Knoll Infants' School

Class photograph c1952/3

By Nickie Preston

This is a class photograph of the year 1952/3. My cousin Barrie Jones who is in the photograph was born in 1945, so I assume the children are 7 or 8 years old. Barrie is the boy with glasses on the far left.

Do you recognise yourself or anyone else? Can you share any memories of the school?

If you can help, please leave a comment below.

Photo:Class photograph c1952/53

Class photograph c1952/53

From the private collection of Nickie Preston

This page was added on 09/07/2013.
Comments about this page

The boy in the check shirt in front of the Teacher I think is David Burchett who lived in Bellingham Crescent.

By Ian Wallis (10/07/2013)

I was a pupil at the Knoll Infants' School a lot earlier than the children in the above photograph. I was there from 1941 to 1944. My teachers were Miss Dimberlin (spelling uncertain), Mrs Chapple and Miss Arrowsmith in the top class.  The headmistress at the time was Miss Lelliot.  Access to the school was via a passage way from Bellingham Crescent which ran between a house occupied by a Mrs Holmes and family and the "Trenches". The Trenches were the air raid shelters for the infants' school and possibly, the Knoll Senior Boys and Girls Schools as well.  I remember, one day, a visitor had parked a bicycle in this passage way and a group of three boys including me decided to let its tyres down.  We were caught and were given a couple of hard smacks each by Miss Lelliot.  Another thing I remember was in Miss Arrowsmith's class. We had all just graduated to writing with ink for the first time.  The inkwells were tapered and designed to fit into suitable holes in the desk tops. Unfortunately, there were no holes in the desk tops so the full inkwells had to stand on top of each desk. We were all given a dire warning to be careful and not to knock the inkwells over.  Sure enough, I managed to forget this and spilt ink all over some work I had been doing earlier, my desk and chair and the floor. My punishment for this was, I was banned from the class dancing session. As dancing was the light relief part of the day I was disappointed but not devastated. It was, however, a punishment that I have remembered for over seventy years now. Some members of my class that I can remember were, David Minall, Joan Hine, Pat Ford, Gordon Barnard, David Smart and Joan Bennett - my first crush, although she never knew it.  I hope there are some others from my era still reading these pages.      

By David Robertson (26/04/2016)

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