.

Date:
26-Jan-2010

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keith broadhurst

Comment:
I can remember the swarm of bee's you describe Arthur!I remember Mr Lodge who at Christmas would play his cornet at the school concert.He always played Roses of pickardy,very well too as I recall. A.Wilson drop me an email?I think Mr Dorney was the headmaster of the boys section about 1948-9? He was replaced by Mr Walker.I too remember Mr Pinder reading to us the story of Tom Sawyer. I was friends with the caretakers son Jerry Athorne.They had a tele ,we didn't and Jerry would let me watch the childrens programs after school Billy Bean,the Lone Ranger and other stuff. Happy days

Date:
22-Feb-2010

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John Sheldon

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I did notice the Police box was missing.But I dont remember the swarm of bees.I also attended castleton school and also remember Keith Broadhurst and the other guys Arthur Wilson

Date:
07-Mar-2010

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Derrick Jones

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I attended Castleton School 1951-54 I remember Mr Lodge and Mr Walker both very nice men I also remember Mr Dorney a not so nice man he would have made a good Master at one of the Yorkshire Schools in Charles Dicken's books.

Date:
17-Mar-2010

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ARTHUR WILSON

Comment:
Just above the Caretaker's house was a roofed area where we congregated if it was raining.Further up we had an outside toilet block with urinal stalls made of like a grey/black slatey substance. I well recall standing about 4ft. back and urinating high up right over the wall into the back yard without any inkling that anybody could be getting"sprinkled" .

Date:
21-Mar-2010

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Frank Bilton

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I was the one who lived opposite the school next door to Bob Alexander. I remember Kieth Broadhurst but I can't put a face to Arther Wilson. I do remember the bees swarming because I mentioned to our teach at the time that it was snowing! until we opened the window then panic took over.

Date:
17-Oct-2010

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Mike Asquith

Comment:
David Cook is wrong about the railings. I was at Castleton Infants from 1949 to 1952; the railings were there then, exactly as in this photo. My mother told me, not very many years ago, that the school opened a little later than normal whenever there was a hanging at the jail next door. Presumably so the kids wouldn't the grieving relatives.

Date:
29-Oct-2010

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Mike Asquith

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I was only at Castleton Infants from Sept. 1949 to about April 1952, at which point my parents left Leeds, so I lost touch with the area and the other kids I'd known at the school. But some things stick in my mind:- For instance Arthur Wilson's description of the utterly squalid (and roofless) outdoor urinals with the slate stalls; also the pile of coke by the wall of the school that faced Armley Rd. - climbing on it was punishable by a thrashing. A particularly vivid memory was of being in the school hall in a class listening to a 'Music & Movement' programme on the wireless. The broadcast was interrupted to announce that King George VI had died (Feb 6th, 1952). The school was closed and we were all sent home. Can anyone else remember being in that class and hearing that broadcast?

Date:
08-Nov-2010

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Mike Asquith

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I was only at Castleton Infants from Sept. 1949 to about April 1952, at which point my parents left Leeds, so I lost touch with the area and the other kids I'd known at the school. But some things stick in my mind:- For instance Arthur Wilson's description of the utterly squalid (and roofless) outdoor urinals with the slate stalls; also the pile of coke by the wall of the school that faced Armley Rd. - climbing on it was punishable by a thrashing. A particularly vivid memory was of being in the school hall in a class listening to a 'Music & Movement' programme on the wireless. The broadcast was interrupted to announce that King George VI had died (Feb 6th, 1952). The school was closed and we were all sent home. Can anyone else remember being in that class and hearing that broadcast?

Date:
08-Nov-2010

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mike.asquith@tiscali.co.uk

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alan longthorn

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i went to the school from 1950 to 1956, i think i may have got the teachers mixed up i seem to recall mr lodge being most feared as i used to get my knuckles rapped for getting my sums wrong. if it was mr lees who took maths then i apologise to mr lodge albeit late, on the subject of the railings i remember there was none to the side of the playground as i used to play with my dinky toy cars along the wall but the stumps of the railings kept getting the way!

Date:
23-Jan-2011

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LouiseCampbell

Comment:
Would anyone remember my Dad, Gordon best, who attended Castleton School? He had 2 sisters Shirley and Margaret and 2 brothers Tony and Terry. I don't know the exact dates he was there but he was born in 1937.

Date:
23-Oct-2011

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June Hudson nee Dawson

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How could anyone forget Mr Lees disappoint and disappear 1 s 2 ps sure to please Mr Lees 2ss and 1 p sure to displease Mr Lees i remember him ditinctley he had a head full of grey hair i was there between 1956 to about 62 happy days....believe it or not.

