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Blenheim County Secondary School
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Summer 1955. Sketch by D. Lister depicting Blenheim County Secondary School located in Blenheim Walk. The school became a secondary modern school c1952. Alterations were made to the building in 1955 in order to erect new form rooms on the top floor and to transform the ground floor into wood and metal workshops. Previously, pupils had attended Quarry Mount centre to study these subjects. 'Inside sanitation' was also to be provided to improve facilities for the boys.

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
The Leeds Student Medical Practice is now occupying this site.

Date:
10-May-2012

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Name:
S.F. Blane

Comment:
I started at Blenheim School in the Infants at the age three in 1943 and continued my schooling years up to 1955 when I left to start work. I was able to follow all my stages of education within the same establishment, moving along with the changes as they occurred. I have many fond memories of the years I spent there and of the many friends I made there. The names that spring to mind are many, here are just a few; the Dockray brothers, Cris Fry, Tony Weatheral, Barry Hollick, Dave Walshaw, Raymond Johnson, Melvin Mountain, Hugh Nixon and loads more. For those I have missed I am sorry but you are not really forgotten, just a bit blurred with age. I remember most of the teachers, Swindale, Best, Cooper, Backhouse, Stuart, Dacre, Pearson, Stag, Thackray, Elson. The headmaster, Mr Norman Dean was one of the best things ever to have happened to Blenheim, a very fair and, to my mind in retrospect many years later, a truly honourable man. There was one bad apple in among the masters who was a bully and really should not have been a teacher in the first place. I have not named him, it would be of no use at this late date, he was what he was and nothing will change that. Some of the events that occurred stand out, not because of the school but because of things beyond our control. The winter of 1947 stands out, the road outside of the school being several feet deep in snow for weeks on end and of being frozen and wet going to and fro school. Of your legs being constantly chaffed from those horrible Wellington boots, socks forever wet and running down under your feet. I remember Mr. Roberts, the Caretaker and boilerman for the school, fighting what must have been a constant battle to keep the school and the children from freezing up. We didn’t help any by sliding up and down the piles of coke before he had the chance to move it. I recall the Blenheim Puddle and many happy times splashing about in there, it really wasn’t deep enough to swim properly although that is where I learnt to swim or at least get started anyway.

Date:
02-Jul-2012

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Name:
S. F. Blane

Comment:
I remember going on one particular field trip with Mr. Stuart and the class. We first visited Beamsley Beacon and from there we went to Malham village and Janet’s Foss. Then we climbed Goredale Scar and then across to Malham Tarn, dropping down the side of Malham Cove and back to the transport for home. For me this had to be one of the best days out I had ever had. I have some photos taken on this day of the lads along with Mr. Stuart along with some taken on another trip to the Lake District, but more of these later. The most memorable trip had to be when ten of us along with two masters, Messrs Little and Thackray went to Paris for eight days in the spring of 1955. This was a trip of a lifetime, none of us had been abroad until then. Now trips of this nature are common but then this was a first for our school. Paris was, and still is, a magic place and I can still remember it clearly even after all these years.

Date:
02-Jul-2012

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Name:
S.F. Blane

Comment:
I lived in the prefabs in St. Mark’s Street for seventeen years. The prefabs off Raglan Road housed a Jewish contingent, refugees from the aftermath of the war in Europe, where two of my close friends, Raymond Homberg and Louis Cohen lived. Alas, I lost touch when their families moved on. Other close mates were Pete Clark, Raymond Johnson, Peter Large, also having families that moved into pastures new. Woodhouse Moor was our own private playground or so we believed. Memories of the large lion fighting a giant snake, forever in battle in stone and of the large owl outside the council greenhouses, also in stone. Does anyone remember the derelict observatory not far from the junction of University Road and Moorland Road, near the Duke of Wellington statue? Or the playground in the centre of the moor and the large grandstand area where everybody used to meet to dance to the bands that played there on a summer evening. For a while there was a fad for roller skating and loads used to gather. I wonder if any of the lads remember the Festival of Britain Exhibition on Woodhouse Moor in 1951? The Army and the R.A.F. brought some displays up, namely a Lancaster Bomber and a Vampire jet fighter along with a large number of army vehicles including tanks and sundry weapon carriers. I know I was not the only one from Blenheim around that site! For me it was like my own personal side show as I lived alongside the Moor. I also remember seeing Prince Philip landing by helicopter on the Moor. This was the first time I had ever seen a ‘live’ helicopter. When he took off again everyone was left choking and blinded by the dust! Another event fromschool was when Marsden’s statue was re-sited from the top of Albion Street in the centre of Leeds to a new site on Woodhouse Moor. We were marched from school up to Woodhouse Moor to have our picture taken with the unveiling which we duly did, being told we would all have our photo in the evening paper. Nothing was ever heard of the photo again and it probably lies in some forgotten file in some archive somewhere. So much for fame!

Date:
02-Jul-2012

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Name:
S.F. Blane

Comment:
I have in my possession three copies of the Blenheim School Magazine dated 1950, 1951 and 1955. All these contain some marvellous photos and articles, both by yhe staff and by the boys themselves. I think these magazines take on the status of historical recordings of events long past and should anyone wish to see them, please contact me at my email address: brenda-@tiscali.co.uk

Date:
02-Jul-2012

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Name:
Barry Hogarth

Comment:
I remember two great sportsmen at Blenheim, Delmas Hodgkinson and Barry Charlesworth. Delmas went on to play for Leeds and was in the 1957 winning Challenge Cup Final Team.

Date:
10-Oct-2012

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hograt@hograt.karoo.co.uk

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Name:
Kevin Lane

Comment:
I was a student at Blenheim Boys and although there may have been plans to build woodworking and metalworking facilities at the school these were never realised in my time. As a consequence in 1969 we were still going to Quarry Mount in order to do wood and metal work.

Date:
23-Apr-2014

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Name:
ian hellas

Comment:
i agree with kevin lane no woodwork or metalwork facilities in 1969. would this be the same kevin lane who joined the junior leaders regiment straight from school?

Date:
07-May-2014

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ianhellas49@gmail.com

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