Plymouth Grove Primary School
Opened in 1906, this imposing red brick school sits on the south side of Plymouth Grove West. In 2009 it isn't technically a Longsight School because it now lies inside the Ardwick District. However, to those who lived in Longsight prior to the 1960s it will always be a Longsight school.
The "constructionenquirer.com" website explained in 2015 that, "... Morgan Sindall Investments and investment partner Equitix have reached financial close on the north west, Priority Schools Building Programme batch. This is the third PF2 batch of schools to close and has a capital value of £110m. Under the deal Morgan Sindallís construction arm will now start work on five secondary schools and seven primary schools which will benefit 8,150 pupils." Plymouth Grove Primary School, Manchester is one of those schools. Below are some images I took on July 29 of 2016.
In July of 2016 I was in Longsight and I went for a walk along Plymouth Grove. What I discovered was a new building sitting in what had been the school's playground.
In September of 2016, the building I was looking at, which was clearly still in a construction phase, was to be Plymouth Grove Primary School. This was confirmed by looking at the school's Twitter feed.
- The Old School -
In the 1950's the road was lined with huge trees that carpeted the pavement ankle deep in leaves. In a side-road between the school and Stockport Road, horse chestnut trees provided the treasured conkers which every autumn provided hours of competition at playtime at the school.
The three-storeyed building housed the Infants on the ground floor, the Junior and Senior Girls on the second floor and Junior and Senior Boys on the top floor. The playground at the front of the school was separated from the street by a low wall and a wrought iron fence and looked across to the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor. At the back of the school a building housed the outdoor toilets which, apart from their obvious use, often became part of a game of "tick" as the pursued would duck in one entrance and out the other to escape the one who was "it". I can attest to this personally because on rainy days large puddles would collect near the entrances and I ignored the warnings of the teacher on duty and raced in and out one day only to end up face down in a puddle.
The image above was donated by Bryan Goodwin
The ground floor had a large hall where every morning we had our assembly. It also saw service as a gymnasium where I remember dancing around the maypole and learning to somersault on coconut mats that were better suited for scouring a toilet bowl than rolling around on. It was here that we had our Traffic Safety Week, when a whole town of shops and roads and zebra crossings was set up and the classes took turns running shops, going shopping and performing police duty for a week or so. Here we also put on plays and concerts.
Coronation Event at Plymouth Grove. Four rather wrinkled members of the Household Cavalry.
Close by was Mrs. Alberti's office where, on the way out to play, you could stop off and buy a digestive biscuit, cheese biscuits or, if you were really rich, a chocolate-covered biscuit.
One of my
memories is from 1952, the Coronation Year --
the teacher unpacking a box and giving each
one of us a Coronation Mug which, minus its
handle stayed around our house for years, even
if it was where my mother kept her false teeth
at night. In the afternoon the whole school
walked down Stockport Road to one of the
picture houses, I think it was the Kings, to
see the news reel of the Coronation.
At the age of 8, if I remember correctly, boys and girls were segregated into different parts of the school. The girls used the playground on the Stockport Road side and that half of the front playground. They entered the school on the Stockport Road end and went up the stone staircase to the second floor into a world that was off limits to boys.
played on the Plymouth Grove side and that
half of the front playground. They had their
own entrance and took the staircase to their
own world on the top floor where Mr. Howarth
was the headmaster and "Pop" Walker was the
pipe-smoking legend who got everyone ready for
from April 2014
Pictures from Days Gone By
Coronation Year 1937Teacher on the left - Miss Parker (later Parker-Gee) - Headmistress on the right - Miss Prentice (later Mrs. Alberti) Image donated by Hilda Davis (Turner) - second on the right in the front row.
1946 and our first school photo after the War..I think we were celebrating Victory Day..Mrs Alberti..her neice Linda(back row 3rd from left?)my pal Carl Burgess next to her..Jill ? the first girl I kissed..in the the school play! It worried me what the girl I really had a "crush" on, Norma Goodfellow(5th from left 2nd Row would think of me!)...thats me back row 3rd from the Right..and Mrs Hindley was the Teacher. Happy days!
A school assembly in 1957.
1st row Linda Holt,
2nd June and Gail Glasgow [twins], Pat Dodd, Moyra Haigh, Elain Carrington,
3rd Patsy Harrison, Susan Burrows, Christine Starky, Carol Dexter.
A class in the 1950s.
Front right to left Susan Burrows, Moyra Haigh.
Back row Pat Stevens, Lynda Livsey, Pauline Miller.
Far right 2nd table Billy Downing.
John is third from the right on the second row from the front.
The teacher is Mr. Hardy and the Head Teacher Mr. Greenhalch
1959 - Photograph
generously donated by John Bullock
Back Row: 4th from left Yvonne Penny
Third Row: 3rd from left John Shorthose, 2nd from right Anthony Heeney
On the Mats: 2nd from right Irvine Mann
This photograph was generously donated by Terry Stirling.
Her brother Larry Pilkington is 4th from the left on the third row.
This photograph was generously donated by Terry Stirling.
Her sister Lyn is second from the right on the second row from the back.
Also on that row second from the left is Susan Thelwell.
In the middle row 3rd and 4th from the right are twins Tom and John Doodson.