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I remember David Bennett from St.John's, Hindley Green. He lived in Athol Crescent, and I lived in Swan Lane. Many moons ago now. I didn't like our Headmaster Mr Hardman when we were there in 1960. Sheila Brodie nee Pendlebury, Blackpool, England

5th Aug 2010

I remember my school teachers at St. John's, at Hindley Green in 1960. Mr Hardman, Miss Sharples, Mrs Jackson, Mr Robinson & Miss Stringer. Sheila Brodie, Blackpool, England

5th Aug 2010

I went to St Andrew's C of E primary school from 1956 till 1963, then Wigan Grammar School from 1963 till 1968. I never liked school at all, but St Andrew's was an excellent school and the teachers were very strict. Headmster Mr Clayton used to cane somebody almost every day. The most horrible teacher was a Mr Pennington, who used to throw boys down onto the floor after shaking them violently. I once watched him punching a nine year old girl's shoulders with his clenched fists. He did not stay very long and should never have been allowed to be in charge of children. Mr Harmer became Headmaster and he could be ferocious if you stepped out of line, but not so bad if you didn't. Miss Nicholson was a good teacher, very rarely smacked anyone. Miss Brown was kind and used to hate it when a male teacher sent a girl to her for a caning. In the infants' section, Miss Robinson, Miss Myers and Miss Poulson were wonderful if strict. Miss Myers used to suddenly point at a child and yell "I shall spank you!" but I don't think she ever carried out the threat. She once said I was the best behaved boy in the class - ME! Wigan Grammar School failed me really. WE had a hopeless maths teacher for 4 years called Mr Pimblett. Because of him I did not pass the O-level exam and this meant many doors were closed to me after leaving. My favourite teacher was Mr Gelling for German, but I was no good at it. However, I am now a German language tutor for industry! I wish he could see me now. Bill Smith, Wigan, England

30th Jul 2010

St. Mary's Junior School. I went there from he age of 5 to eleven. I can remember Mr. Aspridge the headmaster. He was a lovely chap. He used to live in one of the old large houses on the corner of Westwood Lane. There Was Mrs. Davies (maths) who's family had a farm at the beginning of Bickershaw Lane. Ms Ingram (English I think) Mr. Richardson (I think he took English as well with the older children). Does anyone remember the bridge at the back of the school that you had to cross to get to Mrs. Davies class, and the two seprate playgrounds for boys and girls? The "bottom yard" was for the boys, because the wall was higher, and they couldnt get a football over it. I cant believe its 42 years since I left at the age of 11. Where's all that time gone? Christine Dunphy nee Jones, Wigan, England

29th Jul 2010

I remember my first year spent between Argyle Street and Mornington Road walking between the two schools for lessons in the freezing weather - 1969. I remember paying 1p to go in the record club at dinner times to listen to records and make up dances to t-rex. I remember later on having a form teacher Mr. Garnsey - a friend and myself went out at dinner time to go to the radio 1 club at Wigan Casino we never went back in the afternoon, we tried but we got the wrong bus and went to Ashton. We took him a note in the day after saying we had had to go and be measured for bridesmaid dresses - how did we get away with that??? carole, wigan, england

13th Jul 2010

I remember walking up the hill in Scholes for the afternoon matinee at Scholes Picture House about 1947. On several occasions pedestrians had to shelter in shop doorways as cows were driven up the hill to the slaughterhouse. josephine bretherton, Wigan, England

8th Jul 2010

hi there i went to our ladys rc school in aspull i remember mr keane ,mr flynn ,mrs taylor,mrs vose,mrs lee also have fond memories of a lot of good people even though i got some stick lol frozen milk una haughton, leigh, lancs

28th Jun 2010

hi lenny ashton, i went to st marys primary school in the late 40s i remember mr entwistle. i lived in lower ince near the black diamond pub. irene ahmad nee hudson, brampton, ontario, canada

28th Jun 2010

Nobody has mentioned St Peters Bryn. I ws there 1955 to 1964. I started a month before my 4th birthday. Teachers were MrsJames, Mrs Lyon, Mrs Smethurst in infants. Dinner ladies there I remember Mrs Lowe and Mrs Hickson.They used to tell us that cabbage was spinach then we would eat it.Dinner money was 2 half crowns every Friday. There was a school bank. In Juniors teachers were Mrs Judson, Mrs Hargreaves ( who taught me times tables), Mrs Brookes(was Miss Groves) then my favourite teacher Mr Lancaster who taught me how to play chess and then I was in Mr Nelson's class in the Hall. He was Headmaster and a bit strange. I remember doing the 11 plus, the Scholarship in the Hall.There were crates of black pumps in the cloakrooms, all dusty and fluff on them. In assembly you got to sit on the bench at the back if you were in Mr Nelson's class. We did country dancing in the Hall and we had a choir. We once entered a competition at Ashton Baths Hall.We went on a day trip to Newrighton. I bought a little teddy that day and I still have him Edna Harris (nee Hurst), Banchory, Scotland

