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South End School - the building

Courtesy of the late Colin Bryant's Collection

school & yard
The School with two extensions added.

The yard has new iron railings.

Extract from diary notes of Ebenezer Knight:
“New Room” - Corner stone laid by the Bishop of Peterborough 1870 October 11th. This would be Bishop Magee who made a speech at the ‘New Room’, (which became the ‘National School’) at the re-opening of the Parish Church after the Great Restoration on Tuesday, February 2nd, 1875. A beautiful day, when the Bishop said that Rushden was the blackest spot in the Diocese before Canon Barker came.
South End School was built in 1870/71 on a plot of land given by Mr F U Sartoris of Rushden Hall.

It was a Church of England School, and later became
a National School.

The building cost £1100 to erect, and could take 250 pupils.

Rev John T Barker also opened an Infant School behind the Coffee Tavern, at his own expense.
The school in 1963.
The building had changed little; the brook was now culverted, and the playground fenced.

1900 map of the school at the corner of High Street South/Wymington Road.
Next door was Lewis' blacksmiths yard, house and smithy. The Sydney brook
flowed along in front of both, then meandered behind the Conservative Club
into Rushden Hall grounds. A bridge gave access into the school playground.
South End school left and Townsends
Aerial view - South End school left and Townsend's extensive property right
Note the entrances to the air raid shelters set in the bank behind the school

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