Schools & Sunday Schools



Wainhouse Road School, HalifaxRef 18-503
In July 1848, Robert Wainhouse conveyed a piece of land adjoining St Paul's Church, King Cross to the minister and churchwardens

to be a school for the education of children of the labouring and manufacturing and other poorer classes of the district

Question: Does anyone know the name of the school?


Wainstalls Board SchoolRef 18-356
A board school built in 1875/7 with a master's house at a cost of £2,300.

Recorded in 1881, when Albert Samuel White was schoolmaster here.

In 1897, it was described as Mixed.

It accommodated 240 pupils [1911].

It accommodated 191 pupils [1917].

It was transferred from Warley School Board to Halifax in 1900.

See Hannah Cockroft

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Wainstalls Evening SchoolRef 18-630
Recorded in 1905

Wainstalls Junior & Infant SchoolRef 18-164

Wainstalls Wesleyan Sunday SchoolRef 18-876
Stands next door to Mount Pleasant Methodist Church, Wainstalls

Walk Mill School, TodmordenRef 18-801
Recorded in 1897

Walker Lane Wesleyan SchoolRef 18-31
Hebden Bridge. Established in 1896. Became Old Town Junior & Infants' School

Walker's: Miss Walker's School for Little BoysRef 18-734
In January 1881, Miss Minette Macfarlane Walker opened a school at Waterloo Terrace, 79 Savile Park Road, Halifax

for the systematic preparation of boys for Grammar and Public schools

An advertisement in November 1880 announced the forthcoming opening of her school saying

Late of Kinder-Garden High School

and that further particulars could be had from

Miss Walker, Knutsford, Cheshire

In 1905, Miss Walker had a school at 87 Savile Park Road, Halifax

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Wall's: Misses Wall SchoolRef 18-421
A day school for young ladies run by Misses Wall, the daughters of George Wall. The school was at

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Walsden Church of England VC Infants' SchoolRef 18-165
Aka St Peter's National School, Walsden, Walsden Parochial School. The building stands next to St Peter's Church.

This national school was established on 29th May 1847, St Michael's Day. It was completed on Whit-Tuesday, 13th June 1848.

It was transferred to Walsden Junior School on account of structural difficulties. The building is now [2012] boarded up

Walsden Junior & Infant SchoolRef 18-166
Rochdale Road.

Walsden Church of England VC Infant School was transferred here on account of structural difficulties

Walsden Parochial SchoolRef 18-306
See Walsden Church of England VC Infant School

Walsden Preparatory SchoolRef 18-300
Private day school established in 1813

Walsden SchoolRef 18-654
In 1917, 2 schools are recorded: (1) accommodated 270 boys, girls and infants with Mrs M. Hemstock in charge, and (2) accommodated 351 boys, girls and infants with Thomas Greenwood in charge

Walshaw National SchoolRef 18-34
Aka Lady Royd School. A national school

Walterclough Hall School, SouthowramRef 18-237
Young Ladies' Boarding Academy run by Elizabeth Ann, her sister Emma Gregory, and their sickly live-in brother Charles.

She employed 4 staff. She may have also employed 4 children, paying them with an education, free board and lodging.

Recorded in 1861, 1871 & 1881. It accommodated around 20 teenage girls.

In 1871, the staff were

In 1881, boys were recorded at the school, including

and the staff were

  • Sarah A. Byfield [aged 38] Governess
  • Elizabeth Holden [aged 55] Cook
  • Maria Gavan [aged 21] Housemaid
  • Helen Woolfine [aged 15] Housemaid
  • 17 boarding pupils including

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Walton's School, HalifaxRef 18-525
Around 1835, Jane and Susan Walton ran a ladies' boarding school at 18 Ward's End, Halifax.

By 1865, it had become Cusworth's School

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Walton's School, HipperholmeRef 18-751
In 1851, Sarah Walton ran a girls' school at Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse.

In 1851, the pupils included:

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Walton's School, OvendenRef 18-532
Around 1838, Mary Walton ran a private school at Moorside, Ovenden

Ward's Commercial School, BrighouseRef 18-191
Run by Arthur Arnott Ward in the late 19th century

Waring Green Mission SchoolRef 18-396
Built in 18??. A Chapel was added around 1900.

