leodis logo

Leeds City Council

Open archives compliant site

Supported by BIG Lottery Fund

Enrich UK Lottery Fund

Lawns House School, junction of Chapel Lane and Lawns Lane

Add a comment to this photograph
Please note: Please enter your comments about this photograph in the form below. Once approved your comments will appear after the photograph description. To allow your e-mail address to be displayed please tick the box.  If you have already submitted comments without displaying your e-mail and you wish to alter this please contact us.

Name *:
 

Comment *:
 

My email:
 

Display my email:


Lawns House School, junction of Chapel Lane and Lawns Lane
Description:
c1952. Birds eye view of Lawns House School at the junction of Chapel Lane and Lawns Lane. From 1943 to 1957 it was for the education of the deaf and partially deaf children. From 1947 some of the pupils were accommodated at nearby Farnley Hall. On the closure of Lawns House School in 1957 pupils were transferred to Elmete Hall at Roundhay. The building was purpose built as the James Graham Open Air School, known in 1932 as the 'Farnley Open Air School for Debilitated Children'. It catered for children with health problems such as T.B., Scarlet Fever, Asthma etc. St. Michael & All Angels Church can be seen at the top edge of the image with Lawns Lane running beside it. There is a glimpse of Chapel Lane through the trees and behind the buildings in the background. Only the main building, Lawns House, remains standing. The other properties have been demolished and the site is now a housing estate.

User Comments:

Name:
Robin Tindale

Comment:
From 1950 to 1954 I attended New Farnley School, and remember having to walk up Lawns Lane to Lawns House School for our school dinners,whatever the weather.

Date:
31-Aug-2010

Email:
tinbins1@aol.com

________________________________________________________________________________

Name:
Peter Geldard

Comment:
In the time the war broke out in Germany I was evacuated from the Leeds Blind and Deaf & Dumb School,to board in the James Graham Open Air School, (1939) I attended the school in the day time and slept in in Farnley Hall at night. This was when I was 8 years old, I am now 80 years old. I spent 6 years of my life living in Lawns house school. Thank you for the memory.

Date:
13-Nov-2011

Email:
eileengeldard@gmail.com

________________________________________________________________________________

Name:
Pat and John Burke

Comment:
our mother Gladys (nee Johnson) attended the open air school for 2 years in the late 20,s/early 30,s.She boarded at the scool and no visitors were allowed,her brother Jim talking to her through the fence.

Date:
27-Dec-2011

Email:
Not displayed

________________________________________________________________________________

Name:
Wendy Howard

Comment:
My ggrandfather owned Lawns House and most of my ancestors on my father's side are buried in the graveyard. Wish we still owned it as it looks to be a beautiful building!

Date:
17-Nov-2012

Email:
wtrendy@hotmail.com

________________________________________________________________________________

Name:
Roy Davey

Comment:
I attended the school from 1938 to 1946 and vividly remember sleeping in Farnley Hall and the walk through the woods in all weathers to get there. Some of the memories are good but sleeping in the Hall not so good for small children,it was very scary for a six year old. Thank you for the info and photograph.

Date:
01-Jan-2013

Email:
rsdavey@live.com

________________________________________________________________________________

Name:
Hazel Chignell

Comment:
Going through my mothers effects I found a couple of press cutting photos at the time the Dr James Graham school was opened by Lady Wedgewood. I know my grandmother, Minnie Pollard taught there about that time.

Date:
29-Jan-2014

Email:
Not displayed

________________________________________________________________________________

Name:
Colin Barnes

Comment:
Lawns house also took 'blind and partially sighted' pupils. I was a boarder at Farnley Hall between 1951 and 1954 and can also remember walking through the woods to school. I have only unhappy memories of my time at Lawns House.

Date:
24-Aug-2014

Email:
Not displayed

________________________________________________________________________________

This photograph cannot be purchased due to copyright restrictions.