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The Primary Gates

By pamelajean
(Continuing my Southampton series. Yet another gate.
Most of the pictures in this series are taken from “the old town”).

These are the gates of St John’s Primary & Nursery School, dating from 1912 when there were 197 children.
Drill was held each morning and metal tokens were given out to the necessitous children for free dinners.
In the cellar is a bath house with 2 cast iron baths, so 2 children at a time could have baths there. A fire, fed by coal, heated the water.
The school is now bright, warm and welcoming and so different from its original beginnings.

2 pictures, one of either side of the gate.


Tags: Architecture Children playing Historic Flying birds School gates The old town Hampshire England 1912 musical notes 93 French Street

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TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
9 Jun 2022 3:16PM
A very lovely piece of work on the gate, Pamela, and two super captures of it too 😃👍🏻
Trev 😀
9 Jun 2022 3:21PM
Two excellent, well detailed images of these superbly crafted gates, Pamela - so welcoming for the children.

The narrative is very interesting, too - social history is a fascinating subject.

mac Plus
20 14 Scotland
9 Jun 2022 4:54PM
Two lovely gates, well captured, accompanied by historical notes. We have come a long way since the start of this school, and modern times. However, the way the country is now with inflation, the cost of heating and lighting, not forgetting vehicle fuel, are we heading backwards?
Chinga Plus
11 104 3 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2022 5:02PM
Beautiful gates, two eye-pleasing shots...
Isabel GrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2022 5:47PM
Two really lovely shots
Fenfotos Plus
6 32 3 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2022 6:06PM
two great images, I think the lead image is quite special.
taggart Plus
17 47 15 United States
9 Jun 2022 7:13PM
Good Eyes found this interesting set and great text describes the school!
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
10 Jun 2022 10:03AM
A bath and a meal would probably have been very welcome in those days...😁
Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2022 3:17PM
lovely composition Pamela
bricurtis Plus
17 2.6k 52 England
11 Jun 2022 10:07AM
I prefer the lead image - the adult over seeing the children works best for me.

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