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Updated 16 February 2008
Can you identify some of the names of people in the photograph above?
Suggestions so far are shown below
** Please see feedback below concerning uncertainties etc
Regarding the names given in the key diagram, numbers
14 & 31 cannot be Edie and Ellen (Nellie) Hunt, as these ladies would have been in their
1928 (see their graves near the Brewhouse Hill gate of the
churchyard), but I
think No. 14 is Elsie Hunt, niece of the above sisters. Elsie (my
that she was in Haig house.
I don't think No. 9 is Kathleen Ellingham (my sister), as Kath says
remembers being in Stephenson house.
The picture seems to have been taken against the new senior school,
for 11 to 14 year olds, and as Elsie Hunt was not 11 until 1929, it is
than 1928. I didn't think the new school was opened until 1930.
I was at St.Helens during the war, in Nelson house. We
didn't have much sport , all the male teachers were called up, except
the headmaster, and Mr Fooks who came with the evacuees from Argyle
school at Kings Cross, but we did win the tug of war one year, and
Nelson house shared a cake which someone had donated!
Enjoyed looking at Haigh House photo. No 23f is
Kathleen Munt. I noticed you have spelt Stephenson House
incorrectly. I think you will find it should be spelt like this after
Robert Stephenson (steam engine inventor)
I am sure that no 44m is my late father William James Wright who would have been 8 at the time. He attended the school to at least 1934 ( I have some of his school reports). He would have been known as Jim or Billy. His mother always called him Will. Would whoever owns the photo let me have a print? I would of course pay them for it.
I see that Sheila Wright is thought to be in the photo. She is the same family and was born in 1915, making her 13 at the time. I would like to know what became of her. She married in 1937 to a Dennis Pawley, but I think she passed on in the late 1980s. Does anyone know? I think her nephew Peter Wright may still live at The Folly. My father went to school with Lorna Rowe who still lives in the village.
Kind regards email -
Hi, we have been looking at your website for Wheathampstead this afternoon and my mum - formally Mary Elizabeth Hunt attended St Helens School from 1936 to 1944 but noticed her brother (my uncle Les Hunt) in your 1928 picture.
You have 14F and 31F down as E Hunt. To update you, we believe that 14F is my mum's aunt - Edie Hunt and as she was the oldest it makes sense she is further near the back. 31F we think must be my mums other aunt - Edie's sister Ellen Hunt. Ellen was always known as 'Nell'.
I hope that helps, if you do have any later school photos that would be fantastic to see.
Kind regards, Jackie & Mary, email -