22nd Jun 2010

I went to Mornington Road school in Hindley. Our needlework teacher was Mrs. Pilkington and in her class I made a pair of white babydoll PJs with pink flowers on them. She was quite pleased with the job I'd done, and she made me go to the girls washroom, put them on, and then go back to the class to show them off. I was so embarrased I thought I'd die! Brenda M, Vancouver, Canada

3rd Jun 2010

I remember my very very scrit teacher if you said one word you would get pulled by the ear and made naked and canned then made to stay naked and boy did it ******* sting. I WAS ALWAYS THE TARGET! chloe jackson, carlton colville, england

15th May 2010

My school days were mixed blessings really,I went to Birchley St Mary's and my first teacher was Mrs Dixon, she was lovely, but the teacher I remember most was a Mr Holcroft, he had black hair and a perchant for throwing the board duster at anyone who was not attending to his lesson, gosh the child rights people would have had a field day, we got caned and battered, but I think it did us little harm on the whole. We never went to secondaryschool, being a church school we remained there until we were 15 then left, unless of course we passed the 11 plus exam I left school at 15 with no 'O' levels or GCE's but went on to be a nurse and have been very happy in that proffession. Celia Fairhurst nee Haynes, Billinge, Lancashire

11th May 2010

Yes Maureen I also went to St Johns, and I remember you and your brothers. Fred Mason has put a photo on the album of St Johns in 1953, have a look and see if you can spot yourself Jimmy, wigan, England

29th Mar 2010

I also went to St Johns Pemberton. I believe Miss Phythian has just passed away aged 98. Carol, wigan, england

20th Mar 2010

I remember Mrs Mawson st. michaels wigan I would be 5yrs old and she asked me if when we moved to pemberton would i come back to st, michaels,I said yes, but of course I never did because I was to start my new school at St. Johns in pemberton, from there 1957 to 1961 I attended pem sec.I always loved my school,I also attended St. Francis of Assisi sunday school in kit green does anyone remember those schools maureen berry nee markland, chorley, lancs

5th Mar 2010

I too remember Miss Veasey I lived in fear of that womans hand - i can remember being reduced to a blubbering wreck at 14 after having the backs of my legs soundly smacked boy did it sting! sue barton, (now) Aylesbury Bucks, united kingdom

20th Feb 2010

I remember it well Lavino71, Wigan, England

15th Feb 2010

i remember jean smith from holt st who moved to queensway leyland is it you tommy morris, wigan, uk

8th Feb 2010

Hi Lyndsey Dont know if you are asking me if my mothers name was May and my dads was John My dad did have relations in Lower Ince John Higham but dont know the address linda Housley, metung, australia

1st Feb 2010

my dads name is tommy morris he lived in canal st and his cousin was john smith was your mums name may and your dads name john lyndsey, wigan, england

27th Jan 2010

Hi Lennie yes the Highams that lived next door to Jimmy Allen are related to me they are my dads cousins eric is the same age has me we went to school together he was always with my brother JImmy Highameileen lives in Lower Ince and Dorothy Llives near hindley linda Housley, metung, australia

27th Jan 2010

Hi Linda...I dont remember Miss Ingram,but one thing is for sure Miss Holbrook was an expert with the cane and also used a ruler a lot...We have exchanged memories before Linda are you related to the Higham family (Dorothy,Eric) that lived next door to my relations the Allens in Cecil St. My cousin James or Jimmy as he is called these days still lives there....Lennie Len Ashton, Staines, U.K.

