Glossop Heritage Trust

Glossopdale Schools

Whitfield Church of England School, Ashton Street

Button image Whitfield School, 1920s & 1930s. Button image Whitfield School, 1940s/50s. Button image Whitfield School, 1960s.

Built in 1848 by the Wood family to educate the children of their mill workers. Originally to accommodate 140 children it was later enlarged for 400. In 1887 the school was improved and extended with a separate Department for Infants.

White's History, Gazetteer & Directory of Derbyshire & Sheffield, 1857, in describing Whitfield church, tells us "Adjoining the parsonage are the National Schools erected in 1847, at a cost of £1,100. It is a substantial stone building for boys and girls, with a residence for the teacher; will accommodate 300 children.".
The Post Office Directory of Derbyshire, 1876, in the list of schools, states that Herbert Williams was master and Mrs Williams, mistress.
Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1895, has a list of schools including this entry. "National, Whitfield (mixed & infants), for 560 children; average attendance, 340; George Edward Cox, master; J. A. Pearson, assistant master; Misses S. A. Morriss, J. B. Shepley, Janet Cox & Gertrude Cox-Sutcliffe, mistresses.".

Early Head Teachers of the school were:
Miss Wright 1848 - 1850.
Mrs Robinson 1850 - 1856.
Mr Kirkman 1856 - 1859 (the first Certified teacher, died aged 24 years in 1859.
Mr Eckersley 1859 - 1873.
Hubert Williams 1873 - 1876.
George Edward Cox 1876 - 1902.
Frederick Herbert Morris 1902 - 1930.
William Victor Furniss 1930 - 1937.
Herbert A Whitehead 1937.

Do you have a school photo for Whitfield School? Do you appear on a photograph but are not named? Can you supply any missing names for the photographs already on these pages? If so, please click here to send us an e-mail.

The photographs on this page are pre 1920. Follow the links above and below to navigate to pages with later photographs.

Alice Buckley, Whitfield School Certificate, Standard V, 1884 Alice Buckley, Whitfield School Certificate, Standard V, 1884.
More details of Alice can be found here.


Whitfield Class, 1896. Whitfield Class, 1896


Whitfield Class, 1899 Whitfield Class, 1899.


Whitfield National School Class, undated fragment. Whitfield National School Class, undated fragment


Whitfield Class, undated Whitfield Class, undated.


Whitfield School, c1908. Whitfield School, c1908


Whitfield School, c1908 Whitfield School, c1908.


Whitfield School, 1909.
The girl fourth from the right on the front row is Doris Richardson.
Watson Ormsby Smyth The teacher seated far left is Watson Ormsby Smyth, who was born in Ireland circa 1887; his parents were also teachers. He married Irene Elizabeth Booth; only daughter of Wright Booth, who was the School Master of Edmund Potter’s Dinting Print Works School, Irene was also a school teacher. Watson Smyth died in 1917 whilst serving with the, 2nd/20th battalion London Regiment during the First World War; he is buried in the Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. His young widow did not remarry and lived at 7 North Road, until her death in 1966.
Whitfield School, c1909


Whitfield School, 1909 Whitfield School, 1909.
The girl in the centre of the front row is Doris Richardson.


Whitfield School String Orchestra, undated.
The girl in the 3rd row, 3rd from the right, is Nellie Beardwood
Whitfield School String Orchestra, undated


Whitfield Class, undated. Whitfield Class, undated.


Whitfield Class, undated.
The teacher on the right may be Nellie Beardwood.
Whitfield Class, undated.


Whitfield Class with Mr Morris, undated. Whitfield Class with Mr Morris, undated.


Whitfield Class, 1912. Whitfield Class, 1912


Elsie Workman Elsie Workman was a teacher at Whitfield C of E School for around 10 years. She was presented with a handsome brass carriage clock, pictured right, when she left Glossop in 1912. The treasured clock was inherited by her Great Nephew, Robert Pritchard, who has provided the photos and information. Clock, 1912

Button image Whitfield School, 1920s & 1930s. Button image Whitfield School, 1940s/50s. Button image Whitfield School, 1960s.

Button image Return to the Schools index page

Button image Return to the home page




Page last updated: 17 January 2015.