SCHOOL HISTORY - 1930s
Infant musicians in 1933 - thanks to Bob Barnes (3rd from
right in back row)
School concert c.1935 (thanks to Pat Sprinthall formerly
Betty Boston -in the centre of the three huntsmen wearing dark hats in the
middle row). In an article in the Argus, some years ago, Pat recollected..."The
girl wearing the chef's hat (back left) was Lilian Symons, who went to Vera
Garbutt's dancing school. She knew all the routines, so she used to teach the
rest of us". Also in the picture are brother and sister
John and Jennifer Nicks,
who went on to become ice-skating stars.
After finding herself
mentioned in the caption for the School Concert above, Lilian Symons (now Wemble)
visited us with
many other interesting documents from the late 1930s. Here is a 1937 diary
listing Lilian as head-girl, and with
Fats Waller's autograph on the inside cover (Fats Waller was playing at the
Hippodrome a few yards from our school).
Here is a piece of embroidery
made by Lilian in school around 1939.
Examples of Lilian's
hand-writing (age 10) - 1938/9.
Lilian's school report from
Also from Lilian - maypole
'The Hunt' - a summer show,
with (left to right) Renee Barton, Lilian Symons, Jean King (the fox), Betty
Boston & Joyce Terry.
The final photo from Lilian
is another school play from the 1930s.
School journey 1936
A school concert c1938
courtesy Mr Laycock whose father Mr F.T.Laycock was caretaker for the school
from 1929-1963 (see staff photo from c.1950 below).
'Shopping - Juniors' - from Education Week Handbook 1939.
'Domestic Work - Infants' - from Education Week Handbook
'Pond Dipping - Juniors' - from Education Week Handbook
'The School Camp - Juniors' - from Education Week
The Headmaster's Annual Reports from (left to right) -
1934/5 1935/6 and 1938/9 - click to view.
Mrs Rust and evacuees
40-42 Russell Square - September 1939
This is a letter
written by David Dodds to his parents after he was evacuated along with the
other children from Woodside Infants School, South Croydon to Brighton. He
attended Middle Street school as an evacuee for about 9 months. On the right is
a picture of David on the seafront in 1940.
You can read some
pupil 'memories' from the 1930s and 40s
& Pat Wells, Tony Viney and
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