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    Postcard of Haywood Hospital c 1902 - use magnifier for a larger picture
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    History of the Moorland Road Building

    Postcard of Haywood Hospital c 1903 - use magnifier for a larger picture The Moorland Road school building started out life as Haywood Hospital in 1887. (The name coming from the hospital's benefactors, Howard and Richard Haywood). Additional wards were built in 1889 and in 1907. It was converted to school use in 1932.

    Thanks to Don Henshall for the postcard images of Haywood Hospital in 1902 and 1903.


    Foundation Stone

    Picture of Haywood Hospital Crest - use magnifier for a larger picture The foundation stone was laid on July 27 1886 having been sanctioned by the Charity Commissioners earlier in the year. It was through the generosity of Howard and Richard Haywood that the Hospital was built. Indeed, the family crest adorns the central pediment in rich red terracotta. Although it is unclear as to who the architect was, William Cooke -a local builder - erected the building at the cost of 2,400.

    The main block originally held fourteen patients but this was rapidly found to be insufficient so additional wards were built in 1889, at a cost of 1000 and opening in 1891, and again in 1907. When the Hospital moved further east to an even larger site, the buildings became firstly a Junior Technical School and subsequently a college annex. Students last occupied the College in 1990.


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    Recently discovered mural

    During recent renovation of the building, a mural was found on the site, and its story is told below by Burslem Community Development Trust, who own the copyright of the image below, and which is reproduced with their kind permission.

    Haywood Hospital Mural - use magnifier for a larger picture

    "The mural comes from the original Haywood Hospital building on Moorland Road. The building recently fell into disrepair and its owners, Stoke-on-Trent College, expected to demolish the building. Vandals attacked the mural, breaking many of the tiles and daubing it with graffiti. With the demolition in mind, one of the tutors of Art and Design at the college removed the mural, restored the broken tiles and cleaned off the graffiti early in 1999. It is due to his quick thinking that the mural was rescued, allowing restoration and reinstatement.

    It is uncertain as to when the mural was commissioned but it is most likely to have been put in place between 1887 and 1900. Such tiled murals fell out of favour after the turn of the century.

    Painted by local painter and teacher, Frederic Harper, the mural stood 1.98m (6ft 6in) high and 1.22m (4ft) wide."


    In August 2002 Alan Brodie sent me this
    "My name is Alan Brodie and I was part of the first 11+ intake at the school in 1951. At that time, the "old" school was a previous hospital building in Moorland Road, Burslem, and the "new" school, on High Lane, consisted of a single corridor with rooms on either side. We had classes in both premises and, in the 5th and 6th forms, we made the journey between buildings even during mid-morning and afternoon breaks. On leaving school, I joined the telephone side of the then GPO, until I emigrated to Australia in 1968. After some years with Telecom Australia, I left to enter Theological College and was ordained in the Anglican (C of E) Church in 1985.

    In late July this year, I was asked to return to England to conduct the funeral, in Alsager, of one of my early bosses in British Telecom. Although it was a fleeting visit, I did manage to make the journey to Moorland Road to look at the "old" school building once again. One of my memories concerned a mural on the wall of the classroom on the right of the hall, as you entered through the front door of the building. The classroom was then the English room and the teacher was Mr PH Mountford. On the wall of the classroom, which we were given to understand had been the Children's Ward in the days when the building was a hospital, was a large mural of 6" tiles depicting Jesus with the children and the caption: "Suffer the children to come unto Me".

    John Whitmore says
    "I have been in contact with the Burslem Community Development Trust and they tell me that the mural was removed from the wall in what was in my day the 'English Class' room.
    If one stands in Moorland Road outside the building, this room is on the ground floor immediately to the right. The door to this room would lead off the west end of the main hall. I still have no recollection of this in situ. I can only think it was covered by some other item." (See plan below).

    In October 2008 Alan Brodie sent this update
    "I contacted the Bishop of Stafford and he seems to have taken an interest, as we received word that the mural was to be re-located to the Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem. ...[a contact] informed us, last week, that the mural had now been restored and it is to be mounted as part of some other renovations at the Church. I'm glad that this piece of STHS history has not simply been consigned to the local rubbish dump.


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    Photographs of the Junior Technical School

    John has also provided a number of really interesting photographs of the school, some of which were taken by "Geog" Taylor.

    JTS Geography Class - use magnifier for a larger picture JTS Chemistry Lab - use magnifier for a larger picture JTS Mechanics Lab  - use magnifier for a larger picture JTS Metalwork Filing Shop - use magnifier for a larger picture JTS Metalwork Machine Shop  - use magnifier for a larger picture JTS Woodwork Shop - use magnifier for a larger picture
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    Recent pictures of the building

    John Whitmore photographed the building in 1988 when it was still in use in as a College. "I took two photographs of the building in 2001 when it was in the process of being restored by Burslem Community Development Trust, as did Howard Cope who lived just behind the school. You can see that less of the rear of the building has been preserved as compared to the front. The final photo is one taken in the 1970s of the rear of the building by Howard Cope. Not much appears to have changed between 1970 and 1998."

    Derek Johnson

    Front of the building - 1988 - Photo by John Whitmore - use magnifier for a larger picture Rear of the building - 1988 - Photo by John Whitmore - use magnifier for a larger picture Front of the building - 2001  - Photo by Derek Johnson - use magnifier for a larger picture Rear of the building - 2001 - Photo by Howard Cope - use magnifier for a larger picture Side entrance - 2001 - Photo by Derek Johnson - use magnifier for a larger picture Rear of the building - 2001 - Photo by Howard Cope - use magnifier for a larger picture Rear of the building - 1970 - Photo by Howard Cope - use magnifier for a larger picture
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    2007 pictures of the renovated building

    Alan J Jones photographed the renovated building in May 2007. The future of the building is again uncertain and it may not survive the predations of urban redevelopment.

