Birch School photograph collection.

A collection of photographs dating from about 1890, mainly of classes at the school. Most of the photographs were on display in the school for the 150th birthday celebrations - visitors helped fill in some of the names, but there are many more to do... If you can help with names or more photographs, we would like to hear from you! - Email us.

Many of the photographs are from Elaine's family - others were brought in by local people for the exhibition.

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 Birch School group No.2, c1890. Headmaster Mr Chandler ( or Mr Walsh )on the left.  ELB_SCH_001ELB_SCH_001
Birch School group No.2, c1890. Headmaster Mr Chandler ( or Mr Walsh )on the left.
c1890
 Birch School group No.1, c1890. Headmaster Mr Chandler on the left.
 Photo No.19.  ELB_SCH_003ELB_SCH_003
Birch School group No.1, c1890. Headmaster Mr Chandler on the left.
Photo No.19.
c1890
 Birch School Group No. 3 1890s. Headmaster Mr Chandler on the right.  ELB_SCH_005ELB_SCH_005
Birch School Group No. 3 1890s. Headmaster Mr Chandler on the right.
1890s
 Birch School group II. c1890s. Headmaster Mr Walsh on the left?
 Photo No.4. Names from separate sheet No.4 scanned ELB_SCH_014.jpg. Is it the right sheet for this photograph ?
 Back row L-R 1., 2. Howard, 3. Jack Whybrow, 4. Dick Manning, 5., 6., 7., 8. Jack Augur, 9., 10.
 2nd row 1., 2. Edith Bullock, 3. Taylor, 4., 5., 6. David Everit, 7., 8., 9.
 3rd row 1., 2. Arthur Partner (born Birch 1898 or Layer Breton 1902), 3., 4. Eunice Mead, 5., 6. Lily Pentney (born 1899), 7., 8., 9.
 Front row L-R 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7., 8. Eva Wheeler, 9. Vaughan.  ELB_SCH_013ELB_SCH_013
Birch School group II. c1890s. Headmaster Mr Walsh on the left?
Photo No.4. Names from separate sheet No.4 scanned ELB_SCH_014.jpg. Is it the right sheet for this photograph ?
Back row L-R 1., 2. Howard, 3. Jack Whybrow, 4. Dick Manning, 5., 6., 7., 8. Jack Augur, 9., 10.
2nd row 1., 2. Edith Bullock, 3. Taylor, 4., 5., 6. David Everit, 7., 8., 9.
3rd row 1., 2. Arthur Partner (born Birch 1898 or Layer Breton 1902), 3., 4. Eunice Mead, 5., 6. Lily Pentney (born 1899), 7., 8., 9.
Front row L-R 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7., 8. Eva Wheeler, 9. Vaughan.
c1905
 Birch School c1898. Headmaster Mr Chandler on the left.
 Photo No.10.  ELB_SCH_015ELB_SCH_015
Birch School c1898. Headmaster Mr Chandler on the left.
Photo No.10.
c1898
 Easthorpe School.  ELB_SCH_021ELB_SCH_021
Easthorpe School.
1895
 Birch School No.6. 1900. 
 Charles Pettican 4th from left first row (from back of photograph).
 Headmaster Mr Chandler probably on the right, but the face has been scratched out.  ELB_SCH_035ELB_SCH_035
Birch School No.6. 1900.
Charles Pettican 4th from left first row (from back of photograph).
Headmaster Mr Chandler probably on the right, but the face has been scratched out.
1900
 Birch School - Headmaster Mr Chandler and school staff enjoying tea in front of the school. The house in the background is the other side of School Hill.  ELB_SCH_041ELB_SCH_041
Birch School - Headmaster Mr Chandler and school staff enjoying tea in front of the school. The house in the background is the other side of School Hill.
c1903
 Birch School 1903. Headmaster Mr Chandler on the left.  ELB_SCH_043ELB_SCH_043
Birch School 1903. Headmaster Mr Chandler on the left.
1903
 Birch School in 1903. 
 Back row
 2nd row from back 1., 2., 3. Walter 'George' Taylor (brother of Albert), 4., 5., 6., 7., 8. 9., 10. Mr Chandler, Headmaster
 ...

 Front row 1., 2., 3. Albert 'Bert' Taylor (Anne Taylor's paternal grandfather), 4., 5., 6. Charles Pettican, 7. 8.  ELB_SCH_047ELB_SCH_047
Birch School in 1903.
Back row
2nd row from back 1., 2., 3. Walter 'George' Taylor (brother of Albert), 4., 5., 6., 7., 8. 9., 10. Mr Chandler, Headmaster
...
Front row 1., 2., 3. Albert 'Bert' Taylor (Anne Taylor's paternal grandfather), 4., 5., 6. Charles Pettican, 7. 8.
1903
 Birch School c1908.
 Back row 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7., 8., 9. Albert 'Bert' Taylor
 Second row from back ...
 Third row from front, L-R, 1., 2. Arthur Partner, 3., 4., 5., 6., 7. Kate Potter, 8., 9., 10.
 Front row 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7. Gertrude Elizabeth Taylor, 8., 9.
 Photograph 9.  ELB_SCH_061ELB_SCH_061
Birch School c1908.
Back row 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7., 8., 9. Albert 'Bert' Taylor
Second row from back ...
