Heyhouses Endowed School
In the 1780s, the Lytham
Charity Foundation were using a cottage at the West End of Lytham Manor
as a school for the scattered farming community which included Heyhouses. A
purpose-built school was erected on Heyhouses Lane in 1821.
The old Heyhouses School (erected 1821) on Heyhouses
Lane, St.Annes, pictured here in 1956, at the end of St.Annes Road East. It was
demolished in 1959.
From "Chats Concerning Heyhouses, Lytham & St.Annes-on-the-Sea by David W
……it is well that a little of the old Whitewashed Heyhouses
School should spoken of now. The interior of Old Heyhouses school I know very
little about; I only went to that school one week, and then I was but a child. I
believe the school was built by Mr. Christopher Wilkes, of Lytham, under whom my
father (James Greaves) served apprenticeship to a bricklayer, and who worked at
Heyhouses School when it was being built………
"… I remember going to that School up the old School Lane (now called St.Anne’s
Road East) from my home in Church Road. The old School Lane was similar to old
Common Lane, copses and hedges on either side, with gateway and there, which led
into the various farmers.
The thing that I remember best at old Heyhouses School was
the schoolmaster (the late Mr.T.Banister), who sat at the harmonium accompanying
the schoolchildren to their songs.
I am not able to say what was being sung, for all my
attention was the harmonium and not on the music. The cover for the back of the
harmonium, which faced me, almost torn off and very jaggy and ragged, and I see the
blue and white striped bellows moving up and down as the master pedalled. This must
have tickled my fancy, as I remember little else than this."
The Preston Guardian, Saturday, December 6, 1879
LAYING FOUNDATION STONE OF NEW SCHOOL
An interesting and, it is to be
hopes in the sequel, an important event transpired at St. Anne's-on-the-Sea, on
Thursday afternoon, the occasion being the laying of- the foundation stone of new
schools for the new seaside resort
Hitherto, the children have had to
go a considerable distance and at great inconvenience to school, and as the town is
steadily increasing in population, the want of educational, requirements has been
somewhat rather seriously felt. With a view to meeting the emergency, a movement
was set on foot by the inhabitants' which has met with, hearty approval, and the
result is that in a short time schools will be erected with sufficient
accommodation for children for many years to come.
The ceremony of laying the
foundation stone took place on Thursday afternoon, the Lady Eleanor Cecily Clifton
of Lytham Hall, having kindly consented to do the honours.
Though the day was bitterly cold,
and the ground covered with snow, there was a large gathering of the inhabitants
and others from the district, amongst, whom, might be mentioned the Lady Eleanor
Cecily Clifton, Mrs.T. H. Clifton, Mrs. T. Fair, Mrs. Terry; the Rev. Mr. W. G.
Terry, Mr. T. Fair, Mr. Parkinson, Mr. Ellerbeck,. Mr. F. Lomax, Mr. Greenhalgh,
Mr. ,Thompson, Mr. Pye,.Mr. Pomfret, Mr. Townsend, Mr. Gregson; Mr.Nutter,, Mr.
Rawstron, Mr. Diggle, Mr. Langley,. Mr. Storemouth, Mr. Hargreaves Mr. Roberts, Mr.
Ibberson, Mr. Singleton, Mr. Lloyd, Mr. Pennington, Mr.Brown, Mr. Moore, Mr.
Bannister, Mr. H. Gregson Miss Thompson, Miss Ellerbeck, Mrs. Bolton, Mrs. Brown,
Mrs. Lloyd, Mrs. Moore, &c.
The school on Heyhouses Lane was elarged in the
mid 1800s but with the development of the new town of St.Annes
in the 1870s not only was the school too small, but most
of the population were living by the coast. The present school was
erected near the Parish Church and opened in 1881.
The proposed new schools are
situated on the east side of the Parish Church, in the corner. Of Common-lane and
St. Anne's-road, and they are to be of access to children of all denominations. It
is estimated that they will cost between £1,400 and £1,500. Towards this sum Mr.
Clifton has given £500, besides the site, which includes 5,000 square yards, at a
cost of £800 and the inhabitants have raised amongst themselves £500.£1,000, having
thus been raised, the Lytham Charity Commissioners have promised, on that sum
being: handed over to them, to supply the remaining deficiency, and to endow the
schools. They will be made to accommodate 65 boys, 65 girls, and, 70 infants, and
there will also be two class-rooms.
The schools will accommodate
altogether 200 children ; there is a mixed department, 54 feet by 24 feet, for 65
girls and the same number of boys, and two class-rooms, each 16 feet by 16 feet.
The infant school is 28 feet by 20 feet. There is a spacious lavatory, porch and
cloak-room, with extensive play grounds, and offices. The school-rooms have open
roofs, with the principal timbers stained and varnished, and are warmed by open
fire places, with stone chimney pieces. The walls internally will be wainscotted
round the lower portions and plastered above. As to the external appearance, the
schools will be of Early Gothic design, having stout brick walls with buttresses,
and good stone dressings to all the windows and doors. The roof will be steep
pitched, with a neat belfry carried up in the centre. The windows will be
glazed with patent rolled plate in lead diamond quarries, having coloured margins.
The buildings are designed so that the accommodation can be doubled when occasion
requires it without taking any portion down, by building corresponding wings. The
buildings are set well back, and the front will be laid out in shrubberies, and the
whole enclosed by brick walls with entrance gateway. The architects are Messrs.
Longworth and Gardner, of Preston, and the contractors Mr. R Warbrick,, brickwork;
Mr. Rd. Hacking, masonry ; Mr. T.Walker, slating, flagging, and plastering; , Mr.
