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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 4th April, 2020)

Old School


Old School
St. Wilfrid's Infants School. Rectory Lane. Standish. Now apartments.

Photo: Poet  (Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70F)
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Comment by: Derek Platt on 4th April 2020 at 01:36

Do they not educate infants in Standish any more.

Comment by: Mick on 4th April 2020 at 06:45

Its not often you dont see that view traffic free.

Comment by: DTease on 4th April 2020 at 07:21

I bet the good citizens of Standish are really missing the daily traffic chaos through the town Poet.

Comment by: Philip G. on 4th April 2020 at 08:45

I'm guessing that this had been one of Poet's golden seats of learning and which glows beside a river's primaries.

Comment by: Johnny on 4th April 2020 at 09:45

That was a big school, even for infants !

Comment by: Roy on 4th April 2020 at 10:00

Good one D, I started there August 1945, I lived 100 yds behind the camera, now Garlands flower shop until 1965 when I got married.

Comment by: Roy on 4th April 2020 at 11:43

Johnny, the infants was the furthest stone building next door to the red building which is the Vicarage. Infants downstairs, primary and senior girls upstairs. The nearest stone building is a recently built block of private apartments.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th April 2020 at 11:47

Good idea to construct apartments from the lovely stone building. It would have been diabolical if they had not done. I suppose they have a communal garden around the back, so it's a bit tricky with today's situation. There's many good country walks around Standish however, no excuse not to get out in the fresh air free from all, or most of the petrol fumes.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 4th April 2020 at 15:15

Roy - more than anyone, you should know that Stahndish has a Rectory, not a Vicarage. The red-brick building, however, is neither - it was the Curate's house until sold in recent years.
The present Rectory is lower down - opposite the lych gate - and the present large, modern school is even lower down Rectory Lane.

Comment by: Poet on 4th April 2020 at 18:33

The playground had a huge slope which was good for sliding down in winter. In summer those big windows were opened by a great long pole with a brass hook on the end . On especially fine days we were allowed onto the field behind the red house (now the bowling green). For some reason that I've now forgotten, each classroom had big deep white enamel sinks so large as to be almost baths, although I suppose everything seems big when you're five.

Comment by: Vic on 4th April 2020 at 18:43

Hey up, folks just pronounced the name with a plum in their mouths, they're now writing it down the same, Sthandish indeed, you'll be having them Shevvyer's putting a plum in next. {:¬)

Comment by: Gary on 4th April 2020 at 20:14

Though I was born in Aspull, my Dad's work took us to Staffs, Adlington, back to Aspull and a return to Adlington again.
One of my teachers at St Paul's, Adlington, was the formidable Miss Elizabeth Dicconson, who was originally from Standish. She told us regularly how wonderful St Wilfred's was and how Standish was, in her estimation, the finest place to live!
She taught me around 1961 and would have been in her mid 50s then.
Very Victorian. Very correct. Beautiful copperplate handwriting.

Comment by: Linma on 5th April 2020 at 06:40

School for me in the 50's.

Comment by: Roy on 5th April 2020 at 10:09

David, I do apologise, I know we have a Rectory, we've had a few over the years. The building I referred to as the 'Vicarage' was always referred to as that during my early years so I'm afraid it has stuck.

Comment by: Lynne on 6th April 2020 at 01:20

Time they sorted out that road surface.

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