The original school on the site
School opened by the Wathamstow school board
The original Maynard Road board school opened in 1884; it was a junior mixed school but a separate infants department was added in 1885 with an entrance in Comely Bank Road.
By 1903 the school had been enlarged and in 1912 had places for 1,494.
It was reorganized in 1929 for junior girls and boys and infants.
Organisation of the three schools on the site
Location of different schools in 1914
The map below clearly shows the three Victorian schools on the current Addison Road site. The current Maynard Road school site is labelled as a Nursery.
Memories about the layout of the Victorian schools
The main entrance to the infants' school was in the alleyway that led to the corner shop. There was also a side gate to the junior school in the alley...
I was at Maynard from about 1968 aged 7 till leaving 1972. I used to walk down Addison Road and then cut down a road on the right which led to a road which was a dead end and then go in through an entrance in the wall. It was where the shelter was that some of the school photos have been taken by. Think the school entrance was opposite this entrance across the playground. There was another playground round the other side of the school which the alley ran along by.
My sisters and brother went to the original school! I used to drop them off and collect them on my way to Warwick Girls.' From 1965!!
The Girls building was at the very back of the site and their toilet building is still there! The Infant school was in the middle wth the Boys' school at the front!! Definitely NO mixing of the sexes!!
I remember the mixed school being built, but I was at Walthamstow Girls' by then!!!
The Boys school was where the current building is, on 2 floors, I think! I remember walking down the alley way to get to the other schools!!
View of Maynard Road Infants from a garden in Wilson Street
Entrance to Maynard Road Infants School at end of Brunswick Street
Above two photos are shown with kind permission of Vestry House museum, Walthamstow, who own the copyright.