21st Jan 2010

I am sure the people that remeber Mr Hardman will be sad to know that he passed away 27th Dec. 2009 Mrs Allen, Wigan, England

21st Jan 2010

Hi Jean, I went to Sacred Heart School, I was born in 1958. The teacher I remember was Miss Padgett, she would through the black board duster across the room, and hit you with a ruler, the head at that time was Mr Mannion. There was also a Mr Finney. Any bells ring with these names. Cora Meadows (Holgate), Wigan, Lancs

16th Jan 2010

I attended Saint Nathaniels school from the age of 5.to 11. During my junior days I played for the school football team with Stan Oldfield,Dennis Moore,Derek Baldwin, Eric Titley, Cyril Ashurst and others. The late Sammy Davenport was our teacher.He was also involved in the Moss Lane Youth teams. Running a Junior intermediate and Senior team. Producing players such as Sid Farrimond that played for B.W.F.C Stan Greenwood. Johnny Sim that played for Bury and Jimmy Hatton. St Nats juniors had the best team in Wigan and district.They had the afore mentioned players plus Terry Entwhistle who later signed for Wigan. I went to Ashton Central now Cansfield High.Teachers there Anderton, Hartley,Aitken,Milner, Gorner, Vernon,Simister. Head teacher was Mr Price.Head prefect at that time was John Bramwell. He later played at Everton, as full back. I also went to school with Eddie Birchall who later played for Chorley and Wigan.The year below me was a player called Walter Hazeldine who played for Aston Villa. I enjoyed Ashton Central as in the third year we won the cup at Springfield Park. As you can see no mention of academia just football. Gordon Allen (my dad was the organist at Abram St Johns) Moss Lane GordonAllen, Wigan, Lancashire

9th Jan 2010

Hi Lennie yes I remember miss holbrook cant forget her she use to cane me nearly every day when i was in the juniors Mr Entwhistle was the headmaster do you remember Miss Ingram I went to St Marys From Spring view Infant school then to Spring View secondary my maiden name was Higham linda Housley, metung, australia

8th Jan 2010

Hi.. Does anybody remember Miss Holbrook..Mr,& Mrs Richardson..Mr,Entwistle who were teachers at St. Marys' Junior school Lower Ince about 1954/55 ish I lived in Hope St, Springview during the 50s before moving south to live. Lennie Ashton, Staines, United Kingdom

28th Dec 2009

Hello Eileen, I remember you as my best friend at Cardinal Newman. I would love to know how you are? I have one daughter Emma who is 27 you can email me at gibbs@dircon.co.uk angela gibbs, Wigan, Lancs

17th Dec 2009

On leaving st cuthberts i was one of the first pupils at st. thomas more .Teachers i recall mr gawkroger head.Messers bramwell atherton petrie kelly and mr foster son of the then chief constable of wigan. tom clancy, wigan, lancashire

4th Dec 2009

Hi! I went to Sacred Heart School Springfield. I was born in 1948 so it must have been in 1953 when I started school. I lived in Holt Street off Woodhouse Lane and I had two cousins that went to school with me Tommy Morris and John Smith. I left in 1956 to move to Leyland. It is a long shot but does anybody out there remembe me???? By the way the main part of the school is still standing and it is a dancing school and another part is nursery. Unfortunately I do not remember any of the teachers or the headmaster/mistress although some of the names mentioned did sound familiar. It would be lovely if somebody remembers me fro Holt Street or from Sacred Heart. I remember BERNIE'S HANDBAG FACTORY BEHIND HOLT STREET AND A SHOP ON WOODHOUSE LANE CALLED DEMPSEY'S. Jean Finch (nee Finch), Leyland, Lancashire

28th Nov 2009

Holy Family, New Springs. First year infants Mrs Graham, next Mrs Swindlehurst, her son William in my first communion group, her young daughter Mary-Jo, next Mrs (Peggy) Allen, Mrs Sherrif, last but not least the head Mr Kenneth Palmer, used to bring his two daughters along on our yearly school trip to Llandudno. Mrs Allen - as the girls of my generation will remember very strict on grammar and diction, known to use the strap on occasion too. Before Mr Palmer - he started at Holy Family in 1959, after the retirement of Miss Charnley - my fondest memory of her was the time when I was in Mrs Swindlehursts class and several older boys came trooping through to the infants class - they had been sent to choose a toy each and had to take them back through every class and then were expected to play with them. They had been silly so Miss Charnley felt the punishment very appropriate. Luckily I can't remember any of your names boys. Jo Durnford (Dowd), Christchurch, New Zealand

27th Nov 2009

Iwent to st. cuthberts infants ellsmere road juniors cuthbert st.seniors brindley st.I remember miss boardman mrs heyes who also played the organ in church Mrs riley. Mr riley miss howard mr mcardle mr murphy headmaster.Jack keane miss horrocks mrs hurst. tom clancy, wigan, england

