Hamilton Street

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This page launched Wednesday, 16 August 2011
and updated
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Quote: A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. (George Santayana)

Hamilton Street School was opened on 31 January 1887. It was built in 1886, closed around 1972-3 and demolished after April 1976.

The photo, above, was supplied by Albert Hickson for exclusive use on mywarrington. It was taken from Birchall Street after demolition in 1976 and features the Parish Church of St. Elphin in the background on the left. The British Road Services distribution centre is also shown to the left of the school on Battersby Lane. Their site was later occupied by Mayne's coach company and is now the location of Greenings Court apartments. The site of the school is now occupied by St. Peter's Way housing estate and St Peter's Park - St Peter's Place was originally off Margaret Street, the side street to the right of the school in the photo. Stevenson Street is the side street to the left of the school. The space between the school and Battersby Lane in front of the white trucks once contained houses.

If you have any memories of learning at Hamilton Street School, or memories of the area in general, then please email me and I will be happy to add your stories to this page or the Memory Lane page. Any other photos of the school would be very welcome. Nearby on Birchall Street was St Peter's Church, after which St. Peter's Place was named. Does any reader have a photo of the church? Warrington Library does not, and I would love to see one.

The original purpose of this section was to see if anybody could identify themselves from this class photo (below) from 1970. Dave Thompson (now Williams), who is the third boy from the left in the second row from the front, has given me the photo and has named the ones he can remember, or partially remember, and wonders if readers can fill in the rest of the names. The photo was taken in the school yard and the headmaster's office was to the left of the group as we view it.

Names we think we have identified so far:

Back row (1st from right) Susan (Rathbone?)
Third row 3rd from left - surname Rathbone? 4th from left, surname Hinton 1st from right - Diane Hinton
Second row 2nd from left - Stephen (?) 3rd from left - Dave Thompson/Williams 4th from left - Carl Latimer 1st from right - Diane Keddy
Front row 1st from left - Kim Crozier (confirmed) 2nd from left - Keith or Kenneth Barnes 5th or 6th from left - Peter (?)

Since the launch of this page on 16 August 2011, I have been sent memories of life at the school. So now I invite you to add your own contributions. I will add some of mine when I can recall them, but in the meantime have a read through the reader memories further down the page. if you would like to add your own memories, please email me. You can also email me for inclusion on Memory Lane.

In December 2012 I was supplied with a wonderful set of photos taken in the 1950s and 1960s of class photos and activities at Hamilton Street School, which I now present for your enjoyment. I am extremely grateful to John Mather for making the photographs available for mywarrington. They are the first four photos and numbers 1-33. The first three have captions naming the pupils (John's brother, Ian Mather, is featured in the Class Three photo from 1955). The fourth photo has a caption naming some of the teachers. Photos 34-35 were supplied by Bill Crutch, a former pupil of Hamilton Street School, who now lives in Australia. Bill also supplied some names for Photo 29 and would love to hear from anybody who remembers him from the school or in later life. Get in touch with me here at mywarrington and I will be delighted to pass on your emails to him.

If you are featured in any of the photos, or recognise others in the photos, also get in touch. It would be nice if any of you are still out there. I would also like to put names to the unnamed teachers in the photos. Also, if you are featured and named and do not wish to have your name mentioned, I will be happy to remove it and if requested, I will also pixel out your face.

I was not born until 1963 and attended the school between 1968 and 1972.

Click on each photo for the bigger picture (for reference I have included a number under each photo, and
identified people from left to right in rows). Quote that number if you can help identify people on the photos.
My thanks to Albert Hickson, John Mather, Kenny Riley, Kath Lloyd and Bill Crutch for helping to identify
the pupils named so far in the captions. If you can help fill in any of the gaps please get in touch.
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Photo 1955 Class 1

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Photo 1955 Class 2

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Photo 1955 Class 3

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Photo 1955 Teachers

Photo 1

Front Row: Miss Hawkins, Mrs Jeacock (Head Teacher), Miss Hawke

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Photo 2 Photo 3
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Photo 4 Photo 5
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Photo 6 Photo 7 (approx 1960)

Back Row: Philip Harrison, David Lawless, Ian Gregson,
Kenny Riley, Brian Paget, Paul Darbysher
, Les Brown, Ste Pownall
?, ?, ?, ?, Jacky Scott, ?, Christine Finch, ?

