St Nicolas Primary & Junior Schools

Photo:'Chimneys'

'Chimneys'

From the private collection of Ray Hamblett

Photo:St Nicolas Junior

St Nicolas Junior

From the private collection of Ray Hamblett

Photo:The photo here shows Southern Cross and the school at the NE corner.

The photo here shows Southern Cross and the school at the NE corner.

From the private collection of Ray Hamblett

Schoolday memories of the 1960s

By Ray Hamblett

In 1963 I began my education in St Nicolas Primary School at Locks Hill, Portslade. The school was an imposing red brick building which seems to have a lot of chimneys, it even became known by that distinctive feature. I guess the reason for the apparent numerous chimneys was that each classroom had its own coal burning stove heater.

Stove heaters
These coal burning heaters were essential in winter, they were the only source of heat. Radiators were apparently not fitted in this building for some reason. In the coldest part of winter the morning break ration of a third of a pint of milk in quaint glass bottles would be defrosted by the side of these cast iron stoves.

Holding hands in the playground
After a year in this building we began the second year in the more modern 1930's style building. It was on a single level at the time but has since had extensive rebuilding and now comprises of two floors. The two years I spent there have left few impressions in my memory. I recall that there was a prefab building added and I was in that room for schooling. I took a shine to one girl and would often hold hands with her as we went into school from the playground.

Move to Junior School
The move up to Junior school was easy as it was just next door. This was a flint faced style building building constructed by local wealthy resident Hannah Brakenbury for the education of the poor in 1872. In 1968 new building was being constructed on land to the north of the school and by 1969 we were transferred to the new modern school

This page was added on 12/02/2010.
Comments about this page

Ray, I am sure I can recall being involved in the time capsule which was placed in the foundations of the new modern school opposite before we were all moved over there. I remember very well the organised trips to Belguim which the school took us on. I believe Miss Stone was one of the teachers?

By lorraine luke (01/04/2011)

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