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Tricia
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1 of 8  Wed 24th Aug 2011 6:02pm  
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I went to school at St Mary's in Lansdowne Street and the back of the school looked onto Gosford Green. I understand St Mary's no long exists. Our GP Practice was on the corner of Swan Lane and Walsgrave Road and I went to piano lessons opposite the library - happy memories. Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
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2 of 8  Wed 24th Aug 2011 8:24pm  
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I remember the school in Lansdowne St. I sometimes returned home from my school on the No.14a Inner Circle, where I got off at Lansdowne St, to wait for the No.7 bus to Sewall Highway. The building of the Sky Blue Way new road bulldozed so much in that area. Sad
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3 of 8  Wed 24th Aug 2011 8:40pm  
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On 24th Aug 2011 6:02pm, tricia said: I went to school at St Mary's in Landsdowne street and the back of the school looked onto Gosford Green.
Well the juniors did anyway, the infants weren't so lucky. It also had a secret passageway between the assembly hall and the White Lion where the teachers could sneak out for a few Guinnesses at lunchtime I was reliably informed. Big grin
On 24th Aug 2011 6:02pm, tricia said: I understand St Mary's no long exists.
That's right, the site has been completely cleared with just the outline of the buildings visible on Google Earth. The last time I saw the school in person it was in a shocking state of repair with crumbling paintwork everywhere. It would have made you weep. Sad The infamous huts at least had been replaced by a car park.
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Tricia
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4 of 8  Fri 26th Aug 2011 12:12pm  
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St Mary's was a brand new school when I went there and I went straight into the Juniors. Thumbs up Before that St Mary's shared South Street School and I went to the Infants there (1948). After that I went to St Mary's in Raglan Street for a year before going straight into the second year at Ullathorne Girls School. I don't know why St Mary's shared with South Street - maybe the school was bombed or maybe schools shared buildings in those days. Any ideas? Wave As for the teachers sneaking off for a Guinness I've never heard that one - I can't imagine it happening when Miss Robinson was Headmistress Cheers
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dutchman
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5 of 8  Fri 26th Aug 2011 2:10pm  
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Fri 26th Aug 2011 12:12pm, tricia said: St Mary's was a brand new school when I went there and I went straight into the Juniors.
I thought it might be something like that Smile
Fri 26th Aug 2011 12:12pm, tricia said: Before that St Mary's shared South Street School and I went to the Infants there (1948). After that I went to St Mary's in Raglan Street for a year before going straight into the second year at Ullathorne Girls School. I don't know why St Mary's shared with South Street - maybe the school was bombed or maybe schools shared buildings in those days. Any ideas?
Yes, there was an explosion in the school population after the war - especially among Catholics - and the older schools simply couldn't cope with the numbers until the new ones were built in the 1950s and 1960s.
Fri 26th Aug 2011 12:12pm, tricia said: As for the teachers sneaking off for a Guinness I've never heard that one - I can't imagine it happening when Miss Robinson was Headmistress Cheers
I remember seeing the female teachers through the windows on the west side of the assembly hall sneaking through the narrow gap to the pub and laughing. One of them was clearly drunk in charge of her class after lunchtime but I won't name her. We used to take advantage of her while she was still in a good mood. Lol
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Tricia
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6 of 8  Fri 26th Aug 2011 6:18pm  
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Youv'e got me guessing now dutchman. Big grin
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dutchman
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7 of 8  Fri 26th Aug 2011 6:21pm  
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It was a bit after your time there I think Tricia? Circa 1962.
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Tricia
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8 of 8  Fri 26th Aug 2011 6:56pm  
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Yes dutchman, in 1962 I was enjoying myself and thinking about getting married. Oh my
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