Third row from front, L-R, 1., 2. Arthur Partner, 3., 4., 5., 6., 7. Kate Potter, 8., 9., 10.
Front row 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7. Gertrude Elizabeth Taylor, 8., 9.
Photograph 9.
c1908
 Birch School, group IV. c1912.
 Back row L-R. Teacher, 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7., 8., 9., Teacher.
 Second from back 1., 2., 3., 4., 5. Bullock ?, 6., 7., 8. Nellie Partner, 9., 10.
 Third from back 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6. Walter Pentney, 7. Pr Queenie Smith, 8., 9., 10., 11. Maud Everit, 12.
 Fourth from back 1., 2., 3., 4. Ivy Partner, 5., 6., 7. Annie French, 8. Pr Dorothy Bambridge or Nora TosbelL, 9. Everit ?, 10.
 Front row L-R. 1. Pr Harry Partner, 2. Eric Rootkin, 3.  ELB_SCH_071ELB_SCH_071
Birch School, group IV. c1912.
Back row L-R. Teacher, 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6., 7., 8., 9., Teacher.
Second from back 1., 2., 3., 4., 5. Bullock ?, 6., 7., 8. Nellie Partner, 9., 10.
Third from back 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6. Walter Pentney, 7. Pr Queenie Smith, 8., 9., 10., 11. Maud Everit, 12.
Fourth from back 1., 2., 3., 4. Ivy Partner, 5., 6., 7. Annie French, 8. Pr Dorothy Bambridge or Nora TosbelL, 9. Everit ?, 10.
Front row L-R. 1. Pr Harry Partner, 2. Eric Rootkin, 3.
c1912
 Birch School No. IV. c1914.
 Teacher Miss Hutton.
 Back row L-R 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6. Charlie Everitt, 7., 8.
 Second from back 1. Gertie Taylor, 2., 3. May Bell, 4. Potter, 5. Whybrow, 6. Whybrow, 7. Ida Bond, 8. Flo Partner, 9.
 Third from back 1. Edith Bambridge, 2. Violet Mead, 3. Nora Tosbel [born 1900], 4. May Pettican, 5. Ivy Sheldrake, 6., 7., 8., 9. Ettie Mead.
 Fourth from back 1. Flo Wheeler, 2. Muriel Burmby, 3. Edith Bullock, 4. Eva Partner, 5. Flo Smith, 6. Maud Fisher, 7., 8., 9.
 Front row 1., 2., 3., 4. Percy Partner, 5.  ELB_SCH_081ELB_SCH_081
Birch School No. IV. c1914.
Teacher Miss Hutton.
Back row L-R 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6. Charlie Everitt, 7., 8.
Second from back 1. Gertie Taylor, 2., 3. May Bell, 4. Potter, 5. Whybrow, 6. Whybrow, 7. Ida Bond, 8. Flo Partner, 9.
Third from back 1. Edith Bambridge, 2. Violet Mead, 3. Nora Tosbel [born 1900], 4. May Pettican, 5. Ivy Sheldrake, 6., 7., 8., 9. Ettie Mead.
Fourth from back 1. Flo Wheeler, 2. Muriel Burmby, 3. Edith Bullock, 4. Eva Partner, 5. Flo Smith, 6. Maud Fisher, 7., 8., 9.
Front row 1., 2., 3., 4. Percy Partner, 5.
c1914
 Birch School. Group III. c1914.
 Back Row L-R 1. Teacher, 2. Eddie Fisher, 3. Eric Rootkin, 4., 5. Frank Everit, 6. Mick Daly, 7. Reg Horn, 8., 9 Edgie Bond.
 Second from back 1., 2. Kathy Norfolk, 3. Winnie Partner, 4. Elsie Roberts, 5. Francis Taylor, 6. Dorothy Norfolk, 7. Dorothy French, 8. Elsie Humphries.
 Third from back 1., 2. Fred Vaughan, 3. Nellie Partner, 4. Ivy Partner, 5. Doris Patten, 6., 7., 8.
 Front row 1. Lily Whybrow, 2. Annie French, 3. Queenie Smith, 4., 5., 6. Dorothy Bambridge, 7. Dorothy Fisher.  ELB_SCH_083ELB_SCH_083
Birch School. Group III. c1914.
Back Row L-R 1. Teacher, 2. Eddie Fisher, 3. Eric Rootkin, 4., 5. Frank Everit, 6. Mick Daly, 7. Reg Horn, 8., 9 Edgie Bond.
Second from back 1., 2. Kathy Norfolk, 3. Winnie Partner, 4. Elsie Roberts, 5. Francis Taylor, 6. Dorothy Norfolk, 7. Dorothy French, 8. Elsie Humphries.
Third from back 1., 2. Fred Vaughan, 3. Nellie Partner, 4. Ivy Partner, 5. Doris Patten, 6., 7., 8.
Front row 1. Lily Whybrow, 2. Annie French, 3. Queenie Smith, 4., 5., 6. Dorothy Bambridge, 7. Dorothy Fisher.
c1914
 Birch School c1916.
 Back row L-R 1. Vic Chaplan, 2. Alf Andrews, 3. Charlie Goodwin, 4. Nelson Whybrow, 5. Minnie ? Everitt, 6. Micklefield ?
