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Title: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Wednesday 24 May 06 23:10 BST (UK)
My Grandmother was born in 1896 in Maidenhead.  She is shown in the 1901 Census as living in Denmark Street.  Can anyone suggest what school she might have attended?  Any ideas at all would be much appreciated. 
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: behindthefrogs on Thursday 25 May 06 09:47 BST (UK)
Try the following site.  There are various details of schools buried in it.

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=43189#s17
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Little Nell on Sunday 04 June 06 21:19 BST (UK)
The nearest (primary) school to Denmark Street is St Luke's.  It is still there.

Nell
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Sunday 04 June 06 22:47 BST (UK)
Thank you so much for this information - in fact my Gran's parents were married in St. Lukes Church so it could follow that she went to St. Lukes School.  I am thrilled to know it still exists, hope I will be able to get to Maidenhead sometime to visit. 

Does anyone know if school records were kept from this time(early 1900s) and if it is possible to view them?   
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Little Nell on Monday 05 June 06 13:20 BST (UK)
Berkshire Record Office probably hold the records for the school.  Contact them to check:

http://www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk/localhistory/schools.htm

Windsor & Maidenhead is now a unitary authority and I am not aware that it has a record office or archive.

Nell
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: behindthefrogs on Monday 05 June 06 14:06 BST (UK)
The Berkshire Unitary Authorities share the record office and Library Service and a number of other things like that.

Berkshire as a council of course no longer exists except for those of us interested in history.  Its nearly as dead as Middlesex.

David
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Monday 05 June 06 17:25 BST (UK)
Thank you Nell and David for your interest and valued information, all much appreciated by this beginner in family history !
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Thursday 31 August 06 12:15 BST (UK)
 :D We have Weston, Cox, Paget etc etc living in Denmark Str.
      What was your Nan's maiden name?
                                                    Lesanne.

  There is also St Mary's Catholic School.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Thursday 31 August 06 22:18 BST (UK)
Grandmother's maiden name was Bishop.  The family also has
connections with Cordwallis Road and Ray Park.

ANYAS
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Wendymcq on Tuesday 12 September 06 21:39 BST (UK)
If you are going to visit Maidenhead, the library have a local history department, they may be able to help you.

Wendy
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Tuesday 12 September 06 21:53 BST (UK)
I shall be meeting up with Grandad soon. I shall ask if he knew the Bishop family.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Thursday 23 November 06 23:52 GMT (UK)
I lived in Cordwallis Road and went to the Primary School called Ellington (its opposite the bottom of Cordwallis Road) It may be worth checking in addition to St Lukes.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Saturday 17 February 07 09:15 GMT (UK)
I've only just joined and come across this thread. I think some of the schools mentioned are much later than the period you are looking at. I think Ellington opened about 1932. I think St Lukes was probably later as well.  The only schools I know of in 1903 were:

National Schools, East Street
Wesleyan Schools, King Street
Boyn Hill Schools
St Pauls, Albert Street
British Schools, West Street
Braywick School
Roman Catholic School, Cookham Road
West Street Council School (from 1904)
Brock Lane Council School (from 1904)

Hope that helps
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Saturday 17 February 07 13:36 GMT (UK)
 Hello Imber,
Just to say, a very warm welcome to Rootschat. A very friendly site, where we all try to help each other, search for the ancestors.

As there are many resources available, please just ask, somebody somewhere is sure to help.

Happy hunting.     Lesanne.  :)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: newburychap on Sunday 18 February 07 17:29 GMT (UK)
The Berkshire Unitary Authorities share the record office and Library Service and a number of other things like that.
The UAs jointly fund the BRO (or 5 of them do) but the libraries are separate services. Maidenhead has a particularly good local histories section.
Berkshire as a council of course no longer exists except for those of us interested in history.  Its nearly as dead as Middlesex.
Berkshire existed long before county councils were invented and still exists today. There is a Lord Lieutenant and an Archdeacon - and numerous Berkshire organisations.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Monday 19 February 07 20:43 GMT (UK)
Hello Imber,

Many thanks for the new information, all very helpful.  It never fails to surprise me how very kind and interested everyone on RootsChat is. 

Thank you again.

ANYAS

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Thursday 05 April 07 11:53 BST (UK)
Hi Anyas and Lesanne,
Have just found your thread!  My mother and her brother (b. 1908) went to East Street School, she was born in 1910 (so in school from 1915) and lived in Garden cottages which was very near at the end of St Lukes Road.  I have a very tattered photo of a few pupils.
  My Grandparents, on the 1891 census, were living in Denmark Street with their two children.  They also lived at Hitcham Bucks just over the river.  Also Waldeck Road and Reform Road Maidenhead. Name Dobson.
The way this is is going we could soon have every family that lived in Denmark Street!!!  Any information on Garden Cottages would be much appreciated
Regards, Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Thursday 05 April 07 18:12 BST (UK)
I must ask Grandad who else lived in Denmark Street and Cordwallis Street
My brothers went to East Street.
My Coxheads lived in Garden Cottages, Bastons in Waldeck and Reform.

  :D Lesanne  :D
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Thursday 05 April 07 20:13 BST (UK)
Hi,
And I've just remembered my Grandfather Ernest John Wyse, who died before I was born, got married at St Lukes Church from Cordwallis Road.  In fact the last four generations, including me, got married there.  It's a very small world and getting smaller all the time since I joined Roots.  Do you know where the Parish records for St Lukes are held and are there any on line?  I'm in Spain and finding it hard to verify dates etc.
Regards, Abiam 
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Little Nell on Thursday 05 April 07 20:57 BST (UK)
Hi Jill,

The originals are held at the Berkshire Record Office, but they state that many of the 20th century registers were badly damaged in a fire (NB Lesanne - you aked this question before and I could not remember the exact date) in 1991 and so are not fit for production.  I'm not aware of any transcripts at the moment, although Maidenhead Reference Library may hold a copy.

Nell
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Friday 06 April 07 16:11 BST (UK)
There are a few comments on Garden Cottages, Cordwallis, Denmark, Reform and Waldeck in:

Yesterday's Town

Tom Middleton

Published by author 1980

Your public library should be able to borrow this for you through the inter-library loans scheme.

A few surnames from the 1901 cenus for Cordwallis Road:

Lea
Challis
Tuffrey (?)
Collett
Goff
Ayers
Meads
Southall
Smith
Seymour
Church
Hayward
Godfrey
Knibbs
Hammond
Townsend

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Friday 06 April 07 19:28 BST (UK)
Hi Imber, Thanks for your reply.  I still can't find my Grandfather Ernest John Wyse b. abt 1880 in the 1891 census.  Probably playing truant or something!!  I recognise several names you gave as children at school in Maidenhead in the 50's.  All that I know is that he got married from Cordwallis Road in 1907.
Regards Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Friday 06 April 07 20:21 BST (UK)
Abiam

When you say 'born about 1880' does that mean you can't find his birth, or what? 

I
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 07 April 07 09:25 BST (UK)
Ernest John Wyse from family info was born in 1879.  Born in Binfield and lived most of his life in Maidenhead.  I'm afraid I can't afford to keep buying certs so I have relied on family for some dates.  He married Ada Lily Harding of Norfolk Park Cottages Maidenhead in 1907.  My main interest about him was to find out more about Maidenhead for the working class in the late 1800's to mid 1930's and I shall try to get the book by Tom Middleton,when I come to England later in the year, as posted by Liitle Nell.
Thank you Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Saturday 07 April 07 11:33 BST (UK)
OK. If you look in Free BMD he is registered in the December quarter 1879 in the Cookham registration district, which suggests Maidenhead itself rather than Binfield?

Norfolk Park Cottages. We have been married 28 years and only this year did we realise that both our families stayed there at some point or another.

I
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 07 April 07 15:23 BST (UK)
Hi Imber,
So what was your maiden name?  Mine was Dobson and there were Hardings ,Kirby and Fox all in my family and all in NPCottages at some time!  And it wasn't a very long road!  And to add to coincidence my son started off married life at 23 Norfolk Park cottages.
I think you're right and I've been getting my John (Great G.Father) and Ernest John (my Grandfather) muddled up.  I see that in 1881 John Wyse was living at 21 Garden Cottages with wife and two children - E. John aged 1 and William J aged 3 both born Maidenhead!  Thanks fot that,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Saturday 07 April 07 15:48 BST (UK)
Glad that was helpful. The Child family, 114 Garden Cottages, was connected to my family.  Our family name was Ayers.

I
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 07 April 07 17:21 BST (UK)
Sorry,don't know of Ayres or Child
Thanks again, Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 09 April 07 16:36 BST (UK)
This is Cordwallis Street around 1930.
Odd's first, 1. Rhodes. 3.Smith. 5.Ball. 7.Anderson. 9.Ball. 11.Gregs. 13.Copas. 15.Barnfield. 17.Munday. 19.Ayers. 21.Moorcock. 23.Munday. 25.Fisher. 27.Shaw. 29.Mead. 31.Hancock. 33.Cherry. 35.Hazel. 37.Myers. 39.Shaw. 41.Weston. 43.Oars. 45.Battamelli. 47.Moorcock. 49.Copas.

Even's. 2.Fletcher. 4.Fletcher. 6.Padgett. 8.Arthur. 10.Colcher. 12.Sindon. 14.Moorcock. 16.Cox. 18.Harris. 20.Ranscombe. 22.North. 24.Ackling.

This is all from Grandad, who reeled it all off. I had to write quick, so some misspells might be there....  Oooh, mistranscription. Sorry 'bout that. ;D

Lesanne.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Monday 09 April 07 17:00 BST (UK)

Hello Lesanne and everyone,

I have been following all the posts about Cordwallis and Denmark Street with great interest.  I decided to have a look at my Mother's birth certificate and it seems that she was born at No. 15 Cordwallis Road (not Street ?) but I know that she lived in 2 Ray Park Cottages in the early 1920s.  Can anyone tell me anything about Ray Park Cottages please ?

ANYAS
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 09 April 07 17:07 BST (UK)
Oh 'eck anyas, better ask our nan, her side lived in Ray Park Cottages.  ;D

I believe it was demolished sometime ago. It would of been just off the Moor, behind the Almshouses, on the opposite side of the A4 (Bath Road) to Reform Road.

  8) Should rename this thread. Old Maidenhead Families.

Lesanne.  ;D
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 09 April 07 17:35 BST (UK)
Lesanne, you're right.  Old Maidenhead would be a good thread.  I remember visiting the Hodges family and I'm sure it was in Ray Park Cottages.  It was certainly near the Moor and the Alms houses and a very long time ago! Betty "Hodges" was a pseudo "aunty" of mine.  I was born and lived in College Glen, went to school at Alwyn Road and Maidenhead County Girls. 
Anyas,as far as Cordwallis is concerned I've always known it as Road not Street and Ray Park joined Blackamore lane, regards Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Monday 09 April 07 18:02 BST (UK)

Hi Lesanne + Abiam,

Thank you for the info - have looked at Multimap and found the Ray Park area. Each little piece of new information makes more and more sense for me.  I feel a bit of a fraud really as the family only arrived in Maidenhead in 1890 but perhaps that still qualifies us as an 'old Maidenhead family'!!  The two sides originally came from Bucks and Oxon.


Going back to the original thread on schools - I still hope to follow up on school logs and admissions registers as I am told they can be a source of great interest.

This is all so fascinating, I am spending way too much time on the pc !

Thanks again.

ANYAS


Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 09 April 07 18:23 BST (UK)
 :D What time span for 'Hodges' down there? 40/50's Baston, Dean, Johnson.

  60's Pedrick. ol' Arthur Pedrick, with his yard on the corner, few pigs and chicken. With the old dog 'Whiskey' would travel in the basket of his traders bike.

 Then there was Horwood's scrap yard... another story.

