Town School class photograph. Do you recognise anyone?

I recently received an email and a photograph from Clive Barnby. The email and photograph are self-explanatory so I publish both below. If you have any comments please feel free to make them.

I will publish another post soon after this one which will include a plan of the main Town School building as I remember it.


“I wondered, David, if you are able to put this photo on your blogsite. It’s from Graham Newman, who lived in Gwent street, was in school with me, saw my name on your blog & remembered me. I think the picture was taken in 1955/56 – we would all have been born 1945-47.It is of Standard 3 even tho’ the picture was taken in the infants playground. If I’m right, the teacher was Mrs Hughes, formerly Miss Brookes, but for some reason she is not in the picture.

 Graham (Newman) is in the back row, first left (as you look at the photo), I’m next but one to him (can’t name the lad between us); continuing from left to right is Andrew Neat from Haden street, who was tragically killed in a road accident many years ago, then Nigel Gordon, John Pope, son of Les, the butcher, then I think Michael Browne. I can’t name the next three but on the right is Brian Hale.

In the middle row on the left is Graham Baldwin, then John Jones, ? , fourth left is (I think) Bernard Rootes, then Diane Pask, something Goodchild (the tall girl) can’t name the next girl, then ? Michael Pearce, can’t name the last three.

 In the front row, on the left is Carol Rowlands, then Jackie Gibbon (now Fitzgerald) & the only other one I can name is Jackie Miles (now Law) who is second from the right.

 I think there was also a June Kennedy, Richard King and David Parfitt but can’t put faces to the names. David Williams was also in my class & lived in North road, a few yards from me but can’t recognise him. I was hoping if you are able to put it on your site that viewers might recognise themselvies or someone they know, & we can fill in some of the names.”




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Town School Standard 3 in 1955-56

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5 Responses to “Town School class photograph. Do you recognise anyone?”

  1. Peter Hemmings Says:

    This picture with names is on either Old Pontypool or Pontypool Past And Present Facebook pages.

  2. Peter Hemmings Says:

    Middle row third from right side of pic, David Watkins.

  3. Brian Says:

    I left Town school for west mon in 1949 but can never remember having a class photogtaph Am I alone in thinking this?

  4. clive barnby Says:

    Thanks, Peter, for this information. While I was at Town School, Brian, I think we had a couple of pictures taken – it wasn’t annually, perhaps every two-three years. For some reason, the class teacher wasn’t included – pity, it would have made identifying the year and/or class a little easier.

  5. Elaine Wallace Says:

    Front row I’m the girl with the blonde hair and patterned cardigan (Elaine Gilbert) next but one to my left is Anita White, tall girl behind us in middle of row with dark hair is Margaret gambling, I know a few more as well will get back to you on that. X

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