Warschawski -Uplands School Photograph

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Group Photograph of Pupils and Staff of Uplands Girls' School, St Leonards-on-Sea, taken by Hermann Warschawski (c1910)

[ABOVE] An outdoor group portrait of  pupils and staff of Uplands School, St Leonards-on-Sea, photographed by Hermann Warschawski of 20 Grand Parade, St Leonards-on-Sea.(c1910). The trademark "Hermann Warschawski, Grand Parade, St. Leonards on Sea" appears on the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph mount.

[ABOVE] An enlargement of the photographer's trademark ("Hermann Warschawski, Grand Parade, St. Leonards on Sea" ) which appears in the bottom right-hand corner of the school group photograph above.

Uplands School For Girls, 2-5 Archery Road, St Leonards, was a private school for girls established around 1905 and was owned by The Church Education Corporation Ltd. The first Headmistress of Uplands School For Girls appears to have been Miss H. Walsh, who was in charge of the school between 1906 and 1910. Miss Walsh's successor was Miss Sara A. Grierson who was Headmistress of Uplands School from 1911 until 1914. Miss Mary Hill was appointed Headmistress of Uplands School around 1914 and she held this position until 1936. Uplands School For Girls closed around 1940 and the school building is now part of Hastings College of Arts and Technology.

The photograph below was owned by "Agatha", a former pupil Uplands School For Girls. An undated letter by "Agatha", headed "Uplands School, Form IV A", reporting incidents at Uplands School For Girls, was found with the photograph. The text of the letter refers to staff members and pupils by name, including teachers Miss Walsh, Miss Visick, Miss Gurley and Miss Pountney. The mention of Miss Walsh, who was Headmistress of Uplands School between 1906 and 1910 suggests that the school group photograph dates from around 1910.  Agatha also mentions "everybody in St Leonards is wearing either Liberal or Conservative colours", which suggests a General Election. There were two national General Elections in 1910. (The preceding General Election was in 1906). The fashions and hairstyles of the girls also suggest a date of around 1910.

List of pupils in residence at the Uplands School For Girls at the time of the 1911 Census : Clara Marguerite Bales (age16) ; Elizabeth Barber (age16) ; Marjorie Blackburn (age18) **;  Zillah Denley Brown (age 15) ; Marjorie Campbell (age 17) ;Dorothy Carton (age 15) ; Sheila Dewar (age 16) ; Margery Alice Una Dewt (age 15) ; Susan Foncar (age 17) ; Ethel Hore (age 16) ; Anne Hudson (age 18); Irene Bradley Jones (age 18) ; Sylvia Rymer Jones (age 16) ; Edith Ruck Keener (age 17) ; Marion Archibald Logan (age 16) ; Muriel Mack (age 17) ; Gertrude Westbrook Maltby (age 17) ; Margaret Maxwell (age 15) ; Mary Dorothy Murphy (age 15) ; Hilda Pole (age 15) ; Marjorie Roberts (age 17) ; Eileen Rogerson (age 11),  Beatrice Scurr (age 17) ; Alison Sinclair (age 17) ; Eileen Margaret Spules (age 15) ; Kathleen Joan Spules (age 15) ; Muriel Irene Stevens (age 17) ; Aimee Telford (age 18) ; Diana Vernon (age17) ;

[ Other pupils who attended Uplands School For Girls during this period include Theo Ray, Ivy Wyatt, Ruth Wyatt, Lettice Roberts, Sybil Doré, Winifred Ridley and Margaret Jane ("Birdie") Smyth (1897-1991), who later became Matron of St Thomas's Hospital and President of the Royal College of Nursing ].

List of teaching staff in residence at the Uplands School For Girls at the time of the 1911 Census : Sara Grierson, Headmistress (age 30 - born Melrose, Roxburgh) ;   Eirene Barton (Assistant) School Mistress (age 26 - born Wimbledon) ; Lilian Maude Clarke, (Assistant) School Mistress, Music Teacher, (age 25 - born Gravesend, Kent) ; Grace Dorothea Crabbe, (Assistant) School Mistress, (age 21 - born Stroud, Glos.) ; Marie Louise Fogg,  (Assistant) School Mistress, (age 28 - born Oswaldtwistle, Lancs) ; Dorothea Fry, (Assistant) School Mistress, (age 24 - born Ipswich, Suffolk) ; Ethel Gurley, (Assistant) School Mistress, (age 23 - born Herne Hill, Middlesex) ; Margaret Mary Neill, (Assistant) School Mistress, (age 26 - born Edinburgh) ; Mabel Telly, (Assistant) School Mistress, (age 26 - born Sydney, New South Wales), Dora Widdowfield, (Assistant) School Mistress, (age 26 - born Darlington) ;

List of non-teaching staff in residence at the Uplands School For Girls at the time of the 1911 Census :  Florence Gurley, Private School Secretary, (age 23 - born Herne Hill, Middlesex) ; Mary Piper, Matron (age 49 - born Brighton, Sussex) ; Mary Ann Carter, Cook (age 67 - born Winchelsea, Sussex) ; Kate Merritt, Domestic Housemaid (age 16 - born East Grinstead).

[ Other staff members who are mentioned as teachers at Uplands School For Girls during this period include Miss Katherine Clarke (born 1877, Birmingham), English Mistress, Miss Jacques, Gym Mistress, Miss Pountney (Geography) and Miss Visick ].

** Marjorie Blackburn, (Enid Marjorie Blackburn) nicknamed "Ninny", is mentioned in Agatha's letter. Enid Marjorie Blackburn (also known as "Ninny" or Marjorie) was born on 18th January 1893 in Nagasaki, Japan, the daughter of Emily May Sutton and Dr Herbert Blackburn, Director of the Nagasaki Government Hospital between 1892 and 1895. Mrs Emily Blackburn, Marjorie's mother, died in Nagasaki in 1895 at the age of 35 and so Dr Herbert Blackburn returned to England with two year old Marjorie and her one year old brother Stanley Napier Blackburn (born 1894, Nagasaki, Japan). Marjorie Blackburn was enrolled at Uplands School For Girls, St Leonards, and served as Head Girl at the school in 1910-1911.

 

Details of the Group Photograph of Pupils and Staff of Uplands Girls' School, St Leonards (c1910)

 

BELOW :Detail of Far Left Section

BELOW : Detail of Left-Centre Section

BELOW : Detail of Right-Centre Section

BELOW :Detail of Far Right Section

 

To read about the career of the photographer Hermann S. Warschawski (born 1875, Brighton), click on the link below

Hermann S. Warschawski - Photographer of St Leonards-on-Sea and Brighton

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