Windy Nook: a school and community at War
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.
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....
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...
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...
We’ll be looking at the old school log books and using military service records, CWGC resources, newspapers, maps and census materials.
We have field trips planned to Heugh Battery, Hartlepool, Newcastle University and St Alban’s Church.
Artist Kate Hancock, ICT expert Martin Bailey and WW1 re-enactor Sgt Chapman will be visiting school to help our Y6 children.
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
Windy Nook NE10 9BD
0191 469 4954