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Towers School 1925

The Towers School, Saltburn 1925, for which the Archive is asking for assistance regarding this photograph. The image came to the Archive following comments to an image of the school dating c.1928. Peter Owen told the Archive: “Going through family archives, my mother (Marjorie Appleton) was at The Towers in 1925 at the age of 15 – this is the whole school photograph of that year. I would like to believe that her two sisters might also be in this photograph, Doris Appleton and Audrey Appleton. I put an arrow in the scan who I believe is my mother. Roger Byron-Collins has told the Archive: “My late mother in law, Svanhild Hojem was born in 1914 and was the daughter of a Norwegian business school owner in Stavanger and Arendal, attending Towers School in the 1920s.  There were a significant number of fellow students at the school from Norway and her best friend was the daughter of Christian Salvesen of the well-known transport company.” The Archive , as well as Peter and Roger would welcome any assistance in naming pupils or staff.

Image courtesy of Peter Owen, thanks to Peter Owen and Roger Byron-Collins for additional information.

Upleatham Street School, Saltburn

Dating from July 1953; the pupils and Miss Norma Clay (Teacher) of the nine year olds class of Upleatham Infant and Junior School, Saltburn assembled for their class photograph. Alan Collins has memories of the schools: “This picture was taken in the courtyard front of the Junior School classes. The Infant School classes were at right angles to the right of this photograph, with a large lawned garden on the other side. This courtyard playground extended to a walled entrance to the left, which had a gate leading to Randolph Street, and opposite the rear of he classrooms facing Upleatham St  were some separately built toilets, next to a high perimeter wall.  This courtyard was the main playground area, and the infants had the lawned garden area facing south. A shop was on the corner of Lune Street, where we all went to buy sweets. I think it was run by Mr Harrison. In the winter we created a long ice slide down the middle of where there was a drainage channel, where water gathered and iced over in the winter; when we blocked the drain for that purpose. In the summer we used that channel to race our dinky cars.”  Alan can identify some people in the photograph; himself (middle of back row), others include: Alan Thompson, Jennifer ?, J. Hayward, Barry Thompson, J. Lince, D. Jones and J. Biscomb. Can anybody assist with names?

Image and details courtesy of Alan Collins.

Glenhow School

Glenhow private school for boys, opened about 1884 and was previously two houses; it was briefly again used as a private residence between 1893 and 1901. The exact date it became Glenhow School is uncertain, it was visited by HRH Princess Anne 21st February 1986 and finally closing in 1992. By the time of closure in 1992 girls were also pupils at the school. Today it still stands and has been converted back to private housing.Mike Wilson writes: ”I attended Glenhow as a border in 1949-1950. The headmaster then was a Mr Percy Sykes. The school continued in operation into the 1970s under the jurisdiction of Mr John Amos (I think)and his wife Barbara. Sadly Mr Amos passed away just before my son, Miles Wilson, started there as an infant in 1978 under the headmastership of Mr Anthony Petgrave-Johnston. We migrated to Australia in 1982 and so lost touch with the school. We now understand that Glen Howe has closed down. If there are any ex-pupils that remember me or my son Miles I would be glad to hear from them.” Whilst Richard Gowing tells us: ”I attended Glenhow from 1944, when it was evacuated to the house in Helmsley which was the Bishop of Whitby’s country residence and now the HQ of the national park. We were rather crowded there but it was great fun, in a lovely location. After the war we returned to Saltburn where I remained until 1948 when I moved on to Oundle. Percy Sykes was a great headmaster and formative influence; among other things he gave me a love of music which I enjoy to this day. My other great teacher was Miss Margaret Grinyer; a schoolmate whom I particularly remember was Bruce Tulloh who later achieved fame as a barefoot runner. Happy memories! It was sad to learn from the web that the school later closed, but good to see that the building survives, as I saw when I visited Saltburn recently.” Andrew Scott reports: “Bruce’s passing was reported in the Telegraph Obituaries”. Chris Holmes also tells us: ”I went to Glenhow school as a boarder, in 1972 the headmaster was Mr Amos; I owe that man everything as he was fantastic. What a school, great days!” Sarah Sumner (Williams) tells: “I went to Glenhow school in the 1980s. I have so many happy memories, and meet friends for life. I have moved back near Saltburn-by-the-Sea and plan on going back to visit”. Ruth Smith advises: ”Just read that Robert Shaw the actor was a teacher at this school. (See Wikipaedia)”.

Many thanks to Mike Wilson, Richard Gowing, Andrew Scott, Sarah Sumner (Williams), Chris Holmes and Ruth Smith for the updates.

Saltburn Towers School

Saltburn Towers School

An early view of Towers School none of the verdant vegetation to be seen today along Glenside.

Bedrooms again

Bedrooms again

Pupils bedrooms at the Towers obviously included dolls cots for the younger pupils; carefully lined up beside the fireplace.

Gymnastics anyone?

Gymnastics anyone?

A further view of the gymnasium at the Towers School, although yet again the appropriate dress seems to be skirts. Surely this would have been a problem with the parallel bars? We presume this was a posed image perhaps for a school brochure.

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

Towers School pupils enjoying bathing in the swimming pool in Saltburn baths. The sea water for the pool was changed once a week and the water was officially described as ‘tepid but we suspect that would mean cold! These sessions would be non-public and for the sole and exclusive use of the pupils of Towers school.
Information courtesy of ‘Saltburn-By-The-Sea Revisited’.

Sketching Class

Sketching Class

Towers School pupils enjoying reproducing nature, imagine lugging a stool and those easels any distance. Perhaps they had a school porter? I hope he was strong?

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

We presume this was a quiet session for the younger pupils of Towers School. Was this an obligatory afternoon nap or they did not want to look at the wallpaper which resembles spiders?

Tuning Up

Tuning Up

Perhaps for a concert or school assembly at the Towers. We particularly like the harp. Not an instrument for street musicians!