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St. Thomas C.E. Primary School

A Family of Fellowship and Forgiveness.
‘Love one another as I have loved you’ (John 13:34)

Astley Street, Leigh WN7 2AS

01942 672730



History Zone

The History Zone is a very important part of our School website.

NEW: I was there! Do you have any old school photographs that you wouldn't mind sharing. See if you can spot yourself, let us know. We start with one from 1981, many thanks to Kay for supplying it. I was there.

We have articles on the history of  Butts C.E. School, as well as a short history of our town of Leigh.

A much longer article on the original Bedford Church School is now available for downloading and reading offline. It is called ‘The End of an Era’ and was written by Mr Dutton (ex headteacher) in 1985. (this is a Word document approx 442KB in size)
You can now view the Document online by following this link. The End of an Era (flipbook)

A Short History of the Church and Parish
On the 12th October, 1940, the Church and Parish of St. Thomas, Bedford, Leigh, celebrated its centenary.
To commemorate this important event the Vicar of the Parish, Canon George Willett, wrote a short history.
When it was first published it cost one shilling.
We have now put extracts of this history onto our website.
We hope you find it interesting.

(download the Full Document to read offline Approx 5MB this is a Word Document)  
You can now view the document online by following this link.

Extracts from 'A Short History of the Church and Parish'

A tribute to Cyril Ward, Headteacher of our school (1968 -1980) and Local Historian.

We would welcome the use of photographs both of our own two Church Schools, at Bedford and Butts, as well as general photographs of Bedford.


In the history zone:

History of Butts C.E. School.

Memories of Leigh

A Tribute to Cyril Ward

An outline history of Leigh.

A Short History of the Church and Parish