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St Mary's School Wills Street

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Hello Billyboy and welcome to the forum. I started a thread of that school and put two photo's on. I will go and search for it. Jean.

Edit. Unable to trace original thread.


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My fathers class photo. He is in the 3rd row, on right standing in front of his teacher. I believe the school is called St Mary R.C and it is/was located near Hunters Rd, Hockley. My father was born 1914 so I estimate the photos date mid to late 1920's.


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This thread is created from posts on an earlier thread ("school photos") . Viv.

For ref a summary from the Britsh History Online site.

ST. MARY'S R.C. SCHOOL, Wills Street (B dept.), Brougham Street (G and I depts.). St. Mary's R.C. Sch. established 1850. Built with help from Cath. Poor Sch. Cttee.A.a. 1851: 80 G and I; taught by Sisters of Mercy H.M.I. gave good report 1852. This sch. was presumably the present Brougham St. one, near the convent. B dept. opened 1859 in new building (presumably in Wills St.) comprising one schoolroom. Fees 1d.–4d. Accom. by 1880: 534. B dept. enlarged 1890, and G and I depts. 1894. Altered 1935.St. Silas's Mission Church Hall and 2 rooms in convent used from 1949; accom. in St. Francis's Mission Hall provided 1950. Became an aided sch. 1953. Hall built, as first instalment of new sch., 1954. G and I depts. united 1954. Accom. 1955: 21 classrooms.


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hi terry thats a cracking class photo..where abouts would your dad have lived when he attended st marys...



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Hi Lyn, he would have lived in either Park Rd or Whitmore St. I remember him saying he hated it at that school. The reason he was a Roman Catholic was because his father died just before he was born otherwise he would have been christened C of E, but his mother remarried to a Roman Catholic.