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Littlemoor Primary School 1879 - 2005 (1)

Littlemoor Primary School 
Date Undated
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
Littlemoor Primary School - A Brief History

Littlemoor Primary School is quasi-ecclesiastical style with a bell turret opened in 1879, at the junction of Harrogate Road and Batter Lane.
It closed in 2005 and has now been converted into housing.
A view of Littlemmor School on a postcard sent to a Miss Steele of Holbeck, Leeds.  The message reads:  "Der Nellie, we shall be pleased to see you on Sunday as it is our harvest and the potatoes are ready". 
Dated 10th September 1908

Photo ID    B169
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - 1905
A mixed class of children in 1905.
On the left is teacher Miss Emily Yeadon, the Headmaster Mr Holmshaw is to the right. 

Photo ID    FBA069
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - 1908/09
On the right side of the back row is Granville Teal, father of the donor of this image, David Teale.
After school Granville went into partnership with Frank Sellars, they had a joiners and undertakers business at the Rawdon Co-op (opposite Ilkley bus stop).  He later had a newsagents business on Harrogate Road.

Photo ID    H386
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - 1910
This photo was taken in July 1910, at the Batter Lane entrance to the school.  The donor of the image, Mrs Aldyth Rushworth, is 4th from the left on the middle row, aged 6 yrs.  Willie, aged 4 yrs is 2nd from the right on the front row, Madge aged 4 yrs on September 3rd 1909, is 4th from the right on the front row.

Photo ID    G096
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - 1918
These children were standards 3 and 4.  Their names were:
Back row left to right: Grimshaw, L Finch (later Mrs Fearing), C Thomas, W Girt,  ? Robinson, D Horner, M Jennings, E Wittam, O Richardson, L Barnes, A Nicholson.  The teacher was Miss Peel.
Third row left to right: B Smith, A Brown, ? Evans, J Cobb, F Hardy, J Greenwood, I Slack, A Slack, A swift.  ( ? )
Second row left to right: I Hesp, E Wilkinson, O Longfield, M Haigh, M Judson, N Hardaker, A Rhodes, A Wilson, E Bickerdyke, I Cullingworth.
Front row left to right: ? Wilkinson, J Prince, E Hardwick, L Nolan, A Barnes, A Ramshaw, ( ? ) J Sedgwick, K Emsley.

Photo ID    C083
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - 1920
A mixed class at Littlemoor School.  The teacher is on the left. 

Photo ID    I018   
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - 1921
The teacher on the left was Miss Busfield and she is with a mixed class of pupils. 

Photo ID    FB304
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - 1921
A class of pupils with teacher.

Photo ID    FF02
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - 1923/24
On the left is teacher Miss Jane Halmshaw.
Back row left to right: Walter Rollinson, Gordon ?, Jack Tolson, Blanche Tordoff, Marjorie Kitson, Ethel Rednal, Holly Slade, Billy Greaves, ? Hollings, Dick Rigg, Eddie Mercer. 
Third row left to right: Edna Scott, Doris Hinkle, Margaret Clark, Enid Calvert, Mollie Young, Sally Smith, Mary Smith, Peggy Stretton, Muriel Kendall, ( ? ) Patty Hudson, Ivy Walker. 
2nd row left to right: Irene Webster, Maud Gill, marion Preston, Iris ?, Marjorie Beatty, Margaret Oates, John Thomas, Laura Waite, Gladys Kay, Frances Nolan, Eileen Dixon, Mary Farrell.
Front row left to right: Fred Yeadon, Eric Booth, Fred Long, Jack Houlden, Willie Girt, Irving Wadsworth, Alan Hardaker, Cyril Barnes, Donald Womersley.
AHS Note:
Dick Rigg carried on the Rigg family tradition of becoming a butcher, with his brothers and son David.  He had several shops including one on Yeadon High Street and one on Harrogate Road in Rawdon.
He lived in the first cottage past the shop, his sister Marion had a flat above the shop which she retained when the business was sold to Wilkinsons.
Eddie Mercer was a founder member of what was then called the Aireborough and Horsforth Museum Society (now Aireborough Historical Society), after his death his brother Roy donated all his papers to the Society.

