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Ask Joan
Joan Leach is a local historian, a volunteer at the Heritage Centre, a founder of The Gaskell Society, and much more besides.


My mother was born at Manchester Road in 1926 and her father , Charles Walter Henry Smith was a teacher at Egerton Boys School before and after the Great War. I was in touch with someone a while back, who was looking at the school record books. Are you able to advise where these might be held? Are you also able to supply any information about the school - does it still exist? 
Joan answers:
Click for full-size viewEgerton Schools Knutsford - boys and girls were separate establishments but shared the building on Church Hill - were opening in 1893.
right: the plaque that can be seen today (click for enlargement)

I intend to complete a history of schools in the town and have research notes ready; from these I can tell you that the log book noted for 31.3.1941:
'Mr CWH Smith, after 31 years of service ceased to be employed as an assistant teacher at 4.00pm. He is appointed Head Master of Great Crosby C of E Junior School'.
Looking back in an earlier log book, still owned by Egerton School, I find under 16 August 1910:
Egerton Boys School Knutsford 'Mr CWH Smith commenced duties as assistant teacher'.
His teacher's registration number was 19/6147 which might lead you to official government records. There must be men in the town today who still remember him. Let me know if you need the entry for him in the 1891 census.

Boys at Egerton School c. 1906