Priory School

Priory School History

By Sue Salter


I am researching the history of the old St Nicholas Priory School and looking to contact past pupils to relate their memories/stories of the school. The Priory will be open on the 10th September 2015 from 12.00pm - 4.00pm and we welcome anyone who attended the school to visit and tell their stories.


This page was added by Sue Salter on 14/08/2015.
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Dear Sue, I went to the Priory Boys in 1940 -50, it was then a new part the older building was still in use ie the hall ,upper part as the dinning hall  sorry to say but the boys were seperated from the girls side some teachers were Mr Kite, Mr Hall, Ernie Thompson , head teacher Mr Sillas under head a Mr Holsworth  all out of retirement as the war had all the young teachers so old men old ideas and old ways only thing about school was the many friends I made.

By colin browne
On 30/03/2016

Ref to the name of S. Salter. I knew of a girl same surname lived on Manby Road. Also a same surname a family who lived on North Market Road. Any connection to you ?

By colin browne
On 29/04/2016

Hi Colin, No, not me. I only moved to Norfolk 11 years ago, although I know there are Salters in Great Yarmouth. Don't know if there is any connection though.

Hope to see you at the School Reunion at the Priory Centre on the 5th July. Exhibition of old school photos from 10.00am to 3.00pm.



By Sue Salter
On 01/07/2016

Dear Sue, many thanks for information on surname as I live at St Neots. About three years ago, with the aid of Colin Stott and Time and Tide staff we managed to have a old Priory boys reunion at the museum. It went very well for the three years but due to low numbers ?(I was told ) people at the Yarmouth end decided to wind it up. However I hope your reunion went well. Please keep in touch.

By colin browne
On 27/07/2016

Hello Colin,

We are having a Blue Plaque installed at the Priory on Saturday 8th September as part of Heritage Open Days. You're very welcome to come along. I'm also trying to find out who the last headmaster or headmistress was as it would if he/she could unveil the plaque. Do you have any information on this?

Sue Salter


By Sue Salter
On 23/11/2018

Hi, I have just started researching the history of my house, and in 1901 census we had a certified school mistress name Harriet Hughes who was 55 at the time. She passed away on 01/05/1909 according to a newspaper section I have found on the internet.

We actually had 2 school mistress that lived here. Other surname name Caston. Does anyone know where I could try and find pictures or  more information? It was the Priory I think. I will be heading to the library.

Thank you. 

By Donna
On 13/12/2018

May 2020: in the pandemic lockdown, now have time to look through all the stuff that hasn't been touched for years!  Have found one of the long roll photographs frequently taken in schools - this is "St Nicholas Junior School - September 1960" taken in the grounds of the church with the Priory school behind.  I can name the majority of the teachers: Mrs Batterham, Mr Austin, Mr Kitchener, Mr Thompson, Head Mr Green, Mrs Stimpson, Miss Mowle, two I can't name, then Miss Brookes.  I would have been in the third year and can readily identify in the back row: Philip Tye, Barry Austin, Beverley Salmon, Lynn x, Susan Mobbs

2nd row from top: Carol Boulton, Mary Jane Stevens, Susan Yallop

3rd row: Chris Fellas, Pauline x, Barry Scales, Pamela x, Deborah x, Gerald x, David Tungate, Eleanor x, Julie Frosdick, Janet Greengrass, Carol Wragg, Lesley Bill, Peter Banham, Susan Wright, Barbara Watson

4th row: John Carter, Victor Ecclestone, Barbara Cooper, John Littlewood

5th row: Graham x

None on the 6th front row.

Not sure how to photograph such a long photo, though could do it in sections perhaps, if anyone would like to see it.

Several of us went to the GY High School in Bradwell and some of us met to celebrate our 70th birthdays end last year.  Where has the time gone?!

Sue Rowe previously Spooner, nee Wright 


By Susan Rowe
On 14/05/2020

Hi Sue,

I've read with great interest your past comments and chats with dear Colin Browne. As you may be aware Colin sadly died over a year ago. I was at the Priory with Colin and did manage to make the reunion at The Time & Tide Museum. I have many stories about my time there and if you chose to make  contact I'll be pleased to relate them. The older I get my rose coloured glasses  seem to get darker -  but I had many happy, as well as not so happy, times 

Very best wishes,


T J Hunt.

By John Hunt
On 31/05/2020

So sorry but my email address was incorrect- it should be:

hope to hear from you Sue and perhaps Roy Parr and Maurice Hood and anybody else who remembers me.

best wishes John.

By John Hunt.
On 19/06/2020

I have been contacted by Sylvia Westrup about the September 1960 school photograph and have scanned it in in three sections.  I wondered if I could add them to this site, but don't think I can.  If anyone would like me to forward them the scans, please e-mail me.

Best wishes of the season, Susan Rowe nee Wright 

By Susan Rowe
On 11/12/2020

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