 Any takers for Tyrells Buildings?  ;D
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 09 April 07 19:48 BST (UK)
Lesanne,
Here we go again!!!  Tyrells Buildings originally housed the guards from Windsor whilst their new barracks were built.  It became known as "The Barracks" and was situated where the new Sainsbury building is being built now.  I think it was very poor quality housing and not a good place to live.  I'm not sure of the time scale but I think a lot of families were rehoused into Garden Cotts and Norfolk Park from there.  Not sure about that. 
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 09 April 07 19:54 BST (UK)
Anyas,
The Hodges were there 1920's/30's, My aunty's name was Betty Hodges and she married a William Hawks, known as Jim! 
Abiam
PS. Horwood is a good old M'head name.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Tuesday 10 April 07 10:46 BST (UK)
I can hardly keep up with all this.  I feel some of my family must have known some of the people you mention, it would be almost impossible not to.  Depends on dates of course.  Firstly, Lesanne mentioned her grandfather recalling the name Ayers.  What can he remember about them? (please edit if necessary!). Then Tyrrells Buildings was mentioned. Yes, it was regarded as very downmarket, but my family were there! I think the Tyrells name has been corrupted from Turrells but ever since they named the car park "Tyrrells" it has stuck.  My mother in law was a Hildreth from the bike shop (former blacksmith) in Market Street just nearby.  Back to Turrells.  Yes, the family referred to it as " The Barracks". PLEASE tell me where you got the story about the soldiers - my family told me it derived from an expression of contempt and some of then just didn't want to talk about it. Anyway, eventually they started building their own houses (Alwyn Road, Highfield Road, Pinkneys Road).  College Glen was mentioned?  My wife lived in Belmont Vale! Alwyn School - when my granddad retired he became caretaker there. My great uncle (born 1896) and great aunt were on the school roll for the very first day. That's enough for the moment!
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 10 April 07 11:53 BST (UK)
hi Imber,
The Tyrells story came from a very helpful lady at M'head Library.  You're right it was pretty much a slum.  My Gx2 grandfather was William Harding and wife Emma Tuckwell and 4 children.  From there it was East Street which I don't think was a lot better.  Next time I have them is 1881 and they are at 24 Norfolk Park Cottages with a daughter, Alice aged 25, but not seen earlier.
have to check something - back in a minute.
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Tuesday 10 April 07 12:13 BST (UK)
Hi Abiam,
I have a note of Thomas and Ann Harding Oct 20 1684 both of Brightwell...?
Why I have this with William and Elizabeth Cox Feb 10 1688, I must of found a link between Brightwell and Cookham?? via Appleford.

This is on a notepage headed, Bishops Transcripts Appleford and Cookham. 2004.
    :D Lesanne.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 10 April 07 12:16 BST (UK)
Imber,

I just wondered whether I'd missed them in 1991 but no the ages were way out.  Back to your post.  I remember Hildreths very well.  Unfortunately a bike from there was out of the question!  You say about people knowing each other then  - I was born in College Glen I wonder would I know your wife?  Belmont Vale was just round the corner and Miss Goodayer had a shop on the corner opp. Maddelys barber shop and near to the butchers.  Must stop, could go on and on....

Regards Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 10 April 07 12:23 BST (UK)
Lesanne,
I don't think I have any connection with Brightwell and all I have way back is james Harding born 1796 in Cookham and living at Moor Hall as a carpenter.
I'm afraid I have lots of those scraps of paper with notes that I can't even remember making!!!
Thanks anyway, Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Tuesday 10 April 07 13:08 BST (UK)
Hi Abiam

When I worked at Maidnhead Library (1960s!) I never saw anything like that in the local material.  There's more info and interest now, but it would take a lot to convince me that that story holds any water (although I would love it to be the case). One of the problems with Maidenhead history is that someone comes up with a hunch and next week it appears in a book as a fact!  They can't even get their act together on the town name. In fact anything before about 1600, or even later, is pretty suspect.  You don't know this library person's name by chance?  I still have friends working at the library and so I would love to chase this up. 

Imber
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 11 April 07 07:51 BST (UK)
Imber,
I can't find the name of the person at the library but surely if you still know people there you could contact them?  I'd love to know more about it.  Whoever it was was very helpful and also helped me with information about 'Moor Hall' Cookham where my GG Grandfather lived, with his family, as a carpenter.
I'd love to know more about Belmont Vale?  I remember a family called Fisher and another called James or Janes.  Send me a PM if you like.
Regards,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Monday 28 May 07 12:27 BST (UK)
Hello Abiam, Imber, Lesanne + Everyone,

Not sure if I should be posting under this heading again but it is loosely connected to schools.

Abiam, you were asking for info about Garden Cottages I believe.  I've just had a birthday and my dear daughter bought me a very interesting book called Maidenhead Voices, a book of recollections covering the early 1900s through both World Wars.  Garden Cottages is referred to several times but one of the comments stood out - 'life was tough but so much community spirit'.  Send me a pm is you would like to have more info.

The book also has a section called School and Play and a number of schools are recalled, St. Paul's, East Street, Boyn Hill, St. Luke's, and many more. 

This is a really fascinating book, lots of photographs and for anyone interested in padding out their family history, its a real gem. This is beginning to sound like an advertisement - sorry.

Regards,

ANYAS
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 28 May 07 13:43 BST (UK)
Hi Anyas,
Do you have the book number and author. I would very much like to buy it.
It sounds just up our street....   ;D
Lesanne
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 28 May 07 14:42 BST (UK)
Me too!  Thanks for thinking of us,
Regards, Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Monday 28 May 07 16:05 BST (UK)
Hi all.  I was in touch with my contact at Maidenhead Library re Tyrrells/Turrells Buildings.  Turns out the story about the Guards from Windsor came from two books, one of which is the one just mentioned.  I'll be getting a copy to see if any primary source was used or whether this is just speculation. What I have discovered just recently is that 'Barracks' was a term used widely at that time to decibel such accommodation.  The 1862 census for nearby Burnham records such a 'Barracks' with multiple occupancy.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Monday 28 May 07 16:06 BST (UK)
Er, Decibel? I think I meant describe!
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Monday 28 May 07 16:29 BST (UK)
The book is on this list :

http://www.maidenheadheritage.org.uk/shop.htm
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 28 May 07 17:11 BST (UK)
It's very difficult to buy from here. They don't seem to have online 'shop'.
When I go home they are always shut. I have sent emails and got no reply..

 :-\  Lesanne.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Monday 28 May 07 18:10 BST (UK)

Hello Everyone,

Maidenhead Voices is by Chrissy Rosenthal and Ann Danks and is from the Tempus Oral History Series.  I believe my daughter purchased it on-line from Amazon Books.

One of the things of particular interest to me was the flooding at Ray Park Cottages and punting down the road on builder's planks !  I can just imagine my mother being one of the children to do that. 

Regards,

ANYAS
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 28 May 07 18:57 BST (UK)
Imber,
That's interesting to hear.  And, having looked at the census and seeing the amount of people living in Tyrell's I think decibel was probably the right word!!!
Let's hope there is some authenticity to it,
Regards, Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 28 May 07 23:11 BST (UK)
Although I don't think I remember the big floods, I certainly fed the swan's swimming in our back yard one winter.  :D
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Little Nell on Tuesday 29 May 07 11:54 BST (UK)
Maidenhead Heritage Centre has acquired a new permanent home in Park Street - a former pub and this is about to undergo refurbishment.  They are still fundraising for that!

Nell
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Friday 15 June 07 16:36 BST (UK)
Anyas.
Thankyou so much for recommending 'Maidenhead Voices' it arrived yesterday and I spent most of the afternoon and all evening reading it.  I even remember two of the submitters from schooldays.
I wish my family from Garden Cottages and the Barracks could see how improved my life style has been.  There was such a divide between the rich and the poor.  Maidenhead may been known as 'The jewel of the Thames' but there was most certainly another side to the town.
Thank you again,
Regards Abiam
PS. I ordered it secondhand from Amazon and it arrived promptly and in very good condition.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Friday 15 June 07 16:38 BST (UK)
Imber,
have been researching Hungerford and there were Barracks there which were poor housing,
Regards, Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Friday 15 June 07 21:09 BST (UK)
Hi Guys,
I knew I should've taken notes.
I read recently that 'Barracks' was originally The Salvation Army housing.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Monday 18 June 07 17:34 BST (UK)
Hello Abiam,

I'm so pleased that you enjoyed 'Maidenhead Voices' and that Amazon proved a success.

Regards,

ANYAS
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 28 November 07 09:31 GMT (UK)
Hello Anyas,

Just read through these posts again and wonder if you ever found out any more on Maidenhead Schools,  particularly East Street.

Hope your research is going well!

Regards, Abiam

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: ANYAS on Monday 03 December 07 17:35 GMT (UK)
Hello Abiam,

I'm afraid I still haven't managed to get to the Record Office.  I live in Essex so it involves a fair bit of advance planning and so far the spare time has not been available to me - I will get there one day though !!

Research is going along quite well, apart from one or two brick walls !!

Hope your own research is progressing.

Kind regards,

ANYAS

 
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 04 December 07 08:44 GMT (UK)
Thanks for your reply Anyas.  Research going well.
Happy Christmas,
Regards, Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: weebird on Saturday 02 February 08 01:46 GMT (UK)
hi Imber,
The Tyrells story came from a very helpful lady at M'head Library.  You're right it was pretty much a slum.  My Gx2 grandfather was William Harding and wife Emma Tuckwell and 4 children.  From there it was East Street which I don't think was a lot better.  Next time I have them is 1881 and they are at 24 Norfolk Park Cottages with a daughter, Alice aged 25, but not seen earlier.
have to check something - back in a minute.
Abiam
Hi just new to the site, do you know anything about the tyrells buildings in the 1920's, my grandmother Irene Sayers- otherwise Symmonds lived there when she got married in 1923 as stated on her marriage cert.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Saturday 02 February 08 08:24 GMT (UK)
 :D Hello Weebird,
A very warm welcome to Rootschat. I hope you find it  friendly and helpful, as we all do our best to help each other.

To find the history of Tyrrells/Tirells, we might have to go to the Nation Archives records. I believe it possibly is Salvation Army barracks. Possibly moneys given by John Tyrell.

The Tyrell name has many asso with 'our' area. As far back as the civil war 14/1600's in a list of creditors for the King. Click on link below....
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATLN=7&CATID=-4487131&j=1

The building is on the North side of the A4. In Cookham registration district.
If you have any family on the South side of A4, they will be in Bray reg dist.

I am from Maidenhead and I sometimes visit the 'old home' library. The M'head Advertizer is on fiche there. Many other useful resources.

The buildings had lots of local families, mine included, before they were moved to the Cordwallis area, north of the town.

I hope the above is helpful.
Please post again on this 'thread' as most are 'old Maidonians'.

Lesanne.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: weebird on Saturday 02 February 08 14:02 GMT (UK)
Hi, Thanks very much for that. I used to Live in Stoke row, nr Henley and prior to that Reading born and bred and used to visit Maidenhead weekly for one reason or another. however 5 1/2 years ago, I moved to Scotland and now lots of resources out of reach- now that I've started research- Typical  ::) LOL. On the certificate it says 38 Tyerells buildings, Maidenhead, thats all I know. Anything else you can find will be very much appreciated.
Webi  :)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Friday 06 June 08 18:15 BST (UK)
Hello Old Maidonians,

I received this info today about Tyrell's Buildings.  It is from an email sent to me by Bridget Hole.  She is a well known Maidenhead Historian and author -have a look on Amazon.