 Middle row 1. Clara Andrews, 2. Kitty Mellors, 3. Allie Finny, 4. Greta Fletcher, 5. Cathy Proctor, 6. Daisy Whybrow, 7. Ivy Seaman, 8. Mary Everitt, 9. Kathy Potter
 Front row L-R 1. Cheveley Dennis, 2., 3., 4. Ritchie Studley, 5. Horace Burmby, 6. Brazier.
 Photograph 17.  ELB_SCH_091ELB_SCH_091
Birch School c1916.
Back row L-R 1. Vic Chaplan, 2. Alf Andrews, 3. Charlie Goodwin, 4. Nelson Whybrow, 5. Minnie ? Everitt, 6. Micklefield ?
Middle row 1. Clara Andrews, 2. Kitty Mellors, 3. Allie Finny, 4. Greta Fletcher, 5. Cathy Proctor, 6. Daisy Whybrow, 7. Ivy Seaman, 8. Mary Everitt, 9. Kathy Potter
Front row L-R 1. Cheveley Dennis, 2., 3., 4. Ritchie Studley, 5. Horace Burmby, 6. Brazier.
Photograph 17.
c1916
 Birch School group I. c1916.
 Back row L-R 1. Don Rootkin [born 1910], 2. Cyril Bambridge, 3. Bill Smith, 4. Sydney Harrington, 5. Ted Bambridge, 6. Ted Wheeler, 7. Alf Fisher
 Second from back 1. Bill Abbot, 2. Basil Smith, 3. Sony Smith, 4. Olive Taylor, 5. Mary Everitt, 6. Hilda Fletcher, 7. Bill Bell [born 1908], 8. Roy French, 9. Basil Rootkin [Born 1908].
 Third from back 1. Connie Bullock, 2. Ethel Burmby, 3. Grace Tosbel [born 1908], 4. Eva Johnson, 5. Celia Fincham, 6. Doris Finch, 7. Doris Finy, 8. Cathy Burmby.
 Front row 1. Douglas Reeve, 2. Fred Roberts, 3. Don Bishop, 4. Basil Partner, 5. Bill Partner, 6. Ron Chaplin, 7. Leslie Bond, 8. George Buckle.
 Photograph 3.
 Notes: Olive Taylor married Rupert Harry Green of Mersea.  ELB_SCH_093ELB_SCH_093
Birch School group I. c1916.
Back row L-R 1. Don Rootkin [born 1910], 2. Cyril Bambridge, 3. Bill Smith, 4. Sydney Harrington, 5. Ted Bambridge, 6. Ted Wheeler, 7. Alf Fisher
Second from back 1. Bill Abbot, 2. Basil Smith, 3. Sony Smith, 4. Olive Taylor, 5. Mary Everitt, 6. Hilda Fletcher, 7. Bill Bell [born 1908], 8. Roy French, 9. Basil Rootkin [Born 1908].
Third from back 1. Connie Bullock, 2. Ethel Burmby, 3. Grace Tosbel [born 1908], 4. Eva Johnson, 5. Celia Fincham, 6. Doris Finch, 7. Doris Finy, 8. Cathy Burmby.
Front row 1. Douglas Reeve, 2. Fred Roberts, 3. Don Bishop, 4. Basil Partner, 5. Bill Partner, 6. Ron Chaplin, 7. Leslie Bond, 8. George Buckle.
Photograph 3.
Notes: Olive Taylor married Rupert Harry Green of Mersea.
c1916
 Birch School c1916
 Back row L-R 1. Frank Andrews, 2. Ernie Everitt, 3. Lawrence Taylor, 4. John Pentney, 5. Edgar Harvey, 6. Stanley Johnson, 7. Cliff Wheeler, 8. Percy Harrington, 9.
 Second row from back 1. Tom Everitt, 2. Gladys Buckle, 3. Cathy Whybrow, 4.Emmie Smith, 5. Rosie Brazier, 6., 7. Ena Elliston, 8. Helena Norfolk, 9. Austin Potter
 Third row from back 1. Elsie Proctor, 2. Georgina Smith, 3. Sylvia Norfolk, 4. Sylvia Fletcher, 5. Grace Taylor, 6. Joyce Fisher, 7., 8. Osborne, 9. Nellie Howard
 Front row 1. George Studley, 2. Leslie Blomfield, 3., 4. Eric 'George' Whyhbrow, 5. Arthur Dennis, 6. Cliff Roberts, 7. Teddy Norton, 8. Dick Proctor.
 Names from Photograph 11 which is the same.  ELB_SCH_095ELB_SCH_095
Birch School c1916
Back row L-R 1. Frank Andrews, 2. Ernie Everitt, 3. Lawrence Taylor, 4. John Pentney, 5. Edgar Harvey, 6. Stanley Johnson, 7. Cliff Wheeler, 8. Percy Harrington, 9.
Second row from back 1. Tom Everitt, 2. Gladys Buckle, 3. Cathy Whybrow, 4.Emmie Smith, 5. Rosie Brazier, 6., 7. Ena Elliston, 8. Helena Norfolk, 9. Austin Potter
Third row from back 1. Elsie Proctor, 2. Georgina Smith, 3. Sylvia Norfolk, 4. Sylvia Fletcher, 5. Grace Taylor, 6. Joyce Fisher, 7., 8. Osborne, 9. Nellie Howard
Front row 1. George Studley, 2. Leslie Blomfield, 3., 4. Eric 'George' Whyhbrow, 5. Arthur Dennis, 6. Cliff Roberts, 7. Teddy Norton, 8. Dick Proctor.
