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In 1958 I left Standish Gramar School in Green Lane. Called a Grammar School, it was really a junior school for boys (the girls were in Retory Lane). Headmaster was William Garner, a strict but yet kindly man. The teachers were Mrs Turner, Mrs Goodwin (she had beautiful copperplate handwriting), Mr Darbyshire, Miss Wilding (one of the three sisters who lived in High Street and whose brother was the blind piano tuner) and Miss Light. Schoolmates were John Bramley (his dad was Rector), John Hartley (his mum and dad had a Post Office and he went on to be a vicar), Philip Brown, John Darbyshire, George Hayes (I was his best man), Michael Morgan (went on to be a headmaster) and others who slip my memory. Great days. It was all down hill after I left for the Thomas Linacre following a successful 11+. Malcolm Ryding, Westhoughton, England

15th Apr 2013

 
Hi Edith, I remember St Marks Newtown,Miss Liptrot, Rigby, Harrison, Webster, Turner, Latham, Whittaker, Smith, Taylor, Jackson? A very strict school. It gave us good grounding I think! carol, wigan, england

15th Apr 2013

 
I was at Rose Bridge Secondary Modern from 1958-62. Just to echo Jeff Unsworth’s (11th Jan 2009) memories of teachers, there was of course Owd Wink, Owd Archie, Little Ock, Little Hughie, Magwa, Mr Selsby (no nickname) and one he missed Mr Percival, “Owd Percy”. Mr Percival was our RE teacher, a lovely guy. I remember asking him a rather searching theological question as to why Jesus, when on the cross said to the criminal on the next cross “I tell you the truth today you will be with me in paradise”, when he actually lay dead for 3 days before his resurrection. He actually went to seek clarification to somebody high up in the church, to no avail. That might have been the start of my long journey into atheism. I also remember Kenny Ratcliffe asking him, “Sir, do you think God lives on’t Moon?” – bless him. Classmates that I remember are Kenny Ratcliffe, Eric Parker, Jimmy Heyes (we used to knock about together at lunchtime) John Urwin, Peter Williams, Billy Varty, Alan Arrowsmith, Geoff Boyle, Bill Cullen and Alan Owen. There was also a lad I think called Keith who we called Froggy because of his physical shape, kids are the most cruel are’nt they ?. Sorry for anybody I’ve not brought to mind. It would be nice to hear from somebody. Ray Dwyer, Westhoughton, Bolton, England

20th Feb 2013

 
left st johns in 1971,now its called cardinal high latchford,david loyde was are games teacher,i loved the soccer,but in ireland was never the same he was write ,david loyde. derek malone, shannon, ireland

12th Feb 2013

 
Arthur Harris is the man in the photograph. He was Headmaster of St. Michael's C of E school, Wigan and also organist at St. Michael's church across the road from the school. He used to use a cane if you misbehaved. I went to both and attended the school from 1945 until 1951 when I then went on to Wigan Girls' High School. Marcia Terrell (nee Farrington), Wokingham, UK

28th Jan 2013

 
I remember the headmaster in 1958 Mr. Winstanley David Rimmer, Chorley, United Kingdom

27th Jan 2013

 
Does any body remember st marks school teachers at Newtown miss rigby miss Harrison mrs Taylor. Miss Latham and many more miss liptrot was head teacher xfpulc Edith birch, Wigan, Uk

25th Jan 2013

 
I remember st marks secondary modern all girls school I used to run with Gillian Mather miss liptrot head mistress and mated with margaret gavigan ran in relay with jean Hammond x Edith birch, Wigan, Uk

25th Jan 2013

 
Hi Jill, just sent you a message on facebook. Got married! hehehehe!!!! no wonder you couldn't find me. carol, wigan, england

19th Jan 2013

 
hiya carol its me again, am fine, hope you are well, i have looked for you on facebook but cant find you ,are you not on, if not why dont you open an account and then we can keep in contact look forward to hearing from you xxx jill lancaster (nee) fishwick, wigan, england

17th Jan 2013

 
Hahaha, we sure did, what you up to these days? Hope you are well! carol, wigan, england