"Tyrrell's Buildings were built in about 1843 as barracks for the Life Guards of Windsor while their barracks were being rebuilt; hence 'The Barracks'. The drunken behaviuor of the soldiers was so bad that a pub was built for them inside the building to keep them out of the town. When they went back to Windsor, Tyrrells Buildings was converted to basic accommodation for the industrious poor - as opposed to the unindustrious poor (old or sick) who lived in the workhouse. It had its own chapel, Providence chapel which came under the parish of St. Mary's. Reform Rd and Waldeck Rd. were built by Charles Butler, also as social housing. The Reform Mission Hall - the tin tabernacle - in Waldeck Rd , built 1903, also came under the parish of St. Mary's. In the 1880's, police would only patrol Tyrrells Buildings, Reform Rd and Waldeck Rd, in twos. Norfolk Park estate and Garden Cottages, the first concrete houses in Maidenhead, were built by James Pearce, son of the Maidenhead benefactor J.D.M Pearce, also as social housing. All these homes disappeared in the 1960/70's, except the Providence chapel which continued until 1987 as a shop in the market; Sainsburies is now on the site.
Bridget."

Not very salubrious beginnings for any of us!  I have just dicovered that my G G Grandparents lost twins whilst living there aged just under one and just over one. 

Just remembering, seeing the name Pearce, there was 'The Pearce Hall' I think in Marlow Road.  I think that's where I went for my first grown up New Year's Eve with my parents and their friends!

Regards,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Ermyntrude on Monday 28 July 08 08:36 BST (UK)
I am new to this site and have read with interest all the information on Tyrrells Buildings and Garden Cottages. I lived in Garden Cottages until 1948 and went to Ellington Park School. My grandmother was born in Tyrells Buildings. Her name was Rose Montague . Her mother remarried after being widowed. She married William Gascoigne. Has anyone any connection with these families please? My mother also lived in Garden Cottages from about 1918 to 1948. Her name was Edith Smith. Her mother remarried after being widowed. She married William Mulford but my mother never took his name.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 28 July 08 11:07 BST (UK)
Hello Ermyntrude,
Welcome to Roots Chat!

Our ancestors must have known each other!  I don't know if you have the full census on The Barracks but I've put here. 
I don't see a connection but if you look on the 1861 census for The Barracks
RG09 Piece 754 Folio 60 Page 43.  If you go to next page eventually you will come to the Montague family.  I've started on P 43 as it gives you a good idea of the famiies living there.

My families are P 44 William  and Ann Vincent
                        P 48 Willliam and Emma Harding

I also have several families in Thornton Cottages and Norfolk Park Cottages.  Family names again Vincent and Harding also Wise/Wyse.

I also have my Grandfather living at 21 Garden Cottages on the 1881.

A lot moved to Norfolk Park Cotts later as yours may have done.

I haven't time to check anything else as I am flying to the UK this afternoon to stay with family in MAIDENHEAD!

Hope this helps and maybe we can help each other when I get back (2 weeks)
If you don't have access to the census send me a PM and I will send them when I'm back here,

Regards Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 28 July 08 11:24 BST (UK)
You might also like to look at this if you can

Garden Cottages Cookham (Maidenhead)
RG 10  Piece 1292 Folio 66 Pages 44 to 57

Must go!
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: crazythredz on Thursday 31 July 08 20:31 BST (UK)
Hi,
I have just found this group,I used to live in Norfolk Park Cottages in the 50's & 60's.
I am looking for a friend from way back then who used to live on Cordwallis Road I'm not sure if it was number 2 can't remember. Her name was Jane Eaton does anyone know of her whereabouts??
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 13 August 08 10:08 BST (UK)
Hi everyone,

    I am back in Spain having just spent two weeks in Maidenhead, Berkshire visiting my children and grandchildren and the Berkshire Records Office.  The first two very successful the third somewhat disappointing!  I took Roots chatters advice about my visit and armed with packed lunch, loads of notes, sharpened pencils etc. I was duly dropped off at 9.00am just as they opened.  Everyone was very helpful and I was coping with new (to me) fangled things like fiche and film readers.  After about an hour and a half my back 'went' and the rest of my day was spent in agony as I tried to find the information I was after.  Also a lot of things I wanted to see were not there.   I did think the BRO had everything on Berkshire!
    The chairs at the BRO look as though they are ergonomically designed but are in fact extremely uncomfortable.  They certainly didn't suit my back.  I took the advice of taking a break, getting up, trying to stretch a little and walked across to the BFH and got my Berkshire Burial Index updated.
    Once this had happened I lost my thread as to what I really wanted to find out – such a big disappointment.  The BRO is a great building with every mod. con. and helpful, patient staff. Their only failing for me was the chairs.
    I also visited the Maidenhead Heritage Centre, newly opened in Park Street, and bought a couple of books.  One in particular very interesting to Old Maidonians was called “ARE YOU MARRIED, OR DO YOU LIVE IN MAIDENHEAD?  By Bridget Hole.  This is a who's who of Maidonians and there were many familiar names bringing back so many memories of a happy childhood in the town.  ISBN 0952794713.  A really good book for delving into every so often.
    The rainy weather in the UK was a real treat for me as I am now back in the height of summer and not liking it much!

Regards,
Abiam     
PS Terminal 5 was fabulous!
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Ermyntrude on Wednesday 13 August 08 10:54 BST (UK)
Thank you Abiam for your suggestions on finding more about my ancesters in Tyrrells Buildings. Were your family who lived in garden Cottages called Wise. One of my cousins lived in our cottage after we left remembers a family called Wise. She thought they lived near the Palethorpes. We lived at number 86. We moved to Doncaster when I was 6 so I have only few memories of my time there but some are clear. I remember going to the shop at the end of the road with tea coupons and the lady making a cone shaped bag to put some sweets in it . My cousin said it would be Mrs Bond and her shop was in the front room. I remember lots of little frogs in the gardens at the back probably from the dyke. I can remember water coming into the house when it flooded. Some of the families I remember were the Sellars the Hopkins, Heedens,Palethorpes and the Wests.I used to go to Sunday School at the Gospel Hall at the end of the road. On the way to Ellington Park school I seem to remember passing some big houses in a lane and talking to a girl there who was about my age. I think her name was Amanda. I envied her her bunk beds! I know her brother went to boarding school. It was a different world from the one I knew. She came to a birthday party I had but I can't remember going past her front gate!!!  I never got bunk beds but my children did.
 
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Wednesday 13 August 08 11:00 BST (UK)
Hi Abiam,
Glad you enjoyed the first part of your visit....  ::)

What is it about BRO.. the staff are helpful and patient, the place is full of indexes.....
What else could we need  ??? It just goes downhill from there  :P  :P

You say lost the thread, some stuff isn't there... let me know what you were looking for and perhaps next time I go  :o  ::) i can get it for you.

Hello Ermyntrude,
Welcome to Rootschat... All very friendly folks here, help out each other if we possibly can.  8)
Looking at your Smith's. I also have Smith's in Garden Cottages. Mine originally from Risbough/Wycombe, how they got to Garden Cotts... working on that one...  :-\  ;D

Best wishes
Lesanne
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Ermyntrude on Wednesday 13 August 08 11:47 BST (UK)
Hi Lesanne
I had a cousin called Ron Smith who went to live in Princess Risborough and although he spent a lot of time visiting our family in Garden Cottages he didn't live there as far as I know. His sister lived there but her married name was Daphne Gwilym nee Smith. I think a lot of families moved to the council estate {Larchfield}.
Thanks Ermyntrude
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 13 August 08 20:00 BST (UK)
Hi Ermyntrude,

My mother was born at number 20 Garden Cottages in 1910 she was Kathleen Elizabeth Wyse - parents John and Elizabeth Wyse.

I think they got out of there after her little sister died in 1918 and then they lived at number 13 Norfolk Park Cottages until she married my father in 1933 and they lived in College Glen.

And Lesanne,
Thanks for the offer.  I am now in such a muddle I think I need  a rest!  Five grandsons under six years old has exhausted me.  When I'm sorted I'll be in touch. 

Do you have the census reference details for Garden Cottages?  Ancestry don't seem to like the numbers I'm putting in!  In fact I've just had another go and I'm told I have the wrong ID or somesuch. 

All the best,
Abiam

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Ermyntrude on Thursday 14 August 08 10:00 BST (UK)
Hi  Abiam
After reading your piece  I wish I could check with my mother{she died four years ago.} She was born in 1911 but I think moved to Garden Cottages when she was six or seven and her mother had remarried. She often talked about a little girl dying and being taken to see her . I wonder if this could have been your aunt.
I think your family may have followed each other around because I think my mother lived at Norfolk Park before moving to Garden Cottages!
Ermyntrude
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Thursday 14 August 08 10:16 BST (UK)
There are so many "if onlys" in this FT business.
Gladys Maud Wyse was born 1912 died 1918 of TB I think.  I'm afraid I can't go to the expense of all the certs I would like.
She was buried at All Saints cemetery at the Courthouse Road end of All Saint Avenue.
I have added her picture not that it will be any help but just for interest.  Incidentally restored beautifully by the Photographic board.
Did any of your family stay in the Maidenhead area?
Will let you know if I find anything else of interest,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Ermyntrude on Saturday 16 August 08 09:02 BST (UK)
Thank you so much Abiam for the photo of your aunt . My mother always said the little girl she knew who died at Garden Cottageslooked like 'an angel to her'
She was taken to see the little girl after death and so being a child herself it must have had a profound effect on her.
My mother's brother {Smith} and his family stayed in the Maidenhead and Bucks areas.
Best wishes Ermyntrude   
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: bumbled on Saturday 16 August 08 09:26 BST (UK)
my husband and his family come from maidenhead way back in the 1900's, my mother in law often talks of garden cottages where here family lived surname (dover)

the dover family attended gordon road school and recall many names from the past, i would be pleased to ask them anything
they remember if anyone would like.
sue
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Saturday 16 August 08 09:56 BST (UK)
My husband and I....  ;D  ;D we went to school with Dover's.
At Ellington and Gorden Rd.
Have your parents got any memories of Garden Cotts. My Coxheads were there, bit earlier in 1901.
Cox, Weston, then everyone that went round to Cordwallis Strret and Road.

If anyone has photo's of that era... Please post them. Our rellies would love to see them on this new fangled, telly thingy.....  ::)  ;)

Lesanne.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 16 August 08 12:24 BST (UK)
Hi Ermintrude,

It is a lovely picture but imagine taking a child to see her after death!  It sounds a bit macabre to me.  As you say must have had a profound effect.  I'm afraid I don't know the name Smith in this connection although I was married to one for about 26 years!  But not for the last 18!!!

Lesanne,
I do have a very uninspiring pic of Garden Cotts will see if I can dig it out.  I have found 3!  Will post when I have removed all this stuff on my desk!

Bumbled,
Do ask your Mother in Law if she remembers anything of the  Wyse, Harding or Vincent families, please.  Kathleen Wyse was born there in 1910 and I have just found 3 Vincent families of mine living there. 

What a busy thread this has become again,  Where are you Anyas?
Regards everyone,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 16 August 08 12:38 BST (UK)
Quick PS for Lesanne.

Did you have anyone from Waldeck or Reform Roads?  I have a Coronation street party pic either 1902 or 1909,

Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Saturday 16 August 08 12:40 BST (UK)
 ;D ;D yep...taken that street over as well... Baston, Hudson, Sharp, etc etc....  ::)

added... Turners in the Almshouse opposite the Reform Pub. Norris's about 10 doors up on Bridge Road.
Remembering Bromley's* hot bread on the way to school.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 16 August 08 13:16 BST (UK)
Here goes!  t's a long time since I uploaded a picture.  Hope I can remember.  They are out of the book 'Maidenhead Voices' which Anyas recommended ages ago.

The first is the rather depressing one.  Imagine it pouring with rain and wet washing hanging everywhere in the house!

