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St John The Baptist School, New Springs


Photo: Peter Mason
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Item #: 6116
School in New Springs.
My great grandfather on my mother's side, Thomas Fairhurst, was headmaster at this school in the last century

Comment by: danni on 13th May 2008 at 22:30

Peter your Fairhursts werent from Longfield Street by any chance?

Comment by: Peter Mason on 14th May 2008 at 08:48

No, Sorry - they came from Aspull at that time

Comment by: Elayne on 14th May 2008 at 09:40

Wasn't he the first headmaster? Seem to remember Grandma Ella (Thomas' grand-daughter} saying so but could be wrong.
Danni ~ my husband came from Longfield St!

Comment by: danni on 14th May 2008 at 18:05

hiya Elayne they lived at back 23 Longfield Street till 1887, and then my gg grandfather died young. His wife remarried a John Walker and moved to Bolton Road, but I believe some Fairhursts stayed in Longfield Street. Wonder if we have a connection?

Comment by: Darren on 14th May 2008 at 20:28

do you know if Len Fairhurst (and his wife Alice) who lived in Aston in the 60's and 70's is connected to this family?

Comment by: Peter Mason on 14th May 2008 at 22:24

I the 1881 census, Thomas Fairhurst lived at Schoolmaster House, Aspull. He was married to Margaret Fairhurst and they had 4 sons - Thomas Enoch Fairhurst, Benjamin Turner Fairhurst, Percy Fairhurst and Herbert John Fairhurst,my grandfather

Comment by: Darren on 15th May 2008 at 16:46

Leonard Fairhurst would have been born sometime between 1915 and 1920 - He died in 1980 and was a memeber of St Peteres church in Bryn - as a young man he had goalkeeping trials for Everton - but ended up working for (I think) the gas board in accounts. He never drank a drop as my mum told me his dad had been a heavy drinker and very hard on him as a boy. Len was like a granfather to me a really wonderful man.

Comment by: zoe fairhurst on 17th May 2008 at 00:11

My dad was brought up in aspull, st johns road.. his parents- jack and agnes fairhurst and my dad john, his brothers and sisters- peter, paul, shaun, thomas, christine and rita

Comment by: kesh on 23rd May 2008 at 11:19

This photo is of the school house ,the school was next door t"other side of the wall!

Comment by: anthony wareing on 23rd September 2009 at 20:39

beautiful picture,I'm glad someone said its not of the school,i went there in the 70s & my younger brother broke in it once while still going there,remember the local plod pc sheffield coming our house on the mount,all 4 of us went there actually then on to aspull high

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