Part seven of Andrew's column
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Memories of Market Street
The class of 1934 at Market Street Church
of England School. The picture appeared in a Memory Lane feature in The
Chronicle. The picture had been sent in by a reader who remembered most
of the names. These included . . .
Dennis Gibson, Ron Heath, Jack Barker, Frank Hope, Marshall Cooper,
Bernard Latham, Ernest Davies, John Bull.
Second row: Jack
Smith, Sidney Clarke, Bernard Rowe, Frank Mullock, Dennis Griffiths,
Ronald Jones, John Bostock, Vivian Jones, Harold Davenport,
Third row: Jack O'Hara, Mr
Watkiss (headmaster), Walter Cooper, Joe Pennell, Ken Walton, Cyril Wagstaff, Reginald Cotton, James Moss, Harry Butler,
Miss Whitehouse, and William Davies.
Front row: Edward Johnson, Colin Russell, Harold Benningwood,
Ted Case, and Thomas Kelly.
GREAT to see more old
photos, including Market Street Church of England School. I was
wondering if you have any old class photos of the school from 1949 to
1956 (those were the years I attended).
Cecilia Tomlinson, Qualicum Beach, British
I'm sorry that I haven't any class photos
between the years you mention. I have been trying to find out more about
the school but have been singularly unsuccessful.
I know that Nantwich man Bryan
Bossons was at the school around this time because he told me that they
never had "seconds" at school dinners at "The Tech" (the Technical
Institute in Beam Street). The reason for this was that Market Street
School always went first and Manor Road pupils (including me) were fed
last. They had seconds!
All I can do is share some
information - and a picture (courtesy of Nantwich Chronicle) - with you.
My friend, Nancy Dutton (nee
Bradshaw) remembers her time at the school, c1925-27.
She says "The
Infants' teachers were Miss Williams, Miss Phelps and Miss Illingsworth.
The Junior Girls' teachers were Miss Davies, Miss Woodhall followed by
Miss Gam, Miss Heath, and Miss Jones followed by Miss Upson.
"The boys' teachers were Miss Meachin, Miss Carrington, Miss Davenport, Miss Whitehead and Mr James.
The headmaster was Mr Barker followed by Mr Watson.
"In those days, children
started school at four years of age and left at 14.
"When we got wet walking to
school, our coats
Are there any more photos of school?
in life I knew a lot of the boys - too many
to write about. My older brother, Len, and Joe
Pennell were in the Navy and at one time both their ships were in Sydney Harbour, Australia, together. Len received a message that he was to
report to Joe's ship. He had no idea what for but it had come from Joe.
Joe's ship was due to sail for
England and shore leave, and Len got him to bring back a doll for my
younger sister who was in the Cottage Hospital with a badly-burned
thigh. The Matron of the hospital was a Mrs Forster who later became
Treasurer of my Scout group. Her husband was Geoff Forster, the
stonemason, who had a yard in Pratchitt's Row, a little down from the
old Crosville bus garage."
Finally, Cecilia adds the following
BEING a Dabber, I do recognise a lot of the
people named in the photo. One guy I did know personally was Jack O'Hara
(he was my mother-in-law's brother). The O'Haras lived in Cowfields and
my mother-in-law was Emmy.
The teachers I remember were
Miss Davenport, Mr Mercer (the headmaster) and Miss Parry.
From Market Street school I
went to Manor Road school. Some of the teachers there were Mr Williams
(woodwork), Mr Jones (music), Mrs Coxey (girls' P.E.), Mr Gorst (boys'
P.E.), Mrs Glover (maths) and Mrs Gorst. I don't remember what she
Malcolm and I were married at
St Mary's in 1967 and moved to Shavington before emigrating to Canada in
1975. We have been here ever since.
It was 1986 before we took our
first trip "back home". One day, I went with my sister-in-law to Manor
Road school to pick up the kids. Curiosity got the better of me and I
had to go in and look around. I stood in the big hall and a lady came up
to me to see if she could be of help.
"I can still see the look on her
face as she recognised me, remembering my name. It was Mrs Gorst.
were put to dry around a large wire
fireguard. There were coal fires in the Infants and a coal stove in the
"There was no free school milk
or cooked dinners in
"In the infants, we had
slates and chalk. Later we had pencils and pens with nibs. In the
Juniors' department the ink wells were in a hole in the desk top. There
were wooden desks and seats - some for one pupil, some for two - as well
as long forms across the classrooms.
"If you talked in class, you
had the cane across your hands and, if you were really naughty, you were
sent out into the corridor with a dunce's hat on!"
Bryan Bossons writes:
I would have been at school about 15 years
after Nancy Dutton, although some of the teachers were still there -
Miss Upton, Miss Whitehead, Miss Phelps and Miss Davenport all ring a
We started at five and left at
15 years old. But I left at about 12 years old to go to Manor Road
School as the Market Street school became an infants and juniors school
At Market Street, I started in
Miss Meachin's class where we had to have a sleep in the afternoon on
camp beds. Mr Roberts was one of the boys' teachers and by then Mr
Mercer was headmaster. Mr Moss was the caretaker and his daughter
attended at the same time as myself.
We were lucky in that we had central
heating - cast iron radiators and pipes.
Milk was supplied in
one-third-of-a-pint bottles and the ink was powder mixed with water.
With regard to the photograph
of the class of '34, later
When were the streets re-numbered?
DO you know when the re-numbering of
Nantwich streets took place? I am mainly interested in London
Road and Hospital Street where my father and grandfather (Eddie and
William Chetwood) worked and lived.