Names from Photograph 11 which is the same.
c1916
 Birch C. of E. School 1920. Group I.
 Back row L-R 1. John Gill, Headmaster, 2. Basil Rootkin, 3. Bill Partner, 4. PA Ted Wheeler, 5. Vick Mattock, 6. Ellit Everitt, 7., 8. PA Cyril Bambridge, 9. Ted Bambridge, 10. PA Humphrey, 11. George Tosbell [born 1906]
 Second from back 1. Roy French, 2. Gushy Everit, 3. Hilda Freeman, 4. PA Bessie Horn, 5. Joyce Daly, 6. Annie French, 7. Connie Hartington, 8. PA Kate Williams, 9. Nellie Whybrow, 10. PA Lesley Bond.
 Third 1. PA Bert Smith, 2. Elsie Brazier, 3. Ethel Burmby, 4. Connie Bullock, 5. Olive Taylor, 6. Hilda Fletcher, 7. Gracie Fisher, 8. Hylda Reeve, 9., 10 Harold Smith.
 Front row 1., 2. Basil Partner, 3. Fred Roberts, 4. Bert Roberts, 5. Diffin Andrews, 6. Billy Bell, 7., 8 Smith.  ELB_SCH_101ELB_SCH_101
Birch C. of E. School 1920. Group I.
Back row L-R 1. John Gill, Headmaster, 2. Basil Rootkin, 3. Bill Partner, 4. PA Ted Wheeler, 5. Vick Mattock, 6. Ellit Everitt, 7., 8. PA Cyril Bambridge, 9. Ted Bambridge, 10. PA Humphrey, 11. George Tosbell [born 1906]
Second from back 1. Roy French, 2. Gushy Everit, 3. Hilda Freeman, 4. PA Bessie Horn, 5. Joyce Daly, 6. Annie French, 7. Connie Hartington, 8. PA Kate Williams, 9. Nellie Whybrow, 10. PA Lesley Bond.
Third 1. PA Bert Smith, 2. Elsie Brazier, 3. Ethel Burmby, 4. Connie Bullock, 5. Olive Taylor, 6. Hilda Fletcher, 7. Gracie Fisher, 8. Hylda Reeve, 9., 10 Harold Smith.
Front row 1., 2. Basil Partner, 3. Fred Roberts, 4. Bert Roberts, 5. Diffin Andrews, 6. Billy Bell, 7., 8 Smith.
1920
 Birch C. of E. School, 1920.
 Back row L-R 1. Teacher, 2. Henry Norton, 3. Alf Andrews, 4. Horace Burmby, 5. Brazier, 6. Charlie Goodwin, 7. Miss Spooner.
 Middle row 1. John Pentney, 2. Dick Proctor, 3. Cheveley Dennis, 4. Arthur Dennis, 5. Ted ? Norton, 6. Elsie Proctor
 Front row 1. Greta Fletcher, 2. Clara Andrews, 3. Mary Everitt, 4. Daisy Whybrow, 5. Georgina Smith, 6. Ally Finney, 7. Olive Pentney, 8. Minnie Everitt.
 Photograph 15.  ELB_SCH_107ELB_SCH_107
Birch C. of E. School, 1920.
Back row L-R 1. Teacher, 2. Henry Norton, 3. Alf Andrews, 4. Horace Burmby, 5. Brazier, 6. Charlie Goodwin, 7. Miss Spooner.
Middle row 1. John Pentney, 2. Dick Proctor, 3. Cheveley Dennis, 4. Arthur Dennis, 5. Ted ? Norton, 6. Elsie Proctor
Front row 1. Greta Fletcher, 2. Clara Andrews, 3. Mary Everitt, 4. Daisy Whybrow, 5. Georgina Smith, 6. Ally Finney, 7. Olive Pentney, 8. Minnie Everitt.
Photograph 15.
1920
 Birch School c1920
 Back row L-R 1. Raymond Bond, 2. Jack Howard, 3. Cyril Olley, 4. Tubby Taylor, 5. Ken Vince, 6.
 Middle row 1. Phillip Taylor, 2. Kitch Playle, 3., 4. Ivy Moore, 5. Marty Everitt, 6. Ned Brewer, 7. Gordon Studley, 8. Cecil Norfolk, 9. Myrtle Harvey.
 Front row 1., 2. Joyce Borley, 3. Gwen Gower, 4. Syble Speller, 5. Phyllis Manning, 6. Lily Symonds, 7. Jack Speller.
 Photograph 13.  ELB_SCH_111ELB_SCH_111
Birch School c1920
Back row L-R 1. Raymond Bond, 2. Jack Howard, 3. Cyril Olley, 4. Tubby Taylor, 5. Ken Vince, 6.
Middle row 1. Phillip Taylor, 2. Kitch Playle, 3., 4. Ivy Moore, 5. Marty Everitt, 6. Ned Brewer, 7. Gordon Studley, 8. Cecil Norfolk, 9. Myrtle Harvey.
Front row 1., 2. Joyce Borley, 3. Gwen Gower, 4. Syble Speller, 5. Phyllis Manning, 6. Lily Symonds, 7. Jack Speller.
Photograph 13.
c1920
 Birch School. 1922.
 Photograph 18 - no names so far...  ELB_SCH_115ELB_SCH_115
Birch School. 1922.
Photograph 18 - no names so far...
