ST. GEORGES SCHOOL, NORTHAMPTON - 1950
Photograph sent to me by Fiona Lilley, her email is copied below :-
Here is a school class photo taken in 1950 at St. George's school, Northampton. My mum, Diane Twiselton, is standing in the third row, fourth from the left.
She has identified as many people as possible on the photo.
Front Row - from left to right
Malcolm, Rita Goldthorp, Brian Cooper, Gillian Reeves, Peter Copson, Jeanette Waghorn, James Gudger*, Gillian Worrall
* = born Nov 24th,1941 (thanks to Janet Ellis) and lived in Northcote Street (thanks to Val Burgess)
Second Row - from left to right
Angela Stanbridge, John Starmer, Wendy Mitchell, Peter Lowrey, Margaret Gibbs, -?-, Carol Phillips, Paul -?-,
Third Row - from left to right
Peter Cook, Pat Chambers, Clive -?-, Diane Twiselton, David Earl, Marilyn James, David Reeves,Shirley Bracknell, Brian Cooper
Fourth Row - from left to right
Greta -?-, Christine Morrison, Diane Harvey, Pat Letts, Sheila Wilcox, Shirley Robinson (twin 1)*, Carol Moss, Valerie Price, Movita Allen, Margaret Robinson (twin 2)*, Madeline Bullock
* = thanks to Val Burgess
Top Row - from left to right
Philip Isherwood, -?-, -?-, John Fitzhugh, -?-, Malcolm Ross, -?-, -?-,
Mum has written the following memories of her time at St. George's:
'I think the photograph was taken by our teacher James Putsey. He was very strict and would throw chalk or a blackboard duster at anyone misbehaving.
He would rap pupils on the knuckles with a ruler. Two of the boys, Malcolm Ross and John Starmer, used to suck their thumbs.
To cure them of this Mr Putsey would paint their thumbs with a liquid called bitter aloes.
This made them sick and John Starmers grandmother came to the school and complained - I think the practise was stopped.
The headmistress was Miss Staughton and other teachers were Mr North, Mr Markie, Mr Roderick and Miss Fitzhugh. Mr Roderick and Miss Fitzhugh at some point got married.
Miss Baker was headmistress when I first started school in 1947 - she retired at some point and Miss Staughton became headmistress.'
Email received from John Starmer JAN 2013
Front row boys first name. Malcolm Nixon (possibly)
Second row ........ After Gibbs boys surname Richard (possibly) Merrill last name is Paul HUMPHRIES
Top row second boy Roy Brown seventh boy Tony Zonomblick
Email received from David Solomon NOV 2016
I was at this school from 1948 to 1954, my sister Beryl was there from1945 to 1950.
I think i can add a couple of names for you.
4th row ,third from left, Denise Clark(e)
Top row second from left, William Curl
" " " " right Tim Sparrow
I was at first confused that this was one class and that I wasn't on it.
When I was in the second year of the infants I was moved upwards to the class above, in with children who were a year older than me.
I stayed with them through to the last year when they took the 11-plus.
As I was underage they would not let me take the exam so I had to stay in that top class for another year.
It was boring at times having to do the same work over again but occasionally they gave me additional work to do on my own.
So on the photo I recognise children of both the older and younger age groups.
So that's why I was confused .
However I remember that there was quite a turnover of pupils at the school with people moving in and put of the area.
This was made more marked by the fact that the school was next to the barracks and so army personnel registered their children there,
sometimes for quite short periods. So a mismatch of
ages was possible until the school evaluated their abilities.
I'm pretty certain that the Reeves twins were army children.
I lived at 87 Stanley Street and most other children in the street went to St.Pauls school.
My mother would not let me go to this school
because it was a "church school" and she said they had too many days off for
I remember a family whose name I think was Twisleton living in Stanley Street at number 96 or 98. Also I think there was a Roger Clark who lived at a lower odd number in the street.
If you can help in identifying anybody else on the photograph please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org