Back Row: Peter Thomas, Philip Goodier, ?, Robert Lyons,
Ian Woods, Robert Sherrat, Stephen Lightfoot, Eric Green
Middle row: Harry Ireland, Colin Melville ?, Philip Wrench, ?,
Ian Bailey, ?, John Bostock, David Heyes, David Holt
Front Row: Linda Davidson, Joan Whiteley, Kathryn Lawless,
Vanessa ?, Valerie O'Toole, Lynn Mather, Judith ?, Carol Lewis

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Photo 8 Photo 9
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Photo 10 Photo 11
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Photo 12 Photo 13

?, Peter Hall, Geoffrey Rigby, Kenneth Brown, June Collier,
Karen Wilks, Joseph Litherland, William Holt

Teachers: Mr Parsons (headmaster) and Miss Parnell.
Back Row: Kenneth Brown, Keith Howell, Peter Hall,
Michael Stubbins, John Goodrun, James Graham, Ian Mather,
Albert Hickson, David Coleman
Third Row: Joseph Litherland, Brian Robinson, Trevor Stout,
Barry Mairs, Audrey Jackson, Susan Shaw, Edward Bate,
Edward Gleeson, Philip Lunt, Eric Lee
Second Row: Linda Kelly, Barbara Ashbrook, June Collier,
Karen Wilks, Marjorie Dibble, Lynda Jennings, Susan Wrench,
Margaret Green, Carol Hackney
Front Row: Raymond Shovelton, Geoffrey Rigby, Clive and Curtis
Melbourne?, William Holt, John Buckley

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Photo 14 Photo 15

William Wicks, Edward Gleeson, ?,
Carol Hackney, Raymond Shovelton.

Philip Lunt (slight doubt), ?,
John Buckley, Brian Robinson, Edward Bate.

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Photo 16 Photo 17

Barry Mairs, Clive or Curtis Melbourne,
David Coleman, Eric Lee, Curtis or Clive Melbourne.

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Photo 18 Photo 19

Barry Mairs, John Buckley, Eric Lee,
Kenneth Brown, Brian Robinson, William Holt.

David Coleman, Clive or Curtis Melbourne, Philip Lunt,
Curtis or Clive Melbourne, William Wicks, Keith Howell, Ian Mather.

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Photo 20 Photo 21 (approx 1958)

James Graham, Michael Stubbins (above),
Joseph Litherland (below), Edward Gleeson, Eric Lee (above),
Raymond Shovelton (below), Edward Bate, Peter Hall

Back Row: Mrs Dyson (formerly Miss Pollitt), Philip Wrench,
Eric Green, Stephen Lightfoot, Ian Woods, Robert Lyons,
Peter Thomas, Philip Goodier, (?)
Middle Row: Harry Ireland, David Heyes, Michael (Mick) Monaghan,
Valerie O'Toole, Joyce Waterworth, Lilian Marsh (?), (?), Colin Melville,
David Holt

Front Row:
Linda Davidson, ?, Lynn Mather, Vanessa(?), Janice(?),
Kathryn Lawless, Carol Lewis, Joan Whiteley

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Photo 22 (approx 1959) Photo 23

Back Row: Teacher(?), ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Billy Davidson, ?,
Middle Row: ?, Joan Fludder, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Brian Coleman(?)
Front Row: ?, Barbara Lewis, ?, ?, ?, Valerie Guy, Lorraine Ashton,
Jennifer Littlewood, Holt(?)

Teacher: Mr Parsons (headmaster)

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Photo 24

Photo 25

Teachers: Mr Parsons (headmaster) and Mr Bennett
(who became headmaster when Mr Parsons left).
Third row (3rd from left): Patricia Monaghan

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Photo 26 Photo 27 (approx 1957)

Linda Kelly, Audrey Jackson,
Margaret Green, Wendy Kean, James Graham

Back Row: ?, ?, Valerie Guy, ?, ?, ?, ?, Holt(?)
Middle Row: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Billy Davidson, Brian Coleman(?)
Front Row: ?, ?, ?, Joan Fludder, ?, Gaynor Dykes, ?, Barbara Lewis, ?

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Photo 28 (approx 1957) Photo 29 (approx 1958)

Back Row: Teacher(?), Eric Green, Stephen Lightfoot, Philip Wrench,
Ian Bailey, Ian Woods, Philip Goodier, Robert Lyons, Peter Thomas, ?,
Middle Row: John Bostock, ?, Colin Melville, ?, ?, Valerie O'Toole,
Joyce Waterworth, ?, ?, ?, David Hayes, Harry Ireland
Front Row: Linda Davidson, Carol Lewis, Vanessa(?), Lynn Mather,
?, ?, Joan Whiteley, ?, Lilian Marsh

Back Row: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Yvonne Lyons, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?
Third Row: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Alan Jinks, Joseph (Joe) Hampson
Front row (sat on floor): ?, William (Billy) Crutch (now Bill)
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Photo 30 Photo 31

Back Row: ?, ?, Peter Russell, ?, William Wicks,
?, ?, Frederic Smith, Miss Burroughs.
Middle row: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Thomas Isherwood
Front Row: ?, ?, ?, ?, Sheila Monaghan, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

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Photo 32 Photo 33

Wendy Kean, Linda Kelly, Margaret Green,
Carol Hackney, Audrey Jackson, June Collier, Karen Wilks

Audrey Jackson, Linda Kelly,
Margaret Green, Wendy Kean, James Graham

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Photo 34 (approx 1955) Photo 35 (approx 1954)
Back row: Back row:

Don't forget to email me if you remember Bill Crutch and I will pass on your emails to him. He would love to hear from you.

