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Easington Colliery Junior Schools - Durham (Aug 2014)

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Checked this school out on a bit of a whim with a non member whilst doing something else in the area, we wasn't sure what to expect having not done any proper research on it, first impressions weren't good as it's looking very knackered outside, however inside it was a real treat, heavily boarded but despite this what light there is inside was spot on and seemed to add to it making it really photogenic, hence the overkill on the images (sorry)

Mucho dead pigeons and their shit everywhere but to be expected the length it's been shut.

The School was opened in 1913. According to Kelly’s Directory for 1914 “Easington Colliery School for boys, girls and infants when completed will have cost £21,000 for 1296 children; average attendance 320 boys, 310 girls and 325 infants.

However further records show that the sexes were separated with the girls’ school opening 2nd March 1914 and the boys school, a year later on 26th May 1915.

In the separate schools the seniors were upstairs and the younger ones downstairs,The boys building was at the top of the bank separated by two yards from the girls’ building which was further down the road, nearer to the colliery.

Each department had its own yard with outside toilets. In the senior boys’ yard was a special building,tucked in the corner for woodwork with a matching one for cookery in the girls’ yard.**

This arrangement continued until 1938 when the “New School†(always known as this even when it was about to be demolished in the 1990’s) was built. This building was between the colliery and the village in an area known locally as the

‘Waterworks’.

The Schools closed mid 90's from what i can gather.









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Cheers for looking (y)


 

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Cracking shots! That looks like a nice place. Great decay and no vandalism!

 

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That is really really nice, I love old schools like that!

 

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That really is a cracker of a place ,looks a lovley old school.

Great shots (y)

 

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EXCELLENT!! Looks more like summat in Pripyat!! Best get my ass up here before those desks end up as a pile of firewood!!

 

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One of those reports you see from time to time that makes me think: Hells bells I've got to see this. What a cracking place and wonderfully captured too!

 
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Yeah, I can see the effort that has gone into everyone of those photos, from shooting them to PP. Love this!!

 

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That's a fantastic looking place despite the pigeon dung, proper little journey back in time. Excellent pics as always and what a great little find on a whim (y)

 
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