1922
 Birch School 1927 or 1928.
 Teacher unknown.
 Back row L-R 1. Ronald Borley, 2. Cecil Cansdale, 3. Roland Bond, 4. Neville Green, 5. Clark, 6. Taylor, 7. Taylor, 8. Alf Pentney, 9.
 Front row 1. Ernie Norton, 2. Jimmy Norfolk, 3. Rose Howard, 4. Joyce Playle, 5. Ivy Taylor, 6. Syble Taylor, 7., 8. Percy Moore, 9. George Bell.
 Photograph 14.  ELB_SCH_121ELB_SCH_121
Birch School 1927 or 1928.
Teacher unknown.
Back row L-R 1. Ronald Borley, 2. Cecil Cansdale, 3. Roland Bond, 4. Neville Green, 5. Clark, 6. Taylor, 7. Taylor, 8. Alf Pentney, 9.
Front row 1. Ernie Norton, 2. Jimmy Norfolk, 3. Rose Howard, 4. Joyce Playle, 5. Ivy Taylor, 6. Syble Taylor, 7., 8. Percy Moore, 9. George Bell.
Photograph 14.
c1928
 Birch School. 1920s.
 Back row L-R 1. Jimmy Taylor, 2., 3. Bernard Benn, 4. Jimmy Fletcher, 5. Peter Finch, 6. John Macdonald, 7. Basil Butcher, 8. Cyril Everitt, 9. Arthur Mansfield, 10. Miss Stow.
 Middle row 1. Madge Pitson, 2. Sybil Borley, 3. Margaret Taylor, 4. Maisie Featherstone, 5. Florrie Brewer, 6. Dorothy Johnson, 7. Ronald Fineham, 8. Kenneth Farrow, 9. Stan Fisher, 10. Charlie Crisp
 Front row 1. Bunty Pitson, 2. Jack Howard, 3. Phyllis Borley, 4. Roland 'Buster' Benn, 5. Doris Cole, 6. Joan Brewer, 7. Charlie Mead, 8. Mona Faircloth, 9. Georgie Cottee.  ELB_SCH_125ELB_SCH_125
Birch School. 1920s.
Back row L-R 1. Jimmy Taylor, 2., 3. Bernard Benn, 4. Jimmy Fletcher, 5. Peter Finch, 6. John Macdonald, 7. Basil Butcher, 8. Cyril Everitt, 9. Arthur Mansfield, 10. Miss Stow.
Middle row 1. Madge Pitson, 2. Sybil Borley, 3. Margaret Taylor, 4. Maisie Featherstone, 5. Florrie Brewer, 6. Dorothy Johnson, 7. Ronald Fineham, 8. Kenneth Farrow, 9. Stan Fisher, 10. Charlie Crisp
Front row 1. Bunty Pitson, 2. Jack Howard, 3. Phyllis Borley, 4. Roland 'Buster' Benn, 5. Doris Cole, 6. Joan Brewer, 7. Charlie Mead, 8. Mona Faircloth, 9. Georgie Cottee.
1920s
 Birch School 1920s.
 Joan Pettican middle row, second from left.
 Original photograph from Scholastic Souvenire Co. Ltd., Blackpool  ELB_SCH_131ELB_SCH_131
Birch School 1920s.
Joan Pettican middle row, second from left.
Original photograph from Scholastic Souvenire Co. Ltd., Blackpool
1920s
 Birch School, 1931 - 1932 ?
 Teacher Miss Barrat
 Back row L-R 1. Geoff Fisher, 2. Leslie Taylor, 3. Alan Potter, 4. Ken Hunwick, 5. Eric Partner, 6. Dereck Featherstone, 7. Peter Rogers, 8. Cecil Partner.
 Middle row 1. Gerald Andrews, 2. Cathy Abbot, 3., 4. Jean Borley, 5. Margaret Nind ?, 6. Pamela Johnson, 7., 8. Murial Abbot, 9. Joan Bond, 10. Olive Partner, 11.
 Front row 1. John Bickers, 2., 3. Tony Spurgeon, 4. Douglas Norfolk, 5. Greta Miller, 6. John Partner, 7. Lenny Johnson, 8. Hubert Howerd, 9., 10. Keith Nind, 11. Ronnie Sheldrake.  ELB_SCH_133ELB_SCH_133
Birch School, 1931 - 1932 ?
Teacher Miss Barrat
Back row L-R 1. Geoff Fisher, 2. Leslie Taylor, 3. Alan Potter, 4. Ken Hunwick, 5. Eric Partner, 6. Dereck Featherstone, 7. Peter Rogers, 8. Cecil Partner.
Middle row 1. Gerald Andrews, 2. Cathy Abbot, 3., 4. Jean Borley, 5. Margaret Nind ?, 6. Pamela Johnson, 7., 8. Murial Abbot, 9. Joan Bond, 10. Olive Partner, 11.
Front row 1. John Bickers, 2., 3. Tony Spurgeon, 4. Douglas Norfolk, 5. Greta Miller, 6. John Partner, 7. Lenny Johnson, 8. Hubert Howerd, 9., 10. Keith Nind, 11. Ronnie Sheldrake.
c1932
 Birch School. School photograph from 1946, published in a local newspaper in 1998.