24th Nov 2009

Was the Thomas Linacre teacher with the board duster Donald Austin who used to run along the top of the drawing office desks to get to you and lift you upwith your sideburns Keith Hayton, Wigan, England

17th Nov 2009

I was at Scot Lane primary 1970 -1976. I remember Miss Roscoe - she was great. Mr Roper was fantastic. Interesting to hear of a Miss Docker who was difficult - I loved her at Pemberton Secondary - though probably the only one who did. Toni Forster, Chatteris, Cambs

5th Nov 2009

Sorry good folks,It were Miss Millington who Married Bill Francis .Miss milligan were Physics teacher ,just thought i'd put record straight. Colin Barrnes, Hindley, England

1st Nov 2009

I attended Morny Road from 67-72,Iremember Banger Heap,Harry(Gluepot)Manifold,Lenbone Ashcroft,Syd Robbie,who should have been jailed for child cruelty,i hated his guts along with many others.Also Miss Milligan who married Wigan Rugby star Bill Francis. Colin Barnes, Hindley, England

1st Nov 2009

I attended Hindley Green County Secondary about 1966-67 when we transferred to Hindley County Secondary (1967 to 1971) and the dreaded Mr Heap followed us what an evil man this was! I also remember the wicked Mr Robinson (Physics) who used to pick you up by your sideburns so that you were on your tip toes! Also remember the head Jack Lowe,Mr Greenwood Mr Goodwin (Chuffy)who used to smack you with a pump or slipper, Mr Collier,Mrs Ross (Maths),Mrs Turton,Mr Rafferty (Art) Miss Dickinson who became Mrs Horrocks,Jessie Lee (metalwork),Mr Melling (R.E.) Miss Woosey,Mr Mannering (Woodwork) he came from Hindley Green County Secondary at the same time as me,also there was an english teacher that smoked senior service very heavily a certain Mr Euxton also the name of the music teacher escapes me.I also went to St.Johns C of E School and remember Fred Hardman (Headmaster)who caned me once for playing football in the rain in the school yard when he told us not to!! also Mrs Sharples,Mrs Jackson,Mr Robinson,Mr Gaskell this was from about 1961 to 1966 when I left. Pupils in my final class that I can recall were Derek Rigby,David Flanagan,Roy Starkie,Malcolm Wigman,David Martin,John Angus,Linda Walker,Sheila Pendlebury,Paul Sharratt (I think) memory fading fast! Happiest days of your life although you didnt think so at the time. Dave Bennett, Wigan, UK

28th Sep 2009

In response to Wendy Quilliam: Whilst I cannot dispute what you have said about Mr. Gibson,I simply do not remember him being nasty to anyone. I wouldn't say that he was my idol though! Perhaps you were there before me as I do remember David Shaw and he was a few years older than me. I started in 1964. Also, all my memories of St. Paul's are not happy ones. I can remember Miss Swift being horrible to me on more than one occasion. I really am sorry that you weren't happy at St. Paul's. I wish you all the best now and for the future. Kind regards, Anne. Anne Marsh, Ashton-in-Makerfield, England

22nd Sep 2009

I went to the Deanery from 70 to 75. Mr Aspinall was the best! I remember him comming to school in his flash Cortina spinning the wheels in the car park?? The man was a real big influence on my education and how I turned out as a bloke . . a real top man, is he still around???? Andy Measey, Halifax, England

18th Sep 2009

I went to Ashton Sec Mod early 50's, I recall, Miss McAvoy (sports especially hockey), Miss Byron (art), Mrs Smith (Dance and PE,) Mrs Glossop (english) Mrs Jones (maths I think) Mrs Huggins was head at the time. The head girl at the time can't remember her name but we were more scared of her than the teachers so if we were messing about we always had someone on watch. Beryl Hallsworth, Ashton, UK

17th Sep 2009

Hiya Angela I have often thought about you im so pleased that you remembered me i hope your well please get in touch i have included my email address Eileen xx Eileen Allister (Naylor), Hindley, lancs

16th Sep 2009

i remeber buggie mr swift mr rimmer and miss byron i left schoolin 1956 and went to moss lane sec mod my name was brenda bennett love to hear from any body from that time x d brenda foster, rochdale, uk

6th Sep 2009

i remember miss byron and buggy i left schook1955 hope someone remembers me they were great days brenda foster re bennett, rochdale, g m

