The 47 Vintage

Bottesford School 1947

Audrey Hamerton

Bottesford School 1947. Which class was this?
Bottesford School 1947. Which class was this?
The 47 Vintage
Back row, left. 2nd left, Herbert Plummer. Third left, correction, Mickey Damms.
Back row, left. 2nd left, Herbert Plummer. Third left, correction, Mickey Damms.
Back row, right. Far right, Arthur Gamble
Back row, right. Far right, Arthur Gamble
Middle row, left
Middle row, left
Middle row, right
Middle row, right
Front row, right. 2nd, Genty Page, 3rd. Pat Barns
Front row, right. 2nd, Genty Page, 3rd. Pat Barns
Bottesford Church of England School Log Book.
Bottesford Church of England School Log Book.
front row, left. 3rd. Barbara Fisher
front row, left. 3rd. Barbara Fisher

We are grateful to Audrey Hamerton (nee Wright) of Wigston Magna who contacted Peter Topps with this picture of her class at Bottesford School in 1947.With help from her classmate, Jenny Norris, she has provided most of the names of the children in the picture.

Can you identify any of the rest?

The School log book for the Year 46/47 tells us that the staff were:

Class1 Form 111A Mr.P.H.Stimpson

On roll 37

Class2 Form 111B Mrs.B.H.Ogden  

On roll 31

Class3 Form 111C Miss E.A.Ford     

On roll 30

                                   Total Seniors        98

1947 was a tough year, starting with blizzards and epidemics. Mr. Dewy wrote:

The problems continued throughout February and well into March, with pupils and staff unable to get to school. 

By April, things had improved. Electric light and heating were installed in the woodwork hut in Mr. Daybell’s field, where Mr. A. Parr started teaching. On July 3rd the school closed for a visit to the Royal Show at Lincoln. Yellow (Bottesford) House won the House Championship, there was swimming at the mill dam instead of P.T. and a cricket match against Grantham Central School.  Who won? The log book doesn’t say.

What can you remember about 1947? Let us know.

Thanks to Yolande Honey, who has sent us all but one of the missing names, which now appear below the pictures.

This page was added on 11/06/2010.

Comments about this page

  • Think it’s Barbara Fisher next to Jenny. Genty Page next to me? Then Pat Barnes. Cannot help with the boys.

    By Audrey Hamerton (23/06/2010)
  • The Boy on the right back row next to Mike Taylor is I think Arthur Gamble. Nice to see a photograph with Ted Rayson in it an not taken by him. Regards from the Collonies Mick & Liz Bradshaw ( Ex Bottesfordians)

    By Michael Bradshaw (28/06/2010)
  • Good to hear from you, Mike. Thank you for the name. Yolande Honey has supplied the others, so we now have the full set.

    By Editor (28/06/2010)

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