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THE PHOTOGRAPHS



"Would you believe I have a photo of our class hanging in the loungeroom here (a gift from Jean [Crystall] for my 50th birthday!!)" Ann Hutchinson '59-'64


All the photographs have been kindly loaned by former pupils - their names are against each photo. I'm very grateful to all of them. If you have any school photos, especially if you know all the names, please e-mail lhs.alumnae@gmail.com

The panoramas may take a few moments to download, so please be patient!

(A mystery! Close examination of the panoramic photos from '47, '58 and '63 has revealed that the badge at the centre of the photos is the Lawnswood High School badge, but with The Modern School motto beneath it! It should say Nunquam Non Paratus, but in fact says Fortem Posce Animum. If you have any idea why, please get in touch.)




Date unknown: identity unknown
From Lawnswood School.


c1910 - Leeds Girls' Modern School (two photos)
From Rosalie Hudson.


Leeds Girls' Modern School [Junction of Willow Terrace Road and Vernon Road]
From Michael Meadowcroft.


1918 The Staff
Loaned by Jean Dunbar from the collection of her half-sister, Florence Crabtree.


1918 A Class of 14-year-olds (from a newspaper cutting)
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


c1931 Leeds Modern School Cup & Saucer
From Edric Clarke.


1932 Official Opening
From The Centenary Souvenir Brochure.


1932 Prize Giving
From Margaret Sprittles.


1934/35 Leeds Modern School Football 1st XI
From Jack Atkinson.


Mid-30s School Uniform
From Jackie Rowe.


1937 Dramatic Society production of "Ruddigore"
From Dorothy Stone.


1937 Miss E Boyd
From Jean Dunbar. Miss Boyd was the Gym Mistress. This photo was taken at the 1937 Sports Day.


1938 Panoramic
From Jean Dunbar.


1939 (3rd April) - Three Lawnswood Girls near Harewood
From Audrey Toothill.


1939 Miss Holden & Miss Stowell
From Jean Dunbar. Miss Holden (Headmistress) and Miss Stowell (Senior Mistress) on an outing to Stratford-upon-Avon. Miss Holden is looking very sophisticated in fox fur!


1939 Teachers and Pupils relaxing
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1939 Tennis Team
From Jean Dunbar. The winners of the James Grahame Tennis Cup (a competition for girls from high schools in Leeds).


1939 Lawnswood Evacuees at Ripon Girls' High School
From Margaret Collie and Audrey Toothill.


1939 "Yeomen Of The Guard"
From Margaret Collie. The photo is from the Ripon Gazette.


1942 (July) "Iolanthe"
From Margaret Sprittles.


1947 Panoramic
From Bridget Hoare.


1947 Staff
From Irene Furze. Photographer: Bridget Hoare.


1947 Prefects
From Bridget Hoare.


1947 Tennis Team
From Bridget Hoare.


1948 Prefects
From Bridget Hoare.


1948 First Hockey XI
From Bridget Hoare.


1948 (December) - 'Fashion Through The Ages'
From Margaret Riley.


1949 Prefects
From Bridget Hoare.


1949 First Rounders Team
From Bridget Hoare.


1949 The Choir & Miss Clayton
From Bridget Hoare and Margaret Riley.


1950 Lower III
From Jennifer Newman.


1950 Upper III 1
From Sheila Bottomley.


1950 Upper III 2
From Marjorie Keane.


1950 Upper III 3
From Catherine MacDonald.


1950 Upper III 4
From Margaret Yewdall.


1950 Class Photo
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1950 Prefects
From Irene Furze. The photo is from the school magazine.


1950 Teachers
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1950 Group Photo (probably of the Choir)
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1950 Girls in the library
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1950 A School Production of Merrie England
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1950 Netball Team
From Irene Furze. The photo is from the school magazine.


1951 Class Photo - Fifth Form
From Avril Escolme.


1951 Prefects
From Irene Furze. The photo is from the school magazine.


1951 Miss Clayton rehearses the choir
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1951 Netball Team
From Irene Furze. The photo is from the school magazine.


1951 A Midsummer Night's Dream
From Margaret Yewdall.


1952 Prefects
From Irene Furze. The photo is from the school magazine.


1953 Prefects
From Irene Furze. The photo is from the school magazine.


1953 The Choir relax in the Hall
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1953 Hockey Team
From Irene Furze. The photo is from the school magazine.


1953 Senior Netball Team
From Margaret Yewdall.


1953 May 14th - The Choir records for the ‘Wings of Song’ broadcast
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1954 (Thursday 22nd July) - Centenary Celebrations - Miss Clayton & the choir outside Leeds Parish Church
Loaned by Brenda Hawer from Miss Clayton's own collection.


1954 (Thursday 22nd July) - Centenary Celebrations - 2 photographs of the Thanksgiving Service at Leeds Parish Church
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1954 (Thursday 22nd July) - Centenary Celebrations - 2 photographs of pupils at the Thanksgiving Service at Leeds Parish Church
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1954 (Thursday 22nd July) - Centenary Celebrations - The Centenary Dinner
From Margaret Sprittles.