6th Sep 2009

I attended All Saints Sec Mod. form 1951 to 55, and Remember the Head Master was Mr. Rigby, Mr Griffiths taught English, Mr. Clark taught Maths, Mr Maudsley Georgraphy, Mr Richardson P.T. and Art, Mr. Walsh Woodwork, Mr. Nicholson Metalwork, Mr. Hudson Sience and Mr. Spencer Practical Maths. Mr. Spencer later went on to be Head master at St. Georges Junior School. I was there when David Bolton and Keith Holden both played for the School Rugby team and that was the year we won all the Cups. both turned professional and played for Wigan. David Bolton later went to Australia and coached Rugby. Neil Pennington, Ontario, Canada

31st Aug 2009

I went to St Bendedicts and started in Miss Fanning's class. I was told I should be to have avoided Miss Kay and her Tidy Boxes. In the Junior school, Miss Owens was a bit of a disciplinarian while an excellent teacher, while Mrs Unsworth wanted us all to be priests. My favourite teacher was Mrs Atkinson - she told read out brilliant stories, especially James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I've never forgotten afternoon reading to this day with her. And of course, there was Mr McArdle who eventually found his wife to be there when he was teaching top class and I think she was teaching second year juniors. If you had finished your class work, you got the privilege of taking his little loves notes to her. Neil Moorhouse, Edinburgh, UK

29th Aug 2009

does anybody remember moss lane school platt bridge teachers were mrs byron mr whitehead buggy swift mrs cheetham mrs thoughton from 1961 christine brown nee higham, wigan, england

20th Aug 2009

I went to the Sacred Heart School in Springfield. I hated Monday mornings when Father Greenhouse would come into our class and asked us children at random to recite a particular prayer, also woe betide anyone who hadn't been to Mass on Sunday. My favourite teacher was Miss Carey, a lovely lady, the worst was Miss Marshell. PollyOlly, Wigan, England

20th Aug 2009

whelley school same time as wally rouse.played rugby for shamrock rovers in1948 at central park beat st;joeseph inthe final under 18s albert davies was our couch. ronald berry, sandringham Victoria, australia

17th Aug 2009

I could never forget my favourite teacher.Mr.Robert Aspinall of Appley Bridge who taught me at Wrightington Hospital Scool,on F Ward from 1944 to 1947. There were aprox 50 boys on the ward. Twenty odd at one end of the ward aged from two years to eight years and at the other end of the ward were approx 25 more boys aged between nine and school leaving age. Up patients, those who could walk about also had lessons at the School Building a short walk from the ward. Mr.Aspinall was the master of the senior boys of which I was one of them.He would walk down to the ward every morning Monday to Friday With a range of different ages from nine to school leaving age,you can imagine the different books containing the lessons for pupils. Maths,English, History,Practical Drawing,Geography.......all the usual lessons that would have been taught in a normal class room with able children.These lessons were taught every morning from ten thirty until twelve lunch time.Mr.Aspinall walking from bed to bed sort of teaching and advising us one by one. In the afternoon Mr . Aspinall taught us how to make rugs, work with cane to make trays and other items as well as covering the fames of wooden stools with sea - grass for the seat. How this gentleman coped with all the lads is difficult to understand. Some of the older boys knew how to bully not only other younger patients but even Mr Aspinall. He was the kindest most honourable, gentle, humerous and caring teacher I have ever met. Mischief and badness in a boy could not be tackled by corporal punishment as it would in a normal school in those days. Somehow he quietly chatted to the boy and sorted out any problem quietly. His sense of humour was beautiful and he related events from outside the hospital to add humour within his lessons. Patients could be incarcerated for years at a time and visiting was from two pm to 4 pm on the first Saturday in every month. Parents had to travel many miles by train or bus from the very boundary of the County and in some cases....fathers were absent serving in the forces, at war.Transport to and from Wrightington was difficult but one or two of us who lived nearer were lucky enough for our parents to visit far more often than the usual one day per month.By hook and by crook they manage to bribe thier way into the ward to visit. No, I shall never forget my Teacher. Mr.Robert Aspinall. After I had been discharged fro Wrightington in 1947, I kept in touch with one or two fellow pupils and learned that Mr. Aspinall had suddenly passed away. we, his charges, whilst we may have not realised at the time.....have a great deal to thank him for....I am sure that other lads will even today....remember him too. Wyreworm., Garstang, England.

12th Aug 2009

i remember Miss Stott, Miss Hurst, Miss Reynolds also Mrs. Littler who was headmistress when i attended Britannia Bridge school between 1951-1955. Ruth Kellie, Bolton, England

11th Aug 2009


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