 Julia Howard, now Mrs Goodey recalls the names of her class-mates in the picture. She names Gordon Meeking, James Root, Graham Smith, Doreen and Maureen Thorpe, Julia Howard, John and Leonard Cranmer, Primrose Shirley Munson, Mary or Gillian Buxton. Teacher Miss Buxton, Normal Wilson, Freddie Whate, Trevor Warwicker, Peter Pentney.  ELB_SCH_141ELB_SCH_141
Birch School. School photograph from 1946, published in a local newspaper in 1998.
Julia Howard, now Mrs Goodey recalls the names of her class-mates in the picture. She names Gordon Meeking, James Root, Graham Smith, Doreen and Maureen Thorpe, Julia Howard, John and Leonard Cranmer, Primrose Shirley Munson, Mary or Gillian Buxton. Teacher Miss Buxton, Normal Wilson, Freddie Whate, Trevor Warwicker, Peter Pentney.
1946
 Birch School 1946. Gilbert House Sports Team - Interhouse Football and Netball.
 Back row 1. T.B. Millatt, 2. Kathleen Cresswell, 3. Mary Vanningsberg, 4. John / Geof Tatchell ?, 5. Cyril Everett, 6. Michael / John Woods, 7. Audrey King, 8. Pat Thimblebee, 9. Teacher
 Middle Row 1. Dorothy Theobald, 2. John Martin, 3. Margaret Cresswell, 4. Jean Munson, 5. Stella Woods.
 Front row 1. Raymond Maxim, 2. Fredrick Johnson ?, 3. Gordon Theobald, 4., 5., 6.
 Names via Pat Adkins.  ELB_SCH_143ELB_SCH_143
Birch School 1946. Gilbert House Sports Team - Interhouse Football and Netball.
Back row 1. T.B. Millatt, 2. Kathleen Cresswell, 3. Mary Vanningsberg, 4. John / Geof Tatchell ?, 5. Cyril Everett, 6. Michael / John Woods, 7. Audrey King, 8. Pat Thimblebee, 9. Teacher
Middle Row 1. Dorothy Theobald, 2. John Martin, 3. Margaret Cresswell, 4. Jean Munson, 5. Stella Woods.
Front row 1. Raymond Maxim, 2. Fredrick Johnson ?, 3. Gordon Theobald, 4., 5., 6.
Names via Pat Adkins.
1946
 Birch School. Sports Day 1950. Mr Morton on the right - he was a senior master at the school.  ELB_SCH_151ELB_SCH_151
Birch School. Sports Day 1950. Mr Morton on the right - he was a senior master at the school.
1950
 Birch School around 1950. 
 Back row L-R 1., 2., 3., 4., 5. Cyril Everitt from Layer de la Haye (at the back),
 6., 7., 8., 9.
 Second from back row 1., 2., 3., 4., 5. T.B. Millatt,
 6., 7., 8., 9. John Tatchell from Layer. 
 Other names not yet known.
 Photograph taken on the Round Lawn in the school gardens. The Science Room is in the background on the left.  ELB_SCH_155ELB_SCH_155
Birch School around 1950.
Back row L-R 1., 2., 3., 4., 5. Cyril Everitt from Layer de la Haye (at the back), 6., 7., 8., 9.
Second from back row 1., 2., 3., 4., 5. T.B. Millatt, 6., 7., 8., 9. John Tatchell from Layer.
Other names not yet known.
Photograph taken on the Round Lawn in the school gardens. The Science Room is in the background on the left.
1950
 Birch Church of England School - history pageant, thought to be for the 1953 Coronation.
 Shield Standards L-R 1. Leyton, 2. Walthamstow, 3. Ilford, 4. East Ham, 5. Woodford, 6. Barking, 7. Harwich, 8. Chelmsford 9. ECC (Essex County Council) 10. Colchester, 11. Maldon, 12. West Ham, 13. Rainham, 14. Romford, 15. Southend.
 Standing on bank in background: 1., 2., 3. David Bambridge, 4. Tony Millatt, 5., 6. 
 Row standing in front of the Standards: 1. Rev. G. Armstrong, 2., 3., 4., 5. Ian Burns, 6., 7. Brian Whybrow, 8., 9., 10., 11. Colonel James Round, 12., 13., 14., 15., 16., 17.
 Row on bench & stools & children in foreground L-R: 1. Child, 2. Child, 3. Child, 4., 5., 6, 7., 8., 9.
 Row kneeling in front of the Standards: 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6. Ethel Mansfield ( Connie ?), 7. 8. Fred Johnson, 9., 10, 11., 12., 13., 14. Sylvia Johnson, 15., 16.  ELB_SCH_161ELB_SCH_161
Birch Church of England School - history pageant, thought to be for the 1953 Coronation.
Shield Standards L-R 1. Leyton, 2. Walthamstow, 3. Ilford, 4. East Ham, 5. Woodford, 6. Barking, 7. Harwich, 8. Chelmsford 9. ECC (Essex County Council) 10. Colchester, 11. Maldon, 12. West Ham, 13. Rainham, 14. Romford, 15. Southend.
Standing on bank in background: 1., 2., 3. David Bambridge, 4. Tony Millatt, 5., 6.
Row standing in front of the Standards: 1. Rev. G. Armstrong, 2., 3., 4., 5. Ian Burns, 6., 7. Brian Whybrow, 8., 9., 10., 11. Colonel James Round, 12., 13., 14., 15., 16., 17.
