|A Brief History of Boy's
references to the teaching of woodwork
come from 1924 when the school movet to
the spacious site on St. Helens Road
accommodated in newly built wooden
buildings which were supposed to be
During thirties and forties,
the woodwork masters were Mr. C.Fennell
and Mr.R.C.Aberdein, respectively, with
the workshops being based somewhere in
the main building.
after 1949, according to the Prescotian
Magazine of that year, the former dining
rooms were to be refurbished as the
woodwork area [shown by red spot].
||In the mid sixties,
with the opening of the new extension, woodwork
teaching moved into their new groundfloor pemises
[green spot]. By now the main teacher, Mr.
C.J.Davies. He was occasionally supported by Mr.
W.Gornall when he was not teaching PE and games.
[Pictured, Messrs. Davies and Gornall]. On
Mr.Davies' retirement, Mr. Charles Freestone was
appointed to pick up the baton for developing
woodwork at the St.Helens road site.
These purpose built
metalwork and woodwork workshops but they
remained until 1978 when it was the victim of an
arson attack by a disturbed former pupil.
|Your Woodworking Memories
site for Prescot school I can not seem to find
any mention of Cecil Davies other wise known as
"Woffle". He always had a pipe in his
mouth, loved cricket, no one could understand
what he said,hense the name, and made cups of tea
in his wood work rooms. Oh by the way he lived in
Cecil Drive in Eccleston. I know he died around
about '87. [Craig Hudson]
woodwork teacher called Davies I recall was C J
Davies who was known as "Splinter" to
us and taught on the St. Helens Road site duribg
the '70s. [Ian Lawrenson]
also known as "Sorta Business", which
he seemed to mutter under his breath from time to
time? [Dave Tilley]
|He gave me
a "very good work" during the 2nd year
according to my report book but I can't remember
him at all. We had Willy Gornall for woodwork as
well and made such exciting things as a pencil
case and a putter for indoor golf. Sadly things
didn't improve and I'm useless at DIY these days
although I did manage to make a nestbox for the
garden a couple of years back to impress my
I was a woodwork specialist and saw the life a
woodwork teacher had. He seemed to be drinking
lots of tea, walking around a lot and enjoying
himself, and (smiling wryly) it seemed like a
good job to me. That mainly attracted me to the
job. but the subject obviously did as well.
[Colin Howard ]
Woodwork, I honestly couldnt understand a
word that Mr. Davies, alias Splinter, said, and I
dropped the subject as soon as options came in.
Im still a crap home handyman, is it any
wonder? [Paul Gerrard]
Charles Middlehurst Esq. His hands are behind his
back grasping the handle of his small, battered,
brown case, recently repaired for the umpteenth
time by the woodwork class. [Ken Holt]
Fennell, woodwork teacher, "If you hold the
chisel like this, it is impossible to cut
yourself.... Run for the First Aid box,
someone!" [David Perkins, 1934 to 1943]
three years I had woodwork classes, the only item
I ever made was a pencil case! I know those that
went on to do O level woodwork were
making things like coffee tables and sideboards.
I seemed to remember dropping woodwork and art
after the third year for Latin!