Ouseburn School



The Grade II* Listed former Ouseburn School, in Albion Row, Byker, opened in October 1893 and closed in 1960's, reopening as a Business Development/Enterprise centre in 1993.


Some facts courtesy of Skyscraper City

1. Opened 1893 to accommodate 928 scholars:
Ground floor: 352 infants
First floor: 576 older children
Top floor: technical area (cookery, workshops, laundry, art)

2. A feature of the school was the opportunity to teach technical subjects and move away from too much book learning.
(a) “need for well cooked food”
(b) “the only true happiness is if the child can do everything for himself.
3. Architect was Frank Rich who for a while lived in Jesmond Gardens.
(a) planned around a central hall
(b) had 2 play yards: open and covered/ girls and infants and boys
(c) radiators admitted fresh warm air via piping from steam boilers.
(d) ventilator tubes led from every room to “up cast shafts” in the towers
(e) all class rooms had fireplaces – cookery room had an inbuilt oven range.
(f) sanitary arrangements: “simple and efficient”
(g) roofs (ogee and hipped) would not look out of place on an Eastern temple.
(h) cost: site, buildings, fees, fittings = £17,035
(i) other F. W. Rich buildings: Bolbec Hall/Turnbull's warehouse/St Gabriel's Church


The following photos were took between 2006 and 2012.
















More information
Skyscraper City
Historic England - List Entry Summary
National Archives - Ouseburn Junior School

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