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Memories of Rotherham
Rotherham Clifton Park Childrens Paddling Pool c1955
I lived at Ecclesfield and I remember being taken to Cliton Park as a yearly treat aged 7. It must have been a Bank Holiday because the pool was full of kids and lots of parents sat around the edge on the steps. With it being round it was easy to get disorientated, it was scary when you looked up and your parents were not where you thought they should be. It was difficult to get a turn on the bicycles and toy horses but I remember the bikes having peddles in the front wheels and they were set concentrically which made you bob up and down. Like lots of other families we took a picnic lunch which we ate sat on the grass bank outside the tea hut. We didn't have a car and remember our day out as quite an adventure, travelling on several buses to get to this magical place. It wasn't until I was in my twenties and had children of my own that... Read more
Former Pupil 1957-1963
My maiden name is Lynda Roworth, and I have fond memories of attending Rotherham High School for Girls. I played hockey (right wing) for the school team - Christine Cutts was the first captain I remember. We rarely had school dances (I remember 2, attended by only 5 and 6 formers) - the boys from the Grammar School across town attended, and Miss Potts (the domestic science teacher patrolled the premises with her flashlight!!) The quality of education I received was 1st class - it's strange how some staff members remain in your mind - Mrs. Jones (Biology - one year we were joined by the boys from the Grammar school for classes - that was quite an event!!)), Miss Catcliffe(Geography), Mrs. Quine (Art), Mrs. Stables (History), Mrs. Lowe (English). Some of my formers classmates were: Glenys Cook, Kathleen Beckingham, Lesley Barrow, Susan Holland, Barbara Blackham, Pamela Vickers, Margaret Smith, Caroline Taylor (her father was the Rotherham Director of Education). I left England in 1968 to live in Toronto for... Read more
Memories (or Lack Of) Of Rotherham Tech
I attended Rotherham Tech, from 1953 to 1956, taking a London external degree in Engineering. I'm a little surprised at how little I can remember about the building and how hard it is to find information about the College for this era.
Lister Street /Clifton Park
I also remember the tree lined Lister Street. I have spent hours throwing sticks up the Horsechestnut tree in Lister street for chonkers. I used to cut thro' Brashers Alleyway (we were customers and allow too) from Gilberthorpe street on route for Clifton Park.. The sweets from brashers were the proceeds of money from the Pickle Factory in Lister Street for taking back old glass jars to be re-used. Steve Garner
I was a pupil at Rotherham Grammar School until 1948. My memories are of our form master 'Cabbage' Green, an ardent Labour Party member, and his use of the 'Flog Iron' which he used on all our form when we made a young female French teacher cry with frustration at our lack of discipline. Another memory is of a maths master whose name I forget, but he had false leg, the hero was the person who dared to stick a pin in the false leg. There was Mr Buttery the biology master and keeper of the 'Flog Iron'. I left in 1948 having failed my School Certificate, much to the consternation of my parents. Two years later I was doing my National Service which was a defining period of my life.
I used to live in tree-lined Lister Street. All I had to do was climb over the back wall to the rear of my house to get into Clifton Park. I remember Sunday School held at the Bandstand: 'Sunshine Corner always jolly fine, is for children under 99, all are welcome and it's all free, Clifton Sunshine corner is the place for me!'. I can remember the kids play area, paddling pool and when the Remembrance gardens were being built. Also prisoners of war sat on the grass there. I put some Roman pottery in the museum with a lad called Keith Harding who I went to school with at South Grove, Moorgate, sadly it's knocked down now. The teacher Mr Firth and Mr Davis and Mr Wales. National Service took me away in 1959 But I never forget the wonderful town and the happy childhood. They know nothing today, life was worth living, we were happy.
This was my high school from 1960 to 1967. I particularly remember the school dinners and the extensive playing fields. Back then we had 3 hockey pitches, 3 hard tennis courts and 13 grass courts. Not to mention the air raid shelters. Since I have lived in Australia since graduating from uni I wonder what remains of those facilities now?