When, I wonder, did the
rule of one side for even numbers and the other for the odd ones
Lynda Burke (nee Chetwood), Lancaster
A numbering system in Nantwich
streets was introduced as late as c1878. It would seem that the main
streets were numbered odds on one side, evens on the other. However,
as you get further out of town into the outskirts there were, at
this time, fewer houses and numbers crossed the road.
I will deal with Hospital
Street first as it's the easier one. I am assuming that your family
directly connected to the Chetwood
family who ran the garage and motoring business just by the
archway where you come through from Church Lane car park
that is the case, then in a Nantwich Street Directory of 1913 we
have, at No.23 Hospital Street, W. Chetwode, cycle and motor
In Kelly's Directory of
1934, we have Wm. Chetwood, automobile agent, 23 Hospital Street and
Crewe Road End.
By 1938, in Johnson's
Almanac, the numbering had changed and we find, unnumbered, but
between 19a Hospital Street and 17 Hospital Street, "Chetwood's
Garage (Chetwood, E)". These numbers are still current.
London Road is more complex
as the original numbering system crossed the road and so is
confusing. I haven't found a Chetwood living in London Road - yet!
In a further e-mail, Lynda wrote:
MANY thanks for your kind and swift
reply. Yes, Chetwood's Garages was established by my
grandfather, William Chetwood. Two of his brothers, Harry and
John, ran similar businesses in Bunbury. The youngest was an
electrical engineer but was killed in the RFC, as a flight
instructor, in the First World War. William died in 1937, aged
55, and my father died in 1946, at 39. Before all that, the
three brothers had worked together in Chetwood's Cycles, a shop
William, as you say,
set up on his own in Hospital Street, initially at No 9
Jepson's, on the corner of Church Lane). This is the address on
his daughter's birth certificate; also in the 1911 Census.
When my father was at
school (boarding) his address was given as 23 Hospital Street,
Georgian building you mentioned,
where the family lived in the flat above the car showroom. I also have a listing at 18 Hospital Street, the shop
now called Foundations. I wonder if this tallies with the
"between 19a and 17" that you mention, which would make sense.
As for London Road,
from 1943 my parents lived next door to The Derby Arms at The
Hollies, later to be the home of the Wyche Anglers Club*
(below). I'm not exactly sure when we left, but perhaps 1949. I
think the house was then No 98 and from what I could track in
the census entries, it seemed to have had an odd number in
I believe they bought
it from a Mr Harry Oakes. I guess the number 98 was applied in
the re-numbering rationalisation, after gaps had been filled in.
It would seem that Johnson's
numbering of Hospital Street was more accurate than the
directories which simply perpetuated the previous entries.
Moral: local knowledge is to be preferred!
And, in a further e-mail to
Dabber, Lynda wrote:
LIKE you, I am a Dabber, born
just off Wellington Road in my grandfather's house, now
occupied by Afford Astbury Bond. He and Norman Afford were
fellow Methodists. My grandfather had died a few months
earlier and soon after that my grandmother and parents moved
to two smaller houses further along Wellington Road, and Mr
Afford took over.
My grandfather, William Chetwood, built
and named the house "Kenstone" which, I believe, was the
birthplace of his mother, Esther Gregory - it's a tiny
hamlet in Shropshire. My parents moved to the white Art
Deco house opposite the entrance to Brine Leas School,
called "Roszel". Apparently it's a diminutive of the name
Roscius or Roscislaw (Polish). The first owner had that name
embedded in the plaster of the gable facing the road and
insisted that it was never to be removed or known by any
other name. I'd love to know why!
My grandmother's house was the
last one before Park Road, called Stobo - they used to visit
Scotland often. My grandfather and his brothers made a motor
home - I don't think you could buy one in those days - which
the family shared. All the woodwork was done by his
brother, John, who left Cheshire to work for Rolls Royce in
was asked to do the interior woodwork for Mr
Rolls' own car.
Harry - once a blacksmith - converted another vehicle into
an ambulance for the Red Cross in
the First World War when he was
running his own garage in Bunbury. Harry died young
and his son, Douglas Harry, ran Chetwood's Garage in
Hospital Street after my father's early death in 1946.
brother, Joe, was one of the earliest-trained electrical
engineers and wired, among other places, the "palaces" of
the cotton kings around Manchester. He joined the RFC and
was killed in a flying accident in 1917. His fiancee lived
until the 1990s.
These four brothers
were very handy - a pity they only produced one son, Douglas
Harry, between them! John had two girls, and my father and
his sister had a girl each. Douglas had no children, There
are a few other Chetwood's around Nantwich - all, I believe,
originating from Shropshire where William and his brothers
I LOVE Nantwich and still visit
friends there. I will be there again in August for the 450th
anniversary of the Grammar School.
A FORMER next door neighbour to
the garage has thrown more light on the subject.
Keith Harris, who used to run
Harris's Music Shop at No 23, tells me: "Yes, there were
changes to the numbering of shops, but only on the odd side.
"The Music Shop
was 17 and renumbered 23 but I don't remember the date.
Chetwood's garage was probably 23 to start with. This
was accessed via the archway and the service bay was in
front of what are now the gates to the Rectory.
"I am sure this
was done when the new building was built at the bottom
of Hospital street. This was before you get to the Lamb
Hotel (Chatterton House) as it was then. I seem to
remember that the office was on the left as you went
down through the arch.
"The shop to
the right was a drapery store owned by a Mr Wilson who
was living in Wistaston off Nessina Grove until he died.
His daughter lived in Springfield Drive but has since
died. I still see her husband occasionally in Nantwich."
* Wyche Anglers is now a