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7 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

I think the stage was probably a casualty of the revamp of around 1967. It certainly wasn't there when I was in the juniors. PP was in the senior boys on the top floor so he will probably remember it. Junior assembly in my time was taken by Mr Baugh who stood on the floor and the class teachers sat around the edge of the hall.

 

Do you remember Mr Griffiths who was the previous head? He was there in my sister's time. Mr Cook was deputy head and still there for around one year when I entered the juniors.

The only head I recall was Mr Baugh and Mr Cook was one of my class teachers, my penultimate year at the school. I bumped into Mr Cook when I was in my 20's when for work I visited a school at  Bulwell where he was the head. 

Incidentally Jill,  I have spoken to my wife and she confirms it was a proper stage, curtains and all.

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Through this door...and it's the original, although painted black in my day...I walked with my mum one cold morning early in 1962. I was just 4 years old. The door led to Miss Smith's office and my mu

The junior entrance as it was in 1969.

Sitting on this exact spot, facing the stationery cupboard in Mr Parr's classroom, in spring 1969, I sat my 11+ exam.

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The teacher on the right of that photo was there a few years before and was my form teacher for a year. I think his name was Mr Lee, or Leigh. Nice, no nonsense man and well respected.

re the stage in the main hall. It was about a metre high and a class room door was at the back right hand side. On the stage left were cloakrooms and another exit to the playground. Staff room was up stone steps and above the main entrance from the playground.

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Have spoken to a friend who went all the way through Berridge with me and she recalls no stage. I know where it was, however, and have a school photo taken on the site of it.

 

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This was taken in 1967 in the upper school hall.  The classroom behind us belonged to Mr Kemp who retired the following year. He never taught me but I gather he was a multiple ruler merchant when irked!

 

To the left was the cloakroom and stairs descending down a stairwell corresponding to that on the other side of the hall where Mr Baugh's office, the staff room and the school secretary's office was situated. She was Mrs J Davies and worked there for years. The staircase to our left wasn't used but passed a door which bore the sign 'Girls' Headmistress' and had been empty since the girls' school closed in the 1930s. 

 

I went down there several times and right at the bottom one emerged into the tunnel which led to the infants' building.

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For no particular reason, this is Berridge School (top centre-ish) and the surrounding area in the 1930s. The school itself and the housing haven't changed much. The big difference is the empty triangular area on the right - that is where the shops on Alfreton Road would later be built. The bottom of Churchfield Lane is just visible on the right.

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Brilliant, CT. You can see the gate in the wall between the two playgrounds and those damned outside toilets!  Also the two wooden huts, eh PP?

 

That view is as my mother remembered it. She recalled the shops being built. She was born in 1926.

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Thank you CT. That is exactly as I remember it 48/53. The wooden huts on the left were two small class rooms. Mr Jewitt for maths and Mr Read for RE. The large huts were the science lab and woodwork shop. The space between the hut and the railings was called the Gauntlet. All new boys 'ran the Gauntlet'. If they refused then they were stuffed into a dustbin and rolled down the playground. Character building stuff :rolleyes:

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When you say two small classrooms, PP, do you mean the structures in the background of this image?

 

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They were used for storing sports equipment in my day.

 

Source- Berridge- The Schools' First One Hundred Years. 1984.

 

Don't know what the white things are, CT, unless some kind of sports equipment.

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I recognise a few on that photo. Colin Dunn back 2nd from left,  seated right floor Richard Sheard a 2nd cousin of my wife. Ann Hutchings seated front 4th left.Others are familiar, amazing after 55 years.

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That does not look like one of the huts Jill. It looks more like the Nuthall Rd annex. We did tech Drawing and gardening there. Oh! and football.

 

The white painted squares on the playground were not there in my time. Classes used to line up on the playground prior to being let into the main hall for assembly. Maybe something to do with that?

Assembly was 1st year at the front and 4th year at the back. The Head would say a few words; usually a warning about behaviour, then we would sing a hymn, displayed on the projector screen. GCE's were introduced when I was in the the fourth year but only two pupils had stayed on until they were 16. They worked the projector. Must have been tricky teaching a class of two. I had no choice but to start work at 15 to bring some money home. Even 27/6- a week made a huge difference. 

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1 hour ago, letsavagoo said:

Lady Jane looked and says it can't be Ann as she was younger and was no relation to hairdressers afaik. Correct on the others though.