Photo ID    D260
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - c1929
A class of girls and boys with their teacher.
On the second row first on the right: Margaret Doreen Haigh (Peggy) better known in later life as a bus conductress on the Samuel Ledgard's buses.
Photo ID    FBA174
Littlemoor Primary School Pupils - 1930s
A class of girls and boys with their teacher.
Donated by Helen Collins. 

Photo ID    FBA176
Littlemoor Primary School Pantomime - 1933
The cast of the school pantomime.
Donated by Helen Collins.

Photo ID    K061
Littlemoor Primary School - 1947
A photograph of the school taken in 1947 by photographer Marmaduke Milner and donated by the Swain family of Rawdon.


Photo ID    I128
Littlemoor Primary School Youth Club - 1948

A Christmas party at the Rawdon Littlemoor School Youth Club.

Donated by Eddie Jenkinson. 


Photo ID    C058
Littlemoor Primary School Football Team - 1949
Harry Jones, schoolmaster is on the left.
Jean Dean has provided some of the names of the team:
Back row left to right: David Croft, Barry Stead, Noel Prince, ( ? )  ( ? )
Middle row left to right: ( ? )  Keith Rawnsley, ( ? )  David Ingleson, Brian Stead.
Front ro left to right: ( ? )  ( ? )  ( ? )  Peter Waterworth.

Photo ID    I022
Littlemoor Primary School Camp - 1950s
Boys enjoying camp at Bewerley Park near Pateley Bridge.

Photo ID    I023 A group of children at a school camp location, again as above.

Previous Comments:

Re C083


My father, Edward Rigg, is on this photo (3rd row from the bottom, forth child from the right - not wearing a jacket).
He would have been 8. I have the list of all the children's names. The teacher's name was Charlesworth.

10 March 2017
Re FBA176


Second row from front, far left Gordon (Jim) Lupton

29 April 2014
Re I023


A few of these boys were friends and neighbours of the Luty boys, from Markam Avenue and Second Avenue Rawdon, some of the names are David Ingleson, Keith Rawnsley, Kenneth Norris, Douglas Lidyard, Wilfred Sunderland,Jim Armitage. (bottom picture)

30 May 2013
Re I128


Oh yes, I remember it well. Are any of you still out there. It was the best youth club ever. Don't we all look grown up. I say we but I didn't join until later that year so I'm not on this. Some of the names. L and Right as seen from the front. Centre straightening his tie Wilf Verity, behind Sylvia Birch with Wilf's brother Douglas, sons of Hedley Verity, famous cricketer. Front right David Birch. Behind him Brian Harper with pretty girl on his knee. Left edge Margaret ? who married Jim Toakley, another member. I'll print this out and have another think. It is all being dragged out of an 80 year old memory. Shirley ( Bailey )

23 July 2015


remembered some more names.....Brian Whittaker, Audrey Harper, Winnie Fox, Marjorie Rhodes. Where are Phillip Best, brilliant tennis player and Donald B who was heading for being an MP. Their mother was a mainstay of the running of the youth club, fondly remembered.

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jean dean
jean dean
this is a picture of a celebration of the Primative Methodists on Harrogate Road it is also known as Riggs Chapel , it was almost next door to the school
20 January 2021
jean dean
jean dean
That looks like Miss Veritys class the entry age was seven years old

20 January 2021
Thank you Jean for both of your observations and I will pass them on to AHS Archivists for further investigation before replying and updating. Kind regards, Jack Brayshaw, AHS.
20 January 2021
Jack Brayshaw
Jack Brayshaw
Further to the comment by Jean Dean re Photo ID: N02. We at AHS believe Jean to be correct and the photo has now been removed from the Littlemoor Primary School pages and relocated to the Primitive Methodist Church page. Thank you once again Jean for your observation. Kind regards, Jack Brayshaw, AHS.
23 January 2021
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