Other Photos of Hamilton Street

These next two photos were supplied by Ken Jackson for use on mywarrington. The descriptions are his.

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We won a team shield in the school sports day at Victoria Park. Probably 1953.

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This is a photo of a rugby team that we had in Tilley Street about 1953 - almost all are Hamilton St pupils.

Thanks Ken for your contribution. If any reader has any more photos or memories of Hamilton Street School to share, send them in, just like Margaret has below:

Reader Memories

Margaret Foy (nee Lowe): I have many happy memories of Hamilton Street School. I loved school and also the staff. I started there in May 1939. Almost immediately I learned to read. Miss Birch was the head and my lovely teacher was Miss Darbyshire. I was still an infant when in September a large air raid shelter was built in the playground and war was declared. I lived in Vere Street [off Chorley Street and no longer in existence] so was a "going homer" which meant when the siren went I ran back to our house. In November my father died of a heart attack so life was then very different.

I recall one incident when the sirens went, I decided to pick up my new red blazer from the cloakroom. Miss Birch, doing her sweep of the school for children, found me. She was not impressed when I told her "I don't want my new blazer bombed". I received the slipper on my hand when the raid was over. The blazer must have been fated because a dog chewed a big hole in it when I lay it on the grass in Orford Park.

My infant days over, I proceeded to the class of Miss Singleton. She was a very strict teacher but a very good one. She expected us to pay attention, work hard, learn our spellings as well as being neat and tidy. She was known by the boys as Gertie and always dressed very well, permed her hair and wore make-up - much to our amusement. I have to say that I got on with her very well.

Each Thursday morning she took us for hymn practice, which she conducted by standing at the piano. At the end of the practice we all had to line up and she examined our nails and checked if our shoes were clean. She had a cane which she used to "dust the boys' pants". She also took us for needlework and knitting. I remember knitting my first socks on four needles when I was eight. She had high expectations from us all.

The last class was taken by Mr. Dale, the headmaster. He was a dapper little man of uncertain age, always very clean and smart but kind to the very poor children in school. He worked us very hard. As soon as we sat down each day, there was a cross check on the blackboard. I still add up the way he taught us. I never knew if the less able ever did one. I know one boy was allowed a sleep in the afternoon. Mr. Dale could get annoyed and the boys had to go behind the screen for the strap. This was the year of the 11+ and two of us were favourites to pass. That year eight passed - the most ever - and I was not one of them. Mr. Dale was sure that there had been a mistake and went down to see the education office but it was true. I moved on to Oakwood [School] but in the second week they decided I should be at the High School. I went the following September.

My friends were Joan Jolley, Hilary Evans (died very young) Dorothy Chamberlain (married an American and moved to the states) and Barbara Griffiths whose parents had a chip shop on the opposite corner to the school.

Although I now live in a different part of the country, I still think of myself as a Warringtonian and always reply to the question "Where are you from?" Warrington.

Kath Lloyd (nee Lawless): I lived on the corner of Lythgoes Lane and Birchall Street until 1970 when the area was demolished and new houses were built. My family had lived in that house for many years, my great-grandfather being the first tenant (most of those houses around there were rented). I went to Hamilton Street School from 1956-1964, then to Bewsey Secondary School for five years. I spent my working life at Warrington Hospital.

My very first memory of Hamilton Street School was being in the nursery class. We were all assigned a picture as an easy identification. This picture was on our coat peg, the blanket and bed that we had an afternoon nap on and probably other personal items too. I was a cow and I hated it. I wanted to be the house or the doll. There was a caretaker called Mr Morgan and my everlasting memory of him was that he used to come round when anyone had been sick and sprinkle purple crystals over it and then sweep it up. I have no idea why this sticks in my mind.

When I was in the 3rd year juniors, a teacher left and four classes were merged into three. I went upwards into a higher class and my form teacher was "Pop" Bennett. He was also head teacher at this time, which meant I had him as my form teacher for two years. I remember that he had a leather strap called the Cat O Nine Tails hanging on the wall in his office. I only recall him using it once when 2 boys in my class climbed over the school wall and allegedly broke into the school. They both got strapped for what I am sure was just a schoolboy adventure. I don't think they were bad boys. I know who they were but won't spill the beans.

Although he was strict, he was a good teacher and he taught us how to write "properly". The style was reminiscent of calligraphy and I still write quite similar to that today. We used nib pens and ink and I was the ink monitor. Not only did I refill the ink pots, but I also had to clean the blotting paper out that kids used to stuff into the ink pots.

Happy Days!!!!

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