I think Jane has confused the child with Anne Hutchinson who lived on Lynmouth Crescent. Anne's mother was a family friend. Anne was born in May 1957 and was in the same year as your wife.  I can see why the confusion arose. They do look alike.

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1 hour ago, PeverilPeril said:

That does not look like one of the huts Jill. It looks more like the Nuthall Rd annex. We did tech Drawing and gardening there. Oh! and football.

It is taken in the playground at Berridge, PP. The structures backed onto the gardens of houses in Kenslow Avenue and, I believe, at one time they served as some sort of canteen.

 

You had a projector for hymns?  We had a massive flip chart which hung on the wall but we only ever had one hymn because it was all Mr Parr could play!!

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26 minutes ago, Jill Sparrow said:

I think Jane has confused the child with Anne Hutchinson who lived on Lynmouth Crescent. Anne's mother was a family friend. Anne was born in May 1957 and was in the same year as your wife.  I can see why the confusion arose. They do look alike.

It's me that said it was Anne. Jane correctly said its not so any confusion was mine not Janes. I know Anne lived on Lynmouth and her family moved to Skegness we think. We know the family who bought the house on Lynmouth from the Hutchings, Steph and Len Collishaw. It does love like Anne to me but with the age it can't be.

The hymms were a large flip pad when I was there too. I concur with Jill. The backdrop to the photograph is the huts at the top of the playground. Some of my school photos are taken in the same spot, possibly the same day too.

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Re the picture back drop. Were the huts on the lower playground? I never went down there.

 

On our last day at school we attended the leaving service at St Peters. It was the only time I had been there because our church was St Michaels, which was then opposite to Bentink Rd school. It's a shame that the fine church has gone. The substantial church hall was a community asset. I cannot remember when it was demolished? must be 40 years ago? Oddly enough it was still marked on the 2000 edition of the Nottingham A Z street atlas. 

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Yes, the photo was taken in the playground where the two wooden huts were. Not the lower playground.

 

On CT's photo, I can clearly see the toilets in the lower playground but can't see any in the upper, at least not where I recall them. Odd subject but where were the loos in your day, PP? There were no indoor loos until 1968.

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1 minute ago, Jill Sparrow said:

There were no indoor loos until 1968.

 

My knowledge of that area comes from the fact that my grandparents lived on Grimston Road.

 

My grandma died in 1970 and my grandad continued to live there until about 1977, and even then the house had no bathroom or inside toilet.

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4 hours ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Yes, the photo was taken in the playground where the two wooden huts were. Not the lower playground.

 

On CT's photo, I can clearly see the toilets in the lower playground but can't see any in the upper, at least not where I recall them. Odd subject but where were the loos in your day, PP? There were no indoor loos until 1968.

The toilets in the upper playground were in the top corner which is bottom left of the blown up picture. As far as I am aware they were just boys there not girls but I can't be certain as I never used the girls! I know if I went to that top corner of the playground outside the toilets you could see the time on Players clock, Radford Boulevard.

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On 21 November 2018 at 8:01 PM, Jill Sparrow said:

Have spoken to a friend who went all the way through Berridge with me and she recalls no stage. I know where it was, however, and have a school photo taken on the site of it.

 

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This was taken in 1967 in the upper school hall.  The classroom behind us belonged to Mr Kemp who retired the following year. He never taught me but I gather he was a multiple ruler merchant when irked!

 

To the left was the cloakroom and stairs descending down a stairwell corresponding to that on the other side of the hall where Mr Baugh's office, the staff room and the school secretary's office was situated. She was Mrs J Davies and worked there for years. The staircase to our left wasn't used but passed a door which bore the sign 'Girls' Headmistress' and had been empty since the girls' school closed in the 1930s. 

 

I went down there several times and right at the bottom one emerged into the tunnel which led to the infants' building.

I think the stage was at the opposite end of the hall Jill. The end where the Heads office was.

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The wooden huts must have been upgraded after my time. The windows are different. The wooden huts near the railings had steps up to the door ways and the windows were higher. The other huts had different windows too. Although not that sharp the old windows can be made out from CT's blow up.The senior school was boys only, therefore the toilets were boys only. The playground sloped away from the huts and also slightly away from Berridge Rd. When the snow and ice was about it was great for slides.

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Yes, the huts by the railings had steps. The door opened facing the side of the teacher's dais. It was mighty cold in there in winter!

 

I was fortunate that I went home each Lunch time and used my own loo. Sometimes, the school outside loos got blocked and the smell ensured we kept to the other end of the playground.

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