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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Hoghton School

Interesting view from the Victorian era, showing the former chimneys. The school was originally built by Henry de Hoghton  in 1838, and the schoolmaster's house in 1839. It is a tall building, and not surprisingly did once have two storeys.  The first floor was used for boarders and apparently there were 120 scholars in 1851, according to George Birtill, a local historian.

This photo seems to date from around 1945.  The schoolmaster's lodgings were to the Riley Green side of the school.

Hoghton School as a private house in 2009

Third row from the front, second from the left, Mable Windle, my grandmother. Perhaps your ancestors are on here too?

Inside the main hall.  The school was once the centre of Hoghton community, being  used for all types of meetings and social events.  It was used by the Scouts and Campaigners, for jumble sales, Harvest Festival suppers etc.  I remember attending Sunday School there.  A new school was created at Coupe Green in 1975 and Hoghton school seems to have closed in 1976.  It was eventually sold to become a, beautifully restored, private house.

My great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Davies, (on the extreme left) was an assistant teacher at Hoghton School from 1881 - 1885.  In  1888 she married Thomas Miller-Crook of Horrobin Farm, Riley Green.
Photo circa 1901. Left to right, Mary Elizabeth, Anne, great Grandfather Thomas with little May, Ralph (standing), my grandfather Thomas, his sister Rachael (sitting),  - behind her, I presume, Great Great Grandma Sarah. Sarah was married age 17, and had fourteen children, Thomas being the eldest.

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