Remembering Wray school days at church display

The Scarecrow Festival in Wray Church this year draws on memories of the village school.

Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 3:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 4:44 pm
Wray School pupils, junior class, circa 1948. Back row from left: Joseph Woodhouse (Scale Farm, Roeburndale East), George Preece (Thornbush Farm, Roeburndale West), Alan Cornthwaite (No 1, Moor Cottage, Wray), Frank Harrison (Birks Farm, Botton.) Third row from left: Hazel Pritchard (The Cross, Wray), Ruby Atkinson (Crag Hall, Botton), Nora Cornthwaite (No 1, Moor Cottage, Wray), Margaret Mashiter (Harterbeck Farm, Roeburndale East), Margaret Huddleston (Procter's Farm, Wray), Joyce Kenyon (No 1, Holme View, Wray), Margaret Kenyon (Moor House, near Wray), Jean Whittam (Bridge End, Wray), Jean Fox (George and Dragon Public House, Wray). Second row from left: Lucy Gorst (Bellhurst Farm, Roeburndale East), Winnie Stephenson (Above Beck Farm, near Wray), Brenda Ralston (Roeburn Terrace, Wray), Edith Gorst (Bellhurst Farm, Roeburndale East), Margaret Wilson (Bridge End, Wray), Jill Kenyon (No 1, Holme View, Wray). Front row from left: David Ralston (Roeburn Terrace, Wray), Ted Holmes (Barkingate Farm, Roeburndale

Organisers are a bit short on images from when the school was founded in 1684 but there are plenty through the last century starting in Edwardian times.

Can you see yourself or one of your family in the many class photographs?

Most of the pupils are named. The school is still going strong after being founded on its present site 335 years ago.

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Wray School pupils, circa 1937. Back row from left: Cyril Chesters, Alwyn Sanderson, Tommy Woods, John Humpage, Bob Walker, Vincent Frankland, Kenneth Ralston, Ted Holroyd, John Sanderson, Vernon Baines, Bert Stephenson, Donald Ralston, Brian Townson. Third row from left: Agnes Wilson, Jean Woodhouse, Audrey Chesters, Daphne Beaumont, Elsie Greenwood, Mary Philipson, Doris Rawsthorn, Mabel Bell, Hilda Harrison, Bertha Stephenson, Sylvia Travis. Second row from left: unknown, Margaret Travis, Joan Holroyd, Helen Pritchard, Joan Clarkson, Irene Pritchard, Marian Pritchard, Connie Baines. Front row from left: Norman Ralston, Alan Stephenson, John Woodhouse, Lawrence Preece, Wally Baines, Barton Woodhouse, Terry Robinson, Ron Humpage, Herbert Pritchard.

On display for the first time are many of the ancient documents which set it up and kept it going during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries when little-by-little the populations of the country, county and villages became educated.

Drop into church at any time during the festival and browse this fascinating history of Wray’s school which is almost unique for such a remote and north country village.

If you have tired feet from exploring and viewing the scarecrows around the village there’s plenty of pew space for a good rest.

Admission is free but a donation is welcome.

Exhibition is open from Saturday, April 27 to Monday, May 6, 11am-5pm.