Western County Junior School
Open Day. February 12. 2005.
The buildings on Commercial Road ceased to be used as a school when more spacious facilities became available in the old Secondary Modern School, Rushton Street, which had the added advantage of being next to the Infant School. For years the windows were boarded up but recently the building was bought by a breakaway church and refurbished. An Open Day was held when the following photographs were taken.
The partitions which divided the left hand side of this space, in my day [1955-59], into Miss McVitie's and Mr Ward's classrooms plus Mr Eddy's room have been removed. The resulting space seems surprisingly narrow. Another example of adult disillusionment when considering childhood memories! Anyway it is now a pleasant, airy space.
The stage area, which housed Miss Chester's class, has had very little done to it apart from replacing the windows.
I think I sat somewhere around here!
Below the stage was an area I never ventured into, as here were the boys' toilets,
and beyond them the boiler room.
This original boiler, though obviously having undergone adaptations,
but can this piece of more up to date technology, on the opposite wall,
There was of course only one 'proper' classroom in the building, which was the top class, Mrs. Muttock's room.
The area that was the girls' cloakroom opposite the 'top class' is now a modern well equipped kitchen.
Outside the playgrounds are, sadly, overgrown.
The small, boys' playground is particularly bad, looking more like a garden gone to seed!
It was interesting to see how smart the interior of the building looks
but sad to see the state of deterioration of the outside areas.
Written by Ann Quinn (Fairclough)
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