Date:
21-May-2012

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Raymond Gray

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I was at Castleton CP School between 1955 & 1961. It was thanks to Mr Lees (of the one "s" and two "p's" fame) that I passed my 11 plus. He gave me the encouragement (and the proverbial kick up the backside) that I needed. He certainly was strict, but fair. He also had a lethal sense of humour! Other teachers at the time were Mr Zoltie (a cruel disciplinarian), Mr Lodge (reputed to be some sort of war hero), Mr Jowett (involved in the sporting activities of the school) and Mr Moorhouse (headmaster and a kindly man, as I remember) As for the railings, these were missing for the top half of the street at the side of the school. Lads in my class that I remember were-Michael Liddell, Geoffrey Saw, David Roper, Andrew Lofthouse, Grant Waygood, Arthur Wood, Michael Woodhouse...Obviously there were many more but its a long time ago! As for the school closing when there was a hanging at Armley jail, I remember the occasional hanging taking place, but no time off school! These are all good memories to recall. Life was indeed harder, but we survived!

Date:
13-Jun-2012

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Raymond Gray

Comment:
Further to my posting of 13 June 2012 I have remembered more names of my old school pals. They are-Charles Martin, Jack Richards, Graham Basnett, Keith Butler, Michael Scott and Peter Green. Also I previously referred to Michael Woodhouse when I'm now sure his name was Woodall. My apologies for that. Is there anybody out there?!

Date:
15-Jun-2012

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Melanie (Wortley)

Comment:
I went to Castleton from 1969 to 1973, this is th only photo that I have see on Leodis, although it doesn't really show any of the school, just the caretakers house.

Date:
09-Sep-2013

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Andrew Lofthouse

Comment:
The picture I think must be pre WWII as the railings are still up as well as the tram lines. I was at the school from 1959 - 1962 and my class teachers were Miss Longbottom, Mr Mahoney, Mr Zoltie and Mr Jowett. The Headmaster was Mr Moorhouse who I remember fondly as he gave me the cane after I had turned around in class and belted the boy behind me for persistently kicking me on my bum through the gaps in the seats. My mum and dad didn't find out about that until 1973 when I was best man at Peter Hewson's (same year at Castleton) wedding. In all the time I was there, I don't ever recall going "upstairs" to the girls part of the school. One fond memory was having a man coming on teaching practice and I sat in absolute awe as it was one of my Leeds RL heroes (Dad was a big fan) and it was Lewis Jones. I remember being so nervous in going up to speak to him at the end of the first class. I also remember probably the first day trip out for me and that was to York and the Railway Museum and I'm not sure if we also went to the Castle Museum as well. One of the boys mums had baked some little fairy cakes to take on the trip - wonderful. I also remember Mr Lees who had the classroom at the top of the school and when he came in his new Ford Anglia with the dark maroon bottom half and grey roof. If memory serves me right he parked it under cover on the right of the caretakers house in the picture. I'm sure I'll think of other things as well.

Date:
31-Jan-2014

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Tony King

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What a nice poignant memory. I remember Mr Mahoney, who had a very loud singing voice in assembly. Who could forget Mrs Sanderson and her famous shakings and of course Mr Lees? Top of the tree theough; the epitome of a truly great Headmaster, Mr Moorhouse. I really enjoyed my few years there until we moved from 'the Salisbury's' to Bramley and I had to go to Greenhill. Wish I'd been allowed to get the bus to 'Cassy'. I remember David Cook and Julie Tring. Do they remember me?

Date:
21-Apr-2014

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Tony King

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Dave was right that the 'rumour' was that the railings had been taken during the war. There wqas also a house (maybe two) that had been demolished in the terrace opposite school. That was supposed to have been blown up when a stick of German bombs hit. One landed at the bottom of the road where the Gyratory is now and there were shrapnel holes in the wall. One took out the house opposite school and another part of Lawsons Garage at Bramley Town End, which would have been next to the old Bus Depot. Both my mum and dad worked at Wilson & Mathieson during the War - just around the corner from Castleton School - and were on nights when the bombs hit. Wilsons made munition cases, which probably made them a target. Some great History in Armley, if you look for it.

Date:
23-Apr-2014

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keith b

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@ tony king,just to put you right on acouple of points in your comment. The houses opposite the school on Gloucester Rd were bombed in Mar. 1941. at least 2 of a family called Beaumont were killed in one of the homes . There were 4 houses demolished because the others were too badly damaged to be saved.I lived almost opposte the gap that was there when you were at the school. The photo shown has already been explained by Arthur Wilson and it was pre-war. You'll notice that the police -box has not yet been installed in the corner of the playground.The schools iron railing were removed during the war to be melted down for munitions and it's not a rumour it's quite true! Hope this helps!

Date:
11-Jul-2014

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Alan Mason

Comment:
The last time I saw the remainder of these railings, they had been removed during demolition and reinstalled at the Tramway Museum at Crich in Derbyshire.

Date:
30-Jul-2014

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cynthia.heywood@facebook.com

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I went to Castleton School. The boys were taught on the ground floor and used the playground . The girls were on the top floor and our playground was on the roof. You can see it on the arial photo of Armley jail. the infants had the block under the roof playground .

Date:
14-Aug-2014

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David Cook

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Back again after a long while - good to see further more recent comments, especially from Tony King. Yes Tony, I remember you well considering it's 46 years since I left Castleton school and Leeds when we moved down South. Like others, my teachers were Mr Mahoney (who would give me a lift home in his Morris Traveller now and again up Stanningley Road after we moved from Gloucester Crescent to neat Wyther Park), Mr Craven (Geoff), Mrs Sanderson and finally Harry Lees who was indeed a fearsome man but a superb teacher who taught me a lot. Mr Moorhouse the Headmaster who brought the dinner room to a standstill one day when he spotted me eating pudding on the way back to my table at school dinners. You could've heard his yell in Bramley! I never did it again... I still have my report book from Castleton and remember the Auty twins (Stephen and Graham), Ashley Fox, Philip Stephenson, Mark Manning (who gained fame as Zodiac Mindwarp), Tony McHale, John Pollard to name a few. Maybe you could fill in a few blanks Tony King?

Date:
28-Oct-2014

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Pauline Rodgerson

Comment:
I was Pauline Gaunt. My brother Tony and I both were in castleton school at the same time during 1950's and 1960's. We both remember all the teachers names. I thought Mrs Bradshaw was lovely. I remember and know some of the other people who have commented. Mr Lees was shopping in Morrisons Merrion Centre when I worked in therdemonstrating. I was about 28 at time. He approached me and said "spell disappear" . "1s 2ps" etc I chanted. He said to his wife and said "They never forget you know" Happy memories of happy childhood days.

Date:
01-Apr-2015

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Alison (nee Weigh)

Comment:
I arrived at Castelton Primary around 1970- having moved from down south. Thanks to my new mates I lost my accent asap ! I remember doing PE up on the roof playground, frozen milk bottles, (hated milk, so always donated mine)big bars of hideous yellow soap, and Mr Ryder my teacher for 2 years who was brilliant, drove a Renault and was mad on cricket. Mr Lees looked fearsome but he taught me to spell 'distinguished'! My best friends were Janet Stansfield, Carol Darbyshire, Jennifer Clisby, Elise Creek and Joanne Lister. I also remember Susan, Melanie, Anne, Yvonne, Elizabeth and Heather. I have happy memories of being there.

Date:
13-Sep-2015

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petercolin.hamilton@virgin.net

Comment:
I went to Castleton Junior School from 1950 to 1954, after Armley Infants School (known as 'the Clock School"). I remember Mr. Lodge. Mr. McDonald, Mr. Mahoney, Mr Barclay and Mr. Pinder. The headmaster was a very strict man called Mr. Dorney, who left while I was there and was replaced by a Mr. Walker. I can also remember some of the names of my classmates - Michael Walker, David Freeman, Clive Gott, Arthur Lattoe.

Date:
19-Sep-2015

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Brian Jury

Comment:
For better or worst being an Armley Square Head, I attended Castleton Primary School from about 1945 to 1950 and cannot remember very much about that period. However, reading all your correspondence I found very interesting and most pleasurable. The date of the photograph above must be before 1935 for up to this date the Leeds trams had "Wheeled Trolley Pole Current Collectors" with overhead wires close together and placed between the tram tracks. About 1934 the more efficient "Bow Collector" was introduced and the overhead wires were spaced more widely apart, over the individual tracks. Regarding the boy's play yard, was there an air- raid shelter by the slate urinals? I seem to remember these and even daring to go inside the scary dark unknown!! During war time it seem difficult to understand why a school housing perhaps 500 young children should have been used. It was only about 1 kilometre from an armaments factory and next to and easily recognisable jail. What a good target for uncle Adolph's bombers. (At lease the girls were upstairs) Did we have any women teachers? Or, was it a Fraternity. Men only?

