A tale of two schools in street

Open coal fires, a school bell and highly polished wooded floors, all memories of school days at Trinity Street schools, Ipswich.

The schools were referred to in a recent Kindred Spirits when I featured the history of Holy Trinity Church in Fore Hamlet, Ipswich.

Stan Ransome, who now lives at Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, has sent me his memories of attending the schools during the 1930s.

Stan said: “Holy Trinity Church was first brought to my notice when, as a toddler holding my father’s hand and walking past the church on our way to town, he would invariably start humming or singing the words to the song ‘At Trinity church I met my doom’.

“There were two schools, one each side of Trinity Street. On the side nearer the gas holders and dock was the infant building, which was built of Suffolk white bricks, in the style of a church, with sharp pointed black railings up to the pavement.

“At the rear was a small concrete play area with a covered corrugated iron shelter in case it rained. On the opposite side of the street was a larger building in red brick for the juniors. I believe this building was the one referred to as being raised by the church. In my mind’s eye I have lots of pictures of the schools during the 1930s.

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