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Beckett Street Board School
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Undated. View of Beckett Street School built in 1885. The infants were taught on the ground floor and the Senior Girls occupied the floor above. On the left there is a glimpse of the Cookery and Handwork annexe built at the later date of 1904. The school eventually became known as Lincoln Green Primary School but the building was demolished and the site is now a car park for St. James's Hospital.

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Name:
ian heald

Comment:
i was a pupil at beckett street school about 37 years ago i had fond memories of that school

Date:
11-Feb-2009

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Christine Grant/nee Lappage.

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I attended this school from 1949/50 until I left in 1955. My early years at this school were good, but not so the latter two years.

Date:
12-Jun-2009

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jacqui Cryer

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I loved this school. Especially Mr. Nixon my last teacher there.( Before heading over the road to Shakespear Middle School - as it was then ). Ironically in my nurse training I nursed Mr. Nixon following a stroke. He was a wonderful man and an inspiring teacher.

Date:
05-Oct-2009

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Jim Mellor

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My parents were the school caretakers and I lived in the school house seperate in the school yard 1950/58 from the age of 7-16.I can see on the photo, a pile of coke that my dad had to move by hand to the boiler house.My mum cleaned in the school and remember her having a good word for a Miss Redpath a headmistress. I myself went to Burmantofts Boys School who used the woodwork centre in the building on the left.

Date:
20-Oct-2009

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Tony Carter

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This was my very first school and was there from 1962-4 when my family moved to Armley. I recall there being two playgrounds to the left of the picture one higher than the other seperated by a stone or brick wall

Date:
02-Nov-2009

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DEAN TOLHURST

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I ATTENDED LINCOLN GREEN FROM 1981-86 AND I CAN RECALL RINGING THE SCHOOL BELL ON ONE OCCASION.WHEN I WAS THERE IT WAS MR FOSTER WHO WAS HEADMASTER,AND CAN ANYONE REMEMBER MRS BOLAND.I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE AND IT WAS A LOVELY OLD SCHOOL.

Date:
03-Nov-2009

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Peter Marshall

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Beckett Street was my first School in 1956 I remember playing in the playground and walking to school from Shakespeare Street, no that children walk to school today

Date:
30-Nov-2009

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Alan Hinchliffe

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I remember going to woodwork in the annexe of the school.This would be in the 1950s.I went to Brownhill CP.school,and we would you use the annexe on one afternoon per week.The teacher in charge was a MR.Duxbury,who would spend most of the lesson talking about the topics of the day.We were lucky to do an hours woodwork.The other teacher was MR Pinder who was all for woodwork,we would get twice as much done when Mr Duxbury was absent.

Date:
30-Jan-2010

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Barry Hallam

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This was my first school from 1946 at age 'three and a half', until 1952 - infants and juniors. Until she passed away, my mother delighted in reminding me how I'd fallen hopelessly in love with Miss Taylor, my very first infant-school teacher, and on the very first day too. I can't honestly say I remember it too well. Although I do remember the Cod-Liver oil, the orange-juice, and the afternoon nap on the floor. A huge 'rocking-horse', and a sand-pit, loom pretty large too. My years in the juniors are much more of a blur, I can recall only two experiences: One was going up to the girls level and crawling around the hall floor with other boys, while our mothers watched. I seem to think that we were supposed to be red-indians doing a war dance. The other event however, has never been forgotten. As a punishment for 'heaven knows what', I was made to polish The Headmistress's desk with Mansion Polish. It was the biggest tin of Mansion Polish I've ever seen, and the desk was gigantic. I must have been stupid enough to tell my mother, because I thence got the job of polishing the lino at home. Mum didn't use Mansion Polish though, she preferred Lavendo. I wasn't too keen on either. Years at Brownhill CP followed from 1952, whereafter my memories remain somewhat darker, and much more vivid. I'll never understand why - at the big school, it was so necessary that I should be so institutionally terrified, most of the time, until I left at the end of 1957. I'm sure that my first day at work was a conspiracy designed to make me realise that school wasn't that bad after all, just a waste of time.

Date:
01-Feb-2010

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Gurbaksh Toor

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I attended this school in the mid to late 70's and remember walking along the cobbled walls of St James hospital next door, holding onto the railings with my siblings. The head teacher was Mrs Bolam and dep head Mr Foster, who were really scary and strick.

Date:
03-Jul-2010

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elizabeth forbes nee Rose

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I went to Beckett street school from 1958 till approx 1968, Mrs Sullivan was the head teacher for the infants. Miss Taylor was my first teacher I remember the rocking horse and the sand pit and the nap on the floor well, there was also a play shop I remember, we had our school dinner in the hall and played in the smaller playground. I moved to the juniors Mr Bramfitt was the headmaster, we had our meals then in the old block to the side of the playground. I left then to go to the newly opened Agnes Stewart school

Date:
05-Aug-2010

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Denise (Larvin)

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i too have really happy memories of the school which i attended from 1955-1960. We lived in stoney rock road and quite happily went to and from school on our own from about age 6. I remember Miss Redpath was the head teacher and the cardbooard cake with candles over the sweetie tin on your birthday. I still have the class photo taken outside, and can still name most of my class.

Date:
07-Aug-2010

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Stuart Tordoff

Comment:
I also recall having woodwork lessons in the annex here. I was a pupil at Burmantofts Boys from '59 to about '61, at which time I moved to Brownhill school as Burmantofts was demolished to make way for the new tower blocks being built in Lincoln Green. Mr Duxbury was a wonderful eccentric instructor... I have to agree with the comments from Alan Hinchliffe, we didn't seem to do much woodworking, in fact it took me a full term to cobble together a teapot stand! I'm not sure about Mr Pinder though, he possibly had different lesson times. The annex had a very steep stone stairway leading up to the woodwork class. I managed to rupture my ankle ligaments by missing a step and subsequently taking the quick way down!