J.F. Lomax, plumbing, glazing, an& painting; and Messrs. Rawstron and Fielding,
carpenting and joinering.
The ceremony of laying the
foundation stone, as stated, took place on Thursday afternoon, by the Lady Eleanor
Cecily Clifton, of Lytham Hall. When the party were assembled the Rev. Mr, Terry,
vicar, addressed her ladyship. He said: I have great peleasere in calling upon,
your ladyship, on behalf of the St.Anne's School Building Committee, to lay cam
foundation stone of these schools, and I feel confident that your ladyship will do
it satisfactorily, and that the work will be performed with skill and good
A bottle was then placed is the
cavity, containing a local newspaper, several coins of the realm, and a piece of
parchment bearing the following announcement: " These schools were erected by the
trustees of the Lytham Charities Committee, by donations amounting to £1,000 and
the foundation stone of this building was laid on the 4th, December, 1879, by Lady
Eleanor Cecily Clifton, wife of John Talbot Clifton, of Lytham Hall, Signed—the
Rev. H. B. Hawkins, the Rev. J. S Birley, the Rev. W. G. Terry, Messrs. H.
L.Birley, William Bannister, T., H. Clifton, Richard Cookson, Thomas Fair, William
Gregson, T. H. Miller, James Parkinson, John Sharples, A. Whiteside, Thomas Salt-
house and Charles Birley." "
A mallet and a silver trowel were
then presented to her ladyship, the latter bearing the following inscription : "
Presented to the Lady Eleanor Cecily Clifton, on the occasion a laying the
foundation stone of St, Anne's new schools ; December 4th, 1879." The stone, which
has the initials " C. S.(corner stone), 1879," was then placed above the cavity and
her ladyship having made the customary use of the trowel said I declare this stone
to be well and duly laid.
The Rev. Mr. Terry then said: I
have now to thank your ladyship for laying the foundation stone of these new
schools, and on behalf of the St. Anne's Building Committee, to ask you to accept
this address as a tribute of gratitude and esteem for coming here
The address, which was beautifully
illuminated, ran thus:—" To the Lady Eleanor Cecily Clifton, The members of
St.Annes New Schools Building Committee, take this opportunity of thanking your
ladyship for coming such a distance to lay the foundation stone of our new schools
to-day; and also to express our sense of gratitude for the great interest your
ladyship has taken in the work from the very commencement. If it had not been for
the very generous assistance of your ladyship, the committee would not have been
able to raise the necessary funds, and the schools would consequently not have been
built. We therefore, beg to offer our sincere thanks to your ladyship for your
kindness and generosity.--On behalf of the Committee, W. TERRY, - Chairman,--St.
Anne's, Dec, 4th, 1879."
In reply her ladyship
said ; I am extremely obliged for the great kindness you have displayed
towards me, and I hope the schools Will be successful, and be a great
advantage to the children of St. Anne's.---Three cheers were then given for
her ladyship, and the school children sang an appropriate hymn. This
concluded the proceedings, and a number of gentlemen connected with the
building adjourned to the St. Anne's Hotel, and partook of an excellent
dinner provided by the landlady, Mrs. Ibberson.
Heyhouses School - The
Daily Roll Call - 1883-86
1st Class Boys:
Forms VII, VI, V, IV.
First Class Girls.
Forms V11, V1, V, IV.
2nd Class Boys:
2nd Class Girls.
Batty, J. W.
Butcher, Richard(North Houses).
Cartmel, Wm. George, (Division Lane).
Davies, Charlie (South Drive).
Davis, John (Church Road).
Greaves, David Wm.
Pennington, T. H.
Shepherd, R. E.
Whiteside, Joseph (Division Lane)
Singleton, Will. (Kiln House Farm).
Singleton, Joseph (Kiln House Farm)
Warbrick Christopher (Heyhouses)
Butcher, Mary (Heyhouses).
Cardwell, Lily (Cross Slack).
Cookson, Grace (Twiggy Hill Farm).
Davis Maggie (Church Rd.)
Eaves, Alice (Kiln House Lane).
Eaves, Betty (Headroomgate Road).
Fisher, Annie (Heyhouses),
Fisher, Maggie (Heyhouses).
Fisher, Jane (Cross Slack).
Hall, Alice (Heyhouses),
Hall, Elizabeth (Headroomgate Farm).
Hall, Mary Ann (Ditto).
Heap, Mary Ann.
Hesketh, Margaret Ellen (Moss Edge Farm).
Ogden, Mary Jane.
Pendrick, Annie (Stanley Terrace). Swarbrick, Isabella.
Townsend, Mary Ann.
Walmsley, Annie (St. Andrew's Road, North.)
Cartmel, James (Division Lane)
Greaves, James (Twiggy Lane)
Greaves, Richard (Mellings Lane)
Greaves John Robert Church Road)
Eaves, Frank (Eleanor Clifton Cottages)
Hall, John (Church Road)
Hart, Willoughby (Ditto)
Cartmel, Robert (Church Rd.)
Cookson, William, (Twiggy Hill Farm)
Pennington. G E.
Richardson, Edward. (North Houses).
Rushfirth, E. W
Bamber, Mary (Wood Street)
Barrow, Grace (Church Rd.)
Butcher, Betty (North Houses)
Butcher, Fanny (Ditto).
Cartmel, Emily (Church Rd.)
Davis, Sarah Ann
Fisher, Maggie (Cross Slack).
Greaves, Janie (Greaves' Farm)
Miller, Annie Mary
Pearson, Mary Jane
Timms, Ruth Annie
Warbrick, Mary Allan (Heyhouses).
George Sanderson replaced J R
Bannister as Headmaster in 1890. He lived at The Willows, Headroomgate
Heyhouses School Boy Scouts c1912.