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Beckett Street Board School, Cookery and Handwork building


Beckett Street Board School, Cookery and Handwork building
Description:
Undated. View from Beckett Terrace showing the Cookery and Handwork department of Beckett Street Board School. The main body of the school was built in 1885 but this later addition dates from 1905.

User Comments:

Name:
Barry Hallam

Comment:
These buildings stood to the left of the main school building and hold many memories for me. I was an infant at the main school from 1946, until 1952 when I was sent to Brownhill CP where I finished my schooling. Ironically, in my senior years from 1955 to 1957, I was sent back here for woodwork. The senior woodwork master was the flamboyant Mr Duxbury. He took no prisoners. Anything we made that was undeserving of a merit mark, was ceremoniously despatched into the heating-stove. He taught me how to use the lathe on which I made a table-lamp. I was absolutely terrified of that machine and have never used one since. I almost severed my thumb with a carving chisel because I'd ignored his warnings. I was immediately, but unsympathetically despatched to St James's hospital next-door, where I was stitched up. My injury was held-up to be no-more than an example to others, of stupidity. But to give credit where due, Mr Duxbury did come to my home and face my mother's wrath. He was a larger-than-life, rather arrogant man, but he was right. He was a pussy-cat at the side of what awaited we little-boys in the world of work shortly to be upon us. I am now a pensioner so he will be long gone - God bless him.

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Name:
Sam. Morrison

Comment:
I started school in the infants Dept. in 1938, my teacher being Miss Lothian. later I went to St Stephen's where the new head was Mr Wagstaff,and the redoubtable Miss Smith. She taught my father too. Miss Anderson played the piano, aand the gorgeous Miss Rex who painted all the Snow white characters on one of the classroom walls. Mr wagstaff regularly took all 13 of the rugby team up to the soldiers field, packed in to a Morris 10. I too remember Mr Duxberry, and before him Mr Worship, an equally excentric character. but

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Name:
JIm Mellor

Comment:
Hi Barry, read your comments about Mr Duxberry woodwork teacher,they are spot on but he should have taught you all to sweep up the shavings which I did for my Dad (Caretaker) after school.I attended woodwork from my school Burmantofts Sec.Mod and when I left I did 6years apprenticeship joiner J.T.Wrights Green Road next to Plasterers pub so thanks "Duxy" good luck Barry

Date:
28-Oct-2009

Email:
jimkathmellor1@talktalk.net

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Name:
Andy Nutter

Comment:
Attended 1961-67 the right of the photo or top end of this building was used as the dining hall . We would all boo when Mr Bramfit(headmaster) would anounce roast parsnips and cheer when there were chips served. We also used to squabble over who could have the skin off the custard(served sometimes pink,yellow,white and chocolate) or the rice pudding desert.

Date:
19-Oct-2012

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Name:
Esesa

Comment:
sleep is a humbling gift, and a reidnmer that we are finite. Give a little credit to God He can work miracles even out of our most miserable mistakes 2 Corinthians 12:9!

Date:
30-Nov-2012

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Name:
TONY WIGGLESWORTH

Comment:
HI BARRY AND JIMMY, GREAT MOMENTS IN THE WOODWORK ROOM, THAT ........ WAS A NUTTER, HE ONCE BEAT UP A LAD CALL JOHN BLOWER, GOOD TO HEAR BOTH COMMENTS, JIMMY YOUR DAD WAS A GRAFTER, I SAW HIM SHOVEL BIG PILES OF COKE INTO THE CELLAR OF BECKET STREET SCHOOL, NICE TO SEE YOUR STILL WITH US, LOL, STAY SAFE, BYE LADS.

Date:
08-Apr-2013

Email:
tony.wiggy@live.co.uk

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Name:
Elizabeth Forbes nee Rose

Comment:
Just reading Andy Nutters comments and I was taken back to the dinner hall, I remember Mr Bramfil very well and have many happy memories of Becket Street School. I used to live on Alma Street at number 33. I have many memories of that dinner hall and those roast parsnips. The coloured custard brings back loads of happy memories of squabbles over the custard skin as we thought them the best bit.

Date:
19-Jun-2013

Email:
Liz.forbes@ymail.com

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Name:
Margaret Anderson nee Crosthwaite

Comment:
I think my dad went here for woodwork lessons from Primrose Hill school.He would have left school in 1920

Date:
24-Aug-2013

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