1954 (Thursday 22nd July) - Miss Holden and Old Girls at the Celebration Dinner
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1954 (Friday 23rd July) - Centenary Celebrations - Old Girls' Reunion
From Margaret Sprittles.


1954 (Saturday 24th July) - Centenary Speech Day - the audience
From Grete Wheeler. (This is a fantastic black-and-white photo of the Centenary Speech Day in Leeds Town Hall.)


1954 (Saturday 24th July) - Centenary Concert
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1954 (Saturday 24th July) - The Centenary Concert - Edwin Smith, Agnes Clayton, Elsie Suddaby and Melville Cook
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1954 Centenary Panoramic
From Christine Tweedie. This photo was taken in July 1954. As far as I know, it's the only panorama taken during the summer months. Apart from some senior girls (sitting on the same row as the teachers), all the pupils are in dresses rather than skirts and ties.


1954 Staff
Loaned by Brenda Hawer from Miss Clayton's own collection.


1954 Staff - end of term?
From Irene Furze.


1954 or ’55 - The choir recording a radio broadcast
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.

 

1956 The Gondoliers
From Janet Wightman.


1956 Head Girl & Prefects
From Christine Tweedie.


1956 Tennis Team & 1956 Prefects (two photos)
From Grete Wheeler, who found these pictures in a 1956 copy of the School Magazine.


1958 approx. - Aerial view of both schools (pre dining hall)
From Janet Wightman.


1958 Ruddigore
From Janet Wightman.


1958 Fanny's First Play
From Janet Wightman.


1958 Panoramic
From Susan Bland.


1958/59 Prefects
From Pat Thompson (Tommy).


1959 approx — Scripture Union Summer Camp at Scalby, Scarborough
From Carol Peacock.


1959 The Choir
From Beryl Midgley. Beryl tells me that the photo was taken by the YEP in the assembly hall of the school, just prior to a radio recording being made.


1959/60 Prefects
From Pat Thompson (Tommy).


1960 The Pirates Of Penzance
From Janet Wightman.


1960 Speech Day
From Pat Thompson (Tommy).


1960 (July) — Lawnswood Girls with French Exchange Students
From Carol Peacock.


1960 (19th July) - Miss Holden’s retirement - Photo with the teachers
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1960 (19th July) - Miss Holden’s retirement - The presentation
From Margaret Sprittles.


1961 She Stoops To Conquer
From Janet Wightman.


1961 Junior 6th
From Wendy Grove.


1961 Photographs (click on the links below)
The photos that follow were all taken in May 1961. All the prints have a small white letter in the bottom right-hand corner - the photographer's identifying mark. There are two missing - number 5 and letter G. Why, I don't know.

Thanks to Rosemary Boyle who was able to put names to the Prefects, Senior Sixth and some of the teams. The teachers and second-form girls have mostly been identified by my fellow second-formers.

If you can help to identify any other groups, please get in touch. If you have either of the missing photos, I would love to hear from you.


First set
A. The School Buildings
B. The Teachers
Second set
C. The Prefects 1960-1961
D. The Senior Sixth
E. The Junior Sixth
Third set
F.  5A
G. Missing (5A Parallel?)
H. 5B
I.  5B Parallel
Fourth set
J.   4A
K.  4A Parallel
L.  4B
M. 4B Parallel
Fifth set
N. 3X
O. 3A
P. 3A Parallel
Q. 3B (Latin)
R. 3B Parallel (non-Latin?)
Sixth set
S. 2A
T. 2A Parallel
U. 2B
V. 2B Parallel
Seventh set
W. 1A
X.  1B
Y.  1C
Z.  1D
Eighth set
1.  The Orchestra
2.  The Choir
Ninth set
3.  First Hockey XI
4.  First & Second Netball VIIs
5.  Missing
6.  ? Hockey XI
Tenth set
7.  Under 14 & Under 15 Netball VIIs
8.  ? Hockey XI
9.  The Highway Code Quiz Team?


1962 Tennis Team
From Olwen Smithson.


1963 Panoramic
From Margaret Collie.


1963 Aerial View Of Both Schools
From Sandra Baker.


1964 Form 1R
From Sarah Sharp.


1964(?) Class Photo
From Sheila Galbraith.


1964 Pirates Of Penzance
Photos from Elisabeth Stephenson; Programme from Susan Airey.


1964 - Miss Clayton and the choir
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.


1964/65 Miss Norwood's Junior Sixth
From Margaret Collie.


1964/65 Miss Walker's Junior Sixth
From Pat Curtis.


1965 - "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Joint production with Leeds Boys’ Modern School)
From Margaret Bradbrook.


1965 Class 4B
From Adrienne Spence.


1967 Speech Day Prizewinners
From Jane Baxendale.


1968 Panoramic
From Shelagh Pullan.


Late 1960s? - Joint Reunion of Old Girls & Old Mods
From Margaret Lee.


1970 Form IV 13
From Carol Hazelwood


Date unknown - Miss Clayton conducting
Loaned by Kathleen Wood from the collection of Miss Agnes Clayton.