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St Michael & All Angels, Swinley

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Class photo 1956/7 3
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 33338
Thanks to Matt Corry for the photo.

Comment by: Roy on 22nd September 2021 at 16:41

Headmaster Arthur Harris back row left. Matt, is that Joe Bogiss on the opposite end of the line ? I went there in 1949 until 1953, for what was handed out as punishment those days, the perpetrators these days would be jailed. Headmaster used the bottom 3 feet of a snooker cue, and Joe B used a cricket wicket, which, you had to get out of the cupboard yourself and present it to him before bending over to be rattled on the backside with it !!!

Comment by: Scaramouche on 22nd September 2021 at 18:50

Roy did the punishment scar you for life?

Comment by: Henry on 22nd September 2021 at 19:42

The old teachers should be named and shamed they could be really nasty same when I went

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd September 2021 at 21:01

Some of the male teachers in those days of the fifties had served in the war and didn't stand any nonsense. It always seemed to be the boys who got the cane though. Sometimes girls had their legs 'rattled' with a female teacher.

Comment by: LB on 22nd September 2021 at 21:39

What would “ naming and shaming “ really achieve. It was wrong but they were a product of their time. They themselves would probably object to it today. It was over 60 . years ago. They will have living descendants maybe in the area.

Comment by: Billy Bunter on 22nd September 2021 at 22:00

Had the jolly old cane many times from that Beast Quelch.. Never did me any harm. Would pick the cane any time over conjugating Latin verbs..

Comment by: Edna on 23rd September 2021 at 08:42

Yes Veronica, I had my legs "rattled" with Miss Holland, we were in her class for sewing, and just because my hem was a bit wobbly. I got rattled. I was 11yrs old.

Comment by: Henry on 23rd September 2021 at 09:00

It wasn't punishment , it was an assault and they got away with it

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd September 2021 at 09:23

I once got the thick ruler on my right hand from Miss Doherty there was a few of us got it and I don't remember what we had done. I know we had to go through her class to get to ours. Perhaps we were late I don't know. I know it stung like Billio. I worked in Boon's Chemist in later years and she came in but I wouldn't serve her! ,! I never forgot the incident... I felt ashamed more than anything. Different times then...

Comment by: Tom on 23rd September 2021 at 09:38

I get what your saying veronica , my dad was in the army as was yours in the war, so we're many others but they didn't slap us about .

Comment by: Scaramouche on 23rd September 2021 at 09:42

Henry, times have changed. At one time you got your hand cut off for stealing and deported to Australia for other minor crimes. Back then it was an acceptable form of punishment, which everyone accepted with no qualms. Didn't do me any harm, or anyone I know, you just got on with it. If you got caught doing something wrong you knew what to accept It was called DISCIPLINE sadly a word no longer in use in the U.K.

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd September 2021 at 09:53

There was no way you would answer a teacher back either. You just accepted what went on it was 'par for the course' . No way would you go home and tell your mam or dad. I agree Scaramouche there certainly was discipline in our schooldays. Although 'lines' were plentiful as well... " I must not ......'blah blah' or whatever in class"...they ranged for anything from 20 to a 100, :o))

Comment by: Henry on 23rd September 2021 at 10:20

There's no sutch thing as a minor crime you have just confirmed what I have said

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd September 2021 at 11:02

Could you ever imagine in those days a teacher being stabbed to death in the classroom or even being assaulted. I did hear of one teacher being assaulted by somebody's dad but not at my school. This was a school at Westhoughton , I knew the nowty old teacher! He apparently slapped a pupil round his head and pushed him down some stone steps. The dad came and give him a 'belting'. Lord above it reminded me of the film " How Green Was My Valley" . This happened in the 40's .. the teacher was well known.

Comment by: Roy on 23rd September 2021 at 11:41

Scaramouche, no it didn't scar me for life but it was painful at the time. The senior school i went to in 1953 the headmaster used a piece of bamboo which wasn't straight, it was bent in several places along its length and you ended up getting 4 or 5 whacks instead of one with one stroke.

Comment by: Shannon on 23rd September 2021 at 11:49

Discipline don't, mean hurting young people may be the teachers who dished it out needed some just bully,s

Comment by: Maureen on 23rd September 2021 at 19:59

I went to St Josephs School in Wallgate..the headmaster used a leather belt with a brass buckle on..we could hear the boys screaming from inside the classroom...but..funnily enough some of those lads finished up in brilliant jobs..a couple in Wigans high rising jobs..make of it what you will..mind you the nun that was over us girls was so strict she was frightening,someone once said her hands shook when typing her name.

Comment by: Scaramouche on 23rd September 2021 at 22:10

Roy, With the age you are I presume you did national Service Any complaints of how you were treated there?

Comment by: Maureen on 24th September 2021 at 12:04

I once got locked in a class cupboard..I was 10.
Good job I didn't tell my Mam,she would have been to see her in no time...

Comment by: Cyril on 24th September 2021 at 16:50

Roy, Joe ( you know I never knew his first name) Boggis would have walked to school and back as he lived on Milton Grove, he died some ten to 12 years ago now and must have been in his 90s, he kept his mind active though with playing Bridge and Chess.

In his younger days and with him always wearing those wire framed glasses he would remind me of a Gestapo officer that was shown in war films.

Comment by: Roy on 24th September 2021 at 20:10

No National Service Scaramouche, born August 1941 i was one of the first missers, plus i was in an engineering apprenticeship which would have exempted me anyway..

Comment by: Maureen on 25th September 2021 at 10:04

I went to St Josephs School in Wallgate..the headmaster used a leather belt with a brass buckle on..we could hear the boys screaming from inside the classroom...but..funnily enough some of those lads finished up in brilliant jobs..a couple in Wigans high rising jobs..make of it what you will..mind you the nun that was over us girls was so strict she was frightening,someone once said her hands shook when typing her name.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 27th September 2021 at 11:01

" Stung like Billio ", not heard that phrase in yonks Veronica :)

Comment by: Veronica on 28th September 2021 at 12:41

We keep the old phrases up here in Howfen Standisher. Things are changing though, lots of new housing being built in the surrounding fields right up to the cemetery. I wonder just what 'they' would think having their peace destroyed with all that noisy machinery. The roads certainly won't cope and the rest of the infrastructure. Plus the schools... As Bob Dillon sang " The times they are a changing".. ...

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 29th September 2021 at 10:00

That's how it started with Standish Veronica. The builders latched onto a nice location and before you know it, gridlock and worse. Hard times ahead love, ( if I'm allowed to call you that these days ) !!

Comment by: Veronica on 29th September 2021 at 12:45

Nothing wrong with terms of endearment Standish I don't mind. When all these changes occur I hope my last journey will not be held up at traffic lights too long or I will be banging on the lid. It has to go through Aspull and Haigh to Gidlow it may take some while!...I always said I would end up back at Wigan.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 29th September 2021 at 14:28

That's a nice ride there Veronica, mine will be a bit shorter. Over the bridge onto Wigan Lane, past Gidlow C and on to St Wilfrid's. Short and sweet :)

Comment by: Veronica on 29th September 2021 at 15:09

Who knows Standisher, some photographer may well stumble over our last resting places and we may end up on P a D. That would be a turn up for the books! Or should I say a turn up for the 'sods' (grass!). ;o))

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 29th September 2021 at 16:06

Saw what you did there :)

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