The second is 'The Bethel Mission Sunday School'  (Holmanleaze) outing taken in the early 30's. The boy in the front with the cap is Bernard O Howard
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 16 August 08 13:25 BST (UK)
 Hope this isn't too big!
Reform Road 1945 - end of the war.
And then the last GC 'A party held at Lower Garden Cottages' to celebrate the end of the war in 1945.

Had to modify this last post as I had them round the wrong way.  Think it's right now,
Abiam

Moderator comment: dates changed from those originally posted at Abiam's request
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 16 August 08 13:34 BST (UK)
oops, sorry it's there twice. will try and remove.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Saturday 16 August 08 13:41 BST (UK)
The first one .. the fronts over looked the back gardens of the next row of houses. They have the wash hanging in the garden.  Top left hand side.

I shall ask grandad if he knows any of those faces. (Outing)

This one I have and I think it is Reform Road too.... OH's Auntie is the girl on the right.

Grandad needs to look at this one as well.
~~~~~~
Thanks for posting these... The rellies will be most interested.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 16 August 08 14:21 BST (UK)
Hi Lesanne and any old Maidonians

You would really enjoy this book the details are

 'Maidenhead Voices' by Chrissy Rosenthal and Ann Danks
ISBN 0 7524 3290 7
Price 12.99 but I got mine for about half that through Amazon.

Just flicking through it some memories came flooding back.  There is a short description of a 5 year old contracting polio in 1948.  This happened to me and somehow I missed this paragraph when I first read the book.  I lived in College Glen then and remember the Dr. coming (Dr Frank, a great, caring Dr.) and the ambulance came and took me to the old Isolation Hospital opposite the old St Marks.  I remember the ambulance and the big, thick, red blankets and not being allowed any visitors.  I could only see my Mum and Dad through the window and anything they brought in for me had to be sterilized!  I could not remember when this happened and there in the book it says 'Polio Epidemic' and it was in 1948 when I was 6.   Amazing how you can find things!  I would never have known when this happened and I did not suffer any after effects!

End of memory Lane!  Just counting my blessings.
Abiam

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Saturday 16 August 08 15:38 BST (UK)
 :o I'm so glad it ended allright for you Abiam.  :D

St Marks seems to have been everything from Union workhouse +++

The last time I was in St Mark's it was Post/Ante Natal....  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Saturday 16 August 08 15:42 BST (UK)
 ;D I'm waiting for someone to remember The Rest Cafe..... or Cafe Jack.
          1960's, Juke Box, Rock and Roll. Mod's and Rocker's.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 16 August 08 16:36 BST (UK)
Think I'm a bit older than you but we had Bill Haley and the Comets, parties at Greenfields, Ray Park something, the equivalent of BBQ's in the middle of the thicket ( I did a paper round at the time and was up early next morning ... went to where the previous nights 'do' was and collected all the coppers that had fallen out of the boys pockets). 

Then there was El Toucan, Bridge Street and the Coffee Cantata in Queen's Street (always the places to be on Saturdays to find somewhere to go Saturday night!), bottle parties "Merrydown Cider" upstairs in the Greyhound, King Street.  The Royal Adelaide in Windsor for Trad jazz and the EX servicemens club in Windsor, again Trad Jazz.  Then there were dances at the Rowing Club.  And the youth club at St Lukes Church

Getting very nostalgic - I had a great teenage period  in Maidenhead.  No-one had a car we used to cycle everywhere, and somehow my Mum didn't know half!  Just as my kids have told me things I didn't know they got up to!.

Nothing's really new is it?
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: bumbled on Saturday 16 August 08 20:12 BST (UK)
the maidenhead advertiser produced a book called ''the images of maidenhead'' in 1997, it contains two photos of garden cottages ,one of the last resident before the houses were demolished in the 1960's.

slough museum also have some items on maidenhead that may be of interest.
sue
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Saturday 16 August 08 22:09 BST (UK)
I wonder why Sloff has the Maidenhead info....  ???

Yes ~ El Toucan, St Lukes, Windsor... we lived opposite all of those for a short time...
  ~~ Hmmm ...  8)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: bumbled on Sunday 17 August 08 08:29 BST (UK)
i have completed a lot of family research in and around maidenhead and found bits and pieces regarding places that we regard as berkshire today in buckinghamshire and vise versa.
slough library also hold a great deal of information on maidenhead, i suppose because its larger and more central.
i have been chasing information on my mum who died when i was 11 for a couple of years now, she lived all of her life in bucks but i tracked the info down in berks
sue
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: tefc on Monday 25 August 08 19:58 BST (UK)
Hello all,
I just found this thread and joined rootschat straight away. Abiam, your ancestors and mine were next door neighbours in East Street in 1881. No.12, John and Sarah Collins, living next to William and Ann Vincent.

A couple of good pictures of East Street are in the book 'Yesterday's Town Maidenhead' in Maidenhead library.
The National School minute books are in the BRO. Tends to be more stats of pupils admitted and general school order, rather than individual pupil names, but some names are listed
Regards
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 25 August 08 20:11 BST (UK)
 :D Welcome to Rootschat, tefc. Hope you enjoy the company here... everyone is so friendly and helpful here.

I was just about to post a link to an old inclosure map of North Town... The area where East Street and Garden Cotts are to be built!!!

Just click on the below link... Hopefully it works.


Have fun.
Lesanne.  :D

Added...
http://www.berkshirenclosure.org.uk/find_via_map.asp

Go to square with Maidenhead.
Click on yellow (Market str) area
Click . 1.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Wednesday 27 August 08 12:46 BST (UK)
Wasn't the El Toucan owned by Diana Dors or her husband ?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Wednesday 27 August 08 12:51 BST (UK)
Oh yes, I think it was  :D
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 27 August 08 19:46 BST (UK)
I think it was owned by her husband Dennis Hamilton but her name was used mostly.
Many a happy hour spent there in my mispent youth!
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Wednesday 27 August 08 20:34 BST (UK)
LOL I was just going to say it was a bit shady wasn't it ? :)

Do I remember an aviary one end of the bar ?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Thursday 28 August 08 00:16 BST (UK)
I think you're right about the aviary seems to ring a very distant bell!  As regards being a bit shady I think any goings on were down at their house near Boulters Lock.  We just enjoyed the social contact and the coffee.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 30 August 08 15:08 BST (UK)
Hello Ermyntrude,

Jusy looking again through the book I recommended earlier on Maidenhead I have just come across an item that might interest you.  That is if Rose Montague was a servant to Henry and Jesse Timberlake and if her mother was Ellen and her father was William, a coalman.

Regards,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Karvan on Sunday 31 August 08 14:57 BST (UK)
Hi there
Just found this site - didn't know it existed!!
I have been researching my family history for ages and would like to know more about my paternal grandmother - Ethel Gilroy who according to the 1901 census was living in Queen St, about where the Chicago Rock Cafe is now.
I know that she was a school teacher at Holy Trinity primary in Cookham for 28 years but would like to know the name of the school she would have attended and how she became a teacher?? I also remember being told that she played the organ in the Wesleyan chapel - now the Methodist chuch.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: behindthefrogs on Sunday 31 August 08 15:33 BST (UK)
It is not clear from your question when she became a teacher and the answer is very dependent upon that.  Up to about 1902 most training was done through the pupil teacher system whereby schools did their own training.  However from 1870 onwards the the local boards took over teacher training and began to establish their own training institutes which at first were attended by the pupil teachers part time.

After 1902 these became formal training colleges eventually attended full time for up to two years.

David
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Karvan on Sunday 31 August 08 16:05 BST (UK)
Well I don't really know when she started teaching only that she started at Holy Trinity in 1916. The census in 1901 showed  her occupation as a pupil teacher and she was only 14!!
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Sunday 31 August 08 16:23 BST (UK)
Did she always live in the same place ? Could she have attended Holy Trinity as a pupil too ?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Karvan on Sunday 31 August 08 16:28 BST (UK)
I don't think she would have attended Holy Trintiy as a pupil. I don't know where else she lived as a child. i don't have any records - only the 1901 census. She lived in Switchback Road while teaching at Holy Trinity
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: behindthefrogs on Sunday 31 August 08 17:12 BST (UK)
Well I don't really know when she started teaching only that she started at Holy Trinity in 1916. The census in 1901 showed  her occupation as a pupil teacher and she was only 14!!

My guess is that in 1901 she would be working in the school as a pupil teacher but attending training sessions a day or so a week.  Although as she was only 14 she may have been preparing to apply for formal training.

David
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: behindthefrogs on Sunday 31 August 08 17:23 BST (UK)
Presumably she was the Ethel May Gilroy registered in Cookham District in the Sept quarter of 1886.  In which case she would probably have been living fairly locally.
It was fairly usual for pupil teachers to start in the school where they were educated.

David
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Karvan on Sunday 31 August 08 17:39 BST (UK)
Yes that's her. She was born in Maidenhead and lived in Queen St as I mentioned before. I would like to find out the school that she attended. I think there was a list of schools in some previous postings.
I did a google search on pupil teacher systems and found out they started in 1846 from the age of 13 so that would fit in.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Ermyntrude on Monday 01 September 08 09:25 BST (UK)
Dear Abiam
Just got back from a weekend away and found your message on Rose Montague. She was the daughter of Ellen and William. Can you please tell me what was theinformation and in which book?
Thank you
Ermyntrude
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Ermyntrude on Monday 01 September 08 09:41 BST (UK)
Dear Abiam
Just noticed photos you have put on site. I was on the photo of 1945. My head is just poking up at the back. Apparently we were at the front with one of my cousins until I kicked up a fuss and had to be taken by my mother to the back Nothings changed I still don't like my photo being taken very much!
I'll have to get that book.
Thanks Ermyntrude 
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 01 September 08 10:15 BST (UK)
Morning Everyone,
Just got back from 'the old homestead' and we were talking of Tyrells... Grandma tells me it was a row of tiny cottages...
Anyone got a photo?

Also, where did Bridge Road and Bridge Street start/finish.

Bridge Avenue was round by the bus station/cinema. I have an old map, well 1950ish and it doesn't show Bridge Street at all... Any idea's.

Lesanne.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Monday 01 September 08 10:29 BST (UK)
 I have a map in the book 'Maidenhead, A History & Celebration' which shows that Bridge Road started around  the river side of the Oldfield Road turning and Bridge Street was the road between that and the High Street
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 01 September 08 11:34 BST (UK)
From Maidenhead Bridge to Oldfield Road... Bridge Road.
From Oldfield Road to ... (thinking of 9 High, the sweet shop) Bridge Street finshed at The Crown ??? PH.
Would the Crown of been Number. 1. Bridge Street.

I'm trying to locate 28 Bridge Road, in 1923/4

Looking up towards the town.. on the right.. between The Moor Tavern and The Gardeners Arms was Bromley's baker, Sleath's newsagent, Restuarant, Windsorfridge, numbered between 29-39, Bridge Road. This is in 1960/70.

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 01 September 08 11:39 BST (UK)
Hi Ermyntrude,

I will send you a PM as it is a bit personal,

Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Karvan on Monday 01 September 08 17:23 BST (UK)
Hi everyone
I'm very new to this, so not sure entirely how it works!! Does anyone have or know how to get photos of Switchback Road area from the early 1900's??
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Monday 01 September 08 18:16 BST (UK)
Have you tried google images ?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Karvan on Monday 01 September 08 18:45 BST (UK)
Oh, didn't think you could get old images on google??
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Monday 01 September 08 18:49 BST (UK)
 If someone has loaded them you might - its just somewhere to start....

