Great old photograph, Bob..this picture certainly tells a story..notice the stark contrast between the children dressed immaculately...white starched collars and pinafores,
while other poor beggars go in dirty rags and barefooted to school..very hard times for some!
School was situated directly opposite St Mary's church, church building destroyed during the blitz, but the old churchyard still remains, (very useful for amateur historians)
Some of the old headstones surround the walls of the garden, many still legible!
Have a special interest in this place, as my great grandfathers funeral went from St Johns terrace to St Mary's church 1880s, he would have been laid to rest in church garden..
Remains later being disturbed to transport to Bootle cometary during the fifties
Irlam road holding so much history for Bootle, once an affluent area, a theatre and a circus being amongst some of the attractions, plus another school St. James Select...
Thanks for interesting photos Bob, always appreciated