Jarrow: St Bede Roman Catholic School

This view is of St. Bede’s Roman Catholic School. In those days as church’s were built in there relevant parish’s schools were often attached to the church. St. Bede’s school was built around 1868, to accommodate an expanding parish. At the start of its life the school was situated in Chapel Road and initially accommodated only senior girl pupils. After a heavy influx of immigrants from Ireland (Irish families looking for work) an addition to the original school was built in Monkton Road around 1870/1 (above) (Picture taken 1965).

At this particular time Jarrow was experiencing an influx of Irish immigrants many of whom would have left their native land to find work. Which is not surprising when you consider Palmer Shipbuilders employed more than 80% of Jarrow’s population and had become recognized World Wide as the leading shipbuilders of their time.

St Bede Roman Catholic School
St Bede Roman Catholic School (Picture taken 1965 Approximately).

An increase in the population also saw the need for more schools. The above photo is of St. Bede’s school built as an addition to the original girls school, this part would meet the needs of the growing Roman Catholic Community and would accommodate the Juniors at street level and the Infants would have classroom in the cellar.

St Bede's Catholic Church

St Bede Roman Catholic Church
St Bede As it is to-day February 2016. (without school attached).

The above picture shows what it looks like now many years later. While St. Bede’s Church remains, gone is the old school building to be replaced with trees and shrubs. St Bede’s School was re-sited to Staple Road some five minutes walk from this location and would have been a bright new modern airy building. I say would have been because that bright new modern airy building no longer exists in this the twenty first century.

St Bede’s along with St peters and other parts of Staple Road have been demolished. St Bede’s because a past survey showed the school had serious subsidence, and St Perter’s to make way for the New Tyne Tunnel Approach Road, which thankfully will take much of the heavy traffic away from inner and residential parts of Jarrow. Hopefully making the air we breath a lot more user friendly an smell free.

Soler

Attended state schools (St Peters & Paul's) Spent my last 4 years attending St Cuthbert Secondary. Worked as a warehouse manager 25 years plus. Spent 16+ years attending Newcastle Uni and North Tyneside College. (Humanistic approaches in Counselling). Now Qualified. Don’t have many dislikes apart from people who try to be something they’re not (conveniently forget where their roots are), and I do not suffer fools easily, or people that over talk others. I eat and drink to live, love all kinds of music, places of interest, photography, Singing, computing, reading (mostly supernatural/horror, James Herbert / Stephen King), and swimming.

One response to “Jarrow: St Bede Roman Catholic School

  1. Hester Leicester

    St Bede’s School on Staple Road closed and joined with St Bede’s Juniors, Harold Street, to become the now St Bede’s Primary School. That was in April 1990. The school recently celebrated 100 years of education on the Harold Street Site.
    The site on Staple Road became a Nursing Home and was only demolished because of the building of the second Tyne Tunnel.

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