16th Jan 2013

 
hiya carol, of course i remember you we had some good times at coops, it will be good to have a catch up , hope to hear from you soon xxx jill lancaster (nee) fishwick, wigan, england

15th Jan 2013

 
This is for jill lancaster (nee fishwick)remember coops? remember carol adamson? thats me! get in touch through this site and we can exchange emails. carol, wigan, england

14th Jan 2013

 
I remember Miss Boardman, at st cuthberts Jr, i remember the Sclool was made of wood, had a courtyard as playground, trouble is Im not sure where the school was, except it was somewhere in Pemberton. the only pupil of that school i remember was a girl called Mary stridgeon,why I have remembered that name all these years is beyond me,we were just kids,Mr brenden murphy I REMEMBER WELL. he was a really kind Headmaster, a real Gentleman. Mr Murphy is still alive, and in a nursing home, in Wigan. Great man.I would love to hear from anyone who remembers those days well. you may email me at worrell41@btinternet.com. Thanks Mike Worrell, Atherton, England

9th Jan 2013

 
mornington rd school hindley i remember mr lown english teacher, i had a proper crush on him,i left in 1970. does anybody else remember him , jill lancaster (nee) fishwick, hindley, wigan lancs

4th Jan 2013

 
Mr Rimmer the Geography teacher for A' level 1976-1978.I recall him to have been a small, skinny bloke obsessed with running. Reflecting back on his frail body and weak uninspiring manner,his incompetent delivery of a fascinating subject was portrayed by him in a very dismal light. I wish I had told him about his dreadful halitosis since my loyal Labrador dog Ted, has breath far sweeter than his. Maybe, Mr Rimmer was running away from his own bad breath? A quirky kind of bloke more suited to a career as an undertaker than an uplifting,happy teacher with the zest to educate.Where is he now? Still miserable I expect! Mr Rimmer, wigan, England

27th Dec 2012

 
i went to argyle st in the early sixties along with ann rotherham christine speaskman and carol tinsley i remember christine had a crush on mr horrock's and she bought him a tie for christmas we always thoughgt he looked like frankike howard does anyone remember these girls jane glover nee deakin, westhoughton, england

2nd Dec 2012

 
cardinal newman hindley, dont remember many of the teachers names but had some good freinds, martin cunningham, john gafney, trevor gurhey, tom connor, hello mike,remember you too nearly neighbours now, its a small world. my younger brother mike and sister annemarie also went to cardie. Peter Timson, torquay, devon

9th Nov 2012

 
I went to rose bridge h. School does anyone remember the coopers dawn was the eldest, then there was marie and then thereasa the youngest, would love to get in touch if anyone knows there wereabouts rhonda atherton nee fleming, wigan, england

8th Nov 2012

 
I went to rose bridge h. School , wondered if anyone remembers the coopers dawn was the eldesst then marie and then the youngest thereasa ,would love to get in touch with them if anybodies got any info rhonda atherton nee fleming, wigan, england

8th Nov 2012

 
I remember Miss Tacey our gym teacher at St Peterr Secondry Modern at Orell Post. There was Mr Christopher the maths teacher and Mr Robey. Mr Rynn was our French teacher and the headmaster was A.A. Smith. It was a good school to go to. Me and my best friend Pat Speakman(now Short) we had good times and great fun. I just wonder where she is now. Cheers all!!!! Liz Kearvell (nee Hayes), Adelaide, Australia

6th Nov 2012

 
I was at St Michaels in Swinley and left about 1949 from Mr Boggis's class to move away. I remember Miss Aspey the teacher in the next class I did not reach.She induced terror in a number of students and so did the headmaster Mr Harris when armed with his can.On the whole happy years.Once by mistake at a church service at St Michael's Church I gave into the collection a half a crown instead of a penny !! John Barbour, Ringshall,Suffolk, United Kingdom

4th Nov 2012

 
Does anyone remember Mr. Bramwell from St. Thomas Moore R.C. School? Reason I am asking, I heard that he wrote a novel? I left school in 1981 he was still an awesome English teacher. I would love to know the name of his book and his first name. Any help? Karen Roach, Tampa, Florida