See Rev Angus Galbraith

Warley Free School for GirlsRef 18-679
Recorded in 1845 at Cliffe Hill when it was supported by Mrs Charles Milne and Miss Fishburn was teacher

Warley Grammar SchoolRef 18-W354
Burnley Road, Sowerby Bridge.

See Rev Thomas Sutcliffe, Edward Wainhouse and Warley Exhibition Foundation

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Warley Road Board SchoolRef 18-357
A board school. Opened in the afternoon of 11th January 1897.

It accommodated 400 boys, 400 girls and 311 infants [1911].

It accommodated 400 boys, 400 girls and 332 infants [1917].

See Warley Town Board School

Warley Road Evening SchoolRef 18-631
Recorded in 1905. There were separate departments for boys and girls

Warley Road Primary SchoolRef 18-167
Halifax. Designed by Horsfall & Williams. Built in 18??

See Greenwood Gibson and Warley Road School Baths

Warley Dame SchoolRef 18-879
A dame school or Private Venture School was held in a cottage adjoining the Maypole Inn.

Masters at the School have included:


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Warley Sunday SchoolRef 18-W1240
Established around 1771. Along with Mixenden Sunday School, it was one of the first Sunday Schools in the district.

It became too small and was replaced by Warley Town School [1894]

Warley Town Board SchoolRef 18-358
Aka The Day School. A board school built in 1893/4 to supersede Warley Sunday School.

It accommodated 178 pupils [1894].

In 1897, it was described as Mixed.

It accommodated 215 pupils [1911].

It accommodated 144 boys & girls and 71 infants [1917].

It was transferred from Warley School Board to Halifax in 1903.

See Warley Road Board School

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Warley Town SchoolRef 18-68

See Bernard Greenwood and Alfred Hunsworth

Warley Town School RoomRef 18-880
Warley Town Lane. Aka The Old School.

The Day School was built around 1860 whilst Rev William Hewgill was Minister at Warley Congregational Church.

It was constructed at a cost of £300.

A gallery was built [1866].

Senior scholars' classrooms were built [1869].

It accommodated around 200 pupils [1875].

An Infants' room was built [1877].

See Miss Mary Calvert

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Waterside Factory School, TodmordenRef 18-936

See James Travis Whittaker

Watkinson's School for Young Ladies, HalifaxRef 18-233
5 New Road, Ward's End. Ladies' boarding school established by Hannah and Elizabeth, the daughters of John Watkinson, in 1814, when they acquired the Misses Mellin's Boarding School.

A ladies' boarding school run by S. & J. Watkinson is recorded at New Road [1822].

Around 1860, they moved to Carlton Street

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Watson's Academy, HalifaxRef 18-777
Around 1850, Charles Watson ran an Academy at Moorside, Halifax

Webster's SchoolRef 18-487
Anne Webster ran a private school at 33 Square, Halifax [1822] and Wesley Street, Halifax [1829].

She and her sister Hannah Webster had a ladies' boarding school at Ward's Hall, Halifax [1845, 1851]

Webster's SchoolRef 18-957
Recorded in 1922, when it was run by H. F. Webster at 11 Prince's Gate, Savile Road, Halifax

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Wellholme Day Nursery, BrighouseRef 18-482
Children's nursery school at Wellholme Park, Brighouse. Opened on 12th September 1942.

See Holme House Day Nursery, Lightcliffe and Ogden Lane Day Nursery, Rastrick

Wesleyan Methodist Day School, GreetlandRef 18-282
Opened in 1816. By 1820, there were 400 scholars. In 1833, there were 34 boys & 10 girls. In 1849, there were 180 scholars – mostly half-timers. In 1851, there were 270 scholars.

William Smith was a pupil here.

See Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School, Greetland

Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School, GreetlandRef 18-824
Built in 1811.

See Wesleyan Methodist Day School, Greetland

Wesleyan School, HalifaxRef 18-666
Hopwood Lane. Built in 1832. It was used by the Methodists as a Sunday School only. It accommodated 351 scholars

Wesleyan School, TriangleRef 18-827
Recorded in 1906, when Rev G. Hack preached here.

