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Wardie School

in the

1950s

Please click on one of the links below, or scroll down this page:

Wardie School Anniversary Booklet
1931-1981

Books

Swimming

Holidays

Yvonne Cain (née Dorr)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

with replies from

Colin McGregor
Canada and

Callum Duff
Royston, Edinburgh

Wardie Class Photo

Schools

Family and Homes

Grandparents

Uncle

Phil WIlson
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Wedding

 

Wardie School:    1930s     1940s     1950s     1960s     1970s     1980s

 

 

Recollections of the 1950s

from the

'Wardie School Anniversary Booklet  1931-1981'

Recollections of the 1950s:

Wardie School Class in the 1950s ©

Books

At the start of the 1950s, books, writing paper and other resources were scarce so the infants wrote their schoolwork on slates.  The older children used pens that dipped into inkwells.

Swimming

Pupils sat Swimming and Life Saving tests and the Moray House Intelligence Test.  The 'Qualifying Class' sat their 'Long Sums Test'.

Holidays

The children were given three days' holiday in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth's Coronation.  The school was also closed on occasions for 'Poling Day', snow storm, torrential rain and 'smog'.

[Anniversary Booklet  -  Wardie School  1931-1981]

Wardie School Class - 1959

Wardie School Class in the 1950s

© Reproduced with acknowledgement to Yvonne Cain (née Dorr)

 

Enlarge this picture

   Wardie School Class in the 1950s ©

 

Recollections

1.

Yvonne Cain
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

-  Wardie School Photo

-  School

-  Family and Homes

-  Grandparents

-   Uncle

2.

Colin McGregor
Canada

-  Colin McGregor

-  Wardie School Photo

-  Names

3.

Lynda Maine
Edinburgh

-  Dorothy Davidson

4.

Callum Duff
Royston, Edinburgh

-  Colin McGregor

My family

5.

Phil Wilson
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Santa

-  Wedding

My family

6.

Dorothy Addison
(
née Jenkins)

Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada

Poor-oot:  Question

7.

George T Smith
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Poor-oot:  Answer

-  References to 'Poor-oot'

8.

Bruce Johnstone
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Home and School

-  Teachers

-  'Eleven Plus'

-  Primary 1 and 2

-  Road Safety

-  Playground

-  Football

-  School Sports Day

-  Swimming Lessons

-  BBC

-  Museum

-  School Camp

9.

Yvonne Cain
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

-  Train Outing

 

Recollections

1.

Yvonne Cain

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Wardie School Photograph

Thank you to Yvonne Cain (née Dorr), now living in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, for sending this photograph of a school class from Wardie, taken in 1959.  Yvonne is third from the right on the front row:

Yvonne Dorr

   Yvonne Cain (nee Dorr) taken from a photograph of a Wardie School Class in the 1950s ©

Yvonne wrote:

Schools

"I remember:

- some the names of some of the people at Wardie school -Dorothy, Isabella, Brenda Fraser, Sheila Fraser, Colin McGregor, David, Gill, and David Juner whose dad had a garage at Goldenacre.    Please also see 'Recollections 3, 4, 5 below.

getting milk at school, free, and in the winter putting it next to the heaters to defrost.

-  the church on the left hand side of Granton school doing dancing.  There was also the church on the other side, near the shops in Boswall Parkway."

Family and Homes

"I used to live in a Prefab at West Pilton Broadway, then at 28 Boswall Terrace.  She went to Wardie school in the 1950s, then to Ainsley Park school for about a year, then  moved to Glasgow.

I returned to Edinburgh at the age of 15, living in Montgomery Street, where my mum and dad who ran the Post Office there  Then, in 1969, I emigrated from Edinburgh to Sydney, Australia."

Grandparents

"My granny was born at Croft-an-Righ, as her father was Head Gardener at  Holyrood Palace.

Croft-an-Righ house at Abbey Hill, near Holyrood ©

She later lived at 17 Royston Mains Crescent, next to the bowling green.  My grandad had a great garden. He was a Boson in the navy and  used to drink at the Anchor."

Uncle

"My great uncle, Robert Malcolm was a  horse dealer he had a place at Juniper green called Whitelaw, near the golf course. You could see the railway crossing from his front gate.  His father was also a dealer in horses."