    Old metal work machine shops - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture Rear of Moorland Road building - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture Moorland Road toilets & bike shed - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture Moorland Road Burslem Park gates - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture Moorland Road hall - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture 'Flush' Twyford's classroom - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture 'Boris' Simnett's classroom - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture The old library room - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture Mr George's metalwork shop - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture Moorland Road Junior metalwork filing shop (mortuary) - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for a larger picture Moorland Road tile mural - 2007 - Photo by Alan J Jones - use magnifier for larger picture
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    Renovation of the building

    Burslem Community Development Trust have recently purchased the site and they intend to create new office suites for the Trust itself and for community organisations that require a home. An independent appraisal showed that much of the building on the site could be rescued and given new life.

    The unstable twentieth century extension needed to be demolished in order to rescue the earlier front range of buildings. The front range, the original section and the most architecturally interesting and ornate, will be restored and converted to a suite of offices. [You can see the extension if you compare the 1903 postcard with the 1988 photo by John Whitmore - Derek]

    Postcard of Haywood Hospital c 1903 - use magnifier for a larger picture Front of the building - 1988 - use magnifier for a larger picture
    The back range of buildings will be retained as a valuable training resource for the Trust's Building Restoration Training Scheme.

    Thanks to the Trust for their notes which I have adopted for this site and for the photographs of the Mural and the Foundation Stone which are their copyright and which are reproduced with their kind permission.


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    New Site Plan of the Building after renovation

    This plan was provided by the Burslem Community Development Trust, and we are trying to reconstruct the original school room functions.


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    Plan of the converted building.
    We have overlaid information about the original function of the room on this plan.

    John Whitmore supplied this information about the usage of the rooms in the Junior Technical School days:

    "My recollections in the early 1940's are as follows;

    Office 1.................Maths. Mr Potts.
    Meeting Room.......Assembly Hall with cloaks off.
    Front Entrance.......I never knew this to be opened.
    Office 2 ................English. Various Teachers.
    Office 3.................Spare office.
    Office 4.................Headmasters office. Mr Collinson.


    Upper Floor.
    Office 5.................Maths. Mr Collinson.
    Office 6.................No recollection.
    Office 7.................Geog. and History. Mr Taylor.
    Office 8.................No recollection.
    Office 9.................Spare classroom.


    Ground Floor.
    Following corridor past Headmaster's office, on left Mechanics Lab, Mr Kent. Further down on left Physics Lab. also Mr Kent, turn left Chemistry Lab on right Mr Mills.

    Outside, School Yard. At the rear on the left was the Woodwork Shop, Mr Cooksie. In front of the double gates was a forge. On the right was Metalwork/Machine Shop.

    The Three Storey Building to the right of the main building contained a Washroom and relics of the Hospital Kitchen on the ground floor, unused. First Floor was used by the Teachers. Top Floor was Technical Drawing. Mr Howell."

    Roy Davies, who was at the JTS from 1940 to 1942, adds

    "I was interested to see the photographs and floor plans for our old school as well as your comments as to the usage of the various rooms. From my memory I would have identified them a little differently. Office 1 I thought was used by Collinson where he taught Geometry and Trigonometry and on the first floor in Office 5 Potts taught Algebra. Collinson also occasionally used Office 2 and there once a week we had a First Aid lesson. English I always thought was on the First Floor in Office 9 as I have recollections of gazing longingly through the trees at the park instead of paying attention to Westlake or his female replacement. All your other identifications are as I remember them.

    It is surprising when one starts to think about these things how much can be recalled. The excuse to miss assembly by being part of the detail to visit the air raid shelters to check they were not under water (bail out with a bucket), the pre lunchtime trip to the Princes Hall (the British Restaurant) to collect the heated containers with school dinners, lunchtime in the Park with the girls from The School of Commerce, happy days. I am not sure John if you stayed at school at lunchtime or if you went home, it was always an interesting part of the day. "

    John Watts (JTS 1939-40) has more memories of the rooms

      1. Mr.Collinson
      2. Mr.Thomas (First Aid and PT in the Hall)
      3. or 6. Mr.Kent
      4.Mr.Mills
      5.Mr.Potts
      7.Mr.Taylor
      9.Mr.Westlake

      MW. Mr.Brownsword and WW. Mr.Cooksey
      Mr.Howell in the Attic.

    "Games on Wednesday with Mr.Thomas for 1E and 2E. Baseball in Summer on Burslem Park and Football in Winter on the old Hamil Road Ground (later the Fire Station). Re Mr.Mills,he had the Lab.on the ground floor and Mr.Kent, I believe, on the first floor. Happy days and remembered with pride"

    "My memory tells me that I entered The Burslem Junior Technical School on 5 January 1939 and I left in the December of 1940. I can still visualise all the classrooms, with the exception of "Gus" Kent's, just as though I had left them yesterday. With regard to the Metalwork, the only Master that I knew was Mr.Brownsword for the two years that I attended the school. I remember that Mr.Collinson always had the class door open so that he could see into the Hall for any "strays". The only exception was when Mr.Thomas was on P.T. duty in the Hall. The noise tended to distract from the lesson. Somewhere in my Loft I still have my school books from the JTS together with ones from Preston Tech. College where I passed my ONC(Elec) in 1956. In those days it was a three year course but I can understand why it was reduced to two years. The first year was at the same level as the last at JTS. I found it very easy and received a book prize for "Best Boy"!"

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