On 6th September 1924, a new chapel and school was opened

Wesleyan Sunday School, SalterhebbleRef 18-825
Stafford Square Wesleyan Church and Sunday school opened on 3rd March 1913

West End Congregational Sunday School, Sowerby BridgeRef 18-411
West End Congregational Chapel was built in 1840, and, from the 1870s, the managers and teachers felt the need for a larger Sunday School. They tried to secure land to the rear of the Chapel without success, and it was decided to build on land belonging to the Chapel, and incorporating the former vestries of the Chapel.

The new School was built in 1897.

The new building comprised a large assembly room with a balcony, 11 classrooms, and a new vestry for the vicar.

The building cost was £2,300.

4 memorial stones for the new building were laid on 10th July 1897. Each stone had a time capsule.

See West End Congregational School Memorial

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West Grove Commercial Academy, HalifaxRef 18-855
/ West Grove Boarding & Day School.

William Holder ran the establishment [January 1860, 1861]

in one of the healthiest situations in the vicinity of Halifax

for a limited number of young gentlemen.

An announcement of the school's reopening on 23rd January 1860, said

The school room, being lofty and thoroughly ventilated, is well adapted to secure health and comfort in study. In addition to the open play ground, a large covered area, supplied with gymnastic apparatus, affords facilities for drilling and exercise in all weather.

The principles on which the establishment is conducted are those which experience has proved to be the best fitted to secure a healthy state of the moral feelings, with intellectual vigour. At the end of each term, the pupils are subjected to a rigorous examination, conducted on the plan adopted by the Society of Arts and the London University


Staff at the School included

  • John Smith [b 1839] (assistant master) [1861]
  • James Walton [b 1843] (assistant master) [1861]

Pupils at the School included

  • Joe Brearley
  • William Glendenning [b Halifax 1853]
  • Alfred Lukes [b Halifax 1851]
  • David Newsome [b Horsforth 1846]
  • Robert Pinder [b Bury 1848]
  • James Watkinson [b Halifax 1854]

West Hill Park School & Preaching RoomRef 18-459
Opened on Sunday, 13th December 1863

West Vale Board SchoolRef 18-28
Stainland Road.

Aka West Vale Primary School, West Vale Council School.

A board school built in 1878 for 600 pupils. It stands on the main road near St John's Church.

Masters at the School have included:


West Vale Provided SchoolsRef 18-587
Recorded in 1905

Wheatley Board SchoolRef 18-947
Infants' board school.

Masters & teachers at the School have included

  • Miss Susannah Heyworth (infants) [1881]

Wheatley Congregational Sunday SchoolRef 18-971
Recorded around 1915, when John William Rushforth was Secretary

Wheatley Methodist Sunday SchoolRef 18-428
Dyer Lane / Ramsden Street. Sunday school built around 1820 when Ovenden Sunday School had become overcrowded

Whitaker's Music SchoolRef 18-766
Around 1870, William H. Whitaker had a music school at 4 St John's Lane, Halifax.

In 1871, it was listed with

  • William H. Whitaker, Teacher of Music
  • Elizabeth Whitaker, Schoolmistress
and scholars

  • Maria M. Hammond [aged 15] their niece, born in  Philadelphia, USA
  • Elizabeth A. Gregory [aged 14], a boarder, born in Halifax

Whitaker was listed as Professor of music at Trinity Road, Halifax [1874]

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White Windows School, SowerbyRef 18-772
Aka White Windows Hall School.

In the 19th century, there was a school for boys at White Windows, Sowerby. Recorded in 1865 & 1873, when C. J. Crawshaw was principal

Whitegate Board School, SiddalRef 18-320
A board school. It accommodated around 320 pupils [1894].

After 1894, Siddal Board School was enlarged and a site for Caddy Field Board School acquired, so that Whitegate Board School and Southowram Bank Board School could be vacated.

See Holdsworth's School

Whitehall Elementary School, HipperholmeRef 18-737
Aka Hipperholme Infants' School

Whitehill Primary & Junior SchoolRef 18-170
Illingworth. A junior and infant school opened in August 1952. The children from Raw Lane Infants' School moved here.

In April 2011, it became Whitehill Community Academy

Whiteley's School, HalifaxRef 18-776
Around 1850, George Whiteley ran a commercial academy at St James's Road, Halifax

Whitley: J. H. Whitley SchoolRef 18-579

Wild's School, HalifaxRef 18-775
Around 1850, Miss Mary Wild ran a school at New Bond Street, Halifax

Wilde's School, Sowerby BridgeRef 18-788
Around 1845, John Wilde ran a small school at his home, Asquith Bottom House, Sowerby Bridge.

