CORNHILL SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT
Wark - school and village
Wark School 1950s
Back row, left to right - Mr. Carruthers, Tim Douglas, Derek Laidlaw, Robert Thomson, Alec McKie, John Brown,
Michael Crozier, Gordon Moffat, David Barton
Second to back row, left to right - Joyce Lowrie, Margaret Armstrong, Margaret Milton, Doreen Stuart, Nessie Armstrong,
Sheila Moffat, Nancy Clark, Ann Hall, Margaret Brown, Miss Atkinson
Third to back row, left to right - Tony Snaith, George Patterson, Betty Younger, George Dunn, Ian Cowe, ? Watson,
Ewen Carruthers, Robert Brown
Second to front row, left to right - Margaret Coxon, Dorothy Brown, ? Watson, Rae Alexander, Gladys Moscrop,
Vivian Winter, Margaret Culbertson, Margaret Douglas, Alsia Laidlaw, Susan Laidlaw, Hazel Hislop
Front row, left to right - David Clark, Brian Hislop, Ian Culbertson, Gordon Snaith, George Anderson, Ian Patterson,
Douglas Coultherd, Ronnie Muscrop, Jimmy Skeen
Wark Common cottages can be seen in the background, 1930s
Facebook ‘conversation’ following the publication of this photo
From Catherine Arrowsmith: My granny lived there in the 40s and again in the 70s till she died
From John Jeffrey: My grandparents and parents, brothers and sister lived on this farm in the thirties. My grandfather and father could be on this photograph.
Neil Lyons: All I can say it's no changed
George Anderson: It has changed! The ‘Mill Shed’ is a different shape (it now has a pointed ridge) and No. 1 cottage has gone. Mulveys lived there in my time. I think the outdoor ‘netties’ at the top of the gardens have gone too. We got running water and bathrooms in 1960! Behind the photographer the pond has been filled in.
Catherine Arrowsmith: No.2 cottage only has one bedroom, as the front bedroom is part of the office now.
George Anderson: The green area at the end of the cottages today is where No.1 used to be. You can see the remains of the wall on the ground (see photo below). The office today is No.2 plus part of what was No.3. There were 3 single storey cottages and 4 two storey cottages back in the 1960s.
John Jeffrey: I worked on the cottages at Wark Common when they were renovated and had extensions built on the roadside. It was later than 1960. More likely 1962-63. The families living there at that time, if I remember rightly were - Mulveys, Kukk, Meg and Joe Anderson, Ken Allan and I think Bateys. My family moved from Wark Common during the war to Moneylaws, a farm also run by the Thorburn family.
George Anderson: The joiner, Ronnie Lambert, was working on the new extensions at the back of the houses. I left Wark Common in 1964. I think the houses were renovated again later. Could that have been when you worked there?
John Jeffrey: I worked on the extensions with Geordie Tait who was a joiner from Wark. I am sure you will remember him. He would play for Wark FC the same time as you. Ronnie Lambert was a mason/bricklayer; he built the extensions.
George Anderson: I played with Geordie Tait. I played in the very first Wark team that beat the KOSBs in the Kelso Cup final 1960 - John White included! Reg Luke, Jimmy Green, Geordie Swan etc. I just remember Ronnie Lambert putting in the wooden shelving - assumed he was the joiner.
From Catherine Arrowsmith: The house Mulveys lived in, no.1, is still there, although part removed. No.2 cottage is still a house with one bedroom. I asked the farmer that renovated the house and this was his reply:
“The answer is a bit of both. What was number 1 when we came - which was lived in by the Mulveys - was half stone built like the rest of the cottages and half concrete built. We knocked down the concrete and made an office out of the rest of No 1 and one room from no 2, leaving no 2 as a 1 bedroom cottage.”
George Anderson: It may well be that the original photograph shows the cottages before the concrete cottage was added and subsequently demolished. In which case it hasn't changed!
West Learmouth Sports, 1949