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Posted 25 January 2009 - 07:45 PM

In the Norfolk Park in the 1970's thread I have posted several pictures of the estate taken from the top floor of the tower block which used to stand between Northern Avenue / Spring Lane and Park Grange Road.

Whilst going through my old negatives I find I had the sense at the time to go to the other side of the block and take pictures facing the opposite way, towards Arbourthorne and the Manor. Directly in front of this block was my old school, Norfolk, now mainly all demolished except for the old Junior school on Brimmersfield Road which is now the pupil referral unit.

I thought these pictures would be of particular interest to my friend Stuart0742 and SteveHB as they are both Norfolk old boys who once wore that black tie with white and gold diagonal stripes.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 07:49 PM

Nearly forgot this one, all those B&W photos are from May 1973, but I took this colour slide from the same viewpoint 2 years earlier in April 1970, - I was still in the third year with Man Gill as form tutor then, I was in a class of 42 students because we had just gone comprehensive and had taken in extra students, bused up to us from the Wybourn estate.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 07:59 PM

Nearly forgot this one, all those B&W photos are from May 1973, but I took this colour slide from the same viewpoint 2 years earlier in April 1970, - I was still in the third year with Man Gill as form tutor then, I was in a class of 42 students because we had just gone comprehensive and had taken in extra students, bused up to us from the Wybourn estate.


The red cars a Beetle what about the white car, is it a Vauxhall Cresta?? lol

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 08:14 PM

The red cars a Beetle what about the white car, is it a Vauxhall Cresta?? lol


I don't know but I recognise that woman walking up Northern Avenue in the white mini dress and I think I know where she is going

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 08:26 PM

I don't know but I recognise that woman walking up Northern Avenue in the white mini dress and I think I know where she is going


Nearly missed the Hillman Imp on the drive

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:11 PM

I seem to remember when that tower block I was stood on to take these pictures was finally demolished in November 1999, by blowing it up, those houses at the bottom of Northern Avenue in the picture were covered for weeks in a fine covering of grey dust.
Sad though it was I regret not photographing or filming any of the demolition which took place of these flats.

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:15 PM

I seem to remember when that tower block I was stood on to take these pictures was finally demolished in November 1999, by blowing it up, those houses at the bottom of Northern Avenue in the picture were covered for weeks in a fine covering of grey dust.
Sad though it was I regret not photographing or filming any of the demolition which took place of these flats.


The guy with the white car on the colour photo, later bought a Ford Anglia and made his front garden into a drive

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:17 PM

The guy with the white car on the colour photo, later bought a Ford Anglia and made his front garden into a drive


WHAT!!! how the hell do you know that??

I thought you lived up Hackenthorpe at the time not at the bottom of Northern Avenue!

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:32 PM

WHAT!!! how the hell do you know that??

I thought you lived up Hackenthorpe at the time not at the bottom of Northern Avenue!


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Bit like a Then and Then

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:40 PM

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Bit like a Then and Then


Remember that mystery location I did about if you look up as you suggested you may see someone else looking down at you, - in my picture it was a security camera.

Well as far as that bloke at the end of Northern Avenue is concerned I was the spy in the sky.

In 1970 -73 I could have used these pictures down at the housing department to show unauthorised modifications to a council property by a tennent.

If the pictures had both been taken after 1991 I could have used it to have his council tax raised from Band A to Band B

Then again, second thoughts, they shoot spies don't they?

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:34 PM

In these pictures of the school the "bridge" can be made out which joined the old red brick school (built in 1936) to the new school which was in yellowy-green glass covered prefabricated sections (built 1965).

In one of the pictures the bridge is just above the only house in the picture which is illegally burning coal and emitting smoke into the air in cotravention of the 1956 clean air act.

This bridge rather awkwardly joined the 2 buildings at first floor level instead of at ground level, - but then again if it was at ground level it wouldn't be a bridge would it?

The bridge crossed over the senior playground and can be seen in this picture. The doors ahead go into the old school staircase and the boys toilets, the rooms on the right are the metalwork workshops where Man Cooke tried to teach us metalwork, a popular subject at the time when we actually had a steel industry with local jobs for lads leaving local schools.

