School photograph c.1890 (Yew Tree cottage background)
Social in the School room 1962, Bob Carpenter, ?? Foxton, Phyllis Hornby, John Wood, Annie Timms, Cissie Walton, Margaret Wood
& William Frank.
Normanby School c.1920 (from behind
Lady Boynton founded the free school
in late 1700's.
Lady Boynton - born Mary
Hebblethwaite (also spelt Heblethwayte) (1749–1815). In 1768 she married Sir
Griffith Boynton, 6th Baronet (1744–1778), who became heir to the family’s
properties at Burton Agnes Hall, in Driffield, East Yorkshire, until their
sale in 1911. The magnificent estate, built between 1598 and 1610, still
serves as a residence for members of the Boynton family and is open to the
public for an extended period each year.
The school also received money later
from the John Stockton Trust.
Grants are provided by; The John Stockton Educational Foundation, Students and
Apprentices aged 16 to 25 who live in certain parishes in the Kirkbymoorside area it includes Normanby,
Thornton Riseborough and Great Edstone and have done so for
at least two years can apply.
The school stood opposite the
Church for many years and took children from a number of surrounding villages.
They all had to walk. The parish register records the death of
schoolmaster John Sparling in 1733. Christopher
Dring was schoolmaster in 1779 when he died age
55. Robert Bean was schoolmaster in 1795. The School house was
rebuilt in 1928.
School records are held on
microfilm at Northallerton Records Office.
Attendances were carefully recorded. Children were often kept at home for the
hay and corn harvest and for fruit picking in September. Half day
holidays were graciously allowed for local occasions like Pickering Gala or to
honour a Royal wedding. National school holidays were Ascension
day, Good Friday to Easter Tuesday, Whit Monday and
Tuesday, Saturday and Shrove Tuesday, 4 weeks at harvest, 2 weeks at
In 1844 it was estimated that
about 25% of pupils left school at the age of nine, 50% at ten,
25% at twelve. In 1893 the
Normanby school average attendance was 39 but only
17 in 1896. The local churchman was a regular visitor. In the
1890s the fabric of the building was unsatisfactory and the roof leaked.
A list of songs for examination in August 1893 included The Brook, The Clock ,
The Minstrel Boy, Comrades True, If a Body and the Sick dolly.
A Yorkshire Gazette article of
1908 mentioned that the school was thriving with a number of pupils walking
each day from Great Barugh. There were two
teachers, one for infants and one for the older children. Margaret Wood
remembers up to 40 children at the school. The schoolmaster was Mr
Dodd's in 1929 when she left at the age of 14.
After the school closed in 1938
the children went to Marton and the schoolroom was
used by the W I, a youth club and for Church suppers
1795-1823 - Robert Bean
1840 - John Featherstone
1879 - Miss Alice
1890 - Miss Eliz. Annie
1905 - Miss Mary
Stowell average attendance 22
1913 - Miss Mary
Stowell average attendance 32
1921 - Miss Mary
Stowell average attendance 34
1925 - Miss Mary
Stowell average attendance 34
1927 - Miss Alice Dodds average attendance 40
the Second World War the school was re-opened for evacuees, whilst Normanby
children attended Marton School. A teacher was brought from the
Middlesbrough area and he lodged in the cottage behind
Evacuees from Middlesbrough at
Normanby School 1943
Can anyone add names
The school was conveyed to the Church at a cost of £100 plus £29-10s-6d legal
fees on 21st Nov 1961. Repairs were expensive and the fabric
deteriorated. In 1968 county council classes were still being held in
the schoolroom, but in 1971 the school was sold to Lady Bucher for £50 and
demolished soon after.
The site of the former School