Have you tried just a google search as a beginning ?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 02 September 08 09:59 BST (UK)
Hi Lesanne,

Jusr re-reading your post about Tyrell's and I think it must have been more than a row of tiny cottages.  If we are to believe the description below it had it's own pub.  And about 40 units of housing. 

"Tyrrell's Buildings were built in about 1843 as barracks for the Life Guards of Windsor while their barracks were being rebuilt; hence 'The Barracks'. The drunken behaviuor of the soldiers was so bad that a pub was built for them inside the building to keep them out of the town. When they went back to Windsor, Tyrrells Buildings was converted to basic accommodation for the industrious poor - as opposed to the unindustrious poor (old or sick) who lived in the workhouse. It had its own chapel, Providence chapel which came under the parish of St. Mary's. Reform Rd and Waldeck Rd. were built by Charles Butler, also as social housing. The Reform Mission Hall - the tin tabernacle - in Waldeck Rd , built 1903, also came under the parish of St. Mary's. In the 1880's, police would only patrol Tyrrells Buildings, Reform Rd and Waldeck Rd, in twos. Norfolk Park estate and Garden Cottages, the first concrete houses in Maidenhead, were built by James Pearce, son of the Maidenhead benefactor J.D.M Pearce, also as social housing. All these homes disappeared in the 1960/70's, except the Providence chapel which continued until 1987 as a shop in the market; Sainsburies is now on the site.
Bridget."
Email from Bridget Hole (author)

It would be great if anyone can find a photograph......
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Tuesday 02 September 08 10:34 BST (UK)
Hi everyone
I'm very new to this, so not sure entirely how it works!! Does anyone have or know how to get photos of Switchback Road area from the early 1900's??

Is Switchback Road officially Maidenhead or Furze Platt ?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Tuesday 02 September 08 10:39 BST (UK)
A Photo would be great.  8)

I was so suprised when she said a row of tiny cottages.... I had visuallized a 3/4 storey building...  :o

In saying that, that last post describes the Providence chapel being a shop....
if that was the little building, behind The Vine pub... the Fruit and Veg stall used it as a store.
(except the Providence chapel which continued until 1987 as a shop in the market; Sainsburies is now on the site.)


Looking at the 'parish'. If Waldeck/Reform were in there too. There was a little bridge across the stream, where a footpath went to Blackamoor Lane, and forked off to the right by the side of Hines's meadow (now Fire/Police station) through the moor to The Reform pub. (On Bridge Road/Street)

I shall have to ring Grandad....  8)  8)  To find out if there was another pub for the soldiers. Grandad has a fantastic memory.

Wasn't Copas farm up the Switchback... there could be a photo something to do with that.....  :P  :P
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Tuesday 02 September 08 11:11 BST (UK)
Copas farm is huge, I think they probably do own the land there

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 02 September 08 13:22 BST (UK)
I remember picking blackcurrants at the Copas farm at Cookham Dean.   I believe there were several Copas brothers - I remember one of their sons Tom Copas, who we used to know at the Young Farmers Club. 

For our blaccurrants I think we got about 6d a punnet.  We were only about 10 and cycled there every day with a sandwich and a bottle of lemonade .  We used to sing that Mel Tormé song "In that mountain greenery where God paints the scenery........"  And it really felt like that!

We worked hard but it was a thoroughly enjoyable time.  And it made us understand the value of money!

If I were addressing a letter to Switchback Road I would say Furze Platt, near Maidenhead!

Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Tuesday 02 September 08 13:39 BST (UK)
 We used to get Potatoes and veg from the farm when they used to open a shop on a Sunday morning in a barn in Dean Bottom - I believe its offices now ?

Surfice to say that my family have lived in Cookham for over 50 years, the Copas family used to be very generous to local schools etc - I have never seen a Copas on a bike.... ;)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Thursday 11 September 08 13:20 BST (UK)
Spoke to Grandad re: Karvan's Attwood's.
He only remembers from Cordwallis Street, a George Attwood and Syl, is this a Sylvia possibly. They had family, he thinks were relations of Jones family.....  :D

Hope this helps. Lesanne.

Ps. Found a map 1903 with Tyrells buildings. But it's right in the middle of 2 pages  ::) Just waiting for it to flatten out....  :-\
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Thursday 11 September 08 16:36 BST (UK)
Lesanne,

George TURNER 1850-1899 GWR platelayer.  Died when hit by a train near Boyne Hill Bridge.

Also a William TURNER 1841-1914 Lock keeper. Navy 25 years.

And then the vicar of Bray but I'm sure you know all about him!

Browsing my book again,

Regards,
Abiam

Ps Will look forward to seeing the map.

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Thursday 11 September 08 17:21 BST (UK)
Thanks for that Abiam... Just doing last minute 'need that bits'.... thought we were leaving at 6, people have got stuck at work.... looks nearer 8 now...

So, I can look at George. Does it give anymore info...
I might copy paste it over to the Scavenger Hunt to.

http://www.answers.com/topic/turner-rain-steam-and-speed-jpg-1
J.M.W.Turners painting of Maidenhead Bridge. GWR. Rain Steam and Speed.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Thursday 11 September 08 18:54 BST (UK)
No Lesanne there is nothing else on him.

Where are are going?

Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Thursday 11 September 08 19:38 BST (UK)
 ;D Did you get my PM just now... sites mucking abt.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Thursday 11 September 08 21:27 BST (UK)
Sorry no PM,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: croydonian on Monday 19 January 09 10:36 GMT (UK)
Hi, I have just found out in the 1911 census that my Grandfather Charles Field(aged 22) lived in 12 East Street Cottages, Maidenhead with his parents and siblings.  I was interested to read that there was a school in East Street, is this school still there and are there any pictures of East Street.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 19 January 09 10:57 GMT (UK)
Hello Croydonian,
Welcome to Rootschat.
My brothers were at East Street, just before it closed.
All that area in Maidenhead has been flattened. East Street joined to Market Street which is the beginning of the Cookham Road.

Hope that makes sense, as you could find it on Google earth.
There you will see the town by-pass. The middle roundabout is the Cookham road.

I hope to go to Maidenhead tomorrow, if you need something looked up....

Best wishes,
Lesanne.

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Monday 19 January 09 10:57 GMT (UK)
For pics you could try google images....

I discovered that my relatives were in Cordwallis Road as I thought, ( they had previously been in Risborough Road) they also had a family called the Georges lodging with them, I know they didn't leave for about 20 years or so....

I seem to remember talk of East Street when I was small so probably there until the 50's at least
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: croydonian on Monday 19 January 09 11:24 GMT (UK)
Thanks Lesanne and Russethouse, its the beginning of my search, but maybe there are some pics outthere.
Croydonian
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 19 January 09 13:42 GMT (UK)
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,270752.0.html
Try clicking on the link above.
This is a picture that I believe is East Street School, both my mother and uncle went there between 1913 and 1920 ish,

Hope it helps.
Cheers Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: croydonian on Monday 19 January 09 15:12 GMT (UK)
Thank you Abiam
What a great photograph, my Grandfather who was born in 1889 probably went to school there as did his siblings
Croydonian
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 19 January 09 15:53 GMT (UK)
Hi Croydonian, and welcome to Roots chat,
I expect you have read this thread through and now know there are a few of us Maidonians around and happy to help if we can.
I was born there and lived in College Glen, Alwyn Road, Boulters Court and Littlewick Green.  Did you live in the area or did your family move on?
Cheers Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Karvan on Monday 19 January 09 16:04 GMT (UK)
Thanks for the link. I wonder if anyone has a photo of the girls??
Karvan
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: croydonian on Monday 19 January 09 16:13 GMT (UK)
Abiam
My Grandfather moved to Croydon which is where he stayed until his death and where I was born. If I need any more help I know where to come, thanks
Croydonian
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 19 January 09 18:56 GMT (UK)
This is the only bit left of an old school photo (and smartened up by The RC photo experts)  of my Mum's that I think was taken about 1920 and I think it must have been East Street as St Lukes was all boys from age 11.  Any corrections welcome if you know more,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 19 January 09 19:18 GMT (UK)
That's Ellington, Abiam. I'd recognise those windows anywhere.....  ;D
It's the grass between the building and the side path.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 20 January 09 06:51 GMT (UK)
Oh dear!  Sorry everyone. :-[
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 20 January 09 07:26 GMT (UK)
Hi Lesanne,
I don't quite follow this.  My mother was born in August 1910 and left school in 1924/25 aged about 14 or 15.  If it didn't open until 1932 then the above picture cannot be Ellington.

Your quote about Ellington:

"I found the china mug... 60th Anniversary in 1992.
          1932"   

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=332625a2674d0324db1780d4b7f4048d&topic=344359.0

So could she have gone to St Lukes?  I always thought that was boys only. Will have to do some more research,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Tuesday 20 January 09 08:27 GMT (UK)
 :o  oooo... I'll see if I can find anything while I'm up there.

Maybe 1932 was an official opening of the school or extra buildings. It was quite spread out.
  or maybe, that was the standard school windows....  ::)  ::)

Les
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Wednesday 28 January 09 20:41 GMT (UK)
Hello Abiam,
That china mug was right.  8)
I found a newspaper cutting. dated Wednesday July 27th 1932
The New Ellington School North Town Opened Yesterday (Tuesday)... The Headine and quite a little write up.

Inc...places for 600 children with additional 200 places  :o

I'll send you when I get back.

My other school was Elmslie on Castle Hill. I found that as well. Closing though  :(  Dec 19th 1969.

Lesanne.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 28 January 09 22:20 GMT (UK)
Hi Lesanne,
I sent an email to Maidenhead Library but he couldn't tell me where little boys from Garden Cotts or Norfolk Park went to school!  Hope your search went well,
Cheers,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Fitzjohn on Thursday 29 January 09 01:31 GMT (UK)

My other school was Elmslie on Castle Hill. I found that as well. Closing though  :(  Dec 19th 1969.

Lesanne.

Thanks for the date of the formal closing of Elmslie School, which will tidy up a note I am preparing.  It seems also to have had an alternative name, Castle Hill Collegiate School, but I have never understood the distinction between the two names.

Fitzjohn
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: imogen on Monday 25 May 09 17:25 BST (UK)
hi abiam
 
 my mother was born in 1912 and went to east street school the family name was wheeler and they lived in east street garden cottages were at bottom of east street
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 25 May 09 21:33 BST (UK)
Hello Imogen,

Welcome to Rootschat.

My mother was Kathleen Wyse born 1910 in Garden Cottages and by the time she was at East Street school the family were living in Norfolk Park Cottages.  They may well have known each other! 

If you have any stories or info on the families there around that time there are several Roots chatters who would be interested. 

Cheers,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Tuesday 26 May 09 09:47 BST (UK)
Hiya Imogen,

Another warm welcome to Roots Chat.  :D

We also have family in East Str Cotts & Tyrells. Norfolk Park Cotts & Cordwallis.
My brothers went to East Street school in the 60's.

Nice to know there's other Maidonian's out there... 'eh Abiam...  8)

Lesanne.


Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: imogen on Tuesday 26 May 09 23:51 BST (UK)
hello lesannne

  when were you at elmslie i was there 1944_1951 mrs wilson was head and later miss kyte
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Wednesday 27 May 09 09:07 BST (UK)
 :D Hello Imogen,
I was there... late 50's and 60's. Miss Westlake was head.
  My friend and Miss Westlake were best friends.. I never did work out how.. Maybe Mrs Wilson was head at that time and they were both pupils.

Did you attend La Roache as well.

 The name Kyte is ringing a distant bell as is Mrs Stevens... who I believe lived in Marlow Road, opposite the gate to Kidwells Park.

I will PM you with my friend's name etc...

Lesanne
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: imogen on Wednesday 27 May 09 18:07 BST (UK)
hello again lesanne
yes mrs stevens was there when i was and miss westlake took over just before i left was miss gill the frengh teacher there when you were she was there a good number of years.i attended sybil bennetdance school on the bath road i went there every day after school.la roach had some very good dancers did you know marion astell she was one of there stars and ethel bull who i believe took the school over its great to reminisce hope i am not prattling on to much. was it abiam who had the interest in east street school
