School days in Chatteris from 1916 to 1925 as written by Nora Rickwood in May 1995.
My first school was Hive End in Huntingdon Road, sadly no longer with us since the demise of the Community Centre. I didn’t have far to go as I lived in Burnsfield Street. We just crossed Station Street, into Rosemary Lane and at the other end across Huntingdon Road to the school. In those days we called Rosemary Lane ”The Alley”. Most children after being taken on the first day by their mothers or an older brother or sister soon went off on their own. There was very little traffic, a horse and cart or maybe a bicycle.
There were two teachers at Hive End. Mrs Atherton was the headmistress and the other teacher was Miss Kemp. Lots of children went to school at three years old, although they didn’t have to go until they were five. I expect where there were large families their mothers were glad to get rid of them for a few hours. There were no school dinners in those days so you had to come home for dinner. I was an only child and as my father had died when I was three years old I think my mother wanted to keep me at home as long as she could. I didn’t go to school until I was turned five.
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