Yvonne Cain (née Dorr), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:  July 7 to 24, 2006.

 

Recollections

2.

Colin McGregor

Canada

Colin McGregor wrote:

Colin McGregor

"Greetings from Canada.  I’m the Colin McGregor mentioned in the Wardie school photograph which I still have a copy of in a box somewhere in the basement. I lived at 2 Fraser Grove."

Wardie School Photo

"David Gill lived on Fraser Avenue.  I just don’t recollect which face is David Gill.

David Cowan lived in the Boswells and Alan March lived close to Crew Toll."

Wardie School Class in the 1950s ©

"A lot of the faces are still familiar, so I’ll have a go at identifying them. There still are a bunch of question marks so maybe someone can correct my mistakes and fill in the blanks.

Names

BACK ROW (left to right): Alan Marsh, George Hall, Thomas Sommerville, ?, ? Martin, David Cowan, ?, Peter MCafée, Robert Linton

MIDDLE ROW (left to right):  ?, James Johnson, Sheila Fraser, Patricia ?, Jennifer ?, ? ?, Isobel Turnbull, ? Warick, Colin McGregor

FRONT ROW (left to right):  Alicia ?, ?[see recollections 3 below], Dorothy ?, ?, Catherine ?, ? Brenda Fraser, Yvonne Dorr, ?, Linda Black

Our teacher was Mrs Hume.

Not bad for a 47 year recollection!"

Colin McGregor,  Canada:  November 19, 2006

 

Recollections

3.

Lynda Maine

Edinburgh

Thank you to Lynda Mine for identifying another girl in this photo.

Lynda wrote:

Dorothy Davidson

"l've just had an e-mail from my friend Christine.  She confirms that the girl, third from the left on the front row in this photo is her sister, Dorothy Davidson.

Wardie School Class in the 1950s ©

Dorothy became a school teacher and at one point became assistant Head Mistress of Wardie Primary School."

Lynda Maine, Edinburgh:  Posting in EdinPhoto guest book, January 29, 2008 + email  January 30, 2008

 

Recollections

4.

Callum Duff

Royston, Edinburgh

Thank you to Callum Duff who wrote:

Colin McGregor

"Phil Wilson refers to a Colin McGregor who lived at the corner of Boswell Crescent & Boswell Drive. That Colin is actually my uncle."

My Family

"My mother also attended Wardie School from 1945 to 1952 and then David Kilpatrick’s until 1956.

My fathers parents operated a Hardware & Dry-Salter’s from a shop in Granton Road, which is now Noah’s Ark pet shop.

My parents married in 1962 at Wardie Church and moved to the town of Saltburn-by-sea in what was Yorkshire, now Cleveland.

I moved to Edinburgh in 1999.  I used to live in Netherby Rd and now live in Royston.

It's funny how things turn out!"

Callum Duff,  Royston, Edinburgh:  August 17, 2007

 

Recollections

5.

Phil Wilson

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Thank you to Phil Wilson, for these recollections.

Phil wrote: 

Santa

   Bill Wilson, pupil at Wardie Primary School, photographed with Santa in 1954 ©

"Here is my brother Billy Wilson, aged 7, with a rather crafty-looking Santa in his tartan outfit at Christmas 1954.

My brother wearing Wardie Primary School uniform, but without the tie (as usual).  Either  Santa went to the school (unlikely), or perhaps it was taken on a special school trip, or in one of the stores.

Is that 7/6d he's holding up?  If my brother actually got it (which I suppose he ought to have), that would have been a nice little prezzie in those days.

Billy Wilson was known as Bill Wilson after he left school.  He died in 1994"

Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland:  January 16, 2007

Wedding

"Yvonne Cain mentions Colin McGregor.  I remember  a Colin McGregor who lived on the corner of Boswall Crescent and Boswall Terrace.  When he got married, we younger children followed the car (or carriage) for the 'poor-oot'.  I remember actually getting something for once."

Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland:  August 1, 2006

Phil later wrote:

Colin McGregor

"Apparently, the Colin McGregor that Yvonne remembers lived in Fraser Crescent.

 He was not the same person as Colin McGregor  whose wedding I remember."

Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland:  August 8, 2006

 

Recollections

6.

Dorothy Addison
(
née Jenkins)

Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada

Question

Poor-oot

Dorothy Addison (née Jenkins) who used to live in Joppa, Edinburgh, remembers a 'poor-oot' at a wedding in 1942 when she was aged only five.

Dorothy wrote:

"Yesterday when I was walking in the mall, I had not noticed that my wallet was open and all the change fell on the ground.  All of a sudden three people were bending down to help me gather up the coins, and I said laughing  "Poor-oot".  They said "What is that?"

I proceeded to tell them that when someone got married in Scotland and the bride and groom got in the car to leave the church, the groom would throw a hand full of coins out the window and all the children would be waiting to scramble to pick them up.  They were amazed at this.

I started to wonder where this came from.  Maybe someone may know the answer."

Dorothy Addison (née Jenkins), Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada.  August 1, 2007

If you can answer Dorothy's question, please e-mail me and I'll pass on your answer to her.

Thank you.  -  Peter Stubbs:  August 5, 2007

 

Recollections

7.

George T Smith

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Answer

Poor-oot

Thank you to George T Smith who replied, after searching the Internet.

George tells me that one of the references he found dates back to Mary Queen of Scots' wedding, so the tradition has a long history.

Here are two more references that George found:

References to Poor-oot

1. As at most traditional Scottish weddings, a 'poor oot' - coins being thrown to crowds in the street - was in order.  They scattered gold and silver."

2. The bridegroom and his attendants carried small change to throw to the children, in return for their making a noise to scare off the devil. Still observed, this custom is called the ‘hize’ in Arbroath, the ‘scrammle’ in Forfar and the ‘poor oot’ in parts of Fife. It also symbolised new beginnings."

George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada:  August 5, 2007.

 

Recollections

8.

Bruce Johnstone

Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Bruce Johnstone who wrote:

Home and School

"I attended Wardie Primary School from 1950 to 1957.  I have a vague recollection of attending an entrance test and of the fees being possibly £3 per term or per year?

I lived in Pilton Crescent and, along with others from this area, would walk to school, up to 4 times a day if no school dinners were taken."

Teachers

"One of my early school teachers was a Miss Beskow, followed by an elderly Miss MacDonald, and for the final 2 years Miss Mackay, an excellent teacher. She prepared us for Secondary School by teaching us the algebra which totally mystified me.

 My first Headmaster was Mr Hunter.  We all had to stand whenever he entered a classroom."

'Eleven Plus'

"The 'Eleven Plus' exam was the arbiter in determining the level of Secondary education, and it was sad to see friends fail to get to Trinity Academy as the natural destination. Broughton, Bellevue and Ainslie Park took the rest.

Several  sat Entrance exams for Royal High, Heriots and James Gillespie's.  Where are they now?"

Primary 1 and 2

"In P1 and P2, we used slates with lined areas on on side for 'sums'.

In summertime, classes would sometimes be held in the central garden area as those classrooms had French windows."

The Gym Hall

"The Gym Hall had a large mural at one end with scenes from Alice in WonderlandI believe it was still there a few years ago. There were also glass display cabinets down one side containing, amongst other things a stuffed alligator(?) and birds' eggs. 

I remember Prizegivings when we would be addressed by the local Councillor, and participating in a P1 Nativity play.

The Hall was used for Gym classes and Scottish Country Dance practice for the 'Quali' dance.  What would 'Health and Safety' think of glass cases alongside PE exercise nowadays?

Road Safety

"We had a visit from the Police with their motorbikes and cars in the playground.  Despite there being few cars on the road, it was still important.

I remember being led by the hand by this 'copper' at the back of the van as the motor cyclist roared past me ensuring I got the message!  I think there was always a Crossing Patrolman on Granton Road."

Playground

"The playground on the north side of the school was divided by a low wall separating P3+.

Girls in P3 upwards used the south side areas.  A dinner hall is now on the northern side, replacing a wooded dinner hall that was close to the playing fields."

Football

"The playing field or football pitch rivaled Easter Road with its slope. A coincidence is that during the 1980/90's, Hibs were to use the same area for training.