7th Oct 2012

 
I remember going on a school trip to Ireland (Skerries) in 1957, and there was another school there in the camp. I think it was Wigan Girls High, and they had a teacher called Miss Holland (they nick named her toffee nose, because of Holland's toffee, which was around at the time) I remember, that she was in her chalet when the workmen were re-concreting the path outside of it. Unfortunately. they laid the concrete too high, and she couldn't open the door to get out. It was a source of much hilarity amongst all of us rather silly 13 and 14 year olds. Ah, the good old days when incarceration of a teacher was one of the few treats available to adolescents. Brian, Chorley, United Kingdom

5th Oct 2012

 
Went to St. Bens in the 50's and I remember the morning when I went to school and Mr Moore had just died. He was a great man. When onto Cardinal Newman in 61. Endless memories. Golly... up to my laboritory! Mr Carey who had the cane... Don't knock on his door to borrow it.. otherwise.. There was a really nice english teacher (Miss Smith? I think she went onto be a Nun). Mrs Ryan.. Mrs Story, McAlister, Paddy More, Mr Nailor, Mr Bleastdale, I could go on and on.. Often wonder if anyone of them are still around Cheers! Gerald Ginty, Newport RI, USA

3rd Oct 2012

 
I went to Cardinal Newman late 70s early 80s (following my Brothers and Sisters) I was in Plessington Form. Mr Higham was Year head and Geometrical and Engineering Drawing tutor; Mr Fairhurst was Form Tutor and English tutor; Mr H Wilson was woodwork tutor; Mr Wensley was Chemistry Tutor; Mr Sharples and Mr Blackledge Mathematics tutors; Mr Flanagan Physics Tutor; Mr Moran and Mr P Brazil Physical Education tutors; Mr S Wilson History tutor and Mr P Drake Religious Education Joseph Hatton, Wigan, England

29th Sep 2012

 
i went to sacred heart 1965 to 1970.then on to fisher where my big sis was ,eileen walsh ,mr hoy was at sacred heart he is now a governer i beleive,mr mannian i remember him well, cath gall [walsh ], wigan ,pie eaters, lancs

14th Sep 2012

 
I went to Cardinal Newman School 1970-1975. I remember all the teachers mentioned by Mike Appleton I can remember the music lessons by Miss Partington singing was never my forte Kathryn Pearce nee Spencer, Bundaberg, Australia

2nd Sep 2012

 
went to St. Marks school 1954-1961 our headmaster was Mr Birch. he took the class outside when it started to snow and magnified snowflakes on our hands. wow! it blew me away. a very significant moment in my life. made me feel part of a huge plan because they were all so perfectly shaped and no two the same. i still find this amazing. dorothy sharpe, wigan, england

24th Aug 2012

 
I attended st. Benedict's in Hindley from 1950/51 and transferred to carry in Darby lane at the age of 12. My favourite teacher @st b's was miss Mortimer. There was mr. Moor who sadly died. R.i.p. miss Farnham scared the living daylights out of me. Though she was good. Miss Owen did country dancing with us each Friday. Mr. Vose took the class leading up to 11plus exam. His room was behind the stage in the hall. Mrs. Settle was fantastic and dished out dolly mixtures for good behavour etc. senior at Carey we took mr. McCallister with us. It was a brand new school so we went into the 2nd yr. there was a fabulous cookery teacher but unable to remember her name. Mr. Rugby was head . Mrs. Ryan deputy. Mr. McCarthy history and r.e. mrs Lenny biology and p.e. mrs. Sweeney sewing.( I never did complete that p.e. skirt) mr. Carey geography (boring) my Maine friends were heather wheatcroft, Eileen flanagan, Vera Parnell. Winnie from ince. , Sheila garrity. I do occasionally see Betty Harrison. Would love to know what happened to marry heggarty etc. not forgetting Terence hull., Alan platt, Agnes Robinson, Kathleen Brennan, this is just to name a few. We were informed that the yrs. @ school are the best in your life. Although we had some laughs I wouldn't agree exept for the fact I would get to live my lovelly life all over again. Fr. Marsh was absolutely fantastic to me when I eventually left Hindley. His handwriting was superb. Well I now live in bispham, Blackpool but visit Hindley weekly. Would love to meet you folks again. Kind regards Joan . Joan whittle, Hindley wigan, Lancs

