Lancaster nostalgia: Caton School and Lune Road cricket ground

Caton CE School from 1935
Caton CE School from 1935

Terry Ainsworth has delved into the archives and come up with two pictures of school and sporting record.

The image (far right) at Caton CE School from 1935 shows a quite normal group of 34 bright-eyed youngsters with Alan Titterington, third from the right on the front row.

Lune Road cricket ground in 1947 when West Indies came to play

Lune Road cricket ground in 1947 when West Indies came to play

It is now over 80 years ago since it was taken and it will be extremely difficult to identify all the children.

The clock is ticking, but can you see an ancestor of yours on the photograph? Let us know if you can

A visit to the schoolyard would, we suspect, reveal that very little has changed over the decades and the view across Moorside Road shows the farm of the Curwen family and to the left Old Hall Farm, not in shot, where Terry Ainsworth’s grandfather and grandmother, Jack and Mary Stackhouse lived.

The second picture (above) shows Lune Road cricket ground in 1947. This nostalgic photograph was passed on by Joe Sherrington and shows a record crowd of more than 5,000 people crowded into Lune Road on a steaming hot Sunday, June 12 1947, to see the West Indies crash to 54 all out and defeat by Jack Higginson’s Lancaster side, who were 154 all out. Club treasurer Frank Hindle reported record takings of £240.

Among the famous players who turned out for the West Indies was Sir Leary Constantine. Can anyone remember being at the match?

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