NOAK HILL SCHOOL PHOTOS 1935-39 & 1968/9.

Thanks to Jean Peacock and her daughter Gill Odling for making the earlier set available to The Friends of Dagnam Park. We are grateful for Angela Beecham nee Bell for the set taken in the 60s.

With thanks also to Joan Shave (nee Lodge) who provided additional information on the children featured.

Continue down for the Noak Hill School photos or click here to go straight to the final set of photos which are mainly set in the Straight Rd School in the 1940's.  Noak Hill School photos can be downloaded here if you prefer.

It will be much appreciated if anyone recognising themselves or any friends or relatives will let us know.

Marjorie Jean Peacock, always known as Jean was born to James and Florence Gladys Peacock, nee Vaughn on the 15th March 1930. She had one sibling, a brother, James Fredrick Peacock who was born on the 13th November 1926, and he died on the 18th November in 1996. James served with the British army during the 2nd world war. He was stationed in Puna in India. He was married to Barbara Clarke and they emigrated to Canada about 62 years ago in 1953.

 Jean started her schooling as an infant in 1935 and spent her early school years at the Noak Hill School. The head teacher of the Noak Hill School from 4th June 1928 to the 27th November 1939 was Miss C. Mardall. Miss Violet Hutchison was latterly a senior teacher. They both transferred to the Straight Rd School at the same time and Miss Mardall became the new school’s first head mistress.

In a school inspection of the Noak Hill School in July 1940 the inspector stated.

"In number this is a sadly depleted school, more than two thirds of the children having been Transferred to a newly built school.  There have also been numerous changes in the teaching staff during the year.  However in spite of the difficulties the present teacher is carrying on the school on the excellent lines on which it has been carried on in the past and which made it one of the best schools of its type in the district.   The children answered the questions asked them, readily and well.  The written work was neatly and carefully done.  Repetition was good.  I hope that when the school has settled down under its altered conditions it may still maintain the splendid traditions built up during Miss Mardall's leadership."  Infants. Margaret Spett (certificate).  Older children. Angela Thirkettle (3rd endorsement), Jean Peacock & Alfred Jones (2nd endorsement), Doreen Luffman, Evelyn Holmes, Pauline Galpin, John Papps, Dennis Potter, Norma Papps, (new certificates).  Deserving mention Elsie Ottley"  M.W. Smith.  Diocesan Inspector.

Jean maintained contact with her former teachers and by coincidence all three ended up living in Maylandsea in Essex many decades later. Miss Mardall and Miss Hutchison had lived together there in retirement for some years. Neither had ever married and on Miss Mardall’s death Miss Hutchison moved home before she too died in late 1981. Jean enquired about the photo albums which she was aware of and she was given them by “Deaconess Ethel” Jean then cared for the four albums up until now (2015).

 In May 2015 Jean’s daughter, Gill, contacted us through this website and we were delighted to agree that the photos should be made freely available to all by adding them to the Noak Hill School pages and linking them to the School log books. She then sent the albums to us. I have now digitised all of the almost one hundred images and many of the photos can be seen below. This is work in progress and Gill is currently working with her mother in extracting as much information as is possible about the photos from her mother’s lucid, albeit, eighty year old recollections.

During Miss Mardall's headship she encouraged May Day ceremonies. At least seven such ceromonies took place, annually from 1933 to 1939. She continued the tradition after she moved to the Straight Rd School. She died in Maylandsea in 1966.

The photos below are captioned with as much information as we have. They focus mainly on the May Day celebrations in 1938 and 1939. Below is a list of the May Day Queens that we know of.   

                                                                                                                                                        Del Smith


May Queens from 1933-1939. Names in brackets are uncertain.


26th May 1933 Grace Gildersleeve
31st May 1934 ?????????????
31st May 1935 Mabel (Enkel)
28th May 1936 Hilda (Mumford)
27th May 1937 Joan Lodge
26th May 1938 Stella Johnson
15th June 1939 Marjorie Guest


6a; Miss Mardall front centre with unknown non teaching staff at Straight Rd School

The school log book states that on 24th Nov 1939  "Miss Mardall, Miss Hutchison, Miss Jones and Mrs. Peacock (cook) this day relinquished duties at Noak Hill School." It is uncertain as to whether Miss Jones and Mrs Peacock appear in this photo.

61; Vi Hutchison and Miss Mardall

During her headship at the Noak Hill school Miss Mardall almost certainly lived for some time in The Schoolhouse. Miss Mardall's parents lived at Kynance near The Bear PH. From at least 1951 to 1963 Miss Mardall & Miss Hutchison resided at 13 The Mount (Thornhill) but by 1964/65 they had moved out. Catherine Grace Victoria Mardall was residing at Arkerdine, Imperial Avenue, Maylandsea, Essex at the time of her death at the Chelmsford & Essex Hospital Chelmsford on 25th November 1966. Violet Helen Hutchison died on 5th July 1981 either in the Chelmsford District or in Chelmsford itself. At the time of her death she was residing at a property called "Wykeham" East End Road, Bradwell on Sea, Essex. She was born in 1899.

