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hi john always up early. if the school showing on the old map on the corner of gower st and guildford st was not part of gower st school then maybe someone with more knowledge and a longer memory than i have could tell us the name of it...for years i thought it was connecte to gower st school..gower st started at berners st and ended at william stHi Lyn you must be up bright and early.
It is 5:17 pm here in New Zealand.
Thank you for the map!
I am afraid you are incorrect about the school being on Gower Street. The map doesn't tell you that Gower Street finishes on Guilford Street and the Annex was on the corner of Clifford Walk and Guilford Street as shown on the map.
I was using Google maps an was looking at the new school without realizing it was a few years old. How times change!
I am a little vague on Mark. It sounds as if he would have been in my year and I have a pretty good memory. Maybe he was in a different stream. As I said my classroom was in the main building. Perhaps his was in the Annex building.
Also, Do you remember Carol? Can't think of her surname. She was in the chess team. Gower Boys played at Lozells Girls School (organized by Mr. Philips). I was on board one playing Carol. We already knew each other socially.
She gave me a good game.
I have already sent this one already; but I have edited it. I was relying on nearly forty years of memory for the exact position. We often had to walk from one building to the next and I really didn't think it was that far away.
Emigrated from the UK in 1995. I didn't really live locally. I lived in Tower Road, Aston; only part of which still exists today. I heard lots of bad stuff about Upper Thomas Street School from lads in my street and decided to give it a miss.
sorry i dont recall a carol at lozells girls think she was younger than me i was born in 53..as you can see gower st school on the corner of guildford st and lozells road is still standing although the caretakers house next door was demolished about 6 years ago..i took photos of it before demo..we also have a thread for gower st with old photos on it if you are interested
i think we have a thread for tower road with a few pre demo photos...just use the search engine top right of the main page...if you can give me your surname i will ask our mark if he recalls you..ido have this info about gower st school which was formed in 1862
Gower Street School (apparently undenominational) was established in 1862 in a temporary building, but a new building opened in the same year. By 1876 the school apparently included a separate Infants Department when it was transferred to Aston School Board. It was enlarged for three departments in 1877-78 for boys, girls and infants; a new junior mixed block opened in 1886. The school was reorganised in 1931 into three departments for senior boys, junior mixed and infants. The Infant Department closed in 1938. Enemy action in 1940 destroyed the junior block and this department was housed in the former Alma Street School until 1945 when it closed. In 1945 the Senior Boys Department became a separate school.