23rd Aug 2012

 
I went to Cardinal Newman at Hindley 1977- 1982 my 4 brothers and 2 sisters went there too. I remember comeing out of school and going to the chippy near Husrt cloggers shop for dinner,i loved the practical lessons and hated drama + pe.there were many great teachers but my first teacher was mrs Preist (class 1 alpha) I dont know how she put up with some of the kids but she did.miss Partington (Mrs Smith) music teacher.mum use to say shooldays are the best days of your life ,dont know were she got that from i would not go back for a pot of gold. Veronica, wigan, lancashire

10th Aug 2012

 
St. Andrew's CE primary in Garswood. Mrs. Wilson & Mrs. Dempsey. Need I say anymore? Those of you who remember them know what I mean. Those that don't, wel think chalk & cheese. John Shaw, Ashton inMakerfield, UK

26th Jul 2012

 
Does anyone remember me, I went to 'Cardy' in the 1960's before we moved to Scotland when my Dad got a new job If anyone is interested you can see my photo at the school pics page Dannie Dannie McGinty, Glasgow, uk

23rd Jul 2012

 
I went to Cardy in the 1960's before I had to leave when my dad got a new job in scotland. They were great times, I remeber a lot of my old mates and teachers, does anyone remember me Dannie McGinty, Glasgow, Scotland

22nd Jul 2012

 
I remember (just), my infant and junior school St. Thomas's on Caroline Street. Head master was Mr. Headly and I remember him having mental arithmetic 'sums' on the board that we had to do as quickly as we could. Mr Barrowman did art classes. Mr Ashcroft was there, he was a lovely teacher. A very strict teacher called Miss Baxter (I think) who helped my brother Alan to get a place at Montrose Special School after realizing he had learning difficulties. My best friends were Gillian Matthews, Ruth Johnstone and Irene Prescott. Susan Mint (Holland), Wigan, Uk

14th Jul 2012

 
i remember Scott Lane miss Roscoe was fantastic - she introduced us to 'Singing together' which was my first introduction to folk music. She taught us recorder which was my first introduction to playing music and she made us learn times tables - I make my students do that too! I remember Mr Roper and model all my teaching on him - probably the best teacher in the world Toni Forster now Francis, Chatteris, cambridgeshire

29th Jun 2012

 
i went 2 st.bens -then cardy. remember alot of the teachers mentioned.i left 1970 after takin my cse....pity the school ad 2 go-! can anyone remember girl i was best friends with while i was at junior school-anita snape -she lived in liverpool rd. but went 2 convent.. janet heyes -ravenall., hindley, u.k.

10th Jun 2012

 
Happy days at St John's R.C. Brick Kiln Lane with the exception of Miss Prior and Miss Davies, then at Notre Dame High School, Standishgate - 1965 onwards. Happy carefree days. Mr. Heptinstall (French teacher) terrified us all but we had a lot of laughs. mary escolme (atherton), Pendine, Wales

29th May 2012

 
St johns.1968-1971 great days.anyone out there knows if david loyde games teacher is still alive.i use t love playing soccer f him. derek malone, shannon, co clare

19th May 2012

 
I remember that old woman who had a cigarette everytime you saw her. She was the Principal at John Rigby College in the mid 80's, forget her name, not important. You got cancer just by going into her office which she definitely didn't smoke in. She gritted crap advice to me about which subjects I should take - like Chemistry - presumably so I could make her some fags to feed her revolting 300 a day habit. Me, Wigan, England