Row on bench & stools & children in foreground L-R: 1. Child, 2. Child, 3. Child, 4., 5., 6, 7., 8., 9.
Row kneeling in front of the Standards: 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6. Ethel Mansfield ( Connie ?), 7. 8. Fred Johnson, 9., 10, 11., 12., 13., 14. Sylvia Johnson, 15., 16.
cJune 1953
 Birch School. A concert in the Village Hall in the early 1950s. More details needed!  ELB_SCH_171ELB_SCH_171
Birch School. A concert in the Village Hall in the early 1950s. More details needed!
c1953
 Birch School. Wedding of the Painted Doll produced in the Village Hall, c1955.
 Anne Baines on pedestal in the centre. Michael Lynch golliwog to the right of her.
 Essex County Standard photo 4571/B.  ELB_SCH_183ELB_SCH_183
Birch School. Wedding of the Painted Doll produced in the Village Hall, c1955.
Anne Baines on pedestal in the centre. Michael Lynch golliwog to the right of her.
Essex County Standard photo 4571/B.
 Birch School. Wedding of the Painted Doll produced in the Village Hall, c1955.
 L-R 1., 2., 3., 4., 5. ? Williams, 6. Graham Birch, 7. Anne Baines, 8. Michael Lynch, 9. Robert Brazier, 10., 11., 12. Brian Anderson, 13., 14., 15. Linda Ball, 16., 17.


 Essex County Standard photo 4571/C.  ELB_SCH_185ELB_SCH_185
Birch School. Wedding of the Painted Doll produced in the Village Hall, c1955.
L-R 1., 2., 3., 4., 5. ? Williams, 6. Graham Birch, 7. Anne Baines, 8. Michael Lynch, 9. Robert Brazier, 10., 11., 12. Brian Anderson, 13., 14., 15. Linda Ball, 16., 17.
Essex County Standard photo 4571/C.
c1955
 Birch School. History of the village pageant. Includes 1957 School Enlarged shield, so date is 1957 or later.
 First row of shields, 5th girl is Marion Bowtle.  ELB_SCH_191ELB_SCH_191
Birch School. History of the village pageant. Includes "1957 School Enlarged" shield, so date is 1957 or later.
First row of shields, 5th girl is Marion Bowtle.
c1957
 Birch School. Large model of the school. It includes the new toilets and staff room that were built in 1957.  ELB_SCH_195ELB_SCH_195
Birch School. Large model of the school. It includes the new toilets and staff room that were built in 1957.
After 1957
 Birch School. Cutting the Christmas Cake.
 Mrs Ashkettle, Tom Millatt, Mrs Gower (Secretary), Mrs Ward (canteen manager). The carpet of the Three Wise Men belonged to the Millatt family. It was brought back from Egypt by Peter Millatt c1964 and was normally taken to the school canteen for Christmas Dinner.  ELB_SCH_201ELB_SCH_201
Birch School. Cutting the Christmas Cake.
Mrs Ashkettle, Tom Millatt, Mrs Gower (Secretary), Mrs Ward (canteen manager). The carpet of the Three Wise Men belonged to the Millatt family. It was brought back from Egypt by Peter Millatt c1964 and was normally taken to the school canteen for Christmas Dinner.
After 1964
 Birch School. Certificate awarded to Elaine Borley for III year girls Sports Day, 1963.  ELB_SCH_205ELB_SCH_205
Birch School. Certificate awarded to Elaine Borley for III year girls Sports Day, 1963.
July 1963
 Birch School. 1990s.
 <b>Front row</b> L-R 1. John Connor, 2. Leanne Connor, 3. Poppy Bartholomew, 4. Sophie Townend, 5. Robert Ferrari, 6. Ben Johnson, 7. Laura Hunnabel, 8. Jack Stower, 9. ?, 10. ?, 11. Nade Turner, 12. Lauren Bond, 13. Ellis Bartholomew, 14. John Pulford.
 <b>Second row</b> 1. James Holmes, 2. ?, 3. Stuart ?, 4. Rachel ?, 5. Charlotte Poulter, 6. Zoe Townend, 7. Russell Molton, 8. Sarah ?, 9. Charly ?, 10. Charmaine Richardson, 11. Gareth Quinton, 12. Simon Russell, 13. Paddy Orchard, 14. ?, 15. Emma ?, 16. Shona Smith, 17. Eleanor Padbury, 18. ?, 19. Lewis Lamb.
 <b>Third row</b> 1., 2. Sue May, 3. Elaine Bowtle, 4. Sue Billington, 5. Jackie Lines, 6. Revd. Clarke, 7. Hilary Allen, 8. Jeff Graham, 9. Gill Moncaster, 10. Revd. Keith Lovell, 11. Sue Gee, 12. Sharon Stevens, 13. Linda Foakes, 14. Lorraine Holmes, 15. Garb Pooley.
 <b>Fourth row</b> 1. Matthew Dingle, 2. Lewis ?, 3. Brittany Stevens, 4. Matthew Weller, 5. Jessica Baines, 6. Laura White, 7. Luke Bartholomew, 8. Rebecca Dingle, 9. Carly Fletcher, 10. Martin Sheppard, 11. Charlotte Welham, 12., 13., 14., 15. Emma Rayment, 16. Gemma Grava, 17., 18. Natash Lamb, 19. Robert Stoves, 20. Hannah Bennett, 21. Jessica Bradford.
