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St Georges Boys Industrial School West Derby Road

Hope you can help me, i have just picked up a small carved wood table and underneath is a plaque reading ‘ St Georges boys industrial school west derby road liverpool’.
Do you know if the school is still there?
Thanking you in advance
Steve Latter

01/02/2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Hello Steve,

    Below is a bit of info I have found. Hope you find it helpful.

    The school was founded 1854 or 1858 by Belgian nuns at Everton Flags, Everton Terrace, Liverpool, at first it was mixed school. Certified 30th December 1861 for 275 boys, girls unknown. In 1863 removed to West Derby Road, the former West Derby Fever Hospital that had been modified internally to accommodate the children, 2/3rds girls and 1/3rd boys. Re-certified 13th June 1867 for boys only. The girls were sent to ST GEORGE’S INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS FOR ROMAN CATHOLIC GIRLS, FAIRFIELD, LONDON ROAD, FRESHFIELD, FORMBY.

    From 1933 it became an Approved School.

    Below copied from: A Chronology of Fr Nugent’s Life
    A hundred years of
    Catholic Child care in Liverpool
    (1822 – 1924)

    1851 Arrival of Notre Dame Sisters in Liverpool for School and Orphanage Work
    St George’s Industrial Schools opened at Everton Crescent
    1863 1st January, appointed first Catholic chaplain to Walton Gaol
    St George’s Schools transferred to West Derby Road
    1866 Nugent appointed to board of St George’s Industrial Schools and acting Headmaster
    1923 Re-opening of St George’s Industrial School. Archbishop Keating leads discussions on merger – 15th November Proposed amalgamation of the Liverpool Catholic Children’s Protection Society, Fr Berry’s Homes and the Catholic Children’s Aid Committee

    Also try this link.,257140.10.html

    I used to live in Liverpool in the 1930’s to 1960’s and never heard of the school.


    Eddie Schleising.

    Comment by Edward | 01/02/2012 | Reply

  2. Couldn’t find this school the first time I looked because I was looking in the wrong place on West Derby Road. Have now located it on the OS 1st County Series 1891-1912.

    The school stood alongside St Michael’s Church on land that later became Ogden’s tobacco factory. Comparison with later maps indicates that the school buildings and the gardens fronting West Derby Road were incorporated into the factory.

    I’ll post the maps on the LHS Facebook page.

    Comment by Dave Bridson | 17/02/2012 | Reply

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