Stuart0742 may recall an incident in which we were throwing some science equipment from the school yard over the top of the bridge and we "lost" it on the bridge roof. We were ordered onto the bridge roof to retrieve it which meant going through the needlework dressing rooms on the top floor of the new block.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:42 PM

In these pictures of the school the "bridge" can be made out which joined the old red brick school (built in 1936) to the new school which was in yellowy-green glass covered prefabricated sections (built 1965).

In one of the pictures the bridge is just above the only house in the picture which is illegally burning coal and emitting smoke into the air in cotravention of the 1956 clean air act.

This bridge rather awkwardly joined the 2 buildings at first floor level instead of at ground level, - but then again if it was at ground level it wouldn't be a bridge would it?

The bridge crossed over the senior playground and can be seen in this picture. The doors ahead go into the old school staircase and the boys toilets, the rooms on the right are the metalwork workshops where Man Cooke tried to teach us metalwork, a popular subject at the time when we actually had a steel industry with local jobs for lads leaving local schools.

Stuart0742 may recall an incident in which we were throwing some science equipment from the school yard over the top of the bridge and we "lost" it on the bridge roof. We were ordered onto the bridge roof to retrieve it which meant going through the needlework dressing rooms on the top floor of the new block.



Strange use of the word "These" for 1 photo

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:59 PM

Strange use of the word "These" for 1 photo


In post #1 there are 3 photos, 2 of which show the school

In the following posts there is a 4th colour picture which also shows the school

I used "these" to describle all "these" photos, although my description of the position of the bridge (for those who don't know the school,- not you!) does refer to one specific picture. If you know what you are looking for, the bridge can be seen in 3 of the 4 previous pictures and the base of it can be seen in the latest "school yard" shot.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 07:01 PM

In post #1 there are 3 photos, 2 of which show the school

In the following posts there is a 4th colour picture which also shows the school

I used "these" to describle all "these" photos, although my description of the position of the bridge (for those who don't know the school,- not you!) does refer to one specific picture. If you know what you are looking for, the bridge can be seen in 3 of the 4 previous pictures and the base of it can be seen in the latest "school yard" shot.


Right I see now

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 07:17 PM

OK then, here's a view along a corridor inside the old school.

The shaft of light on the floor just in front of the girls feet is the opening on the right where the bridge goes across to the new school.

On the left just opposite and just beyond that fire extinguisher is Man Gill's large Geography room, probably the largest room in the school and the one we had as a form when it had to house 42 of us when we went comprehensive and we bused kids in from off the Wybourn.

I am taking the photo from just beyond Man Riley's laboratory on the left at an angular bend where Man Everatts stock room / Pete Harrisons workshop were.

Stuart0742 may recall another incident one dinnertime in which I pulled a piece of that suspended ceiling on this corridor which was hanging loose and a whole section of it collapsed. We got caught by some hard case teachers coming back from dinner but instead of being in trouble big time the woodwork teacher just threw us his workshop keys and said "Right lads, you'll find tools and nails in my room, - I expect it put right before the bell goes" - and it was!

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 06:19 PM

Also taken from the same location on the main corridor in the old building but through the window to my right from the previous shot gives this next view.

The bridge is off shot to the left and the picture is flanked on the left by the new building. Between the new building and that lamp standard is the end of the Annexe building (Lass John's classroom where we did RE). For the rest of the picture we have in the near foreground the school yard which featured in an earlier shot, centre picture is the staff car park which was too small and always overcrowded, -so there are plenty of teachers cars there from 1973 for Stuart0742 to try to identify. I'll give you one point if you can identify the make of car but 5 points if you can match each car up with the teacher who owned it. Beyond the car park are the tennis courts and playing fields where we can see sporting activity taking place and those houses betond are the backs of houses on City Road. The Nursery and infant school which are on Craddock Road, as well as the schools main entrance along that drive up to the car park are off picture to the right.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 02:41 PM

please keep the photos coming!!!!!

i went to norfolk from when i started in nursery in 1978 until leaving age in 1990

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:20 PM

please keep the photos coming!!!!!

i went to norfolk from when i started in nursery in 1978 until leaving age in 1990


Welcome to the site wayneybabes, nice to welcome another Norfolk graduate into our midst. I started in the nursery in 1958 and laeft at the end of Y11 as its called now in 1972. After this Norfolk briefly had a sixth form which my younger brother went to and he left in 1977, the year before you were born.