William Law may also have taught at the school

Wilkinson's Academy, HalifaxRef 18-787
In 1809, Mr Wilkinson ran an academy at Heath

William Henry Smith SchoolRef 18-3
A school for boys with special needs established at Boothroyd House, Rastrick. It was previously Smith's Homes. The school was named for William Henry Smith, the adopted son of William Smith's cousin

In August 2013, thirty former pupils received an out-of-court settlement for physical and sexual abuse committed at the school in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s

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Sir William Staines's Charity SchoolRef 18-S1037
Brookfoot Lane, Southowram.

Charity school established by Sir William Staines.

Around 1787, he conveyed a building which stood on land known as Longlands, Southowram to be used as a schoolhouse.

The children were to be taught reading, writing, accounts and

such exercises as may be conducive for the improvement of the children

The trustees included John Campenott, William Freeman and Samuel Hall.

There is a tablet inscribed

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it

This School and House, was Built at the charitable Benevolence of Mr William Staines of LONDON

Anno Domini 1787

This tablet is now at Lady Royd, Brookfoot.

By 1857, the school and master's house had fallen into disrepair, and there were no funds to improve them.

In 1860, the property was sold and the money

applied to the advancement of the education of suitably-qualified children residing in Southowram

See Wilson Marshall

Willow Hall Boarding School, HalifaxRef 18-761

Recorded in 1871, when Elizabeth Clough, future wife of Paul Speak was a boarder.

Recorded in 1881, when Miss Mary E. Wilson was schoolmistress.

Also at the school were governesses: Miss Elizabeth D. Maw [aged 27] from the Channel Islands and Miss Elizabeth P. Jones [19] from Redruth Cornwall, and boarders: Mary B. Tomlinson [17] from Wakefield, Elizabeth Benton [17] from Wakefield, Maud Hampson [aged 16] from Stockport, Mary E. Titterington [15] from Halifax, Lucy Sutcliffe [11] from Halifax, and Eleanor Sutcliffe [10] from Ripon and 3 female domestic servants

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Willow Lodge School, WarleyRef 18-990
In 1861, Mary P. Tiller, her mother & sisters ran a school for young ladies at Stepps, Warley

Wills's School, EllandRef 18-796
In 1905, the Misses Wills had a school at 116 Langdale Street, Elland

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Wilson's School, HalifaxRef 18-797
Edwin Wilson ran a school at 23 George Street, Halifax where he taught short-hand, typewriting, and bookkeeping [1905, 1907, 1915]

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Wilson's School, Sowerby BridgeRef 18-789
Around 1850, Joseph Wilson kept a small school at his home at Hubberton Green, Sowerby Bridge. He was well-known for teaching hand-writing

Withinfields Junior & Infants' School, SouthowramRef 18-W238
Built in 1877. It accommodated 160 boys and 100 girls.

The buildings were becoming delapidated by the end of the 20th century.

In November 1995, pupils and parents went to Downing Street to protest about delays in building a new school to replace their aging buildings. In 1997, a brand new school was opened nearby. The old school was demolished and the site is now a housing estate. The school house was retained.

As a typically nonsense right-on gesture, the school management didn't want the classes of the new school to be hierarchical and decided to choose the countries of the European Union as the names for the classes.

See Law Quarry, Southowram, Southowram National School, Southowram Nursery School, Southowram Methodist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Southowram Wesleyan Chapel and Yew House Quarry, Southowram

Wood Bank School, LuddendenfootRef 18-70

Woodfield Sunday School, HipperholmeRef 18-736
Built by Canon George Watkinson in the grounds of Woodfield, Hipperholme

Woodhouse Primary SchoolRef 18-172

Worslome's SchoolRef 18-726
In 1874, Mrs Worslome had a private school at Soyland

Wrigley's School, RastrickRef 18-710
Around 1840, Joseph Wrigley ran a school in Rastrick

Wyke National SchoolRef 18-741
Green Lane.

The building was abandoned after being badly damaged by the explosion at Low Moor Munitions Company on 21st August 1916

This & associated entries use material contributed by David Nortcliffe

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