Originally a panoramic photograph
The original photograph these images are taken from was a panoramic image. It was rolled up and I kept it like that for a few years. But when I was working for Machinery Publishing Company in West Street, I mounted it on to a piece of hardboard. This has probably been responsible for its preservation over the many years and the many moves it had to suffer. I photographed it in six different shots so that the images would overlap and no one would be missing.
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Taken in the playground
In 1956 it was taken in the playground that at the time was adjacent to Trafalgar Street. This of course is now gone and is covered with buildings. To set the shot up, chairs and tables were used as well as benches from the assembly room for everyone to stand on. I remember that the girls in Margaret Hardy school which was right next to Fawcett School, were waving out of windows at us.
Can you share your memories?
I am in the front row with my class which was 1a. Some of the pupils in this photo have made contact with me through this website. I do hope that the photograph will generate lots more memories from former Fawcett School pupils. If you can share your memories with us, please do post a comment below.