Picture The Past: Stoke School circa 1940

Stoke School circa 1940
Stoke School circa 1940

The main photo, believed to have been taken circa 1940, was discovered by Terence Bates.

He suspects it shows Stoke Hammond School where his mother (Winifred Knight – later Bates) used to teach.

Wini Knight

Wini Knight

As well as the photo, Mr Bates has inherited his mother’s pictures which were painted by the headteacher Ms Walters.

He said: “She gave these paintings to my mother but she was fairly prolific so I suspect that Stoke Hammond homes probably have many pictures by her.

“Mother had fond memories of teaching in Stoke Hammond. I have sent a picture of her at the time in case there are any villagers still living to help jog their mind, she may even have taught them.”

Pictured: Front row (diagonally right to left): Shirley Shinkins; Robert Barron, not known, Tony Robinson last two not known.

2nd row: Geoff and Ken Shackshaft, June Hedges (now Williams), Jasmine Scott, Beatrice Lines (known as Bunty), not known.

3rd row: Margaret Kirk, Olive Vicarage, Joy White (now Ealing), Audrey Kirk (now Yorke).

4th row: Behind Joy is her twin sister Iris White (now Clay) others not known.