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Charlemont school lads at top of Welsh peak

By Black Country Bugle User  |  Posted: August 06, 2009


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THIS photograph was taken almost 60 years ago and it has been given to us by Roy Turton of Condover, near Shrewsbury. The picture shows Roy and his seniors classmates at Charlemont School, West Bromwich, at the summit of Mount Snowdon in 1951/52.

Roy is third from left and he has been able to give us just two other names. The lad at the far left is Peter Fisher while the boy second from right is Bert Fenton. Can Bugle readers name any more of these intrepid young Black Country mountaineers?


The first buildings of Charlemont Junior and Infants School were opened in Willett Road in 1929 as a temporary infants department to serve the new Charlemont housing estate. Senior and junior departments were added in 1930 as new buildings were put up. Further expansion in 1931 made it possible to divide the senior department into separate boys and girls departments. In 1937 adjacent land in Hollyhedge Road was acquired enabling the construction of two new assembly halls, a gymnasium and other buildings. With the reorganisation of schools nationally in 1944 the senior departments became a secondary modern school, which was closed in 1967. The remaining departments continued as Charlemont Junior and Infants School.

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