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St Austin's RC Infants/Juniors/Seniors - Heath Street

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Ann in Oz, Annegemini, Annegemini, bmad1964, Bobgeorge77, cath wright, charabang1, cockaduck, fosser, Gary Forrest, garyg1701, grangeparker, Homezzz, IckyFleck, Kash, kizzy, Seffy, suste,


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Mon, 14 Nov 2011, 14:59.

good times even in the war..Gerry Landers the head, Billy Fildes my fav teacher, Mrs Pennington an old warhorse lol

cath wright

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Sun, 30 Sep 2012, 15:24.

hi crown street was still open in 1967, i started school that yr at crown st, we had to walk down elaphant lane to st austins at dinner time for our lunches, in single file holding onto a rope...this must have been a nightmare for the teachers, then went onto st austins about 1970 ish.. so i would guess crown st must of closed in the early 70s, i had younger sisters who also attended...

Ann in Oz

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Sat, 27 Oct 2012, 16:42.

I can remember my first day at this school I think I must have cried and I can remember my mum saying I will stay here and be here when you come out of school.

My memories of walking up and down the cobbled yard all in line singing ";The grand old Duke of York"; , some thing's don't leave our memories do they?.

I now live in Australia, I wonder if this building is still there, maybe someone out there would know.

Ann Johnson (Nee Fishwick)


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Sat, 7 Dec 2013, 1:51.

The infant school was in Crown St (off Elephant Lane) when I started in either 1949/50. The building was very old then and housed pupils up to about the age of 10 when we were transferred to Heath Street.

The girls block at Heath Street consisted of 4 classes - Junior 1, 2, 3 and 4. The boys had a couple of classrooms in the same block though we never mixed. They also had a separate entrance and playground.

The headmistress during my years was Sister Theresa, a RC nun. She was a tiny woman but very, very strict. She could silence a classroom of noisy children simply by poking her head in the door. For some reason she liked me so I have fond memories of her.

Miss Baxter taught J1, Mrs Twist J2, Mrs Mercer J3 and Mrs Fairhurst J4. All these teachers lived locally. There was an old separate classroom used for Senior 1, which had an open coke fire and was welcoming on wintry mornings. Eventually I recall the opening of a new block where I spent my final year. My last teacher was Mrs Lawrenson.

Have learned that Crown St was still open up till about 1970 so have amended this post.


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Thu, 9 Jan 2014, 6:31.

I remember Crown Street infants with the little wall fire and the frozen milk in winter, outside toilet block but most of all Sister Anne she was lovely.


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Mon, 17 Apr 2017, 19:33.

Also remember being at Crown Street. When we walked down for dinner there would be shouts, and counter shouts, ot "Cat Licks" and "Proddy Dogs" between us and St Matthews. Wouldn't be allowed now.
Then at St Austins it was "New School, paddling pool" versus "Crown Street, Smelly Feet".
What an education we all gotted.
Though come to think of it we were using metric at Crown Street and StAustins, then When I moved over to Bleak hill Juniors a couple of years later they were in feet an inches and no metric. 
Bleak Hill dead read proper England tho, not like the ITA (or whatever), phonetic reading that confused me to bits when trying to read real words.

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