Memories of Blurton
I was christened in the church . Have memories of helping my Aunt Gladys and my Aunt Dorothy deliver papers on their routes when they had to fill in for a missing paperboy. I spent many happy days visiting my family , sometimes in the shop, sometimes with my grandfather in the garden. Once I was old enough to ride the ...Read full memory
I was born in Blurton in 1956 and attended Hem Heath Infants school which was part of Blurton High School. If I recall correctly Hem Heath Infants closed and Sutherland School took on the children from Hem Heath. It was always called Sutherland Primary School as far as I can recall. The Pub by the side of it was called The Cornerstone and we used to call into the outdoor to spend our "biscuit" money. Whether the pub was once called The Smiths Arms I have no idea. I had a wonderful time at this school and remember fondly Mrs. Bridgewood who always looked quite frightening but was a wonderful lady and very patient.
This is Saint Bartholomew's church, we have had loads of different family events in there including my children's christenings and mine. I have done family research and my family was using this in the 1800's for marriages, christenings and funerals. Its nice to see the church as been looked after and stayed strong enough to keep up.
I recogise the picture but from my memory the school was called Sutherland Primary School and the building towards the back was Sutherland Junior School. Not sure where the name Smiths Arms comes from. There was a pub to the left of the school. Perhaps this was the Smiths Arms. I attended Sutherland Primary and Junior School before going on to Blurton High School. I loved my time at Sutherland. My particular memory is of Miss Kane who was my class teacher in Primary. She was so quietly spoken and gentle. All of the children loved her.