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Wednesday 27 May 09 18:28 BST (UK)
Hi Imogen,
I really can't find the names anymore...  :-[  Our school badge though...
  I remember my Dr Machonichie (I think that's the spelling) he would call it a SWOOSE....  ;D

When it rained once, all the staircase was like a waterfall. It flooded the dining area. Ah, yes, it was a lovely old house.
 I must see who lived there before.   :D

Lesanne.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 27 May 09 19:37 BST (UK)
Hi Imogen and Lesanne,

Did either of you go to Health and Beauty?  The classes were held at St Lukes School on the Cookham Road.  Black satin knickers and a white satin top with a small badge showing a dainty young lady in an athletic pose!  I don't remember lasting very long. 

I also remember going to Sunday School at Burberry Hall in St Marks Road and also the Brownies in the hall next door.  You've got me going now!  There was the St Lukes Church youth club in the church hall next door and I learnt ballroom dancing at the Masonic Hall. 

Oh, another - I trained as a Red Cross Cadet at a funny little hall in the Crescent.  And we did the trolley service on a Sunday afternoon at the old Maidenhead hospital serving the patients with toiletries, sweets  etc.  We were given afternoon tea by the matron as a reward.

School was the County Girls School at the bottom of Castle Hill and we went to the Friday Club in Brock Lane.
Does anyone remember these places?

Abiam
 
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Wednesday 27 May 09 20:27 BST (UK)
Hello Abiam,
Yes, remember all those places.
I went to the St Lukes youth club.
And the hospital, usually as a patient.
Often in the  emergency room though, it was all red and white. The seats were slatted benches and the floor was big red quarry tiles.... I wonder why..  ;D  :o
 A room off that was observation beds... I remember being in there and yelling "I'm in here" when I heard my dad arrive...

Now, I believe, Wexham is the nearest...  :(  although, I did a run over to High Wycombe casualty with my daughter, when we were 'at home' one time.

Lesanne...  8)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Sunday 07 June 09 09:08 BST (UK)
Just browsing this morning!

I remember having my appendix removed at the old Maidenhead hospital in about 1950.  I wrote a letter to my dad telling him that I had had my "uppendigs" removed.  He carried it in his wallet for years I can still see it in my mind.  But like lots of things it disappeared.   

And I can still remember having something put over my face and being told to breathe deeply.  It was horrible!  The children's ward was called thr William Thomas ward.  I was in that hospital several times in the early fifties enough to earn me an invite to a couple of the Christmas parties.

The regime was very strict and I remember two of us getting into real trouble when we managed to get into the bandage cupboard!  Matron was not amused to find two small "mummies" wrapped in her bandages.  In those days they were washed and rewound and some poor night nurse would have had to rewind them.

Does anyone else remember being an in patient there? 

Abiam

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Sunday 07 June 09 10:16 BST (UK)
Yes, had a kidney removed there when I was 11 (1956).  I just recall it being pretty basic compared to today, but some very friendly nurses.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Sunday 07 June 09 12:15 BST (UK)
That sounds much more dangerous than my "uppendigs"!  But I think the anaesthetic was the dodgy bit,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Monday 27 July 09 15:29 BST (UK)
           :o  I can't find it.......  :P
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Karvan on Sunday 06 September 09 18:52 BST (UK)
I've just been reading through all the postings in this thread! I asked a while ago about my grandmother Ethel Gilroy who became Ethel Hodgson and then Ethel Evans and the schools she might have taught at. As I said before I know she taught at Holy Trinity in Cookham from 1917 to 1944. I've tried looking at the teachers registration online but found nothing.
Anyway, since my last posting I have seen the family on the 1911 census and they were still living in Queen St and Ethel was 24yrs old and a teacher at the Church of England school!  I was wondering what school it would have been?? Was St. Lukes formerly East St??? :-\
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Sunday 06 September 09 20:32 BST (UK)
Hello Karvan,

East Street School is off Market Street/Cookham Road. Kidwells Park is opposite a tad further on.
St Lukes school is futher down the Cookham Road just past St Mary's RC Church.

It's more or less opposite to the turning on the left to Cordwallis Road.

Later on about 1968/69 St Lukes boys moved to Altwood Road.
It then became part of Altwood School.

What number in Queen Street in 1911. Was it above the shops as there were few houses there?

Added... What about Boyne Hill Cof E  or All Saints. Western side of town.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Karvan on Sunday 06 September 09 20:48 BST (UK)
Hi
I wasn't sure where the the school was. I have a book  - Maidenhead in old photographs - and there is a photo of a group of children outside East St C of E school and the caption says it later became St. Lukes!
I know where St Lukes school is now but have no idea how long it has been there.
The family lived at no.56 Queen Street more or less where the nightclub is now.
Family history is sooooooo frustrating!
I think I'll see if they have any records at the Berkshire records office!
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Sunday 06 September 09 21:53 BST (UK)
Just been thru everything thing I can find on the schools. All Saints and Boyne Hill schools were opened pre 1900. No ref to St Lukes. St Mary's was the RC school and Desborough was a Masonic Hall. Gorden Road is shown on a map c 1910.

My brothers were at East street in the 1960's ...  ??? so I don't understand. Unless the children later (after inf & jnr) went to St Lukes... possibly.

The Creamery was no 76 Queen Street. I only know that as my Gt Grandad had a dairy.

Hmmm...... I'll post if I find anything else.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Oldgirl on Friday 02 October 09 21:41 BST (UK)
Hi
I have just joined this site. Fascinating!
I've been working on my family history for about 15 years.
I lived in Maidenhead for all of my school years, first I attended Boyne Hill Infants school. Then the junior school, then on to the County Girls School, as it was known then, on Castle Hill.
I have a photo of it, also Queen Anne House opposite where we did some of our lessons. If anyone would like a copy just let me know. At the request of Bridget Hole, a very good friend of mine, I also sent them to the Maidenhead Heritage Society.
I remember my cousin marrying a Horwood from Garden Cottages.  I think he also lived there at one time, before moving to Boyne Valley Road. The name is Shaw.
I have many fond memories of my childhood. We were poor but my sister and I never went hungry, although I have no doubt that my mother and grandmother sometimes did.
I also have some rotten memories of the war, of being so scared my teeth chattered.
Enough, I am digressing.  Just wanted you to know what a wonderful site you have here.
Oldgirl
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Friday 02 October 09 21:53 BST (UK)
:D Hello Oldgirl,
    Nice to see local people now and then.  ;)
 I do remember the name Shaw. Horwood I know very well too!!
         Old Walt with his old scrap metal place... then horse and cart with fresh veg's.

     Digressing is easy here...
        so welcome to the site and I hope you find lots more to add to your tree.

 Kind regards, Lesanne  :D
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 03 October 09 08:08 BST (UK)
As another "old Girl" from Maidenhead Welcome to Roots Chat. 

It's good to have another Maidonian on board!  What years were you at the CG's School?  I have just received copies of the school photo taken in 1953 and 1956 and can let you have copies.  I would be interested in copies of the school particularly Queen Ann House - a part of Maidenhead that should never have been destroyed!

You have to make three posts before you can send or receive Private Messages so just add a couple more messages to this thread and then you can PM me.  My pics are too big to post on the board,

Cheers,
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Saturday 03 October 09 17:27 BST (UK)
             :D Hi Abiam,
I shall be going (hope to go) to Berks RO. Friday.  8)

If you want anything... or anyone else that see's this, PM me with details...  :P
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 03 October 09 17:34 BST (UK)
Thanks Lesanne, I'll have a think and get back to you,
Cheers,
Abiam :)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: corndolly on Tuesday 06 October 09 23:46 BST (UK)
Hi all
have just had a very interesting read of your maidenhead memories.

I too am an old maidonian as was my father, who was born in denmark street.

I went to maidenhead convent, lived in cannon court rd, which is off switchback rd furze platt, just to clarify the point.

corndolly
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 07 October 09 07:42 BST (UK)
We'll be taking over soon! :D
Some of my Dad's siblings were also born in Denmark Street, I'm sure you can add some more memories.
Lesanne, have emailed you regarding the BRO.
Cheers all,
Abiam :)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Wednesday 07 October 09 08:27 BST (UK)
Hello Corndolly  :D
Yup, Denmark Str, Cordwallis Street & Road.
I'm doing a few look up's soon. Is there something I can find for you.

Best wishes Lesanne.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: corndolly on Wednesday 07 October 09 11:39 BST (UK)
Hi Lesanne
Thanks for the offer.

Nothing I need right now for the Denmark st. area.

Just having a prob. at the moment trying to find parents of an Elizabeth Day - my dads paternal gran.

Know she was b. 1863 Burghfield and married Walter Read 1884 at Wokingham, but haven't got the marr. cert.

She married again in 1900 (bit iffy that one!) Henry G. Lockyer, and they ended up living in Alwyn rd .  My mum can remember them.  If you get any chance with that one would be very grateful.

Just had a quick look at the dads birth cert, sorry they moved top Denmark st, actually born 14 Cordwallis St (1913).  Mum and dad married in St Lukes church in 1935.  Recognise a lot of the names that have been mentioned before.  The Misses Westlake (there were two sisters, neither married) re Elmslie school, lived a few doors from us at Furze Platt.

Can remember playing tennis in the road with my brother who did a beaut of a return shot, straight through their greenhouse window.  Needless to say we disappeared quick!!

best regards
corndolly
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: corndolly on Wednesday 07 October 09 11:42 BST (UK)
Me again

should have said if anyone from the Maidenhead area can remember anything re the Reads' Clark(e)s' Pococks lot, would be good to hear from you.

bye again, corndolly
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Oldgirl on Saturday 10 October 09 20:22 BST (UK)
Hi Lesanne

Thanks for your kind welcome. I think I may like this site very much.
You have brought back memories of the vegetable horse and cart. I recall people rushing out with a shovel to gather the horse manure for their gardens (nothing else being available in wartime).

Also the little boys hanging on the back for a ride.

Oldgirl
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Oldgirl on Saturday 10 October 09 20:38 BST (UK)
Hi Abiam

Thanks for your welcome also.  I was at the County Girls School from 1946 to 1951 (I think - it's long ago). Neverthless I would like your pics of the school photos '53and '56 as my sister was still there. Of course I will e-mail my photos. I agree, Queen Anne House should never have been allowed to be pulled down.

I have been asked the names of teachers at the . All I can recall are the following:

Head Mistress: Miss Wingate for a very short time, then Miss Costello.
Miss Spooner, Miss White, Miss Tozer, Miss Richmond. I'm sure the others will come to mind eventually.

Now I have made three posts so I will try to e-mail this weekend.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Saturday 10 October 09 21:27 BST (UK)
Hi,
You will need my email address so I'll send you a PM.  You'll see you have a message up at the top right of the page near your name.  Just click!
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Sunday 11 October 09 10:12 BST (UK)
Hi "Oldgirl"
Have sent you a PM. 
Abiam
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: JENIFER on Thursday 26 November 09 19:22 GMT (UK)
I lived in maidenhead when I started school at age 4 and think she could have easily attended East Street Infants school, where I started at the end of the last war as it is very old, and is near enough to Denmark Street to count.

Regards Jenifer
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: JENIFER on Thursday 26 November 09 19:27 GMT (UK)
Me again

should have said if anyone from the Maidenhead area can remember anything re the Reads' Clark(e)s' Pococks lot, would be good to hear from you.

bye again, corndolly
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: JENIFER on Thursday 26 November 09 19:30 GMT (UK)
Oh hello I have heard of the pococks I believe that they lived in Wardeck Rd at least until 1954 and attended east street infants and junior schools

Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Wednesday 13 January 10 22:57 GMT (UK)
I shall be looking at some Berks indexes next week.... Anyone want anything?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: BryanDobson on Wednesday 16 June 10 13:49 BST (UK)
Hi. I live at 35 Norfolk Road and noticed the door on the side of the house is engraved with 'School Entrance'. Does anyone know more about this please and when the house was a school. What for etc? :-)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: yogibeare on Sunday 04 July 10 18:40 BST (UK)
i was born in maidenhead & lived in market street, first went to east street school round the corner as my great aunt edith beare was headmistress [she lived next door to us] then went to the convent of the nativity, college road, now closed.  lynton house school was in same road.  beare family all came from maidenhead, holyport area.  another relative marion beare was married to own hildreth of the bike shop & i remember it well.
got lost first time i went back to maidenhead after several years absence as father moved away - took a while till i recognised castle hill 7 methodist church
yogibeare
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Sunday 04 July 10 20:49 BST (UK)
Hello Bryan and Yogibeare....

   Welcome to Rootschat.

Bryan .. I'm trying to think of a school as such in Norfolk Road... ,
from St Lukes..Sunday school maybe or has the door come from another source.

Yogibeare... My brothers attended East str. I think there are some old pics on here.. Try the search facility on the top of the page.

Have fun... Lesanne  ;)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: BryanDobson on Monday 05 July 10 08:54 BST (UK)
Well the house is pretty much opposite St Lukes so could be. I am sure its an original door. I will try and take a pic and post it on here
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Monday 05 July 10 10:42 BST (UK)
Hi Yogibeare

Small world.  Owen Hildreth was my wife's uncle, although I don't think she ever met him.

Imber
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Sunday 29 August 10 08:05 BST (UK)
Bryan Dobson,

Hello and welcome to Rootschat.  I cannot help with the school door except to suggest that maybe it was a Sunday School?  It was interesting to read your post as I live just around the corner and a lot of my family were born/living in Norfolk Park Cottages.  My particular interest is that you are a Dobson and my maiden name is Dobson.  My father was born in Waldeck Road in 1905 (there were 11 children!) and his father in Hungerford.  I wonder if we have a connection?

Regards, Abiam2
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: BryanDobson on Tuesday 31 August 10 08:06 BST (UK)
Hi. No sorry I am new to the area. Originally from the North East!
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 31 August 10 09:48 BST (UK)
Shame!  I wonder if that's where all the Dobsons started off!  There are so many in the north.  Thanks for replying.
Abiam2
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: markh on Monday 13 September 10 20:24 BST (UK)
Hi, I'm new to the website having started family history about 6 months ago. I was researching my great grandfather Joseph Beaver from Marlow and discovered that he had 3 sisters, Mary, Annie and Elizabeth. Combining census results and BMD I discovered that all three sisters married in Maidenhead and in 1901 all lived next to each other in East Street.
Mary lived at number 11 with her husband Walter Gilder
Annie lived at number 9 with her husband Ernest Bond
Elizabeth lived at number 12 with her husband Frederick Baldwin.
Mary and Elizabeth feature in Garden Cottages in 1891 census but I haven't yet found Annie.
I'm intrigued how they all ended up next door to each other as they were all Marlow girls. Anyone got any ideas. Has anyone come across their names in their research.

Thanks
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 13 September 10 22:58 BST (UK)
Welcome to RC.  Not much help but there were 2 families in Alwyn Road Maidenhead in the 50'60's.  They were Gilders had a daughter Ann and Baldwin had a son Peter.  Could be relatives of yours?
Abiam2
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: russethouse on Monday 13 September 10 23:20 BST (UK)
 My parents were friendly with a chap called Charlie Bond, he was a butcher, from memory in Queen Street. Perhaps he was a son ?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: markh on Wednesday 22 September 10 22:08 BST (UK)
Thank you. I,ve found Annie Beaver now. She was a servant in 1891 at a house called Elmfield. Anyone heard of it....
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Wednesday 03 November 10 18:45 GMT (UK)
http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=78776


This 'record rainfall' c 1917 is the Bath Road by the moor.. (Bridge Road)...then is Ray Park Cotts...floating down to The Ark pub.

Oh... after an advert of 30secs...  ::)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Thursday 04 November 10 11:24 GMT (UK)
Wonderful! Thank you.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: yogibeare on Thursday 04 November 10 19:40 GMT (UK)
I remember the floods of 1950s - can't remember the year.  I was at the Convent of the Nativity up in College Road & some of the pupils who lived down by the river were late - their excuse 'I missed the boat' quite true as boats were being used to get people out of their homes.  The Convent used to be down by the river but moved in the 40s I think.
Joan
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Pixel on Monday 02 May 11 16:25 BST (UK)
Hi - very new to this board. A reply to Abiam, really (a post which is a couple of years old). Read that you were the nephew (or similar) of Betty Hodges and William (Jim) Hawkes. I am their first granddaughter  and am just about to embark upon the long process of trying to trace any info, as most of our family's treasured possessions (including sentimental photos) were "lost" when Nanna and Grandad died, and I don't know really where to start! Not asking for help, just thought I'd say Hello, and will pop in if I find out anything of any interest (if no-one has beaten me to it, by then, which is quite likely)!!   :)
I remember "Aunty" Kath Dobson was a friend of Nanna's.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 02 May 11 19:07 BST (UK)
Hello Pixel,
Welcome to Roots chat. If you are just starting you are so lucky to have found Roots Chat everyone is very helpful.   I am the person concerned a female with the surname Dobson.  But I won't be much help as your grandparents grew up with my parents and in those days they were called Aunty Bett and Uncle Jim.  I remember them both and your mother and her brother.  They were all part of my life as a child.  I have a few pics of your grandparents if you are interested.  I used to play with John when they lived in Powney Road.  Your mother was a bit older not much difference now but there was when I was only 10!
All I know of your Great Grandparents was that they lived near the Moor in Ray Street? and their name was Hodges.
Sorry I can't help further.  How are your Mum and Dad?  We haven't been in touch for years!
Good luck,
Abiam
Did I knit something for you once - a very long time ago.................................?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Pixel on Tuesday 03 May 11 10:02 BST (UK)
Abiam - thank you so much for your reply, and it is really lovely to hear from you (even though it's possible I may not know who you are)!!!  You may very well have knitted some things for me; were they little figures? I distinctly remember a Father Christmas which I kept for ages - that certainly was a very long time ago! If it is not the figures, then I was knitted a beautiful jumper in pastel colours when Nanna was in hospital - I also had that for a long time and wore it a lot!!!

I would be eternally grateful for any photos you may have of our family, that is very kind of you to offer. When Nanna and Grandad died (Bett and Jim), John took all their photos to look after until Mum was over the grieving process enough to have them, but he sadly also died before that happened, so we unfortunately lost the lot when his home was cleared.

Mum and Dad are fine, thank you, usual aches and pains as they get older. Dad is struggling a lot with painful hips, had one replaced unsuccessfully. It's for Mum as much as anything, actually, that I have started this quest, as she's so upset that she's lost all of the old photographic memories and little keepsakes, so anything you have I would be very pleased to see. Thank you again, I appreciate it! Naturally, if it involves any cost, I will happily reimburse you.



Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Pixel on Tuesday 03 May 11 10:05 BST (UK)
PS - If it is the jumper, then of course I do know who you are!!!  :)
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 03 May 11 10:30 BST (UK)
Hello,
Yes it was a multi coloured jobbie.  I can't stop now as I have a very busy week and now have to go out in 30 mins. and am in my D gown at this moment.  If you reply to this reply I think I can send you a private message thro RC and I will reply to that later today.

I have searched out 16 people from our days at Joan Bennetts and have organised a lunch time meeting for her 'girls' next Sunday. I was hairdressing in Maidenhead from 1958 - 1969 ish at Joan Bennetts so I am up to my ears so I can't stop now!

Good to be in touch, regards to your Mum and Dad,
Abiam
And I will see what photos I can find  maybe the week after next.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Pixel on Tuesday 03 May 11 20:19 BST (UK)
Abiam - thanks for your warm welcome to Rootschat. It has spurred me on with my tentative efforts at finding out what I can for Mum. Have just ordered "Maidenhead Voices" recommended on this board, and have just received a msg from Amazon to say it's on its way (Yip yip). Won't mean a lot to me, probably, as I really don't know a lot about Maidenhead and its people, but Mum might appreciate it. Some names and places I've read on this board sound familiar, can remember the name Mrs Wheeler cropping up in conversation, Powney Road most definitely (that's where Nanna and Grandad, Mum and John lived before Redriff Close). I live about 40 mins or so from Maidenhead now, so may pop into the library, which sounds an excellent source of information. From feeling pretty nervous about this venture, I am now feeling a bit more excited, so thank you! Am starting to overcome some of my misgivings!!
Can't believe I found someone so close to my family so soon - really shows what a small world we live in!
Pixel x
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Julia108 on Monday 18 July 11 22:23 BST (UK)
I am looking for suggestions for schools my grandmother may have attended while young (if at all). Her name was Gladys Burnham and she was living in East Rd, Maidenhead at the time of the 1911 census. I know there was a school at the end of East St but I think this was a boys school. Any suggestions where I can start? She eventually went to Gordon Road school.  :-\
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lesanne on Tuesday 19 July 11 09:13 BST (UK)
 :) Hello Julia,
East Street was boys and girls. Gordon Road was mixed as well.
I think Gordon Road had a small annex on Castle Hill as well. This later became M'head Youth Club.

Lesanne
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Julia108 on Tuesday 19 July 11 21:21 BST (UK)
 :) Thank you, Lesanne. I hadn't realised the school on East Street was mixed - I know where to start asking at the record office now. Useful to know about the annex on Castle Hill as well, but I did know that as the Youth Club in my teenage years!!!
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 20 July 11 19:48 BST (UK)
My Mother and her brother both went to East Street around 1912 - 1917 so certainly mixed.
Abiam2
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Julia108 on Wednesday 20 July 11 21:03 BST (UK)
That's interesting, thank you. My grandmother was 10 in 1911.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Lilac on Sunday 11 December 11 18:34 GMT (UK)
The school on Castle Hill, which became the Maidenhead youth club, was The County Girls School; opposite to this was Queen Anne House, the annex to the school.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Monday 12 December 11 11:42 GMT (UK)
Gordon School used the County Girls School as an annexe after the County Girls moved out.  As I recall it was used as a Youth Centre or similar when Gordon eventually closed.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Reading Boy on Sunday 04 March 12 15:09 GMT (UK)
Hi, I came across your post with images of Garden Cottages by chance. In the photograph of the street party I can just make out the shop on the corner of Holman Leaze that was owned by my grandparents (Their surname was Mealing). As a child in the 50's, I lived almost opposite the shop - house can't be seen in the photo.

I believe my mother may still have some photographs of Garden Cottages in the 1947 floods. If she can find these I'll post them. Maybe of interest.

By the time I started school (Ellington - 1956) I think some of the cottages in your first photograph may have already been demolished - the centre block - I've a vague memory of there being a block standing at each end of the road in the photo.

Seeing these pictures cerainly brought back some memories - mostly wet and muddy ones from falling in the stream that ran at the back of Garden Cottages and my parents house!!

Regards from Reading.


Hope this isn't too big!
Reform Road 1945 - end of the war.
And then the last GC 'A party held at Lower Garden Cottages' to celebrate the end of the war in 1945.

Had to modify this last post as I had them round the wrong way.  Think it's right now,
Abiam

Moderator comment: dates changed from those originally posted at Abiam's request
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Monday 05 March 12 18:17 GMT (UK)