 <b>Fifth row</b> 1. Cheryl Stocks, 2. Gill Kempen, 3. Jack Bartholomew, 4., 5. Charlotte Rayment, 6. Peter Barber, 7. Joe Poole, 8. Luka Harrison, 9. Natasha Stocks, 10. Robert Ingam, 11. Chris White, 12. Alan ?, 13. Jodie Rugg, 14. Daniel Bond, 15. Martin Phelps, 16. Tom Harrison, 17. Bobby Love, 18., 19. Sueann Stant, 20. Megan Hookchild, 21. Ben Smith, 22., 23.Leslie Batterham.
 <b>Back row</b> 1., 2. Daniel Smith, 3. Shaun Turner, 4., 5. Gary Day, 6., 7. Adam Stiff, 8., 9. Christian Rich, 10. Richard Barret, 11. Andrew Nickelson, 12. Tom French, 13., 14., 15., 16. Andrew McClusky, 17. Roy Patterson, 18. Stacey Fletcher, 19. Ron Day, 20. Simon Barrett, 21., 22., 23. 24. Dominic Wilson, 25. Phil Parry, 26. Dominic Long, 27. Josh Bryce, 28. Natalie Molton, 29., 30. (two names are missing from this row).
 
 <b>Head Teacher</b> - Mr Jeff Graham
 <b>Teaching Staff</b> - Sue Gee, Hilary Allen, Jackie Lines
 <b>Teaching Assistants</b> - Linka Foakes, Lesley Batterham, Sharon Stevens
 <b>Kitchen Staff</b>- Sue May, Cheryl Stocks, Lorraine Holmes
 <b>Governors</b> - Gill Moncaster, Elaine Bowtle, Sue Billington, Revd. Clarke.
 <b>Caretaker</b> - Garb Pooley.  ELB_SCH_211ELB_SCH_211
Birch School. 1990s.
Front row L-R 1. John Connor, 2. Leanne Connor, 3. Poppy Bartholomew, 4. Sophie Townend, 5. Robert Ferrari, 6. Ben Johnson, 7. Laura Hunnabel, 8. Jack Stower, 9. ?, 10. ?, 11. Nade Turner, 12. Lauren Bond, 13. Ellis Bartholomew, 14. John Pulford.
Second row 1. James Holmes, 2. ?, 3. Stuart ?, 4. Rachel ?, 5. Charlotte Poulter, 6. Zoe Townend, 7. Russell Molton, 8. Sarah ?, 9. Charly ?, 10. Charmaine Richardson, 11. Gareth Quinton, 12. Simon Russell, 13. Paddy Orchard, 14. ?, 15. Emma ?, 16. Shona Smith, 17. Eleanor Padbury, 18. ?, 19. Lewis Lamb.
Third row 1., 2. Sue May, 3. Elaine Bowtle, 4. Sue Billington, 5. Jackie Lines, 6. Revd. Clarke, 7. Hilary Allen, 8. Jeff Graham, 9. Gill Moncaster, 10. Revd. Keith Lovell, 11. Sue Gee, 12. Sharon Stevens, 13. Linda Foakes, 14. Lorraine Holmes, 15. Garb Pooley.
Fourth row 1. Matthew Dingle, 2. Lewis ?, 3. Brittany Stevens, 4. Matthew Weller, 5. Jessica Baines, 6. Laura White, 7. Luke Bartholomew, 8. Rebecca Dingle, 9. Carly Fletcher, 10. Martin Sheppard, 11. Charlotte Welham, 12., 13., 14., 15. Emma Rayment, 16. Gemma Grava, 17., 18. Natash Lamb, 19. Robert Stoves, 20. Hannah Bennett, 21. Jessica Bradford.
Fifth row 1. Cheryl Stocks, 2. Gill Kempen, 3. Jack Bartholomew, 4., 5. Charlotte Rayment, 6. Peter Barber, 7. Joe Poole, 8. Luka Harrison, 9. Natasha Stocks, 10. Robert Ingam, 11. Chris White, 12. Alan ?, 13. Jodie Rugg, 14. Daniel Bond, 15. Martin Phelps, 16. Tom Harrison, 17. Bobby Love, 18., 19. Sueann Stant, 20. Megan Hookchild, 21. Ben Smith, 22., 23.Leslie Batterham.
Back row 1., 2. Daniel Smith, 3. Shaun Turner, 4., 5. Gary Day, 6., 7. Adam Stiff, 8., 9. Christian Rich, 10. Richard Barret, 11. Andrew Nickelson, 12. Tom French, 13., 14., 15., 16. Andrew McClusky, 17. Roy Patterson, 18. Stacey Fletcher, 19. Ron Day, 20. Simon Barrett, 21., 22., 23. 24. Dominic Wilson, 25. Phil Parry, 26. Dominic Long, 27. Josh Bryce, 28. Natalie Molton, 29., 30. (two names are missing from this row).

Head Teacher - Mr Jeff Graham
Teaching Staff - Sue Gee, Hilary Allen, Jackie Lines
Teaching Assistants - Linka Foakes, Lesley Batterham, Sharon Stevens
Kitchen Staff- Sue May, Cheryl Stocks, Lorraine Holmes
Governors - Gill Moncaster, Elaine Bowtle, Sue Billington, Revd. Clarke.
Caretaker - Garb Pooley.
1990s
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Source: Mersea Museum