As you attended this school almost a generation after I did, and as these photos which you seem to like were about 15 years old by the time you got to secondary school I would be interested to hear of any changes which had taken place between the time of the photographs and the time you were there.

I don't have that many more pictures of the school buildings but I have a lot of memories and stories of what went on and, would you believe, photographs of almost all the staff taken for my July 1972 "leaving book". Many of these staff would have still been there in your time!

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 09:53 AM

Welcome to the site wayneybabes, nice to welcome another Norfolk graduate into our midst. I started in the nursery in 1958 and laeft at the end of Y11 as its called now in 1972. After this Norfolk briefly had a sixth form which my younger brother went to and he left in 1877, the year before you were born.

As you attended this school almost a generation after I did, and as these photos which you seem to like were about 15 years old by the time you got to secondary school I would be interested to hear of any changes which had taken place between the time of the photographs and the time you were there.

I don't have that many more pictures of the school buildings but I have a lot of memories and stories of what went on and, would you believe, photographs of almost all the staff taken for my July 1972 "leaving book". Many of these staff would have still been there in your time!


cheers mate. one alteration since those photos was the one taken underneath the bridge (man cookes classroom). the building with the two doors on that photo was knocked down to leave a wall about 4 foot tall and a runway leading to a new doorway to the side of the staircase.

now, the photo of the girl on the corridor. Those classrooms to the left of the girl, when i was there, where for Science. The school looks so clean to what i remember!!.

as for the playing field and car park shot, just out of the picture (the next house) is where i used to live between 1978 and 1985. also, the baby trees on that photo (in front of basketball court behind cars) when i went to Norfolk ended up being huge, overhanging (Sycamore?) trees!.

I have some photos on my facebook profile http://www.new.faceb...p;id=1077789646 of the first school during demolition in early 2004(?). So sad to see the old building and site in the state it is in nowadays.

I hope you dont mind but i have saved your photos to my facebook profile to show to my mates. If this is ok i would appreciate any more photos you have!

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 07:23 PM

cheers mate. one alteration since those photos was the one taken underneath the bridge (man cookes classroom). the building with the two doors on that photo was knocked down to leave a wall about 4 foot tall and a runway leading to a new doorway to the side of the staircase.

now, the photo of the girl on the corridor. Those classrooms to the left of the girl, when i was there, where for Science. The school looks so clean to what i remember!!.

as for the playing field and car park shot, just out of the picture (the next house) is where i used to live between 1978 and 1985. also, the baby trees on that photo (in front of basketball court behind cars) when i went to Norfolk ended up being huge, overhanging (Sycamore?) trees!.

I have some photos on my facebook profile http://www.new.faceb...p;id=1077789646 of the first school during demolition in early 2004(?). So sad to see the old building and site in the state it is in nowadays.

I hope you dont mind but i have saved your photos to my facebook profile to show to my mates. If this is ok i would appreciate any more photos you have!


Thanks wayneybabes

The building with the 2 doors was, left hand door into the boys toilets and right hand door into the staircase of the stairs which led up into that main building. there was also an internal door on the side that connected the two so that you didn't have to go outside and come back in just to go to the toilet so the modification you describe would have been very simple to carry out but would have left the school short of boys toilets. As the school was symetrical around a central quadrangle there is a similar set of doors, behind the camera in the picture where there are girls toilets. I wonder if they made a similar conversion there to keep the buildings symetry?

The classrooms on that top corridor, which are on the left only, the right overlooks that playground were, from stairwell corner nearest camera (boys toilet end) to stairwell corner at the bottom of the corridor as far as you can see (girls toilets end) were, a stockroom (man Everatts), a washroom / cloakroom, a science Lab (man Riley's), the big Geography room (man Gills), this was later split into 2, creating a new classroom which I think man Headley used, - can't really remember it much as they converted it just as I was leaving in 1972, - something to do with ROSLA (raising of the school leaving age) and making provision for all those extra Y11's that now had to stay on to 16 (previously you could have left, without qualifications, at 15). Beyond that another washrrom / cloakroom and then the senior mistresses office (lass Moore). The corridor may look clean and tidy but I have already related the story of how I accidentally pulled down a large section of already damaged ceiling and was ordered to put it back up.

From the the position you describle your house it must have been on City Road then, somewhere opposite either the petrol station, the doctors house or the travellers rest boozer. In any case it would have been very handy for getting to school, no excuses for being late!

