The Wesleyans had opened a schoolroom in West Street by 1815 and by 1817 it had 536 pupils. In 1826 it had over 900 pupils and in the 1840’s, even after another Wesleyan school had opened in the town, it still had over 400 pupils.
The school was rebuilt in 1854 and in 1855 a mixed day school opened in the building. the school was extended in 1881 then in 1885 became a mixed infants school with 458 pupils. the school building was remodelled in 1897.
The school fought against closure in 1938 because the building was considered inadequate (even though pupil numbers had been reduced). World War 2 interrupted closure plans and by 1949 the school took controlled status and was renamed “Mount Methodist School”. In the 1960’s there were around 300 pupils but later the school generally had about 200 pupils until 1981 when it became a first school (West Street First School) when pupil numbers dropped to 100. It finally closed in 1983.
It stood vacant for a while, before Cheshire Electrical Ltd built an outlet on the old playground and the building was taken on by a Pentecostal church.
I attended this first school, which I have a lot of fond childhood memories of, and it was in my third year there when it closed. I remember feeling upset about it and I still have the commemorative mug that was given to all the pupils.
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm Kit Lens
Feature Image – Exposure 1/2000, Aperture f/8.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm
Second Image – Exposure 1/1600, Aperture f/8.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm