CORNHILL SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT
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History
School photographs
Tiles painted by the children

History

A school was built in Knowehead in 1837, for the education of both boys and girls following the national system. Now, the building is a private house, ‘The Old School’.
The master’s house was constructed in 1860, the land for both buildings being given by the Collingwoods. The school was enlarged and improved in 1868 at a cost of nearly £200.
In the 1960s, the school was moved across the road to the current site where a timber building was erected. It was known locally as ‘The Chocolate Box’. Apparently, it leaked from week one! The current school building was erected in 1993 but closed in 2012.

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School photographs


School children in the 1930s
Please let us know if you recognise anyone


School children in the late 1940s
The popular Mr. J.D. Cunningham was the headmaster for many years; he was also a well-known sportsman

Back row, left to right - Robert Renton, Frankie Adams, Duncan McQueen, Hylton Moffat, Dot Robson
Second row, left to right - Teacher - Dorothy Thompson, Leslie Turnbull, Alan Simpson, Myrtle Johnston, Sheila Trotter,
Rene Dalton, Ena Nesbit, Alan Ash, B. Renton
Third row, left to right - Chris Renton, Billy Blackie, Joyce Blackie. Brian Moffat, George Nevins,
Anne Kerr, Johnnie Nevins, Headmaster - Mr. J.D. Cunningham
Front row, left to right - Anne Osram, Elma Renton, Joan Dalton, Martin Moffat, Anne Delaney, Linda Ambler, Joan Gallon


School children in mid 1950s


School children 1958
Back row, left to right - teacher: Miss Ruby Larson, John Day, Vincent Moffat, Stuart Tait, John Wilkinson,
John Jeffrey, Billy Tindle, Ian Wightman,?, Angus Maxwell, Alex Tait, Brian Thompson;
Middle row - Maureen Turnbull, Betty Ford, Katrine Maxwell, ?, Lorna Tait, Jean Mowett, Pauline Watters,
Margaret Thompson, Mary Adams, Betty Mowett, Stella Dunn, Margaret Allan;
Front row - Eric Tait, Ian Tindle, David Beveridge, Elspeth Maxwell, Margaret Adams, Maureen Beveridge, Irene Coe,
Helen Wightman, Sheilagh Maxwell, Ailsa Maxwell, Betty Hornsby, Derek McDougall, David Beveridge, Leslie Tait


School children with Miss Larsen, late 1950s


School party 1964


School children 1966


School Christmas party c. 1967?


Year 1 1976
back row, left to right - Mark Jordan, Agnes Montieth, Pauline Scott, Nicky Thompson, Louisa Ley
middle row - Johanna Calder, Mandy Robb, James Faill, Glyn Jamieson
front row - Katy Anstis, David Abercrombie, Derek Wood, Craig Dickson, Caroline Scott


School Sports Day 1978
back row, left to right - ? , ? , Annabel Phipps, ? , Elizabeth Neil, Wendy Woodcock, Mark Jordan, Keith Bickerton,
Julie Anstis, ? , Gary Wood, ? , John Moffat, Susan Thompson, Wendy Gallon, Sarah Johnson. Gary Dunn.
next row - Paul Turnbull, Simon Fraser, Jason Wood, Julian Blake, Hazel Fraser, Caroline Scott, ? ,
Johanna Calder, Katy Anstis, Susan Maxwell, Louisa Ley, ? , Pauline Scott, Gordon Pentland
next row - Craig Dickson, Glyn Jamieson, Kirsty Purves, Nicky Thompson, Mark Jordan
front row - David Abercrombie, Ian Millhouse, Mandy Robb, Christine Lambert, ? , Kerri-Ann ? ,
Graham Scott, John Woodcock, Amanda Turner


School Christmas Party 1978
back row, left to right - Simon Frazer, Kerri-Ann ?, Amanda ?, John Straughan, Alistair Pentland, Amanda Turner
middle row - John Woodcock, Graham Scott, Tracey Young, ? , Susan Laidlaw, Ian Millhouse
front row - Angus Calder, Steven Dunn, Angela ?, David Robb, Kerry Johnson


School Christmas play - unknown date, maybe 1979?


School 1981
back row, left to right - Graham Scott, Glyn Jamieson, Derek Wood, Craig Dickson, John Woodcock, John Pattison
next row, left to right - Nicholas Blake, ? , ? , Agnes Montieth, Christine Lambert, Mandy Robb, Susan Laidlaw,
Katy Anstis, Kerry Johnson, ? Purves, Ian Millhouse, ?
next row, left to right - David Robb, Cameron Logan, Mark Jordan, Stephen Dunn, Angus Calder, Helen Anstis, David Griggs,
Christopher Pattison, Simon Frazer, ? David Abercrombie, John Straughan
front row, left to right -Faye Pattison, Lisa Williams, Melanie Brooke-Sykes, Angela Dyson, Caroline ?, Frank Cormack,
Amanda Turner, Roberta Millhouse , Amanda Logan, Morag Laidlaw, ? , Dawn Abercrombie


Class 1 ready to visit Alnwick Fair, June 1985
back row, left to right - Rose Goodman, Val Bryson, Alison Standing, ? Scott, Kathy Wilkinson, Joyce Woodcock, Liz Maxwell
middle row, left to right - ? Cross, ? , Michael Tait, ? , Annabel Phipps, ? , ? , Nicholas Blake, Anthony ?, ?
front row, left to right - Rebecca Brydon, ? , Emma Young, Wendy Brown, Ricky Fletcher, Louise Goodman, ? , Michael Wilkinson, Mark Woodcock


School 1988
back row, left to right - ? , Philip Tait, Stuart Turnbull, Oliver Cowgill, Michael Brown
middle row, left to right - Matthew Hodgson, Craig Fletcher, Caroline ?, Samantha Ashton, Thomas Barber, Alex Douglas
front row, left to right - Clara Wigan, Elizabeth Curry, Helen Wilkinson, Rachel Plunkett, Laura Bryson, Katrina Logan, Alison Woodcock


School December 1995
back row, left to right - Nicole ?, Philip Guthrie, Brett ?, Catherine ?, Michael Lumley, James Turnbull, Rebecca Anderson
middle row, left to right -Ben ? , Liam Logan, Claudio Ricard , Callum Reid, Melissa Binney, Nicholas Law
front row, left to right - ? , Aden Mather, Annabel Phipps, Jasmine Reynolds, Cara Wigan, Anthony Jewels


Pupils with Parish Council Chairman, Tony Marshall, May 2003 (Berwick Advertiser)
The Parish Council held a drawing competition to find out what type of play equipment the local children would like to see
in an upgraded play area. The response was excellent. 29 children submitted drawings packed full of wonderful ideas.
Competition Results Age 5 and under - winner: Sean Barrett, runner-up: Matthew Whitty
Age 6 to 7 - winner: Katy Lauder, runner-up: Felicity Warcup
Age 8 to 9 - winner: Jack Robertson, runner-up: Callum Maguire
Age 10 to 13 - winner: Matthew Kelly, runner-up: Callum Palmer
The Parish Council thanked all the children who took part as well as Julie Grainger and her staff at the school.
Cornhill Village Shop, Marie Gillespie, Tony and Jean Marshall and Douglas Zinn donated prizes.
The Parish Council will now submit its grant application for an improved play area.
This is thanks to Berwick Borough Council agreeing to lease the existing play area land to the parish council at a peppercorn rate.


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Tiles painted by the children

These beautiful tiles were made by pupils attending the school when it moved to the current building. They were assisted in this activity by local potter, Peter Thomas from Tweedmouth, who also made the ceramic mural in the foyer. We hope to take a photo of this too soon.