Hi and welcome to Roots Chat.  I am on holiday in California at the moment so cannot look at my information.  But I am certainly interested to see any photos you have and there are others on this thread who  will be too.
So please post them.
Thanks,
Abiam2
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Nifty1 on Thursday 26 April 12 03:15 BST (UK)
Hi.
 I found this site and became interesred as I  went to Elmslie on Castle Hill in the late 50s early 60s
I took boys up until the age of ten.
I am afraid that I can add no historic links but there are some photographs and  reference to people who were there in first half of the 20thC.

http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk/b/2abdc808-bdf6-484e-b427-c15337e5f9e8

I was a weekly Boarder at Elmslie and fairly clearly  remember feeling desolated on my first day when my mother left me there.I was barely six and a half years old. The head Mistress's name was Miss Westlake and my form teachers were a Mrs. and Miss Williams who I think were mother and daughter.

I was once given 'The Slipper' for using my bed as a trampoline by Matron. There was a girl that I think may have been called Christine. She gave me a  brightly painted  model of an American Indian totem pole about three of four inches high. I still posses it. She told me about sex. I was not interested. More into animals, nature and climbing trees.

We used to walk down to the public swimming baths on the corner of East Street & Cookham Road. I remember my fascination at seeing a the exposed valves and coils of an old radio that had been dumped under a bush in the park where the teacher would take us on fairly regular  'Nature Walks'.

I would be glad to hear if anyone else has anything to add that I might remember.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: yogibeare on Sunday 15 July 12 21:47 BST (UK)
I was born in Maidenhead, Wayside Nursing Home, and lived in Market Street next to my great aunt Edith Beare, a former headmistress at East Street school.  I went there for about a year until we moved to South Road and I went to Convent of the Nativity, College Road from 1949 to 1959.
There used to a public swimming baths on the corner of East Street & Cookham Road & I can remember walking there from the Convent.
Another branch of the Halfacre/Beare families were the Hildreths who owned a cycle shop in Market Street for many years
Joan Philp [nee Beare]
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: imogen on Friday 12 April 13 23:36 BST (UK)
I was born at the nursing home on Castle Hill and lived in east street at the market street end at no.1 the house had a verandah covered in a climber with bright orange trumpets it was quite a sight in the summer. I went to east street for a while before going to elmslie on castle hill ,I knew miss beare she was the head then.my mother often spoke of her friend joan beare a little girl who died suddenly they would play together and go to tea my mother was very upset when joan died , Ithink you must be the same family.very best wishes  Imogen
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: yogibeare on Tuesday 16 April 13 13:52 BST (UK)
The Joan Beare mentioned was my father's sister, she died young so I never knew her.  She, my father and Gerald their brother were all born at Holyport and lived in a house called 'The Den', now part of the M$
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: yogibeare on Tuesday 16 April 13 13:57 BST (UK)
Can anyone remember the name of the boys school near Grenfell Road?  My father went there as did Michael Carreras [[of Bray studios horror films fame].  I think they wore grey uniforms and the name began with 'W' I think.  My mother went to the old County Gramar School on High Town Road I think.  I have a school photo from 1930s with 100+ girls so hard to pick my mother out
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Tuesday 16 April 13 14:14 BST (UK)
Winbury?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Tuesday 16 April 13 14:28 BST (UK)
Winbury was in High Town Road wasn't it? Later moved to Braywick but closed in 2011.

Imber
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: yogibeare on Tuesday 16 April 13 14:44 BST (UK)
Many thanks, fills a gap in family history
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: graham saunders on Monday 24 June 13 12:53 BST (UK)
I went to alwyn road school andmaidenhead county boys school but does anybody recall a junlor school in furze platt I went there in 1945/
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Monday 24 June 13 14:49 BST (UK)
Are you thinking of Ellington perhaps? That was pretty close to Furze Platt.

Imber
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: graham saunders on Tuesday 25 June 13 03:29 BST (UK)
thanks imber but the classes were held in furze platt memorial hall nr what was the finlays farm
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: graham saunders on Tuesday 25 June 13 03:36 BST (UK)
to imber perhaps this was an annex to alwyn rd. school
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: graham saunders on Tuesday 25 June 13 11:42 BST (UK)
I notice some posts re st lukes school I had a great aunt Elizabeth blumfield who taught in that school in the1930s and also as mrs webb in the 1950s in between she and her husband (a Methodist lay preacher)spent time in paraguay
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: IMBER on Wednesday 26 June 13 08:43 BST (UK)
I'm not sure Furze Platt was an annexe to Alwyn. More likely, don't you think, that it was the junior predecessor to Courthouse School? By the way, my grandfather was caretaker at Alwyn in the post war years.

Imber
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: graham saunders on Wednesday 26 June 13 10:48 BST (UK)
i was only at alwyn courthouse with its new buildings and pinkney crest opened the year after i leftbut perhaps as you suggest it may have been nursery school.when i went to alwyn the headmaster was mr riponand his deputy a mrs wheeler who had also taught my father
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 26 June 13 15:43 BST (UK)
I went to Alwyn in 1947 and our first classroom was in the Scout's hut next to Ditton's Pond and near Findley's farm.  I remember my Mother walking me up to oaken Grove end of All Saints Avenue to catch a coach.
Could that be what you are thinking of?  Or is it that too early?
Abiam2
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Wednesday 26 June 13 15:47 BST (UK)
Just re-read the posts and we were certainly there at the same time.  Mr Ripon and Mrs Wheeler were there when I was.  And Miss Vince, Miss Abson? and Mr Appleton also Miss Pickering.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: graham saunders on Wednesday 26 June 13 20:33 BST (UK)
the names tallyand believe the coach co. was alled the three lillies i remember Dittons and in fact fell into cowpat there like you i only had towalkup all saints for the bus i was born in 1941 so i may be a year earlier
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: graham saunders on Wednesday 26 June 13 23:33 BST (UK)
have just reread my last post to Abiam2pls excuse the puntuation  in my first year i had to carry a  gas mask so i would be sure i was one or two years ahead however i have a brother who may have been the same year
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Abiam2 on Friday 13 September 13 22:54 BST (UK)
Graham,
Have just met up with some old pupils from our infancy and she swears our first term was in the Furze Platt Memorial Hall. 
So you were right!  What was your brother's name?
Abiam2
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: graham saunders on Sunday 15 September 13 13:40 BST (UK)
Abiam 2 my brothers name is keith he went to alwyn rd,courthouse and gordon rd he was born in may of '43  graham
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: rickyh1950 on Thursday 26 September 13 19:57 BST (UK)
Hi fellow Maidonians! I spent all my schooldays in Maidenhead. Went to St Mary,s junior school & St lukes secondary modern. 1955 to 1966. Anything I can help with here? I left Maidenhead in 1987.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: jo_kent on Sunday 04 January 15 17:21 GMT (UK)
Hi All,

I know this thread is very old, so I hope that people drop by to look at it every so often.

My grandfather was evacuated out to Maidenhead in 1939, from Croydon and billeted out to "2 Lower East Street", which I believe was also just know as the East Street cottages.

If anyone knows of any relatives who lived on that street, have any photos or might know what school he would have attended whilst evacuated there please let me know!

He wasn't there long as he caught caught stealing a purse and ended up in Juvenile Court and consequently an Approved school, but it would be nice to know what the area was like when he was there.

Thanks

 
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: indiafish on Monday 25 January 16 18:54 GMT (UK)
Oh 'eck anyas, better ask our nan, her side lived in Ray Park Cottages.  ;D

I believe it was demolished sometime ago. It would of been just off the Moor, behind the Almshouses, on the opposite side of the A4 (Bath Road) to Reform Road.

  8) Should rename this thread. Old Maidenhead Families.

Lesanne.  ;D

this is a long shot as the threads are all date 2007 ish. I have only just decided to do my recent family history, I was born in Ray Park Cottages (1952) and lived there until 1967 when they were demolished. if anyone wants info I may be able to help?
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: graham saunders on Sunday 21 February 16 12:00 GMT (UK)
i was born in Cromwell rd. mqidenhead in 1941 Fishers and James certainly lived in Belmont Graham Fisher who lost an playing beside the barbers went to maidenhead county boys school asi did The James bros went to Gordon rd Re Norfolk park cotts my uncle george saunders lived there with his wif ethel [nee bond]  my uncle would have gone to alwyn rd since he was born in MurrinRd
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Nifty1 on Sunday 22 May 16 13:42 BST (UK)
https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipPWPGOpd6t3i5pBy5kI2bKsrxkpT147evfsaKXu

From previous post
Hi
 I found this site and became interesred as I  went to Elmslie on Castle Hill in the late 50s early 60s
I took boys up until the age of ten.
I am afraid that I can add no historic links but there are some photographs and  reference to people who were there in first half of the 20thC.

http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk/b/2abdc808-bdf6-484e-b427-c15337e5f9e8

I was a weekly Boarder at Elmslie and fairly clearly  remember feeling desolated on my first day when my mother left me there.I was barely six and a half years old. The head Mistress's name was Miss Westlake and my form teachers were a Mrs. and Miss Williams who I think were mother and daughter.

I was once given 'The Slipper' by Matron for using my bed as a trampoline. There was a girl that I think may have been called Christine. She gave me a  brightly painted  model of an American Indian totem pole about three of four inches high. I still posses it. She told me about sex. I was not interested. More into animals, nature and climbing trees.

We used to walk down to the public swimming baths on the corner of East Street & Cookham Road. I remember my fascination at seeing a the exposed valves and coils of an old radio that had been dumped under a bush in the park where the teacher would take us on fairly regular  'Nature Walks'.

I would be glad to hear if anyone else has anything to add that I might remember.

Picture was probably taken 1958-60 at Home Farm, nr Winkfield. Perhaps it was my birthday party. I think that the girl in front left was called Angela and was from Ghana. At the time I was living under the name Nigel Kirtland and pictured 4th from left in middle row.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: MIKE WINBURY on Tuesday 31 October 17 16:29 GMT (UK)
Hi looking for pupils that went to Elmslie school castle hill Maidenhead in the 50s and 60s,,,regards Mike
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Nifty1 on Tuesday 31 October 17 18:21 GMT (UK)
HI Mike. See my post above.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: MIKE WINBURY on Tuesday 31 October 17 18:29 GMT (UK)
Hi I was  at Emslie a little earlier, could be 1948 to 1950 ..i got told of for getting into the gym at swinging of the ladders that hung down from the ceiling,then i went onto Winbury..regards Mike
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: MIKE WINBURY on Tuesday 31 October 17 18:39 GMT (UK)
We started a Winbury Old Boys web site is there anything  like that for Emslie ,i remember the old swimming pool,the ice house opposite,we are trying to trace old a pupil from Emslie by the name of Eleanor Rogers or Rogerson she was from Africa..she would have been about 17/18 in 1n  1967 ish...my name is Michael Crees
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: Nifty1 on Tuesday 31 October 17 18:48 GMT (UK)
I re read my post that refers to my memories of. Elmslie. Must have been having a senior moment when I wrote it. As I now think that my teachers were Mrs. Miss Stevens.

Just now I tried the link to the picture that I posted. I can't get it to work. I will try and repost when I can find the original.
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: MIKE WINBURY on Tuesday 31 October 17 19:33 GMT (UK)
 Hi I have senior moments nowdays,would like to see the photograph,trying to remember teachers,there was a very tall lanky teacher had a small bag  always around her shoulder,... i do remember chasing  older girls around the playground..
Title: Re: Maidenhead Schools
Post by: MIKE WINBURY on Wednesday 01 November 17 19:02 GMT (UK)
Did anybody go to Emslie girls school in Maidenhead around 1967 to 1969 did anybody remember a girl from  Sierra Leone called Eleoner Rogers...or  sisters called Gloria Elliot and Dorothy Elliot from Ghana   also a girl from South Africa  called Stella Obuli..if you can help it is very important..regards Mike