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Morpeth reform school
« on: Saturday 20 June 09 13:40 BST (UK) »
Can anyone point me in the right direction please?
I'm trying to find information on Netherton Training School/ reformatory, Morpeth. I seem to be going around in circles and unable to find anything.  There is a reference to it on the workhouses site but no information on the place itself.
Any help much needed and appreciated.
Thanks in advance. :D



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Re: Morpeth reform school
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 20 June 09 14:01 BST (UK) »
For more information about the Reformatory go to
http://communities.northumberland.gov.uk and enter Stannington and Netherton (Nedderton) in the search box. There are photographs of the Reformatory and Reformatory Farm together with maps.
See  http://www.rootschat.com/links/06j8/   

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Re: Morpeth reform school
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 21 June 09 08:33 BST (UK) »
Thanks Stan  ;D

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Re: Morpeth reform school
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 01 October 14 12:59 BST (UK) »
I realise how long ago the initial request was made, but thought what little I know may be of interest to someoneMy uncle was the son of the Headmaster of Netherton Training School. I have some items owned by Mr & Mrs Banister, including a silver tray which has the following insciption:-
       
                              Presented to
                   Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Banister
                   Headmaster and Matro
                 Netherton Training School
                                    from
           1st August 1906 to 31st. October 1932
              as an appreciation of their sevices.
                  on behalf of the Manager's.,
                   R.G.E. Mortimer,
                          Chairman

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Re: Morpeth reform school
« Reply #4 on: Monday 06 October 14 14:49 BST (UK) »
I had hoped that by now someone would have posted with information about the Netherton reform school.
I was raised in Seghill during the 1950's, and when I was being especially naughty, my parents would often threaten to 'send' me to Netherton.. >:(
Horror stories abounded for years about that place, so as you can imagine, threats to send me there usually worked, and I would behave, and promise to be good, at least for a little while... ::)
I had hoped that a couple of the regular posters might know of a few interesting facts/stories.?
Cecil & Linda (Lamb) Johnstone. Mariners Cottages,  Acomb.
Alan & Betty Skelton.  (Alan & Gillian) Hexham.
Amy May (Johnstone) Ford.  (Christine) Seghill.
George & Lottie Dart.  (Mabel) Slaley & Hexham.
June (Johnstone) Gray. (Barry & Neville). Esh Winning, and Chester-le-street. Co, Durham.
Joyce (Johnstone). Ian Mc. Laughlin. (sp) ?.  (Clive & Terry). Prudhoe & Alnwick.
Edward. (Ted) Johnstone.  Hull ?
Cecil & Brenda Johnstone. (Gillian & Jean) Hexham.

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Re: Morpeth reform school
« Reply #5 on: Monday 06 October 14 17:31 BST (UK) »
I knew it was not a very nice place to be incarcerated.  When my uncle, Howell Arthur Banister, was sent there by his aunt when his father married the Matron, his life was hell! He would often tell me that his father treated him as one of the "bad lads", as they were known called.
 His first school was in Morpeth and from the age of five years, he was made to walk to and from school alone. On good days the local doctor out with his pony and trap, would see Arthur and give him a lift whichever way he went.
His step mother was always referred to as Mrs Banister. From what I was lead to believe was that she was not pleased when her stepson went to live there. Sme may have been Matron, but was not particularly nice to anyone.
one youngArthur found a wounded owl in one of the fields nextto Nettherton, and took it home hoping he would be able to save it's life. He was unable to do so and his father decided that Arthur was so distraught, that he sent the owl to the taxidermists to have it stuffed!
When he was sent to boarding school, at Trent College would often spend part of his holidays with the aunt,  hwho had brought him up after the passing of his mother. He wrote to his father one day, begging if hr could have some money to buy more food. He was that hungry. True to form, his father treated him as a badlad. He sent Arthur no money. What he did do was send his only child's letter to the Headmaster at Trent College! The letter wasn't written as Arthur was insufficiently fed, but to let the school see what a disgrace his son was to say he was hungry. After that he was treated at Trent, he same way as he was at Netherton.
I remember the Deputy Heads wife and daughter. They lived in one of the little bungalows on the driveway to school. They told me just how tough things were at Netherton. I can't imagine just how bad life must have been for those boys.
The one thing Arthur was gratefull to his father for was that he was taught to play not a piano but the organ. Amongst the many churches he played was St Anne's in Newcastle and upon his retirement to Allenheads, when he became organist at St Cuthbert's Church in Allendale. A position he held until his death in the suumer of 1985.
Inthe 1960's Arthur handed all of the paperwork of his father's to the archives, which I believe was in Gosforth.