As I am not a member of facebook I cannot access your pictures of the demolition of the nursery school and I am sure other members of Sheffield History would be interested to see them in this Sheffield Places, - Now Gone forum so why not post them here in this thread?

No problem with you putting my pictures on your facebook page, just do the normal thing and acknoledge the source, eg "pictures provided by DaveH on Sheffield History". I hope to post here any other pictures I come across of our old school so just keep checking back to see if there is anything new.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 07:31 PM

cheers mate. one alteration since those photos was the one taken underneath the bridge (man cookes classroom). the building with the two doors on that photo was knocked down to leave a wall about 4 foot tall and a runway leading to a new doorway to the side of the staircase.


Just one extra thought I have here wayneybabes.

Is this your own wording or are you quoting my texts?

In just about every school I know the students, when talking ABOUT teachers (not TO teachers) refer to male teachers as Mr. (Mister) and female teachers as Miss., Mrs. or Ms. (Miss, Missis or Mus) to fit in with normal English. However at Norfolk Stuart0742, myself and a load of other old students ALWAYS called male teachers MAN and female teachers LASS. This seemed to be something of a tradition and, as far as I know is unique to Norfolk school.

So in the 1980's how would you talk about teachers to your mates in the way you addressed them?

Was it still Man and Lass?

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:24 PM

CHRISTMAS 1969

Here is a scene from the school Christmas production taken in December 1969
The location is the school hall in the new extension building.

QUIZ QUESTION

Which Sheffield History member is shown on stage in this picture dressed as Father Christmas?

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 09:48 AM

Just one extra thought I have here wayneybabes.

Is this your own wording or are you quoting my texts?

In just about every school I know the students, when talking ABOUT teachers (not TO teachers) refer to male teachers as Mr. (Mister) and female teachers as Miss., Mrs. or Ms. (Miss, Missis or Mus) to fit in with normal English. However at Norfolk Stuart0742, myself and a load of other old students ALWAYS called male teachers MAN and female teachers LASS. This seemed to be something of a tradition and, as far as I know is unique to Norfolk school.

So in the 1980's how would you talk about teachers to your mates in the way you addressed them?

Was it still Man and Lass?


I dont know about the 'Lass' (im sure we called them Miss) but we definately called all the male teachers 'Man'

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:07 AM

This picture was taken during demolition of the 'tower block' in 2003/4. The tarmacced area is of the old 'Annex' building which where demolished some years earlier. Does anyone remember going down the old air raid shelters underneath the 'annex'?

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This one is of the first school yard with the rubble from the nursery behind it, taken in 2004
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:13 AM

This one is of the First School Hall during demolition 2004. Wonder what Santa is doing there :unsure:
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:36 AM

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....a couple more from the first school. this was the old headmaster/mistresses office on cradock road. Not a place i visited very often may i add lol

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:41 AM

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First School play around 1982/83. I am the one in the flat cap, middle row, to the right of the kids with the glasses

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 01:46 PM

This picture was taken during demolition of the 'tower block' in 2003/4. The tarmacced area is of the old 'Annex' building which where demolished some years earlier. Does anyone remember going down the old air raid shelters underneath the 'annex'?

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I sure do remember going down the old air raid shelters wayneybabes, - with the school technician Pete Harrison on a reconnaisance to see if we could run a telephone cable through it from the secretarys office in the new block to the gymnasium near the main entrance. Turned out it wasn't possible as the shelters ended well short of the Gym.

I have commented on the school air raid shelters before and described them in some detail in a thread on this site to do with air raid shelters. I think its in the Sheffield during the war topic if you want to find it. I don't have any pictures of the shelters to show here but in the other thread I comment how similar the school shelters were to some others which have a picture posted with them.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 01:49 PM

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First School play around 1982/83. I am the one in the flat cap, middle row, to the right of the kids with the glasses


So that will be the one almost hidden then?

Just like to say thanks to wayneybabes for sharing these pictures of the last days of the school with us.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:08 PM

So that will be the one almost hidden then?

Just like to say thanks to wayneybabes for sharing these pictures of the last days of the school with us.


yes, the one partially hidden

No Problem, glad to share them with you all

BTW; i lived on City Road across from the Travellers Rest car park entrance nearest the Doctors House

Just a couple more pictures, this time of the middle school taken in 2004 as well (I know this school is still standing but as you know, its not Norfolk no more so therefore i class it as 'gone')

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:19 PM

Just like to say thanks to wayneybabes for sharing these pictures of the last days of the school with us.


