NZ3671 : Rockcliffe First School, Whitley Bay

taken 3 months ago, near to Cullercoats, North Tyneside, Great Britain

Rockcliffe First School, Whitley Bay
Rockcliffe First School, Whitley Bay
Construction of the present building began in 1910 and it was used for the first time on 1st May 1911. The official opening quickly followed on 10th May 1911. This poem was inspired by my own hazy memories of my time spent at the school:


The constant roar of the sea,
sandstone & tide,
a freezing north wind & mist
on the high lattice work windows.
Corridors smelling of stale milk
& a class room full of
ruddy-cheeked children,
7-years old & eager to be free,
running wild in the concrete lanes.
Dampness & dust,
cast iron radiators
& the playtime scramble
in the high-walled yard.
Knees grazed,
badges of honour
in the rough & tumble,
& the temptation of
boarded-up shelters,
old war time relics.
A dinner time procession
of post-war baby-boomers,
out in the cold,
hungry for tapioca
& the three o'clock bell.
All seemed well in the world
at the end of our street.

Poem by Geoff Holland

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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 January, 2021   (more nearby)
Sunday, 31 January, 2021
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3624 7188 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:2.4070N 1:26.0672W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3623 7186
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