Held at:

Private Collection




Original Document


Digital Archive: Michaelchurch Escley School, “From the great fire to the evacuees”

Place name:

Michaelchurch Escley


1938 to 1942


In 1989, 50 years after a fire that devastated the school, the staff put together a record entitled “From the great fire to the evacuees”. The ELSG is very grateful to the current headmistress, Mrs Debbie Barker, for permission to reproduce the record on our web site.


The opening paragraph provides the background. The full text may be downloaded as a pdf file here.


“In this book we plot the history of Michaelchurch Escley School through 4 very turbulent years using official records and the memories of those who were there. We start with the disastrous fire and follow the events concerning the building of the new school, the beginning of the Second World War and the arrival of the evacuees from Bootle in the village. The book marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the new school on December 4th 1989. The event was celebrated with a fortnights festival which included a tea party for the pupils who were on roll during the years 1938 – 1942 from whom much of the information was gleened, and to whom we are indebted.”


The book includes a list of pupils attending the school during 1938 to 1942 (excluding evacuees)






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