Date:
12-Nov-2015

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brian-jury@tiscali.co.uk

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Name:
Janet newton

Comment:
I went to Castleton school in 1954 and there were no railings at side then cos we used to sit on side wall at playtime.We played on roof when I moved up to juniors and the head mistress was called miss Pratt. I don't have any bad memories of that time but I do remember having my hands checked and having to show that you had a handkerchief when leaving assembly. Also some of the girls had to have a spoonful of virol every day a thick brown stuff that smelled of malt but I didn't have any.There were some children that had gentian violets painted on their heads I think for nits or something luckily I didn't have that either I was very happy there

Date:
15-Feb-2016

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Name:
ARTHUR WILSON

Comment:
I'M 73 NOW BUT SEEM TO REMEMBER A FIRE IN THE GIRLS' DEPT LATE 1940'S--ACRID SMOKE BELCHING OUTAND DRIFTING WEST OVER PARLIAMENT ROAD [I LIVED @26] MY MOTHER SAID IT WAS THE COOKERY-THE SKY WAS BLACK! -AT THAT TIME I MAY HAVE BEEN TOO YOUNG FOR SCHOOL ? AFTER CLOCK SCHOOL I WENT TO CAS. AND IT DIDN'T APPEAR TO HAVE SUFFERED STRUCTURALLY/.MOST OF MY UNCLES/AUNTS/AND MOTHER WERE CAS.EDUCATED EARLY 1900'S [LOWE'S FROM 18 PARLIAMENT RD.].BEFORE BECOMING CASTLETON HEAD HAROLD MOORHOUSE WAS AT ARMLEY PARK-I REMEMBER HIS POSH VOICE AND CREASED BROWN SHOES[LIKE BARGES!]

Date:
18-Feb-2017

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Name:
Jacquie Lynn (ne: Aykroyd)

Comment:
I lived on Armley Road, my parents had the corner sweet / grocers shop, and I went to Castleton school in the 50's. I remember the caretakers, Mr &Mrs Steele who lived in the house in the playground. Mr Steel would let us play on our scooters & skates in the playground after school. The head teacher in the infants school was Mrs Jennings, and when I moved upstairs to the junior girls, Miss Pratt was headmistress. She was lovely and brought her budget in its cage to school with her!. My teacher for a number of years was Miss Slater, who was a real terror to me and frightened me to death. Think she was jealous that people knew & liked me because of our shop. I didn't pass the 11+ thanks to her 'picking' on me, a frightened 7-10 year old, and I refused to go th Armley Park School - so a few of us went to Silver Royd girls school in Wortley. My friend at Castleton were Hilary Robinson, Maureen Audsley, Jennifer Willett, Brenda Stevenson and other names I remember Wendy Touch, Linda Ship, Diane Smails, Carol Pope.

Date:
04-Jan-2018

Email:
Jacquie.lynn@hotmail.com

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Name:
Ellie brier

Comment:
Hi I'm Ellie brier my grandad went to this school back in 1971 I was wondering if anyone had the old school photos of so please get in touch I know how much it means for him to see it and tell me about it please contact me via email or message me on 07932568574 thank you

Date:
02-Feb-2018

Email:
Brierellie@gmail.com

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Name:
Jill Cuthbertson

Comment:
I went to Castleton School between 1963-1967, previously attending Clock School. I particularly remember Mr Towel, my last teacher there, and Mr Lodge, who passed away during that time. Mr Moorhouse was the head teacher, he was lovely. Mrs Garbutt wasn't very nice. I loved my time there.

Date:
18-Feb-2018

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Name:
Jill Cuthbertson

Comment:
I went to Castleton School between 1963-1967, previously attending Clock School. I particularly remember Mr Towel, my last teacher there, and Mr Lodge, who passed away during that time. Mr Moorhouse was the head teacher, he was lovely. Mrs Garbutt wasn't very nice. I loved my time there.

Date:
19-Feb-2018

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Name:
Jill Cuthbertson

Comment:
I went to Castleton School between 1963-1967, previously attending Clock School. I particularly remember Mr Towel, my last teacher there, and Mr Lodge, who passed away during that time. Mr Moorhouse was the head teacher, he was lovely. Mrs Garbutt wasn't very nice. I loved my time there.

Date:
23-Feb-2018

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Name:
Jill Cuthbertson

Comment:
I went to Castleton School between 1963-1967, previously attending Clock School. I particularly remember Mr Towel, my last teacher there, and Mr Lodge, who passed away during that time. Mr Moorhouse was the head teacher, he was lovely. Mrs Garbutt wasn't very nice. I loved my time there.

Date:
01-Mar-2018

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Name:
Virginia

Comment:
I went to Castleton school between 1965 and 1967 and have lovely memories of rushing out during morning and lunchtime breaks to work on making great slide areas on the icy surfaces in winter. I too remember the teacher, Mr Towel, that Jill mentions. Lovely trip down memory lane

Date:
01-Oct-2018

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Name:
Liz dauncey nee walker

Comment:
The Mr walker who was headmaster anyone know his Christian name? I had a great grandfather who was a teacher in this area around that time. Mr Zolie was father of my best friend Wendy in 1960,s and lived opposite us in Roundhay. Before leaving Yorkshire in1967 Still a Yorkshire lass...don't like the south even after 50years.

Date:
03-Dec-2018

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