Old Thorney Schools

This year, the Duke of Bedford School celebrates its 75th anniversary (it was opened in September 1940). These pictures from the archives of the Thorney Society show the five school buildings that were in place before the Duke of Bedford School opened its doors.

One is now the Community Centre and Library (in Church Street), one is the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, two are private houses and one was demolished.

Can anyone remember attending any of these schools? Let us know at thorneypost@yahoo.co.ukĀ or call 270137.


  • Wryde Croft School was a wooden building and has now been demolished. This served children living to the north-east of Thorney.

  • Linda Moore

    I attended Northside Primary School from 1958-1963 as Linda Kilham. My older brothers and sisters Carol, Roger, Geoff and Wendy also attended before moving on to senior schools. The two teachers were Miss Williams and Miss Dean and when the school closed finally in summer 1963 there were 32 children split between six classes in the two schoolrooms. Our lunches were shipped in from The Duke of Bedford School every day and then served up to us by Mrs Brown and Mrs Owlish . The toilets were “bucket and chuckit” type. The school caretaker was Mr Yarnold and he lived in the schoolhouse next door. They were very happy days for me and they were excellent teachers. I would walk to school from Bank Farm down North Bank and back again at the end of the day. We had a little bottle of milk for morning break and the crate was put by the big fireplace to warm up in winter (I have never been able to drink warm milk since). Miss Williams and Miss Dean lived together in a schoolhouse on Station Road and drove to school every day in the green Morris 1000 or in summer they cycled. We played marbles and rounders in the playground and had great fun sliding on winter days. Happy days!

    • Josephine widdowson

      I also went to north side school I lived in the railway carriage near kilhams farm.My name was Josephine Lane.John Lane was my brother and Suzanne Lane my sister.come snow rain or shine we walked to school each day.Mr Yarnol used to light fire to keep us all warm and dry our coats out. Lovely happy days .Miss Williams and.Miss Dean was reallylovely teachers.

  • Alan cooke

    Does any one in thorney know off the Canham family in the 1930s ,and may have been in the rose & crown .alan

  • Dilly Bradford

    See email correction

  • William Eynon

    This was my school on arrival from London WWII

  • William Eynon

    This was my school on arrival from London WWII we later went to posh school with local pupils. (1941)

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