History of Christchurch

Recording the history of the village of Christchurch (originally Brimstone Hill) in Cambridgeshire

The Old School

In 1865 a school, towards which the National Society granted £110, was built at Christchurch. From 1875 it was leased to the newly formed Upwell School Board. In 1884 additional accommodation was provided for 37 infants, raising the total capacity to 150. Though the school was situated in a well populated area it was on the edge of the district which it served. In 1893 the School Board decided by a narrow majority to replace the school by one more centrally situated on the Sixteen Foot Bank. This scheme, though it was revived by the County Council in 1914 and 1925, came to nothing, and the school was not moved until 1932, when a new site in the village, about ½ mile from the former one, was found. Here a new school called the Townley School was built and opened.  Owing to the fact that the plan for building a secondary school at Upwell in 1931 was not achieved, the County Council of the Isle found it necessary to use the hall of the new Townley School as classrooms, and to retain the old school building for the infants. By this means 180 places in all were provided. There were 125 children in attendance in 1949. [1]

A class of Churchurch School
Kindly sent in by Colin Cousins


  1. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/cambs/vol4/pp206-219
  2. Study of a Fenland Village