Brunts or Queen Elizabeths?

Early school photographs

By John Bull

My father, John Godfrey Bull was born on 11 February, 1902, and is the boy in the middle row, third from the right as you look at the photograph, wearing a lighter coloured jacket -possibly grey - to the other boys.

Both John and his brother Arthur Harry Bull, the two sons of the Rev. Harry Bull,( who the first vicar of St Alban's, Forest Town between 1911 to 1924,) were educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, after attending Brunts School. My mother thought these photographs were of Brunt's School. Does anyone recognise which school is in the photographs, or any of the other pupils, or the teacher, and can anyone help with dating them?

John Bull

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This page was added on 15/08/2011.
Comments about this page

The second photo is of Queen Elizabeth's but not so sure about the other photo.

By conor
On 25/11/2011

The building in the top photo could be the science block at Brunts on the old Woodhouse Road site. It was built of light brick and, I think, has now been demolished leaving the stone school buildings still standing.

By Robert Throw
On 14/03/2012

I agree - the top photo does look like Brunts. Also the girls are all wearing tunics - I don't know what the girls wore at Queen Elizabeth's but even when I started Brunts in 1966 we had to wear green tunics in the lower school.

By Margaret
On 21/03/2012

Queen Elizabeth schools for girls and boys were at different sites. The girls on Woodhouse Rd and the boys on Chesterfield Road. The girls wore tunics in yrs 1 & 2

By Yvonne
On 05/07/2012

I was at QUEGGS between 1971 and 1976 Chesterfield Road - the second photo looks like the gym - my brother David Tuckwell was at QUEGGS Boys School 2 years earlier -I was Carol Tuckwell and we lived at Croft Avenue, Mansfield as kids.

By carol martin nee tuckwell
On 12/03/2013

I was at QUEGGS from 1956 to 1961 wearing a navy tunic in years 1 & 2! I was a greyhound! I think photo one is Brunts as it is mixed gender; it was in the years quoted above. The second photo is certainly not the gym I used. it looks much earlier.

By Mary Cook nee Ingram
On 11/01/2014

I was at school with Mary and we did wear tunics in year 1 & 2 would be nice to hear from her again find me on Facebook

By Yvonne Purdy nee Johnson
On 31/01/2014

Take a look at the teacher's dress and hair and the boys' collars.  This is definitely an Edwardian photo or possibly earlier. I would guess circa 1900-1914. 

By Alison Wright
On 25/04/2014

Does anyone remember my sister Rosemary North. She went to Q/E in the 50s and early 60s and left to go to the Royal Ballet School.

By Bill North
On 31/10/2014

Hello Bill,

I remember your sister and your Dad who I worked with at the Mansfield Shoe Co,we were also Football Referees together, your Dad going on to Football League and International status, he was very proud of the achievment of your sister being accepted for the Royal Ballet School.Did she make the grade Bill? and what is she doing now? Your name was certainly a blast from the past.

By Clifford Burton
On 01/11/2014

The top photo looks like the science block at Brunts School where I attended until 1960. The uniform is similar to the one I wore, green tunic, white blouse with green and yellow striped tie.

I also knew Rosemary North who had lessons at the Thorpe-Hancock school of dancing on West Gate, known as The West End in the 1950's and 60's. I remember seeing her there when I was having ballroom dancing lessons.  I think she was in my class at Carter Lane School.   

By Christine Joy Smith
On 30/03/2015

Hi Clifford. Thanks for your comment. Yes  she did make the grade and was in the Royal Ballet Company during the 60s and travelled the world and appeared in the film Then she left the company, she became a member of the Tiller Girls and travelled the country doing the Jimmy Tarbuck shows and worked with many famous artists including Les Dawson. When her dancing finished she went into teaching dance and also ran a theatre West End, in Phantom, Cats and many other productions. Rosemary now lives in Yateley, Hants. As for dad he passed away 22 years ago. He used to take me to the factory when he cleaned up his floor on overtime. He went on to work in Local Government. He refereed in Russia, Poland and Spain. Many great memories.

By Bill North
On 18/05/2015

I was at QUEGGS from 1969 up to 1975 at the time `Dido & Aeneas` was performed. Incredible voices for teen-age girls, indeed Patrizia Kwella went on to become an outstanding soprano, sadly never mentioned in people who made a contribution to the town. A beautiful voice.


By Michelle Toft (nee Neale)
On 29/05/2015

Hi Cliff Burton! We have a 1949 photo of the Woodhouse National School football teams and require to fill in some gaps, I believe you are on the snap. Ernie Betts has donated the photo to the Old Woodhouse Society. The photos are on display in the Heritage Link, Woodhouse Library, Thursday Morning and Friday all day, hope you get this message!

By Tom Shead
On 29/08/2015

Hello Tom, As only a limited number of our viewers live close enough to go into Mansfield Woodhouse Library, why don't you also add some of your  photos that you need names to, on to the ourmansfieldandarea web site?

By Editors
On 29/08/2015

Hi Tom, I will go to the Woodhouse library and view the pic and try to fill in the gaps or you could upload the same on to this site.

By Clifford Burton
On 30/08/2015

Hi Everyone. I am considering buying a property on Haddon Road that was once the 6th Form of your school. Does anyone know any history of the building? 

By Carrie
On 16/01/2016