Following on from that, here are a couple of shots of the end of the new extension in 2004, although I think I have posted these in another thread somewhere but they now seem to fit here with wayneybabes pictures.

By 2004 the new school extention had become the junior school, the old secondary school had been demolished in 1997 and replaced with the Craddock Mews houses. Obviously the bridge had gone and been replaced with what appears to have been a staircase added to the outside. The school had finally closed following the opening of the "New Norfolk School" on the Norfolk Park Estate and was awaiting demolition.

Then on 5 August 2004 arsonist struck and set fire to the building. The blaze was large and took a lot of controlling, the story made the front page of The Star.

These pictures were taken at the end of August 2004 before the final demolition of this burnt out wreck.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:22 PM

The school that replaced it

{ or like the phoenix, - the school that rose from the ashes, - except that the phoenix is City School's emblem not ours!}

The New Norfolk School on the Norfolk Park Estate

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 06:33 PM

CHRISTMAS 1969

Here is a scene from the school Christmas production taken in December 1969
The location is the school hall in the new extension building.

QUIZ QUESTION

Which Sheffield History member is shown on stage in this picture dressed as Father Christmas?


You did not disqualify me from guessing lol

Not Sure who lol

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 07:11 PM

You did not disqualify me from guessing lol

Not Sure who lol


Like I said, it's Father Christmas, and you have to believe in him when you have met him ;-)

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 07:33 PM

Just a couple more pictures, this time of the middle school taken in 2004 as well (I know this school is still standing but as you know, its not Norfolk no more so therefore i class it as 'gone')

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Great pictures here wayneybabes, bring back a lot of memories from 1963 - 67 for me, my junior school days.

As you say the junior school on Brimmersfield Road is still standing, the only original buildings of the school left, but it is currently the Sheffield Education Committee "pupil referal unit", in other words a place to send all the "bad lads" that other schools can't cope with. Not the sort of school we went to and not the way I would like to remember it.

Your first picture, taken across the lower playground, is taken from a viewpoint that would have been inside the long gone school kitchen and dining rooms for both junior and senior school dinners. Two of my auties worked in there as cooks. The door on the left of the stairwell was the boys toilets and to the left of that was a footpath up to the secondary school, near where I took the bridge picture. The upper floor of the building between those semicircular stairwells was the school hall, to the left was a craft room and to the right the headmasters office (Mr. Rackham in my day). Underneath the hall on the ground floor were changing rooms, cloakrooms and the staff room, to the extreme right, hidden by that staircase up to the bottom Brimmersfield Road entrance was the girls toilets.

Your second picture shows the upper playground. It shows mainly a dead end corridor with a large room at the end. In my day pupils were forbidden to go up this corridor, it was "out of bounds", and on the few occasions we ventured up this corridor it was quite scarey. You see, this corridor was actually the "special school for the disabled" and the students on it were much older than us, possibly up to 17 years old, but would not have fitted into normal schools as they unfortunately suffered a range of physical and mental disabilities which gave them severe learning difficulties. there were kids in leg calipers who couldn't walk because they had polio in the 1950's before the vaccine was available for example. I actually got to know some of these students and to young lads, although they were "different", they were just really nice ordinary people. There was a girl called Elaine who was deaf and dumb and 2 boys called Gary and Peter who had suffered from meningitus or hydrocephilis as babies which had left them with some disability. This "special care" aspect of Norfolk School is often overlooked, so thanks for reminding me of it and the people I knew who went there. To the right of your picture was the top Brimmersfield entrance which went between that last large special needs room and the old secondary school girls toilets into the school playground, again almost exactly where I took that bridge photo.

Great pictures, brought back a lot of memories from over 40 years ago!

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:44 AM

the dead end corridor when i was there led up to either an art room or cookery room. i remember it as a cookery room but a mate of mine insists it was for art. the corridor was always 'spooky' and 'eerie'. there was a boys toilet to the left before reaching any of the classrooms and a lot of the lads didnt like going to them alone.

speaking of 'spooky', did you use to stand underneath the new tower block (*** corner) at the bottom of those 'spooky black steps'?. did you ever venture up them?

