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Village School, Breary Lane

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Village School, Breary Lane
Description:
Undated. Image shows the stone built village school in Breary Lane. It was built in 1873 at the instigation of the Lady of the Manor, Miss Dawson. The schoolmaster Mr. Wood, along with his wife, received a salary of £130 per annum and books and slates were purchased at a cost of £11 16s 2d (£11 81p). There were between 60 and 70 pupils, both boys and girls, attending the school from a population of 389 in the village. The village school was undenominational and was not to be used as a Sunday School or for religious meetings. There was a focus on Adult Education and classes were held there for this purpose in the evenings. The West Riding County Council took over the building in 1921 and the school was converted to a youth club at a cost of £8,000. In 1961 the school moved to new premises in Tredgold Crescent. In 1992 Leeds City Council released the former school for development and it has since been converted to apartments, while retaining the original character of the nineteenth century building.

User Comments:

Name:
Ray Jackson

Comment:
This school holds many fond memories for me. I lived in Bramhope from about 1941 to 1948, and this was the first school which I really can remember. There were two large classrooms, separated by a folding partition. The headmaster was "Boss" Brookes, whom we all loved but were secretly rather terrified of. I can still recall vividly him reading from various 'classics' with the whole class (virtually the whole school) hanging on his every word. One abiding memory is his readings from Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. I was sad to see when I returned on a fleeting visit in 1994 that the school was boarded up and almost derelict. I left the Primary school in 1944 when I won a scholarship to Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley, where I stayed until 1948, when I emigrated to South Africa with my family. Wonderful memories!

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rjack2711@aol.com

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Name:
John Nicholson

Comment:
Unlike Ray, I have very few memories of the school, but this was also my very first place of learning. I lived in Bramhope from early 1936 until late 1941, when my parents moved into Leeds. Now resident in Australia.

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Name:
Ian Ballinger.

Comment:
My parents and I moved to Otley Rd Bramhope during the early years of WWll and I attended this school in Breary Lane from 1944 to 1948. I was then to attend Otley Grammar but this did not eventuate as we moved overseas to Australia. I still have my school term reports for this period and have fond memories of this place and of Headmaster Brookes and Teacher Miss Rafferty. I would very much like to make contact with old school friends such as Raymond Dodsworth, David Long and Roberta Waynman should they ever visit this website.

Date:
01-Jul-2009

Email:
ianb39628@gmail.com

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