Date:
21-Nov-2010

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Susan Farrar

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I started at Beckett Street School age 4 in 1952. My teacher was Miss Ferguson and also Miss Prentice. the head teacher was Miss redpath. I recall the nap in the afternoon which is the point I would cry my eyes out. Hated bed! Also the orange juice and cod liver oil and Malt for the skinny kids! I never got any! There was a sand pit in the school yard which had a wooden cover. How I loved that school. I lived accross the road at No 110 Beckett Street. The house with the big yard (my granddad Thomas Kitchingham was a scrap metal dealer). How I wish I could go back in time and play whip and top in the school yard!

Date:
18-Dec-2010

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Susan Farrar

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Would like to hear from any one with memories of old Beckett Street 1950s

Date:
18-Dec-2010

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LYNNE BRANNAN

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I was here from 1955-59.Miss Redpath was the headmistress until she married & became Mrs Sullivan.Miss Lockwood was my first teacher & I also remember Miss Summerscales, I like most went onto Brownhill

Date:
05-Apr-2011

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sandra wrigg nee stockhill

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i was born in napier st.in 1942 & lived until i was 11 i went primrose hill infants,st.stephens juniors then to becket st girls school,the headmistress was mrs allen, the sports teacher was miss bexan my best friend was carol hartley,my brother barrie went to primrose hill & used the woodwork annex to make an egg rack as every one did.

Date:
15-Jun-2011

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Matthews, nee, Dickinson, Eileen and Gaynor

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my sister and i attended this school in the early 50s it was still known as Beckett street seniors, i think the head teacher was called mrs Allen,

Date:
10-Aug-2011

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Gaynor Dickinson

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i only attended this school for about 6 months me and my sister Eileen then went on to crossgates, i do remember Sandra Stockhill, Jaqueline Gibbons and Joan Robibson,

Date:
10-Aug-2011

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KERRY ANDERSON

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I WENT TO THIS SCHOOL BETWEEN 1981-1986, MR FOSTER WAS THE HEADTEACHER AND MRS GALLOWAY MY TEACHER(THE ONLY ONE I CAN REMEMBER), I THEN WENT ONTO SHAKESPEAR MIDDLE SCHOOL, THEN PRIMROSE HIGH, I HAVE VERY HAPPY MEMORIES OF ALL THESE SCHOOLS (OOHH THE HAPPY DAYS!)

Date:
30-Aug-2011

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Deloris Herbert

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I attended this school 1971-1975 I had fond memories of this school...I don't remember a full lot but I remember some friends as well as Mrs Brown she had a beetle car orange I think!...I truely loved this school. My best memories was the Maypole with colourful ribbons and toilets outside...schools like this should not have been demolished as it was my memory of the titanic that no longer exist.

Date:
06-Apr-2012

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Name:
tony wigglesworth

Comment:
hi sandra stockhill, do you remember trevor emmerson when you lived in napier street? he was mt best mate, he emmigrated to adelaide in 1969 but sadly passed away a few years ago, i used to visit him and his family. great days.

Date:
26-Sep-2012

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sandra wrigg (stockhill )

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hi,tony yes i do remeber trevor,he was my cousin,my mother and trevors were sisters,i also remember you i think you went st.stevens the same as me but im older than you so we were in different years when our trevor used to come over he often mentioned he had visited you nice to hear from you sandra.

Date:
06-Dec-2012

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Name:
Masood ghafoor

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I attended Lincoln green primary in early 80's Mrs Borland was the head who was then replaced by Mr. Foster. I hav wonderful memories of that school. Some of the teachers were, mrs funny, Mrs halloway, mrs yellon, mrs Elliot I remember some pupils as well, who ever was there in the same era or different, I hope them the success of this world and hereafter .

Date:
12-May-2013

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Ma5ood@hotmail.com

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Name:
patrick williams

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My first ever school, I attended between 1969-1972 Deloris I think I remember you? Mr Nixon what a lovely man and teacher he was. I remember the school bell, maypole, the boys and girls outside toilets and of course the cain!! cobbled streets leading to the school and the caretakers house to the side of the building. The coke at the top of the picture I can still remember the smell. I remember always playing with a very tall girl called Linda eaton, very happy days indeed. would love to hear from anyone who was there at that time.

Date:
23-Oct-2013

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paddystarr@gmail.com

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Irene Child nee Wilkinson

Comment:
I was there in 1951. I remember Miss Boothman ( cookery), Miss Baxter, Miss Parker ( English), Miss Green ( Science) and fellow pupils Margaret and Marjorie Glover, Sylvia Catton, Christine Lappage, Dorothy Gough, Norma Birch, Audrey Smith, Pat Broadbent ... happy days

Date:
07-Feb-2014

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Valerie Gouland nee Bryan

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I went to the infants school from the age of 3. I lived in Alma Street with my two sisters Doreen and Joyce and brother Eric. I too loved Miss Taylor. I left to go to St Johns at the bottom of Lincoln Road, then came back to burmantofts. It was then called a a County Secondary school. I too remember Sandra Stockhill, Mary Walker and Carol Hartle, Mrs Allen, miss Baxter, miss Green. Good days. Anyone want to get in touch?

Date:
20-Feb-2014

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valarie.gouland@sky.com

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Name:
carol roe nee hartley

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Hi Valerie i still keep in touch with Sandra she is still in Leeds My husband and i moved 12 years ago to Leicester to be near our grandchildren i remember fondly our time at school hope you are well

Date:
26-Feb-2014

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