East Lulworth Catholic School
Now a Gift Shop & Internet Café
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After nearly forty years of disrepair, the former Catholic School has been refurbished into a gift shop and internet café. Originally built in 1877, the school finally closed its doors in 1968 when the new catholic school in Wool opened.
East Lulworth National School
The National School was built in 1840 and, according to Kelly’s Directory of 1889, had an average attendance of 50. The school building still remains intact and is now a private dwelling with the name ‘Old School House’.
Former School Masters & Mistresses include:
James MORRIS (1841)
Henry FISHER (1861)
Miss Helena LEDWITH (1861)
Mrs Hannah KITCATT (1861)
Mrs Ann TRENT (1891)
Mrs GREENHALGH (c.1915)
Children of East Lulworth Catholic School c.1921
Special thanks to Nanette Hall in British Columbia, Canada for sending in this photograph
As a child I attended East Lulworth RC school. With my sister Mary and a girl named Nancy Hargreaves, who lived at Lulworth Camp we were the only Protestants in the school, although Miss Belfield who was one of the teachers was also a Protestant.
We went to the school because my mother had heard that Miss Yarnitsky was the best teacher in Dorset. She was a most talented teacher. Among other things, she played the piano like a professional, taught us how to recover a chair, make baskets and taught us dramatics (which came in handy at the school Christmas concerts). She taught the whole school how to swim and also taught us how to garden.
Every Wednesday she marched the whole school through the village to the allotments. We all had a plot of land. The oldest student taught the youngest.
We planted potatoes, parsnips, brussel sprouts, peas and spring onions together with lettuce and radishes. The way the gardens were arranged we had something to take home every week. One Christmas I remember picking frozen brussel sprouts and digging up parsnips to take home.
Miss Yarnitsky was a most remarkable lady and it was my privilege to have had her as a teacher along with Miss Sturmey and Miss Belfield.
Albert Spavins, 2009
Henry Fisher 17yrs to c.1863