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Coldham School

Postby littleoldboy » 20 Feb 2020, 10:07

Long shot this one. My uncle Bertie Hood lived and worked in Upwell on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk borders in he 1920s early 1930s. His children Bertie jnr and Hilda went to Coldham School. We have several photos, but have never been able to find out anything about this school.
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Re: Coldham School

Postby Tresagreen » 20 Feb 2020, 16:26

Hi lob, you may have seen this already, but it gives a clearer view of where the school was.

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Re: Coldham School

Postby littleoldboy » 20 Feb 2020, 20:31

Hi Tresagreen,
Yes found that location on a Scottish Map Site!
Don't know whether there is still a building there. I remember the church was converted to a house some time back, perhaps that has been the fate of the school too.
A long way from Dorset
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Re: Coldham School

Postby Tresagreen » 20 Feb 2020, 21:05

Hi lob, yes the church sadly is now going to rack and ruin, it was converted to a private house as you say, but the owners left. It was put on the market in 2007, after having quite a bit of work done, but didn't sell. Apparently because access to it is in a dangerous position on a blind crest..... Re the school, in 1883 ( according to Kelly's directory) there is a Public Elementary School, Miss S A Green Mistress. Don't know about the building surviving, but have out out some feelers and hope to have more info soon. T
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Re: Coldham School

Postby EWW » 20 Feb 2020, 22:14

If you use the side by side overlay on the map link that has been posted before many times you will come up with this shot.

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This is how the old school looks now. This picture is from Google street maps.

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Re: Coldham School

Postby EWW » 21 Feb 2020, 19:38

Nothing to do with the school but I would think your family used Coldham station at some time LOB. Found this picture while looking
for the school. There is still plenty of track but it is all overgrown.

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Re: Coldham School

Postby Tresagreen » 22 Feb 2020, 09:46

They may even have visited this place when it was the Overstone Arms pub, now a private house. ( not the children of course!!!)

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Re: Coldham School

Postby littleoldboy » 24 Feb 2020, 09:29

Just found the following on-line.
My relatives Hilda Hood b 1919 and Bertie Hood b 1923 so both would have attended. Where did the 100 or so children come from?





The Church school at Coldham was built in 1897–8 for 108 children. In 1910 the recognized accommodation was reduced to 91 (60 mixed, 31 infants), and again in 1934 to 78. At this date the older children were moved to Friday Bridge. There are now (1951) about 42 children on the roll.


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Re: Coldham School

Postby Tresagreen » 24 Feb 2020, 15:18

Lots of farms and other little hamlets at that time lob and they did go in for big families in those days. :)
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Re: Coldham School

Postby EWW » 24 Feb 2020, 16:39

Coldham is listed as a Hamlet in the searches I have looked at. If you search the difference between a Hamlet and a Village it says a
Hamlet does not have a church and a village does. I have always understood it to be thus. Just a bit of trivia :D
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Re: Coldham School

Postby littleoldboy » 24 Feb 2020, 21:10

But Coldham had a church, St Ethelreda's. I guess it just reflects the decline in agricultural labourers
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Re: Coldham School

Postby EWW » 24 Feb 2020, 21:27

Yes LOB this one. The Hamlet V Village thing goes back in antiquity. The church came later and built in 1876. Ely Cathedral was built on the site of St Etheldreda's Chapel. Coldham comes under Ely. I suppose thats why it was called after her.

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