At the beginning of 19th century there was only one school in Delph Road for children who's parents belonged to the Church of England which was most people at the time. Built by Roger Nowell in the 17th century legacies were the chief source of income but it was often without a teacher as there was no money to pay them. In 1820 William Hindle of Burnley bequeathed £120 to the school providing it was matched by the townsfolk and £173 was raised within the prescribed 12 months the interest on the money being used to provide a schoolmaster.
Over the next hundred years the town's population was to grow from around 1,500 to almost 14,000 obviously the school would not be able to cope.
National School, Queen Street, Great Harwood
In 1821 there were 25 scholars attending the Delph Road School but by 1831 this had increased to 42, thirty boys and 12 girls. The school was becoming too small.
In 1867 the Inspector was so impressed with the school he prefaced his remarks with ...........
"This is one of the best schools, if not the best I have visited"
The National School became redundant in 1915 and was demolished in 1935.
The Roman Catholics had their own "Dame School" held in Paradise Cottage, Hindle Fold Lane run by the wife of Mr James Lomax. A new Roman Catholic Church , Our Lady and St. Hubert's, and school were completed in 1859 and paid for by Mr. Lomax. In 1882 the same benefactor provided funds for an extension to the school and three years later paid for St. Hubert's Hall to be built providing further amenities for the school and church. Pupils were taught from infant through senior school until reorganisation in 1947 when the juniors joined St. Wulstan's School and the seniors of that school moved to the renamed St. Hubert's Catholic Secondary Modern School. Infants remained in a separate school at St. Hubert's.
British School. My last stage performance was here in a Youth Club Pantomime and even without
In 1963 a new, large secondary school accommodating pupils from a wide area was opened a few miles away at Billington and St. Hubert's Secondary School closed. Four years later a new St. Hubert's Infant and Junior School was opened off Harwood Lane and the old school was closed and eventually demolished.
The Congregational Sunday School built in 1856 was organised as a day school in 1866 and in 1879 pupils transferred to the new British School in Barnmeadow Lane. The building reverted to a Sunday School in 1909 when the children decamped to the Western Council School in Rushton Street.
The large hall was often used for local events especially after the Mercer Hall was converted to swimming baths and is now The United Reformed Church.
St John's Church of England School. I attended Sunday School, took part in some talent
With pupil numbers increasing the pressure on space was mounting at the National School and St. John's Church of England School was built in St. John's Street. Opened in 1889 the school still houses junior classes.
In 1895 the Parish Church Boys School (New Boys) was built on Commercial Road. Sold to the County Council in 1936 it became the Western Council Junior School and later Western County Junior School.
The British School closed in 1909 the pupils moving to the Western Council School in Rushton Street which later became a Modern Secondary School until this role was taken over by Norden School in Rishton. It is now a Junior School and adult education centre.
Infants School, Rushton Street.
They don't build 'em like this anymore. Much as I remember it from my early
St. Hubert's School also had to cope with increasing numbers but in 1912 St. Wulstan's Roman Catholic School, also on Rushton Street, was built. Opened in January 1913 it became an Infants and Junior School in 1947 seniors transferring to St. Hubert's Secondary School.
In 1915 the Parish Church School, Ash Street was built and took the remaining children from the National School which was closed.
During a Youth Club Review of "Oklahoma" here my friend's boisterous performance with a
The new St. Hubert's Infant and Junior School was opened in 1967 and the old one was demolished.
St. John's Infant department moved to a new building in the 60s too.
The opening of Northcliffe brought an end to school building in Great Harwood, so far, however with present demographic trends it is likely that only replacements will be needed in the future.
Old Harwood, Louie Pollard and Harry E. Eaton, Great Harwood Civic Society, 1973. Pages 1, 13 and 22.
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