We think that this is probably the earliest photograph of Stretton School taken around 1918 or so. What we do know is that Joseph Sidebotham is on the back row third one in. Joseph was born at Stockley Cottage in 1908. The school master was probably Joseph Ellison who would have been in his late 50s when this photograph was taken. He retired shortly afterwards and Ernest Boulton took over – see below.
The following two photographs are copies of two school photographs taken around 1920. They were owned by Thomas Savage who was born in 1912. Some 90 years later he could still recall the names of all the children in this photo and the next.
James Savage; Peter Brocklehurst; Jack Sragg; John Allen Done; Frank Savage
Dorothy Done; Mabel Gresty; Lily Broady; Anne Frith; Dorothy Brocklehurst
Jack Lawson; Joe Wilkinson; William Bettles; Eric Wrench.
The pupils are as follows:
Cyril Hewitt; Edward Lafferty; Walter Cook; Bertram Mather; Vincent Broady
Frank Barker; Ronald Simpson; Gilbert Vernon; James Howard; Leslie Taylor; Charles Dean
Ada Mills; Elizabeth Lafferty; Leah Owen; Hilda Mather; Kathleen Maddock; Mabel Haddock.
Thomas Savage; Walter Dean; George Newton; Robert Hewitt
The schoolmaster on the left was E.W. Boulton, and the gentleman on the right was Rev. Charles Francis Cross, the vicar of St. Matthews church.
The photograph below is of poor quality but the names are clearly recognisable. It is thought to have been taken a few years earlier than the one above – around 1913.
T Cook; Harry Savage; T Cooper; Frank Cotterill; Ernest Povey;
Walter Lafferty; E Clark; T Cooper; William Dooley; Leslie Rose
C Russell; Elsie Lawson; D Broady; D Fowles; L Page; WM Brocklehurst
Bessie Dooley; May Simpson: O Mather; Eveline Bostock; F Greaves
The head teachers are John Ellison and Miss Ellison
This photograph was taken around 1929. The pupils are as follows:
Blackshaw Barber; Norman Cook; Gordon Robinson; Willie Woods; Arthur Carman; Miss Griffiths; Frank Bibby; John Wilkinson; ?Doug Wood; Frank Lawson: Richard Gibson
Nellie Smith; Edith Moores; Joan Berry; Matty Miller; Evelyn Heesom; Doris Smith; Doris Capper; Lilian Gleave
Robert Smith; Sam Heesom; Rene Wilkinson; Norman Simpson; Ken Gleave
The following photograph containing many of the same pupils as the one above was taken about six years later:
Fred Dutton; Ken Gleave; Frank Bibby; Norman Cook; Bill Cliffe; Ken Cotterill; Norman Simpson
Jean Maddock; Brenda Lloyd; Marion Peace; Evelyn Heesom; Edna Pitcher; Matty Miller; Margaret Bradbury; June Bolton; May Bramwell
Dorothy Garnet; May Done; Stella Mills; Arthur Carmen; Rene Wilkinson; Catherine Tweedle; Gwen Dean; Nora Bramwell
Gordon Robinson; Richard Gibson; Ron Smith; Sam Heesom
With grateful thanks to Wade for this photograph taken in 1936 and shows his father Geoff Dooley aged six 6 stood back row next to teacher and his sister Barbara aged 7 three rows back from front far left with the necklace. If anyone can shed any light on the names of the teachers or other pupils, please do get in touch.
Heather (nee Heesom) has kindly supplied this photo from the mid 1940s:
Back row: Ray Hawkins; Dave Beck; John Clayton; Harvey Deakin
Mrs Davis; Eric Hamilton; Dennis Jones; John Heesom; not known; Geoff Woodcock;
Not known; Ruth Brocklehurst; Brenda Merril; unknown Deakin; Sheila Simpson; Josie Devonport; Trevor Rutter
Ann Bettles; Pauline Newton; Hilary Brocklehurst; Ann Broady, Rita Hankey; unknown; unknown.
