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Beeston Primary School


Beeston Primary School
Description:
Undated. View of Beeston Primary School (right of centre) located at the junction of Town Street and Crow Nest Lane. It was originally known as Beeston Council School before becoming Beeston County Primary School.

User Comments:

Name:
Edwin C Atkinson

Comment:
I went to this school starting in 1975, Mrs Patterson was my teacher, all i remember was it was a very cold building but i can still remember it like it was yesterday, i can remember my first day there..

Date:
28-Nov-2011

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Name:
Christine Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
I started school here in January, 1952. The headmistress of the infants' school was Miss Awkitt. Other teachers there were Miss Raistrick, Miss Stockdale and Miss Penny (who was close to retirement and had taught my father). I remember sitting on the hall floor in assembly and being told that we were to sit in silence for a minute because the King had died. That would have been February, 1952. We moved to Cottingley the following year and I left Beeston School at Easter 1953. In the 1970s two of my children went to Beeston and in 1977 I was a helper in the infants.

Date:
07-Dec-2011

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
Glynis Clark nee Mills

Comment:
I went to Beeston County Primary school from 1956-1960.I think at that time the headmaster was Mr Rhodes and two teachers I remember were Mr Shipman & Miss Booth (she played the piano).It was a very good school at the time & I have fond memories of my schooldays there.My father had also attended in the 20s & 30s.And my grandma also went to this same school in the nineteen hundreds.I have some lovely sepia school photo's of both her & her younger sister.As my sisters 2 children also attended there in the 1990s that means that four generations of our family all went to the same school.

Date:
22-Jan-2012

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Name:
peter sedgwick

Comment:
I started school there in 1948 and left in 1958

Date:
12-May-2012

Email:
peter_sedgwick@bellaliant.net

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Name:
peter sedgwick

Comment:
Is there any reunions going on in september of this year,as my wife gloria and I are coming home for 4 weeks.

Date:
12-May-2012

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Name:
Julie Sharman

Comment:
I started infants here in 1965/6. Mr Ponty was the headmaster and Miss Booth and Mr Shipman were still there when I left. By then we had a brand new school with a pride of the 1960s open plan layout. (The noise was unbelievable!). My Dad attended in the 1940s who Mr S fondly remembered and didn't let me forget it. When the lollipop lady retired we all got a lolly - what a treat- and had our picture in the paper- boys and girls all in knitted bonnets and balaclavas- knitted by Nannas.

Date:
16-Oct-2012

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Name:
Angela

Comment:
This was my primary school when we moved to a house in Town Street. Miss Booth and Mr Shipman were teachers there. Julie Sharman is a pupil name I remember! I also remember the school being cold, particularly in winter, which wasn't helped by having to drink a bottle of freezing cold milk every day! I remember a lollipop man who gave us a sweet as we crossed the road to school. I can't remember the new school being built I can visualise myself on a Wednesday morning in the new school doing a 100 times tables test.

Date:
18-Feb-2013

Email:
m2kidz@tesco.net

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Name:
David

Comment:
I attended in the 1950's. I recall there being 2 main buildings-the infants was to the west and separated by a big wall we all used to climb up and walk along the top of at playtime-the H&S people would have kittens today. Also there were a couple of classes in prefabs at the back

Date:
05-Mar-2013

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Name:
Brenda nee Tallant

Comment:
I started in 1946 age 3 and left in 1958. I loved school and remember crying when I left to start work. Happy memories of Mr Shipman, Miss Booth, Mr Rhodes and the Head Mr Nicholson. Some years back I organised a couple of reunions and 70 turned up we all had good memories of our time together. We had limited schooling here but we had all turned out well, and said Beeston was such a special place and set us all on the right path

Date:
24-May-2013

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Name:
Brenda nee Tallant

Comment:
I may add my Mother, Father and all his 12 brothers and sisters, and my Grandfather all attended Beeston CP

Date:
24-May-2013

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Name:
Janet Ellison now Goldstraw

