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  1. I’m writing my mother’s life story which includes attending The Firs school in 1944. Her name is Judith Callender. Can anyone advise me where to look for information on the school to help with the story. Thank you. Gary Lewis

    • My mum was evacuated there in 1939 ish after been at Grayrigg which was a sister school I believe.
      Made to look after the younger children and feed the chickens, not much schooling for her 🙂

      • I think you may be on the wrong track Martin. Grayrigg school is near Kendal. The Firs was in Nunthorpe, near Middlesbrough. Can’t think anyone would be evacuated from Westmoreland, as it was, to Middlesbrough area which was a target for the Luftwaffe after 1939. I attended The Firs in the 1950s. It was a small, private, prep school. Definitely no chickens – or room for chickens. Never heard of any sister school.

    • My name is Ian Proctor and I’m a member of the Nunthorpe History Group. Nunthorpe Prepatory Private school was built in 1904 and the first headmistress was Miss Ganderton 1904 – 1931. Mrs Malyon took over in 1931 and the school remained open till closure in the 1980s. I have photos of school pupils 1930-33 and 1940,1955. During the war Mrs Malyon took the decision to move the school away from the danger of the Luftwaffe who were bombing industrial Middlesbrough and they moved to Kirby Stephen in Westmorland, known as Cumbria today. I also have a copy of a letter that Miss Ganderton wrote to her pupils when she left the school in 1931.Mrs Malyon had two sons that went to the school called Keith and Neil. I have further information on some of the children that went to the school. I have an appointment on Tuesday morning at 10am with Cori Dale’s in archives which can be found in Dorman Museum on Linthorpe Road, Mbro open Tuesday wed and Thursday 10am to 4pm telephone number 01642 248321. I have asked if they have any information on the school will email you if I find anything. Ian

    • Iwas rthe same class as Joan along with ronald knox jaquline matthewa margret glendining susan kirby keith and brian hutchinson malcom dayson these I can recall at the moment also had left shortlly before us brian cross wendy gibson andrew kelly as we left school on the last day some of us went to see the bridge on the rivr kwai please excuse poor typing and mrs.joy our english teacher would be appalled at my grammar

    • I was in same class as Joan for 4 yre love to hear from you totally out of touch having livd in Scotland for last 53 yrs or anybody fron this era

  2. My relative, Alison Winfield from Australia, gave The Firs, Nunthorpe and 14 Rookwood Rd., Nunthorpe on visits in 1938 and 1950 respectively. She was a pre-school teacher, so was she doing something at the school? Are The Firs and 14 Rookwood Rd. the same place? Thank you. Peter

    • The Firs school was on Marton Moor Road in-between Connaught Road and Rookwood Road on the opposite side of the road. It opened in 1904 and closed at Christmas 1960.

      • Thank you Ian. It looks as though Alison was not staying at the school, but had a contact at 14 Rookwood Rd., perhaps another teacher.

  3. Yes, I remember some of the names, especially Jackie Matthews, Margaret Glendining and your name Roy Mallaby. Joan is living with her husband in Norway.

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