THE now closed Green Street School educated the children of families living on the eastern side of the town for well over 100 years.

Designed in the Dutch-influenced style which was popular at the time, the foundation stone for the building was laid in December 1895 and the school was opened in June of the following year.

It is now recognised as a significant building in the Leigh Street Furniture Heritage Conservation Area.

Here we take a look at some of the children who attended the school in the 20th century, perhaps you were one. If so, I’d love to hear from you with your memories of your time there, please email me at

Top: The pupils and teachers at the school in 1935.

Centre left: A group of young children and their lady teacher assembled outside the school, c1950.

Centre right: Green Street School shortly after it opened.

The school closed on August 31 1999 due to falling pupil numbers. Then the Green Street Youth and Community Centre was opened in the premises in June 2001.

Left: This is the celebration of the 90th ‘birthday’ of the school, with former Mayor Reggie Goves cutting the cake, 1986.

Above: These children in costume for their school play are grouped around a decorated Christmas tree, 1950s