was opened in 1875 and closed its doors for the last time in
1987. Over 112 years the school taught pupils from Swalwell
and beyond. When I attended the school from 1957 to 1963 the
primary part of the school was headed by a Miss Kelly and
the junior school by the feared Percy Crozier. I like to
think that pupils there received a fairly decent education
along with a lot of discipline. Crozier ruled with a rod of
iron and to coin the cliche, 'It never did us any harm'.
Following are a selection of photographs taken at the school
from 1902 to 1987. If you can identify anyone, please
let me know..! Thanks to Roy Hands, Keith Skelton,
Angus McLure, Doug Howell and Ken Wright for
supplying some of these photos and identifying some of the
You can view and download the Swalwell
School Commemorative booklet by clicking
The Door To HELL (for some)
The Assembly Hall - How many thousands of
kids stood here over the 112 years.
School Yard from the back of the caretaker's
Swalwell School War Memorial plaque.
in 1902 at Derwent Bridge, the earliest photograph of pupils of the school I think.
Swalwell School c.1906 - Front
Row extreme left is Ms. Mary Ann Gatlin - identified
by a Swalwell relative.
Not sure of the year on this one -
Probably taken around 1910 - dress looks
Football Team 1910
Football Team 1927-28
1920s or 30s maybe. Anyone look
Swalwell School Class of the 1930s (?)
Swalwell School Football Team - 1948
Swalwell School Staff - 1950s / 60s - Please
let me know if you can ID any of them.
Swalwell School Staff - 1962
School teaching staff at the beach
Swalwell School Dinner Ladies on the retirement
of Mrs. Skelton (sitting right rear) c. 1960s
A Class of the 1940s
Anyone recognise the girl 4th from right?
Still 1 or 2 need identifying
1950s again (with the infamous Percy Crozier HM
Sometime in the 1950s - any ideas?
Ball, Irene Robson, Elizabeth Winship, Archie
Andrews, Philip Walters, Ken Gillender, Dorothy Ross, Carol Grey,
ROW Roy Hands,
Malcolm Storey, Tony Gibbons, Roxby Davison, Billy Parkin, David
Johnston, Ken Morrison, Jimmy Jewitt, Ronny Young
ROW Olga Whitfield, Maureen Bell, (unknown), Margaret Wood, Maureen
Stevenson, Beryl Barnaby, Yvonne Clarkson, Wendy Sanderson,
A class of 1956
Another from 1956
Another from 1956
Swalwell School Trip in the 1950s
- Destination Bowes Museum or Roman Wall,
Were you there - can you confirm the
More Coming Soon.............
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