St Joseph's School

Early pictures inside the school

By Janet Penn

These two pictures were taken inside St Josephs school. They look very old can anyone date them?

Many thanks to Leigh Sargent for giving us permission to publish them

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'St Joseph's School' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'St Joseph's School' page
This page was added by Janet Penn on 17/11/2012.
Comments about this page

I very much enjoyed this site and specially the two old photographs. I live in Cork, Ireland and I am a 61 year old writer. I have lived all of my life close to a Mercy school and convent and over the years I befriended many of the nuns. In recent times I am developing a pictorial history of the Mercy Sister both at home and internationally. Many sisters around the world have responed to my request for old photographs of the sisters at work, prayer and at leisure activities. I would very much be delighted if former students could email me such photographs for my project. With best wishes for 2014 from Ireland...Eugene

By Eugene Cosgrove
On 03/01/2014

Please make public my email for responding reasons. ecosg@indigo.ie

By Eugene Cosgrove
On 03/01/2014

These were probably taken between 1950, when classroom was in the old convent, and 1955 when new classrooms were built. I was a pupil there from 1950. I lived in Benfleet and a taxi used to transport pupils from  Pitsea? and Benfleet to the convent. As the number of pupils increased so did the vehicles from taxis to buses.

By miriam petheram nee COLLIER
On 10/10/2014

i can remember getting the bus just opposite Barclays Bank in Benfleet. I can remember Mother Katherine, Sister Dominic, Sister Agnes she was scary. From there after a short time at King John school I went to St Thomas Moore

By Frank Daley
On 13/10/2014

I remember the Friday school dinners about that time - mashed potato and choice of baked beans or tinned spaghetti and no fish because of the cost. I, too, remember going in a taxi from Benfleet, before we had the buses. I used to catch the taxi/bus from opposite a school in Benfleet with my late sister, Ann, unless we had taken my sister, Mary, to nursery when we then caught the bus near the cemetery.

By Marjery Gibbons nee Dykes
On 04/02/2015

I started there in 1952 and remember the Friday school dinners. Sister Annunciata was problem the nicest of the Sisters of Mercy.

Mr Diamond was teaching there - I think in the annex - and at least us boys got to play football, Fanny Jarvis, Dave Corey, Chris Shelton, Peter Twydell, the Hewitsons et al.  I used to get the taxi at cemetery corner. Nice to see names of girls that I remember - Miriam and Pauline Collier, Marjery and Ann Dykes. There was also Pauline Quinn, Yvonne Faeirs, Frances Twydell, Roiseann Elliot and others. What are you all doing now.

By Bill Smith
On 14/03/2016

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