Rosemary Street School

Information found in ‘Mansfield The Last Century’ published by The Old Mansfield Society tells us that the first Mansfield School Board was elected in 1898 and took control of elementary education in the town. To help plan a building policy the Board took a census of school age children and this resulted in Rosemary Street Elementary School being opened in 1900. It catered for boys, girls and mixed infants. Throughout the years until its closure a few years ago, many pupils and staff went through its doors, and there will be an abundance of memories still around. Below are two photographs of staff people may remember.

The site of Rosemary Street School is now housing accomodation (flats).

‘Mansfield The Last Century’ published by The Old Mansfield Society has an interesting section on Education 1891 – 1991


I. Blackwell Collection
I. Blackwell Collection

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  • Hi Christine Gant I’m still alive and kicking. Some of the teachers when we were at Rosemary were Mr Hatfield, Mrs Birt, Mr Asher, Mrs Booth, Mrs Burrows, Mrs Quinn, Mr Evans, Mr Breedon, Miss Hurst and the headmaster was Mr Phillips nicknamed Waller. His deputy head was Mr Mather. Also there was another teacher who I think was named Mr Allcock. Hope this has helped you. Dave

    By David Cartwright (07/10/2020)
  • I left Rosemary Street school in 1958 my name was Kathleen Barnett looking for others who were in class 4a 

    By Kathleen corbridge (07/04/2018)
  • I left Rosemary in 1957 I can remember several of the teachers in photograph Clive Davy ex pupil 

    By clive davy (22/03/2018)
  • Hi my name is Alan Daft. Left 1967 and joined the RAF some years later. Now living in Abu Dhabi. Can only remember Mr Philips I’m afraid.

    By alan daft (10/06/2017)
  • My name was Lynn Westwood I knew all of you David Grant was my boyfriend for a time I was in the same year as David . Mr Evans and Mrs Burrows were my favourite teachers .

    By Lynn Westwood (01/02/2017)
  • My name is Lynette Hopwood (nee Jennings)

    I only went to Rosemary Street School for a short while and then I went transfered Cumberlands Secondary School. Is there any one out there who was in my year?

    By Lynette Hopwood (02/10/2016)
  • Hi Gary…kinda hoping you still check this site out I wanted you to know that I started a group on Facebook called ROSEMARY STREET SCHOOL.

    By Christine Gant (03/09/2015)
  • Hello Christine,

    Do you have any photos of our class mates?  Or has there been any reunions since we finished school? You are about 7 months older then me, I am 62 in May wow time flies when you having fun. When you lived in Mansfield where did you live ? We lived on Bradder Street, prior to that we lived corner of Portland Street  and I think it was Westfield Lane just next to the the school footy oval. Gary


    By Gary Noble (25/03/2015)
  • Hi Christine,

    Nice to hear from you again. The only person I know now is Tony Johnson . I have only been back in the UK once, about 15 years ago. Then I stayed with Tony for a couple of weeks.I am still in Australia - it’s been over 40 years now.      Gary

    By Gary Noble (21/03/2015)
  • Hey Gary great to hear from you, you bet it’s been over 40 years, I turned 62 years yesterday!  No one ever remembered me, but I am surprised you don’t remember my brothers David and Colin Gant.  I was in A class but had friends in other streams. Janet Fell is someone else who was in my class too and Geraldine Cooke, Sharon Turner (I think it was). I was in A class, same as Dave Hawkins and Peter Whitehead. I’ve seen Peter Whitehead on and off through the years when I visited Mansfield (live in North Yorkshire and don’t get down Mansfield way much now). Dave Hawkins was in my class!  If you think of all the high-school movies they do nowadays and the boxes they put you in, Dave Hawkins would have been classed as the football jock!  I would have been the girl so easy to forget!  Oh well.  Do you know what happened to David Cartwright? Good to hear from you.

    By Christine Gant (18/10/2014)
  • Hi Christine,  I do remember the name Peter Whitehead and David Cartwright also Dave Hawkins wow ,  hey its been over 40 years .

    Christine I dont remember your name ? Was I in your class ? I was in was in a B class , I was hanging around with Tony Johnson in my School days   am still in contact with him now .

    By Gary Noble (03/10/2014)
  • I remember some of these teachers too and was there at the same time as you Gary Noble…I remember Mr Ash – English/Maths, Mr Evans, Mr Phillips the headmaster who really set me on my vocational course, Mrs Burrows – RE/Sewing, Mr Mather who tore up my Science paper on the last exam of my school at Rosemary and told me to write it again, just because I finished it with time to spare!!  I went on to come first in Science!! DO NOT ask me how!

    I think I remember you Gary and Brocklehurst.  Do your remember Dave Hawkins, Janet Fell, Geraldine Cooke, Peter Whitehead, David Cartwright, Pat Bonser…loads more but remember the surnames…hope I hear back from some of you, I think of my life at this time often…

    By Christine Gant (24/09/2014)
  • I remember  some of the teachers Mr Evans , Mr Philips, I went to Rosemary from 1964 to 1968 , is there any out there  who was there at that time ?  I remember  some school mates Colin Daft, Micheal Soccer, Tony Johnson, Brockleharst and theres a lot more. 

    Best regards 

    Gary Noble

    By Gary Noble (08/05/2014)
  • Yea, I think your right, pretty sure the lady to the right of Mrs Phillips is MS Fairy (music teacher)

    By Jeffrey Derbyshire (29/11/2013)
  • I was at Rosemary infants (1952 to 1954) seniors (1958 to 1962). I can remember the names of the front row L to R, Mr Breedon (Woodwork), Mrs or Miss ?, Mr Mather (Deputy Head), Mr Phillips (Headmaster), Mrs Burt (English), Mr Evans (Science) and Mr Rennolds (Maths). The lady third from the right on the back row I think is Mrs Phillips (Domestic Science) the wife of the headmaster. Sorry I don’t remember any of the others but I do recall Mr Mather joining the teaching staff in about 1960 so the photo would have been taken whilst I was a pupil there or not that long after I left. I now live about 10 miles south of Mansfield, I have done since 1973 so I’ve not seen any of my old schoolmates for many years except for one, he married a local girl and settled down here.

    By Peter Bowler (19/12/2012)

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