Windy Nook: a school and community at War

WW1 Project

At Windy Nook Primary we have always valued the history of our locality, so we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund First World War; then and now grant to help us investigate Windy Nook: A School and Community at War 1914-18.

In 1914 the village was a still a distinct Edwardian community, ‘occupying’, according to Whellan’s 1894 Directory, ‘an elevated and exposed position’ within Felling Parish. The largest employers were local mines and quarries. Our school opened in 1883 and played a prominent part in local life. During the summer term 2018 our Year 6 children, led by Mr Hawdon, will explore the impact of that terrible conflict on local people.

Project blog

Poppy art in UKS2

Poppy art in UKS2

This week, the Oaks, Elms and Beeches have been working on our school art display. This will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War One. Look out for the artwork on display in the hall in the near future! Article 29: Your education should help...

WW1 App-Smashed!

WW1 App-Smashed!

A fantastic morning of "app-smashing" (combining use of multiple iPad apps to create a single digital output) led by today's project visitor, Mr Bailey. The children sped through an amazing selection of 8 apps to create; word/tag clouds from vocabulary learned during...

Researching the Fallen – CWGC Website

Researching the Fallen – CWGC Website

Following on from our investigations at St Alban’s, Y6 researched the story of Windy Nook hero, Royal Marine, John Brown King. Famously, he was one of the first men to fire a shot in anger in the First World War, engaging the German mine layer Konigin Luise....

Windy Nook Hero

Windy Nook Hero

In a quiet corner of St Alban’s church is a brass plaque to the memory of John Brown-King, a Windy nook lad, reputed to be have fired the first shot in First World War. After tracking down a mine-laying German ship, John Brown-king’s ship the Amphion, fired on the...

Murder Most Foul!

Murder Most Foul!

The Coop Stores at Windy Nook Exploring the remains of the old village of Windy Nook we stumbled across the site of an infamous murder. In 1907, as a result of pilfering from the local Coop stores, three of the employees lay in wait to trap the thief. Around 4.00 in...

Project Resources

Trade Directories

A snapshot of the village

Windy Nook Hero

Private John Brown-King

Finding John Brown King

Memorial plaque in St Alban’s Church.

Leading Up To WW1

A Windy Nook history trail with photos.

School Log Books

100 years ago at our school…

WW1 Links

Learn more about World War One by following the links in our library.


& Research

Learning through…

Local Archives

We’ll be looking at the old school log books and using military service records, CWGC resources, newspapers, maps and census materials.

Field Trips

We have field trips planned to Heugh Battery, Hartlepool, Newcastle University and St Alban’s Church.

Expert Visitors

Artist Kate Hancock, ICT expert Martin Bailey and WW1 re-enactor Sgt Chapman will be visiting school to help our Y6 children.

contact us

Can you help our project? We’d love to hear your family stories about World War 1.
Maybe you have some photos you could share with us? Or some artefacts – medals, letters or soldiers’ kit to show us.
Please get in touch using the form below and we’ll get back to you.

Windy Nook Primary School
Albion Street
Windy Nook NE10 9BD
United Kingdom

0191 469 4954


Image credits

Banner image: Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive Collection

Response Memorial: Photograph by Jacqueline Banerjee from the Victorian Web

Inside Heugh Battery: Paul Buckingham [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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