Comment:
I went to this school from about 1952 to 1958. I started in Miss Langdale's infant class. Miss Hawkett was the headmistress and Miss Hopkins taught the top class. We used to have to line up once a week for a teaspoon of molasses and codliver oil and got very sweet orange juice in a brown medicine bottle. These must have been the beginning of the school health programme. I remember Malcolm Burrows died from diphtheria while we were in primary school and I caught scarlet fever only weeks after it was taken off the list of notifiable diseases that would have sent me to the Seacroft Isolation Hospital. Do you remember the square letter box set into the School Wall and the old police station and XL grocers. In winter the 1/3 pint bottles of milk used to freeze, the silver tops would pop off - and the blue tits would sit on the crates and pick at the frozen cream?

Date:
27-May-2013

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Name:
Brian Laycock

Comment:
I can remember Mr Nicholson with his fiddle getting us all to sing along to Old Zip Coon and the Woad song, great days.

Date:
01-Jul-2013

Email:
pudseyplumber@gmail.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Although this image is undated, we can see that the building on the left, is not one of "Old Far Beeston". The vandalisation of the old place started around the mid-1950's, when the Council succeeded in erasing just about every vestige of that compact little world - something which even the German Bombers failed to do in W.W.2. I would think that this picture was probably taken in the late 1950's or very early 1960's. The building on the left is housing, so I would imagine that there must be someone out there who must have moved in there when they were first built. One has to hope that they see this picture and are able furnish us with information.

Date:
22-Aug-2013

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Keith Nicholson

Comment:
Quite correct! The building over the heads of the man and children was, I believe, the caretakers residence. Adjoining it was an empty room where we collected and stored the empty jam jars which we all collected. I left in 1953 to go to Cockburn. I remember the Coronation celebrations in the field at the back of the school complete with its 'long jump' sand pit. I vaguely remember a boy being killed (?) running down the steps and through the gate leading on to Crow Nest Lane and being hit by a car. The gates were, I believe, never opened again after that. I seemed to have missed the reunions but note my old buddies, Ginger Johnson, Graham and Alan Hall, the Lotes and Stan Mawson (alas, since died). All were Members of the Soccer team we formed, Waincliffe Wanderers. then we all played for Old Lane Methodists (aka Beeston St. Andrews). Happy days!!!

Date:
09-Oct-2013

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Name:
Stephen Oliver

Comment:
The junction which is just visible on extreme right is probably the turn-round for the buses. If I remember correctly, the position of the camera (andthe ground just in front) is where the old Co-op used to be. My mum took me there to shop (mid 1940s). A man called Reg served the customers.

Date:
25-Oct-2013

Email:
heck31770@aol.com

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Name:
BRENDA NEE TALLANT BLANCHARD

Comment:
IN LEEDS LIBRARY THERE ARE OLD CLASS REGISTERS AND PICTURES, SADLY SOME OF THE PICTURES HAVE BEEN REMOVED OVER THE YEARS BY OTHERS WANTING THEM FOR THEMSELVES, BUT IF YOU ARE EVER NEAR THE LIBRARY IN LEEDS CALL IN AND HAVE A LOOK. I SO ENJOYED SEEING MY FAMILY NAME GOING BACK PRE 1920S. THATS IF THEY STILL REMAIN INTACT. SOME THINGS WERE DONATED BY MR NICHOLSON OUR OLD HEADMASTER.

Date:
05-Jan-2014

Email:
brenda@cutestar.co.uk

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Name:
Judith Donadieu (Wilcock)

Comment:
I was at Beeston from 1953-1960 and remember our headmaster Mr Nicholson playing his fiddle whilst we sang. Other teachers were Mr. Shipman, Miss Penney and Mrs Moore (I think she was very arty). Some of the pupils I remember were Carol Atkinson, a girl called Pamela, Linda Horsforth, Malcolm Bristow and Malcolm Burroughs. My brother Phillip Wilcock was also at the school until he went to Parkside.

Date:
19-Jun-2014

Email:
jdonadieu@googlemail.com

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