The one below appears to have been taken just a few years later of more or less the same pupils:
Miss Griffith (possibly); Dave Beck; John Done; unknown; unknown
Ray Hawins; John Clayton; Sheila Simpson; Josie Devonport; Unknown Deakin; Trevor Rutter; John Heesom;
Ann Broady; Marjorie Kippax; Denis Jones; Eric Hamilton; Ann Bettles; Jean Brody
Thanks to Maurice Povey of this photograph below of Stretton School in 1948:
?; William Spann; ?; ?; ?; Simpson
Maurice Spann; ?; Frankie Warburton; ?; Brian Merrill; Harvey Deakin; ?; Mrs Henshall, Teacher
?; Winnie Jones; Susan Brocklehurst; ?; ?; Margaret Hill; ?; Hamilton
Phyllis Gresty; Brenda Princep; Dorothy Hamilton; Jean Brody; Shirley Mather; Kathleen Melling
Roy Heesom ; Maurice Povey; Ian Hamilton ?; Kenneth Clarke.
Pam Gold (née Heesom) has sent in this photo below of the infant class taken around 1956 and has kindly provided most of the names too:
Elaine Whitfield; Anne Wilson; Vera Pearson; Christine Marshall; Susan Holland; Carol Walton; unknown; unknown; unknown; Jean Broadbent; Pam Heesom; Ruth Baines
Row behind left to right: Unknown; unknown; Don Brocklehurst; Peter Hughes; James Barber; Colin Savage; Colin Barton
Two at the top: Unknown; Peter Bradshaw
Thanks to Richard Barber for sending over these photos. He thinks that the top one is probably around 1960 and the ones below are two or three years earlier. Richard recalls that Mr Lynch was the headteacher with Mrs Carter and Mrs Davies his other teachers.
Richard mentions Susan Cartwright, Julia Whitfield, Joan Bettles, Linda Bradshaw? Christopher Quennell
Peter Hughes has kindly supplied the photograph below from 1958. It is the same year group as the one above:
Front Row L-R: Elaine Whitfield; Ann Wilson; Vera Pearson; Christine Marshall; Susan Holland; Carol Walton; Linda Rutter; Kathleen Mooney; Pat Leach; Stella Lamb; Jean Broadbent; Pamela Heesom; Ruth Baines
Second row L-R: John Seddon; Graham Lamb; Don Brocklehurst; Peter Hughes; James Barber; Colin ? (Savage); Trevor Barton
Back: Chris Kinder; Peter Bradshaw
This photograph below is taken a few years later in the school library of Ruth Baines, Pam Heesom and Jane Smettem:
At Front: Barry Holland
Seated – first row: Susan Monaghan; Peter Bradshaw; Trevor Barton; Mr K.P. Somerset (Headmaster); Tony Kinder; Michael Rogers; Ruth Baines
Standing – second row: Susan Holland; James Barber; Gaynor Haddock; John Darbyshire; Stephen Harrison; Elaine Whitfield; Philip Dunbabbin; Jane Smettem; John Foster; Barbara Somerset; Chris Kinder; Wayne Isherwood; Pam Heesom; Peter Monaghan; Ann Wilson
At rear – third row: Pat Leach; Peter Hughes (who kindly supplied the photograph and all the names); Don Brocklehurst; Peter Chadwick; Carol Walton.
The final photo was taken around 1962. Thanks to Susan Tosh below we now have many of the names, so if you think you recognise anyone else, please do get in touch:
Top Row: Gillian Pratt; Margaret Blackshaw; not sure; Robert Smettem; not sure; Michelle Butterworth, not sure
Middle Row: Alan Phoenix; Jane Cartwright; Ann Kimber; Anthony Stock
Front Row: Paul Mather; Veronica Kinder; Adele Rawlinson (thanks to Jane Bailey below); Mrs Lawrence (teacher); Jane Owen; Linda Haddock; not sure.
Heather (nee Heesom) has kindly supplied two photographs from 1966:
Back row: not sure; Ross Parkin; Karen Smith; Charlene Quenell; Caroline Fowles; Terry Platt; Ian Scragg
Middle Row: Richard Yelland; Jane Scragg; Christine Sharrock; Gillian Peat; Julia Simpson; Andrew Barber
Front Row: Martin Seabrook; Christine Haddock; Alison Green; Dianne Harrison; Mrs. Dundy; Heather Heesom; Rachael Blackshaw; Liz Blackshaw; David Lomas;
In front: John Fleming
The photo below was also dated 1966:
Heather Heesom; Karen Smith; Caroline Fowles; Alisa Green