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Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England


Lytham Endowed School

Lytham Endowed School dated from the 1720s though the school pictured here in Church Road, Lytham, was built in 1853 and enlarged in1927. In 1975 a new school was constructed in Park View Road; Lytham Endowed and the old St John's School were closed.

The new school became known as Lytham Church of England Primary School, serving both the Parishes.

Lytham Church of England Primary School Website.

The Preston Guardian, Saturday, August 6, 1853


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 commodious schools.

Lytham Endowed School dated from the 1720s though this school in Church Road, Lytham, was built in 1853 and enlarged in1927. It was demolished in the 1980s.

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.