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The following is a mixture of photographs and memorabilia from some of the many schools in the Black Country.

The Grammar School, Stourbridge, circa 1912.

Bank Street Board School, Brierley Hill.

Certificate for Regular Attendance - Awarded to Llewellyn Edwards, August 24th 1877.

Bent Street School, Brierley Hill, 1935.

Bent Street School, Brierley Hill, 1938.

Bent Street School, Brierley Hill, 1940.

Kingswinford Adult School, Kingswinford.

Does anyone have any information about this Adult School that was in Kingwinford in the early 1900's?  

Do you recognise this Sunday School?

Springhead Wesleyan Girls Club, June 1912.

Training College, Dudley.

Not to be mistaken with Dudley Technical College.

Ashphalte Tennis Courts, Training College, Dudley, circa 1929.

Dudley Girl's High School opened on 8 December 1910 near the town centre in Priory Road. This lovely building was demolished in 1996.

Dudley Technical College, Dudley.

The origins of Dudley Technical College go back to 1862 when Dudley Public Hall and Mechanics Institute was built to provide for the technical, recreational and vocational needs of the students. In 1896 the name changed to Dudley Technical School after the purchase of additional accommodation. In 1928 the college was renamed Dudley and Staffordshire Technical College and later Dudley Technical College. 

Do let me know if you can put names to one or more of the young men in this photograph, which was taken about 1944/45.

The names of the girls and members of staff are detailed below. Mr Swaithes is on the far left of the back row. This photograph was taken about 1943/44.

The signatures of W.Swaithes, Geo. Lyman and Tom Johnson appear on the reverse of the photograph above. All were members of staff at Dudley Technical College.

The names of the girls and members of staff are detailed below. Mr Johnson is on the far left of the middle row and Mr Swaithes is on the far right. This photograph was taken about 1944/45.

An Exercise Book cover from the year 1944 with details of the Principal at that time.

The following are two 'Dudley Tech' School Reports from 1944.

A ticket for 'Forced Landing' by Wilfred Massey and presented by The Dramatic Society, Dudley and Staffordshire Technical College.

This programme advertises entertainment by The Dramatic Society.

This programme provides details of the characters and actors in the play with information about the Score and the Acts. The play was produced by W T Swaithes who was a teacher at Dudley and Staffordshire Technical College. He appears on the 'Dudley Tech' photographs above.

Corngreaves Primary School, Plant Street, Cradley Heath. This was originally one building, built by The British Iron Company (owned by the Duke of Sutherland), in 1848-49 for the purpose of educating its employees children. The Girl's School was built in 1890 for 290 children and the original building was reconstructed in 1895 to increase its capacity for 273 infants. The school was originally known as Corngreaves, Spinner's End (girls and infants).

On reading the Information Sheet below, I was surprised to see that there was a problem with guns and knives in schools, as far back as the mid 1960's!  One third of a pint of milk was provided free for lunch together with biscuits which were limited to one penny per child. It is also fascinating to see that school dinners cost only one shilling a day.

Old Hill Primary School and Nursery, Lawrence Lane, Cradley Heath. As a result of The Education Act of 1870, the Rowley Regis Board was set up and the school buildings opened in 1877. These consisted of two schools; the Infants School which taught children up to the age of six and a Girl's School which taught children from the age of seven to thirteen. The school was known as 'Old Hill School'. The area at that time consisted of large families, many in two up two down terraced houses which had a chain or nail making shop at the rear. (This was indeed the case with my own grandparents who lived in Old Hill).

The Headmistress of the Infant's School was Eleanor M C Cook. She appears on the 1881 Census aged 31, living with her widowed father in Dudley. Her occupation is given as School Board Mistress. The Headmistress of the Girl's School was Mercy Attwood Fellows. She appears on the 1881 Census aged 28, living with her mother, brother and niece. The address is Private House, Pedmore Road, Lye. Her occupation is given as School Mistress.

All Saints School, Sedgley, circa 1925-1928.

With sincere thanks to Pam Couchman for sending this lovely photograph of a School Play her father appeared in.

This school may be located in Great Bridge, Tipton. Can anyone provide some information?

Tantarra Street School, Tantarra Street, Walsall.

The above photograph is dated 1921. This was a council run school for 365 boys and girls and 224 infants. The arrangement of the pot plants is interesting and somewhat unusual. Do you recognise one of your relatives?

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