Thanks to Don Tait and the LBH Library Service for this research.

1A; James Peacock, right, Margaret Hollick in black. Three others all probably the Guest family.
1B; Jean Peacock, centre of procession
1C; John Enkle, jester on left, Joan lodge, seated centre, Jean Peacock, far right
2; Joan Lodge is the May Queen, centre, Maids of Honour with flowers are left, Mabel Enkel and right, Iris Fogg. The tallest girl in the rear is Hilda Mumford.
4; Joan Lodge, on top. Leslie and Sylvia Rawlings below
5; May Queen, Stella Johnson, Mabel Enkel, tall, mid left, Joan Lodge first left of Queen. Holding flags, on left is Ethel Rawlings and on the right Margaret Hollick
6b; May Day procession from the school to the church. Stella Rawlings is the May Queen.
9 Stella Johnson
10; Mabel Enkel, below the arch. Joan Lodge, seated.

11; Stella Johnson seated, Marjorie Guest, tall, in front of and to the left of Stella; James Peacock far right of photo with black tie.

Marjorie Guest gets one mention in the school diaries on 18th July 1940 when it is noted that she is away for four weeks, pea picking.

12; Angela Thurkettle 3rd from left
13; Pauline Galpin, Second right.
15; Marjorie Guest in middle, wearing crown, her sister, Carla above, dead centre. 1939
16 June Phillips, tall at rear, Angela Thurkettle in front of her, Lilly Johnson curtseying
18; Olive Blakeborough

21; Lily Johnson centre, Evelyn Phillips, right.

Evelyn Phillips started at the Noak Hill School on 1st April 1935 and left on the 2nd September 1941.

She went on to St Edwards School in Romford.

22; Rear of Noak Hill School, probably the School House garden.
23; Evelyn Phillips, centre right, Lily Johnson far right
24; Geoffrey Galpin, Joan Lodge far right
25; Iris Fogg (with long train) Maid of Honour, Joan Lodge with tambourine, Ethel Rawlings and Margaret Hollick with drums.
26; Far left Leonard and Douglas Jupp next Pauline Galpin and far right Angela Thurkettle
27; June 3rd 1938
28; Jean Peacock, far right
29; June Phillips, centre
31; Angela Thurkettle and Pauline Galpin dressed as a boy
33; Stella Johnson centre

35; Local newspaper cutting, June 3rd 1938.

62; Leonard & Douglas Jupp


The Twins Leonard and Douglas Jupp started at the school on 18th March 1935 and they were commended several times for their school work. Their mother became a part time teaching assistant in November 1941. She lived in the Schoolhouse and was occasionally called upon to provide hot water to the school when the school facilities let them down. She also shared her air raid shelter with children and staff during the 2nd World War.

It is documented that a Leonard Jupp was the Noak Hill Church organist during the 1940's. It is highly likely that he was the twin's father. But it is just about possible that the Leonard Jupp in question was one of the twins, in which case he would have been a very precocious teenage organist, but my money is on his dad.

Don Tait has provided the following information on the family.  Leonard Percival Jupp married Maude Matthews in the Romford district in the June Quarter of 1916 (not at St Thomas' ) and if I have it right they had six children, all boys. Their second child, Anthony Charles Jupp was born in 1919 (birth registered in the Romford district in the September Quarter 1919). He was killed in action on 9th April 1941 when serving as a Flight Sergeant, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 7 Squadron RAF. Anthony Jupp is buried in Reichswald  Forest War Cemetery. 


Click here to go to the final set of Gill Odling's photos which are mainly taken in the Straight Rd School in the 1940's
Below a set of photos of the school children including some staff and the last head Mrs Knightsbridge. 1968/9. Thanks to Angela Beecham nee Bell for photos.

Above Mrs Knightsbridge, Headmistress far left.

Below from left to right, back row Mrs Cruise (secretary) Mrs Gibbs (Cook) Mrs Millward (teacher) Michelle Gildersleeve, Steven Tisbury, John Watkins, Sylvia Hogarth, Unknown, Philip Jones, Deborah Hurley, Mark Smythe, Luke Strutt, Gillian Watkins? James Heathman, David Proctor, Mrs Anne Bell (dinner lady) unknown man, Mrs Knightsbtidge (head).

Middle row, tall girl, white jumper, centre, Elaine Proctor. Diane McTurk and Richard Tisbury labeled.