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Gresford House.....

Gresford House was formed in Spring 1951 with Betty Lavender as its first House Captain. The House was named after a former Chairman of the Board of Governors - Bishop Gresford Jones. Gresford’s house mascot was a teddy-bear, called Gregory, which was bought by Gresford girls in 1951. According to girls of the early 80s, the name ‘Gresford’ meant ‘Greatest’ - no doubt the other houses disagreed with this meaning!

The 1959 magazine reports that Gresford House joined forces with Kennedy House to become 'Orchards House'. However, the 1960 magazine reports that it was disbanded when Gresford and Kennedy each became independent Houses. In 1965 Gresford overflowed the cubicles in Orchards and had some girls occupying Fox Dormitory.

House Photos
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St Elphin's School - Gresford House 1966 photo St Elphin's School - Gresford House 1968 photo St Elphin's School - Gresford House 1969 photo
1966 1968 1969

St Elphin's School - Gresford House 1973 photo St Elphin's School - Gresford House 1975 photo St Elphin's School - Gresford House 1977 photo
1973 1975 1977

Gresford House Song
Thanks to Arlene Garnier (nee Bailey) who initially managed to remember part of one of the verses of Gresford House's song and to Cheryl Steele (nee Chalk) who found the rest! It is sung to the tune of The British Grenadiers.

For Gresford we must work
And never may we slack.
For ever looking forward
And never looking back.
We'll always do our utmost
Whatever may befall
With a smile and a song and a cheerful heart
For Gresford we do all.

While we are all in Gresford
All of us will find
That she's the one to work for
With heart and soul and mind.
In nineteen hundred and fifty one
This noble house was made
And ever since she started
To her we've tribute paid.

 

House Staff - Mistresses, Matrons and Heads/Captains
The following information has been taken from School Magazines which we are still working through. In instances where the Head of House or House Captain is listed, but not the House Mistress or Matron, it is because the information is incomplete in the relevant magazine. If you are able to supply the missing information please e-mail Gill or Liz at the e-mail addresses below.

Year

House Mistress

House Matron

Head of House/House Captain

1951

 

 

Betty Lavender

1951/52

 

 

Pauline Schnonhut

1952/53

 

 

 

1953/54

 

 

Judy Shipman

1954/55

 

 

Caroline Symmers

1955/56

 

 

Pamela Jefferies

1956/57

 

 

Anne Lomas

1957/58

 

 

Mary Reeman

1958/59

 

 

Jacqueline Watson

1959/60

Miss Lamb

Miss Holmes

Joan Tomlinson

1960/61

Miss Lamb

Miss Dobson

Joan Tomlinson

1961/62

Miss Lamb

Miss Studhart, Miss Bradfield, Miss Chetham

Philippa Watson

1962/63

Miss Lamb

Miss Cheetham

W Bolton

1963/64

Miss Marsden

Miss Frankland

Kathleen Williams

1964/65

Miss Marsden

 

Kathleen Williams

1965/66

Miss Marsden

Miss Underwood

Pauline Whittington

1966/67

Miss Edwards

 

Catherine Palfreyman

1967/68

Miss Edwards

 

Catherine Palfreyman

1968/69

Miss Edwards

Miss Gostellow

Mary Daybell

1969/70

Miss Edwards

Miss Gostellow

Jane Gutch

1970/71

Miss Dunk

Miss Bowring, Miss Peakman

Ruth Ennals

1971/72

Miss Gawthorne

Miss Peakman, Miss White

Julia Batt

1972/73

Miss Gawthorne

Miss Jarvis & Mrs Smith

Cheryl Chalk

1973/74

Miss Gawthorne

Mrs Wormald

Caroline Kirkham

1974/75

Miss Gawthorne

Miss Metcalfe, Mrs Dores, Miss Sutton

Anne Gutch

1975/76

Mrs Harris

Miss Covell & Miss Perkins

Julia Rowley

1976/77

Mrs Harris

 

Toni Gascoigne

1977/78

Mrs Harris/Mrs Xanthos

 

Helen Simpson

1978/79

Mrs Xanthos, Mrs Ralston, Mrs Woods

Miss Long

Kathryn Betterton

1979/80

 

 

 

1980/81

 

 

 

1981/82

Mrs Woods

 

Sarah Grafton

1982/83

Mrs Woods

 

Melanie Thompson & Rachel Gregory

Inter-House Competitions
Gresford won the following:
1957: Netball (Junior), Rounders
1958: Cricket, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball (Senior)
1959: Cricket, , Drama, Gymnastics (joint with Kennedy)
1961: Gymnastics (joint with Wilson); Hockey (joint with Wilson)
1963: Hockey, Sports
1967: Swimming
1984: Athletics, Hockey, Tennis

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