All Saints Church
Speke, Liverpool, UK
Village to Estate
This is All Saints Church Hall, used by many over the years in Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Scouts, Youth Clubs, Pensioners Clubs, Nursery, Badminton Club, Bingo and Coffee Mornings. It has also squeezed in a few Church functions too! It is now mainly rented out to the SMART Kids Club, for children whose parents work before and after school. This is also where our Local History Exhibitions are held.
Originally though, it was used as the local school, and we are lucky enough to have copies of the original school registers. They make interesting reading, especially if you attended school there before Stocktonwood was built, as two of our congregation did.
The school log books record, amongst other things the children’s progress, diphtheria and measles outbreaks, and absenteeism due to very cold weather or very good harvests! All village children were expected to attend, and the school was visited regularly by school inspectors, and Miss Watt and her Uncle, James Sprot. Here are a few extracts from the books.
The descendants of David Corns contacted me after reading this entry to say the family are now mainly school teachers....
12th APRIL 1889
- Bad week as regards weather: the latter in a country district like Speke acts as ‘attendance barometer’. Some children away ill, others coming in a wretchedly slipshod fashion.
(This is a photocopy of a piece of embroidery made in the Village School in 1886 by Annie Barber.)
6th DECEMBER 1889
- I commenced on Wednesday to re-assemble the school at 1 o’clock instead of 1.30pm and dismissed at 3.30pm. Some of the children have a long distance to walk and it is dark before they arrive home, sometimes, even before they leave school. The school, also, is not furnished with any lighting apparatus.
5th SEPTEMBER 1890
- We were favoured with a very fine day on Saturday last so the children set off to Southport from Hunts Cross Station at 9.15 am arriving at Southport about 10 o’clock. The children had dinner at the Victoria Hall, London St at 12 noon, and tea at 4.30 pm. During dinner each child was presented with 6d to spend. Previously to leaving Southport by the 7.25 pm train each child was provided with a bun. Each child arrived back at Hunts Cross Station soon after 8pm after spending a very pleasant day which was not marred either by unfavourable weather or accident of any kind. The whole of the treat was provided by the kindness of Miss Watt and at her expense. Five of the older scholars who had left during the year were invited and all turned up.
On 3rd June 1940 the children started in their new school,
Stocktonwood County Primary School.....
August 2003 - Stocktonwood is being rebuilt on the playing fields at the back, and the original building will be knocked down. A happy reunion was held in 2004 before the new school was opened.
January 2007 - You can see a photo of the new school in our Photographs/School Days section.