Queen Square School 1857 1969. - a Memory of Luton.
Of course l did'nt realise how picturesque the building was when l was a pupil there 1955-1958. Fortunately, Edward Callum did and his painting is "normally" displayed in Wardown Museum. (Hopefully in its entirety cos little more than the janitors cottage is shown on my ph??
On that sunny day in 1969, he managed to capture the colours of the masonry handsomely.
This junior boys school sat squarely at the base of Albert Rd and had been financed from the bottomless coffers of the C. of E. (and showed it). With ornate stone framed windows and portals, steep gabled roof and wooden bell tower, it looked for all the world a village church. I guess the bell (at one time) wud have summoned the local kids to school?
In those days of free milk and pen nibs etc, it was discovered that connecting a nib to a straw produced a fairly effective dart, resulting in the high ceiling timbers being peppered with them! I guess the janitor was'nt too keen to make the climb? Nonetheless, Q. S. S. was no male St Trinians. The slightest infractions were met by the sting of the heads cane (and this little guttersnipe ticked all the boxes on that count).
The periodic visits of "Nora" from the health dept were always disconcerting. It wud ave bin a little bit orrable if it got around that a kid was host to any livestock, so the search was carried out in the heads office. Like most of us, I had no idea what headlice actually were... mainly I guess cos we all new her as "nitty Nora the flea explorer"! Anyway, l probably drowned any freeloaders in Brylcream... or the Waller St indoor pool?
There was a "School Walk" which meandered down past the playground gate to "Harmans Boys Outfitters" in Park St. Having shod my three elder bros, Dad was well aware that no one on earth can destroy a pair of shoes quicker than an 8yr old boy. I recall that it took all my powers of persuasion (i.e. tantrum) to convince Pa that while boots were tre`s chic in 1916, they were strictly passe` in 1956 and he cud expect me to clomp away from home!!
On the other side of the alley was a stratigically placed sweetshop, where 1 penny wud buy u a gobstopper big enough to choke a horse. Alas, having elder bros and a young sister sorta put me at the bottom of the pocket money chain. Of course the little princess (well on track to becoming the only toothless 6yr old in town) cud usually be found in transit, to or from, our local sweetshop, with a coin (or bag) clutched in a vice like claw. Dont miss the next episode- THE TEACHERS.
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