Can you identify these teachers?

teachers picUpdated Ann MacGillivray has sent us this photo of teaching staff at the old combined schools in Manor Farm Road. But can you guess the year? Read on to find out and see the full sized version, and see if you can help identify some of the faces. Reproduced with kind permission of Cardwell’s Photography, who operated from 59 Foundry Lane, Shirley.

This photo taken in 1961 has been lent to me by Catherine Pidgeon who was a couple of years ahead of me at the (then) combined, Infants, Junior and Senior school of Manor Farm Road, Bitterne Park. It was taken in the (then) Cobden Meadows (now Riverside Park) near to where the children’s play area is behind the school.

teachers pic

If you look closely at the photo, which was taken with the teachers facing Riverview Road, you'll see that to the rear was Woodmill lane: notice that the Poplar trees behind the teachers are small; have a look at them today – they are enormous! The skyline today is also very different.

Catherine and I have tried between us to identify as many of the teachers as we can and these are listed below.

Perhaps some of the visitors to would like to try to identify the rest of the teachers – and please feel free to correct us if we are wrong about any of them: it is a long time ago!

Back row from left to right;  1 ?,   2 Miss Groves,  3 Mr Hitchinson,  4 Mr Howe,  5 ?,   6 ?,   7?,

Front row from left to right   8, Mr Simms,   9 Miss Goater,   10 John Guillmant (Headmaster) , 11 Mr Barnet,  12 Miss Devonshire?

PS John Guillmant gave me my interest in history and the character of local area. He was always taking us on field trips to places of interest. One of my black and white photos of the Rufus Stone (taken as a child) was put on display in the main reception of the school which I was very proud of.

Thank you. John Guilmant.

Ann MacGillivray

At the end of November 2023 David Tremain contacted us. He said he moved away from Southampton in 1963 and now lives innow live in Ottawa, Canada. He hasn't been back since. He wrote:

Mr Simms' first name was John. Miss Devonshire was actually Mrs E. Cousins.
I was in first Mrs Cousins, then Mr Simms, and finally Miss Goater's class from 1961-63 when we moved away.
I also remember a boy called Pidgeon, with bright ginger hair and lots of freckles. Is he any relation to Catherine?


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