Straight Rd Council Infant and Junior School opened in 1940. It took many children from the Noak Hill School. Miss Mardall and Miss Hutchison also moved from Noak Hill to the new school. Miss Mardall became the school's first head teacher. In 1950 the schools, by now separated into junior and infants were renamed Hilldene and in 1983 it was burned to the ground in an arson attack.

The full set of Straight Rd School photos can be downloaded here

Go to the Noak Hill School pages to read how these photographs were rescued by Jean Peacock.

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Image 41b;  Alan Gilfillan states  "I would think that this photo is late 40's early 50's, John Jenvy was ex RAF so it must have been after 45, he is on the far right back row. On the right of Miss Mardall (front, centre) is Alan Smith who came to the school in about 1950, on her left is Miss Thomas and next to her is Miss Hutchison. Behind Miss Mardell in the patterned dress is Mrs Catini {Secretary} and behind her is Mr Coxon". (Mr Coxon went on to teach in Dycorts Junior School in the mid to late 1950's. Del Smith)

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Image 42b; Allan Gilfillan  recognised the following. Standing from left to right is Michael Hall, Neil Spence now or was a Magistrate, Tony Snook, Brian Fosset, Allan Gilfillan, Rex ?, Kneeling, Albert Clayton, Eric Salmon and Michael Mc Gregor.

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In January 2016 Allan Gillfillan remembered

On the left of the photo the first boy kneeling is Michael Mc Gregor (in the 60/70s he owned the Baddow Antique Centre and drove around in a Rolls Royce) behind him was a lad called Rex, then Brian Fosset and Bertie Clayton. The first girl with the fair hair is Anne Rose, then June Chalmers (later to be a school teacher) the third is unknown and lastly is Doreen Blandford

The May Queen was Valerie Faux and the lad kneeling next to her is Peter Gunn. On the right and third from the front is me. The first girl on the right is Hazel ? then Pat Pierce and finally Elaine Copperthwaite.

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Image 47; Thanks to Geoff Cole who thinks that the girl on the left in the second of these two images "looks very much like my cousin Pat Halsey"

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Image 69. Vi Huchison far left, Miss Mardall seated right.

Images 70 & 72, Barbara Colla, 1948


Image 74 May Queen Stella Wildman 1947

Image 75 The Mayoress Miss Webb 1947-8

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Image 77 Dinah Moss 1945

Image 78 May Queen Barbara 1948

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Image 80 May Queen Barbara 1948 at the Victoria Hospital

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Image 84 James Boutle 1941

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Image 92. Straight Rd/Myrtle Rd junction 1948