Queens Park Infants School

Do you remember this building?

By Jennifer Drury

 
Photo:Originally Park Street Infants School: 1986

Originally Park Street Infants School: 1986

Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Opened in 1889

Originally Park Street Infants school, but latterly known as Queens Park Junior School, this was opened on 8 November 1889. It replaced the older school in Eastern Road, built in 1826, which was under the auspices of the British and Foreign Bible Society. Together with the adjoining Senior School, it was built and fitted at a total cost of £11,300.

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Demolished in 1987

As some illustration of the density of population in what was then a rather poor area, the accommodation was for 798 children. The building did not quite attain its centenary, being demolished in July 1987. The area was added to the the Queen's Park Senior School playground.

This page was added on 03/11/2014.
Comments about this page

It is sad to see this old building and to think it has gone. Gosh, my infants school gone, my primary school St Mary's and the Church I attended which was All Souls in Eastern Road. Progress? There seems still to be a primary and infants school in Park Street.

By D F Parrett (07/11/2014)

Yes, I remember it well as my mother was once the School Secretary there from approximately 1960-1965. It had a small nursery in a corner classroom and all the reception children had a small cot, just a few inches above the floor and they all had an afternoon sleep! I also remember there being an air-raid shelter in the playground, built of brick and concrete accessed by a small flight of stairs so it was 4-5 feet below the level of the playground. Normally it was kept securely padlocked but on one occasion the school keeper let me have a look inside, dark and damp with benches down each side. It could probably hold 20 children or so. My sister attended the adjacent Queens Park Secondary School.

By Dave Crockatt (19/11/2014)

I left Queens Park school in 1970 at just 15 years and 6 months to start work. I remember the school Headmaster Mr  Tibble, also Mr Moody, Mr Metcalf, Mr Krum. I also remember the cookery class and the prefab classes situated in the playground. The Headmaster's office overlooked the senior playground.

By susan howlett (28/07/2017)

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