The Preston Guardian, Saturday, August 6, 1853
NEW SCHOOLS AT LYTHAM.
We have pleasure in recording an event which took place at
Lytham, on Tuesday last, because it is another consolatory proof that there are
philanthropic individuals in this world, anxious to provide the means whereby
instruction may be communicated to the poor of the land, and those who have none to
care for them;—we allude to the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of
It seems that there were a cottage and school erected on the
present site; but the accommodation being too small, it was determined to build
more spacious edifices, which should be capable of holding four hundred scholars,
and be adapted, also, as a residence for the teachers of the pupils. Accordingly,
the old premises were demolished, and a plan was prepared by Mr. E. T. Owen,
architect, for a pile of suitable buildings, on the old site, near to St.Cuthbert's
church, and a piece of adjacent ground, which has been given by Mr. J Talbot
Clifton, Esq., one of the trustees, who are sixteen in number.
The design, which is a very elegant one, and Gothic in its appearance, was
accepted, and Messrs. Catterall (of Kirkham), and Miller (of Lytham), became the
contractors. The edifice will be so constructed that its various parts will present
the appearance of three sides of a square, the centre being surmounted with a
handsome bell tower, which will materially improve the aspect of the erection.
In a word, the schools, when finished, will form one of the most pleasing ornaments
which adorn the healthful and beautiful village of Lytham; but, what is of more
importance in these days of progress and of utilitarianism will be the means of
ameliorating the condition of some, and informing the minds of all who shall resort
to them for light and instruction. They will be endowed out of the trust fund
connected with the school. Mrs. Talbot Clifton of Lytham Hall, having kindly
consented to officiate at the ceremony, Tuesday was set apart as the day for the
laying of the corner stone.
The weather was remarkably fine, quite propitious for the ceremony, which was
performed in a very neat and appropriate manner by the fair architect, in the
presence of a large, enthusiastic, and respectable assemblage. An appropriate
service for the occasion was impressively intoned by the Rev. R. B. Robinson, the
incumbent of Lytham, the school children making the responses, and singing the
psalms, to the simple music of the ancient plain song of the church.
On presenting the silver trowel to Mrs. Clifton, Mr. Robinson said that he had
great pleasure in carrying out the wishes of those around him, in requesting Mrs.
Clifton to lay the first stone of their schools, not only on account of the
connection between the Clifton family and Lytham, and the remembrance of the many
kindnesses conferred in former times on the church and schools by them, but also on
account of his own knowledge a the personal worth of the lady who was about to
assist them in the good work, who, he was sure, only required to be better known,
to be highly appreciated and valued by them all.
The stone having been laid, on the motion of Mr. Robinson three cheers were
heartily given for Mrs. Clifton; afterwards, three were proposed and given for Mr.
Robinson, who concluded the proceedings by an invitation to the workmen to a supper
at the Ship Inn, over which he presided.