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Burton Lodge, Burton Avenue

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Burton Lodge, Burton Avenue
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30th November 1950. View shows the exterior of Burton Lodge on Burton Avenue off Dewsbury Road. The building is a large Georgian house with an extension to the rear. A parked car can be seen on the left.

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keith topp

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During the seventies Burton Lodge was used as an annex to Cockburn High school which was opposite. The huts in the background were used as the school dining halls.

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Dave Johnson

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It was used as an annex for Cockburn in the fifties and sixties also. I was at Cockburn from 1956-61. The 'school dinners' building next door looks very new in this 1950 photograph. If I remeber correctly, it was opened just before I started at Hunslet Moor Infants in 1949.

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Michael Roddy

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I was a pupil at Cockburn between 1961 and 1967 and have a couple of vivid memories of what we knew as 'Burton House'. The first was having art lessons conducted by Miss Cooper on the first floor , there was a long/triple jump run up and sand pit down and high jump sand pit on the right hand side between the house and the dining halls. I'm not sure how many dining halls there was, but I do know that Dewsbury Road Infants school also used them.

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b.ormondroyd

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burton lodge was used as a prep school for cockburn high school,opposite, before the ending of the 11 plus

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Kathleen Cairns

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Hunslet Moor Primary/Junior School used Burton House (as it was known then) to house two of its classes. I attended there in 1950 and 1952, aged 8 and 10. I fell down the front steps on one occasion splitting the side of my head open. Par for the course in those days. Later as a Cockburn High School pupil my domestic science lessons were held there. There were tennis courts between the House and dining halls.

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Michael Holliday

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The low white buildings on the right were the School canteens for Hunslet Moor School, which was further down burton Avenue to the right of photo

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Christine Hebenton (nee Gatehouse)

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I was at Cockburn between 1957 and 1964 and well remember the things mentioned by Michael Roddy, particularly the Art Classes run by Miss Cooper in that building. Some of the food served in the canteens also sticks in my memory - anyone remember the pink semolina?

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Malcolm Bowker

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I attended Hunslet Moor C.P. school until 1951,and remember how the school meals improved tremendously when the new canteen at the side of Burton House was opened. I also remember the winter snowball fights against the 'opposition' (Cockburn High School)....Happy days.

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Michael Nicholson

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Burton House was still in service late 70's/early 80's too.Health and Safety professionals look away now. Main memeory is of water running down the walls, holes in the roof and dodging falling plaster and assorted masonery. The huts you see in the background were the school dinner canteens. A bigger incentive to eat chip butties every day from the shop you cannot imagine.

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29-Jan-2011

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Graham A. Schofield

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With reference to Michael Nicholson's comment. My memories of Cockburn School dinners are from the 1949/1954 period. Even though the country was out of the 'Post War Period', food was still 'wanting' in many ways. Even so, the dinners weren't all that bad. I remember unexpectedly getting extra protein one day. I was about to take another mouthful of cabbage when I noticed that there was half a caterpillar on the end of my fork. I had unwittingly eaten the other half. Needless to say, I didn't enjoy the rest of the meal. Of course, my mates thought that it was hilarious.

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01-Apr-2011

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Mike Magee

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The food in the dining halls must have deteriorated badly since my day, so I am more inclined to agree with Graham Scofield than Brian Nicholson. From 1953 to 1960, when I was at Cockburn, the food was commendable. The only thing I did not like was a large flat fruit flan piped with fake cream, which tasted utterly phony to me, but Most of my fellow pupils loved it. The situation was reversed in respect of steamed pudding and custard which I loved but many others could not stand. I could eat as much as I wanted, and often did! Sometimes milk puddings were a bit lumpy, and the potatoes too, but after the awful stale frothy soggy slops we got at primary school, circulated to the schools in flat grey trays in vans, the Burton House dining rooms were luxury. Incidentally, I was not half starved as many were then, my mother was a good working class cook, and I was a fat little lad :-)

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17-Jun-2011

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Roy Walker

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Nice to see this view of "Burton House",as I knew it at the time.I left Cockburn High School in 1970,and had taken music lessons at the house with Mr.Bowman, and the odd art lesson with Miss Cooper.Happy memories!

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06-Mar-2012

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Jocelyn Crawford (nee Raynard)

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I went to Hunslet Moor Primary and in Junior 4 (in 1960)our class was held in Burton House. I really loved going there. I remember the noise of the squeaky floorboards and the smell of polish, mixed with the smell of chalk dust. We all had to wear plimsolls indoors. Miss Brown was our teacher and she was very strict; one look from her and everyone did as they were told. Miss Brown wrote beautiful script writing on a moveable blackboard and expected us girls to be beautiful writers too! (I don't remember any of the Hunslet Moor lads being with us because I think they were housed upstairs in the main school down the road). As we had a corner class room, there were windows on two sides of the room making the place feel airy. Sometimes the older lads from Cockburn used to set up cricket nets to the side of the house and us little girls used to get quite giggly watching them play in their "whites". Very happy days.

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11-Sep-2012

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