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:34 PM

the dead end corridor when i was there led up to either an art room or cookery room. i remember it as a cookery room but a mate of mine insists it was for art. the corridor was always 'spooky' and 'eerie'. there was a boys toilet to the left before reaching any of the classrooms and a lot of the lads didnt like going to them alone.

speaking of 'spooky', did you use to stand underneath the new tower block (fag corner) at the bottom of those 'spooky black steps'?. did you ever venture up them?


The big room at the top was an art / craft room for the disabled kids, but a few years later when the disabled unit was moved away from Norfolk my younger brother said it was used by them as a cookery room.

The toilets you describe were the main toilets for the school when I was there so you had no choice but to use them. That long entrance corridor to get into them didn't help put fears at rest.

At secondary school there were concrete steps down to rhe annexe from the end of the tower, just beyond the staff car park, you can possibly locate them but not see them in the picture that just misses your house. The black steps were more central behind the new tower as I remember not at a corner, - but then again I never smoked. These steps I believe gave access to the school hall at the back of the stage and into the stage wings. I can't remember using them on more than a couple of occasions.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 02:40 PM

The big room at the top was an art / craft room for the disabled kids, but a few years later when the disabled unit was moved away from Norfolk my younger brother said it was used by them as a cookery room.

The toilets you describe were the main toilets for the school when I was there so you had no choice but to use them. That long entrance corridor to get into them didn't help put fears at rest.

At secondary school there were concrete steps down to rhe annexe from the end of the tower, just beyond the staff car park, you can possibly locate them but not see them in the picture that just misses your house. The black steps were more central behind the new tower as I remember not at a corner, - but then again I never smoked. These steps I believe gave access to the school hall at the back of the stage and into the stage wings. I can't remember using them on more than a couple of occasions.


we where never allowed up those black steps and no-one dared to go up them.

Just a funny little story:

i remember once when we where doing friday activities (badminton) in the school hall. the teacher thats was watching over us was old man smith (cant remember what car he had but it WILL have been the same one he drove when you where at school, it was that old!), Well, Smithy got called outside by another teacher and while he was gone 3 or 4 of us decided to go for a walk behind the stage. For a laugh, we all hid underneath the stage. (if you ever went under there you will recall it was full of boiler pipes) After getting 3rd degree burns from the pipes, about half way across we could see through the heating grids at the front of the stage and old Smithy was just stood there, scratching his head wondering where the missing pupils had got to. He proceeded to scour around back stage, then went down the stage wings towards those black steps. While he was gone we all rushed out and back into the hall!. The look on his face when he asked where we had been and we said "weve been here all the time Sir", was a picture!!.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 04:33 PM

we where never allowed up those black steps and no-one dared to go up them.

Just a funny little story:

i remember once when we where doing friday activities (badminton) in the school hall.


"Friday Activities", there are some memories!

Last lesson Friday was "Creative Activities" where you had a choice of what you wanted to do, sports, crafts, hobbies etc (all still very educational, but different and fun). I was usually in the photographic club and it is because of this club that many of the old pictures I can now produce for sheffield history have any existance at all. The films were developed and printed on Friday afternoons in the dark room which was the preparation room between the 2 science labs in the new tower block.

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 04:39 PM

the teacher thats was watching over us was old man smith (cant remember what car he had but it WILL have been the same one he drove when you where at school, it was that old!), Well, Smithy got called outside by another teacher and while he was gone 3 or 4 of us decided to go for a walk behind the stage. For a laugh, we all hid underneath the stage. (if you ever went under there you will recall it was full of boiler pipes) After getting 3rd degree burns from the pipes, about half way across we could see through the heating grids at the front of the stage and old Smithy was just stood there, scratching his head wondering where the missing pupils had got to. He proceeded to scour around back stage, then went down the stage wings towards those black steps. While he was gone we all rushed out and back into the hall!. The look on his face when he asked where we had been and we said "weve been here all the time Sir", was a picture!!.


There were 2 man Smith's, both veterans of the school.

John Smith, taught woodwork, drove an old morris 1000 if I can remember correctly

Eric Smith, taught maths (and photography), drove a Ford Anglia.

I was talking to Eric Smith last November after one of the 8mm films we made "dead easy" was shown by region on film. His car featured in it. There is a thread about it somewhere on this site started off last November by Karen Marsh. I have posted 2 stills from the film into it if you want to have a look and find it.