I was delighted when chosen to play for the 'wee team' at age 8, later captaining the 'big' team.  Several of my class mates played football every playtime:

-  Kenny Murray

Kenny Sutherland

Bernard Milne

Ian McGregor

Roy Oliver

Martin O'Neill

Gordon Skene (my cousin).

Our school football team never won any trophies as the skills of other schools were better, including Bonnington who had Peter Cormack (later Hibs FC) at outside left. Holy Cross were excellent, with future Hibs players in their team too."

School Sports Day

"School Sports Day was the only day that school uniform was not worn.  I was in Craighall House. (Other houses were Bangholm, Royston and Warriston.)

Naturally, all races were down the slope with awards only to the the first three finishers.  It was competitive and, despite never being placed, it does not seem to have had any profound effect on me.  Take note, today's educationalists."

Swimming Lessons

"Swimming lessons were available at Doctor Bell's School in Junction Street, Leith.  This involved a journey on a No 10 bus.

No teacher accompanied the group of us and we boarded the bus with our Edinburgh Corporation tokens.  My recollection is of:

 a small pool

warm water

swimming a few lengths

diving for a brick

 and gaining a Certificate 2 years later.

 Pocket money was spent in the Toffee Doddle shop afterwards."

BBC

"The BBC broadcast schools programmes.  The 'janny' would bring in this enormous valve-wireless and we would listen to 'Exploring Scotland' with reference to BBC produced booklets and photographs.

 Last year when browsing at the Car Boot sale in Greenside Car Park, I came across 2 of the booklets  -  memories, eh!"

Library Books

"In P5 upwards, there would be a fortnightly delivery, in a large padlocked wooden box, of library books  -  most quite boring as I recall."

Museum

"As further parts of our education we made several trips to the Chambers Street Museum.

The exhibit is long gone now, but who can recall being lectured on the Firth of Forth beach scene with the birds and beach life there.

The Museum visit often contained a film in the studio at the rear of the building.  There was no Café there in those days."

Music

"Music lessons consisted of two classes squeezing into one classroom, that of the teacher who could play the piano.  Similarly, we would have joint religious and hymn signing classes.

I recall being voice tested for a School Concert.  It's embarrassing when you can't sing and 59 others laugh.

School Camp

"The major trip was School Camp. We went to Dounans Camp in P7, No-one had any idea of its location, as other classes had gone to either Middleton or Broomlea.

We were at Dounans, Aberfoyle for 2 weeks with 3 or 4 other schools. Our only school male teacher was in charge of the dorm.  He was fairly severe.

While there, we had lessons in the mornings and outings in the afternoonAn abortive attempt was made to climb Ben Lomond but the weather was atrocious. Not to be outdone it was rearranged in better weather.

In the evenings, there were inter-school quizzes, beetle drives, fancy dress completions and of course, dancing with the girls!"

Bruce Johnstone, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:  November 5, 2010

 

Recollections

9.

Yvonne Cain

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Yvonne Cain (née Dorr), for writing again in response to a question that I asked about school rail outings:

Murrayburn Rail Outing
1961

    Murrayburn School Rail Outing  -  1961 ©

Yvonne wrote:

Wardie School Rail Outings

"Wardie school went on train outings to Calendar.  I remember going a couple of times.  I think that would have been around 1959 and 1960.

The train had a close-circuit TV on board.  You went to a special carriage where you could sing.  I went there.  I remember that it was very loud.

It was a lovely trip.  I think we left from Granton Road Station."

Yvonne Cain (née Dorr), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:  July 7 to 24, 2006.

 

 

North Edinburgh

Cramond - Granton - Royston - Trinity -  Wardie

Maps

Granton:  transport map 1932

Granton:  small map 1870

Granton:  large map 1870

Recollections

Cramond:                        from 1940s

Cramond Island:              1970s

Granton:                           1930s   1940s   1950s   1970s

Granton, Trinity, Wardie:  1940s   1950s - 60s   Shops

Lower Granton Road        all dates

Muirhouse                         from 1930s

Pilton:                               1940 bomb

Royston:                            from 1930s

Wardie School:                 1930s    1940s   1950s

                                         1960s    1970s   1980s

History

Granton, Trinity, Wardie:  from 1544

 

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