8th May 2012

 
I attended Borsdane Brook School when I was about 8 years old and left maybe two years later (1996). I have nothing but fond memories of this school and heard it closed in 2000. I was a bit of a handful and getting into fights most the time so I have more than a few memories of my favourite teacher shouting at me but I thought she was great. That school was my sanctuary and my teacher like a guardian angel. I would love to get back in touch with someone who might know of this lady. Unfortunately I do not remember her name, only that the classroom I was mainly in was the one near the nursery class and there was a playroom next to it. The teacher was young looking, strict (but fair), and had blond hair, and I think she was of small stature. I would have been known as Rachel Naylor back then but have since changed my entire name. If anyone thinks they might have known me or the teacher I described from Borsdane Brook School then get in touch! I would love to hear what past students have gotten up to since and would be even happier to find my old teacher to get the opportunity to thank her myself. Borsdane Brook School, Wigan, England

29th Apr 2012

 
I remember Mr Bridge, Mr Christopher and Miss Fairclough. A lot of other names I have forgotten. I dont forget the happy times spent there and lots of friends. All the school dinners. Making Tea and Coffee for the teachers in the final year Jean Davies (nee Porter), Melbourne, Australia

25th Mar 2012

 
david lawson was the best teacher at st pats in 1940s and 50s.he had a short fuse but had no favourites.he made sure we got things right no matter how long took to sink in.there was no messing about in david lawsons class,he used to throw the chalk or board duster at the ones who were not paying attention.wouldnt get away with that today,it didnt do us any harm at all3 joe tighe, leigh, england

11th Mar 2012

 
At St Nathaniels Platt Bridge, I remember Miss Dean she was the Head and a teacher called Miss Hindley. At Moss Lane & Rose Bridge, I remember Mr Tatum the Headmaster, mr Bithel, mr tarpey, Miss Wrenall, mrs Cheetham (Nellie), Mr Beddard, mr speakman, Mr Pursell (I'll put my toe behind you) Miss Craven, and the most beautiful, fitest teacher in the world ever was Miss Moore she was the french teacher who the married Chris Baybutt a famous sportsman in the 70's. william craddock, Haydock, England

2nd Mar 2012

 
Much saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Hardman,I always found him very fair,but firm,well hey,this was the sixties!I attended St Johns School 1964-1970,vividly remember Mrs Aldred,what a wonderful teacher,and a lovely,genuine woman,also Mr Riding,Mr Robinson,Miss Packingham,Miss Livesey,I for one remember my days at St Johns very warmly,with great fondness.I recall Mr Hardman used to play a piece of classical music on the record player as we filed into assembly,and the name of the piece,and the composer was written ,boldly on the blackboard,just inside the hall,this fostered in me a love of music which remains with me today,I became a singer/songwriter much later,and I still love the classics now,whenever I hear 'Trumpet Voluntary'even now,I think of Mr Hardman,I had a lot of love and respect for that man,and I think that Hindley Green is a much colder place without him.Wherever you are Sir,I salute you,God Bless ya....Danny Jones.... Daniel Jones, Wigan, England

27th Feb 2012

 
I remeber my teachers for south Manchester they were a great bunc,,, Karen Teasdale, manchester, ok

18th Feb 2012

 
i remember mornington road school i went in the 69 70 s mr greenwood was my class teacher i mated with paula beckitt mr colliier mr heap was there ,science teacher sid i remember one of the brocklys.i used to go out with a lad called pele Hazel Bulpitt nee Darwen, wigan, lancs

13th Feb 2012

 
Hi Linda Birch I remember Miss Holbrook also her cane I use to get the cane everyday off her she said my writing was a disgrace also Mrs Round a lot of memories and a long time ago Linda Housley Nee Higham, Metung, australia

25th Jan 2012

 
Wywarm Garstang England, Yours is the best success story of teaching I have seen so far. God Bless Mr Aspinall he still is an inspiration as your words have inspired me thanks. linda birch, WIGAN, UK

18th Jan 2012

 
To Freda, What a memory. Makes me wonder what that poor little boy had done that was tied to the door handle.He must have been about 4 and half like you. He was probably just crying like you that teacher must have been insane to do that. linda birch, wigan, UK

18th Jan 2012

 

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