Board School, Duke Street, Hulme
NEW BOARD SCHOOL IN HULME On Saturday morning the memorial stone of the new Board School in Duke Street, Stretford Road was laid by the Rev Canon Kelly… The stone was inscribed “This memorial stone of the 20th school erected by the City of Manchester School Board was laid by the Rev Canon Kelly, a member of the Board, 6 July 1889.”…. A novel feature of the new school would be a playground for the boys on the roof of the building. The space not covered by the building itself was only large enough for a playground for the girls and infants, so it had been decided that the roof of the building should be perfectly flat in order that it might form a playground for the boys. The cost of the new building would be about £7, 650, but including the cost of the land, the entire cost of the school would be £14,000. …. The new building, the general style of which is a free treatment of the Renaissance, will be of common brick with dressings of the best Ruabon (brick) and terra cotta. The upper portion will be very handsome, the absence of any sloping roof to the frontage in Duke Street giving free scope for originality of treatment. On the ground floor provision will be made for 250 infants, while above, accommodation for 700 boys and girls will be provided. Extra staircases in case of panic will be built for both the boys and girls from the first floor. Leading out from the main rooms of each department there will be two classrooms, and when required the large rooms for the boys and girls on the first floor can be thrown into one. The girls and infants are to have playgrounds on the ground floor, while the boys, as already stated, are to play on the top of the building. A concrete floor is to be placed above the strong iron girders, and on the concrete asphalte will be laid. At each end there will be a portion covered over for times of bad weather. The architects are Messrs Salomons and Steinthal and the contractors for the building Messrs Wilson Tofts and Huntley. [Manchester Guardian 9 July 1889 page 9]
Later: River Street School; Gaythorn Primary School.
Reference Manchester Guardian 9 July 1889 page 9
Reference British Architect12 July 1889 page 9 page 36
Reference Samantha F Barnes; Manchester Board Schools page 82