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Mark’s History: Did you know this estate agents was a former Wortley school?

Wortley Grammar School was initially founded by the bequest of Samuel Sunderland in 1677, writes Mark Stephenson.

This new building opened in 1814 and closed as a school in 1909. The school motto, carved on the wall inside the school was Tenete Bonum (‘hold to the good’).

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Recognise this place on Lower Wortley Road? Photo: Mark Stevenson

The first schoolmaster was a Mr Joseph Brooke and under his care the school attained a degree of excellence that saw its pupils well prepared for the life ahead of them.

Mr Brooke died in 1863 and was greatly missed by the people of Wortley.

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The former Wortley Grammar School site is marked by a blue plaque. Photo: Mark Stevenson

In 1909 the school closed and the building was sold to a John Pond, who was a Blacksmith.

Over the years the building on Lower Wortley Road has been used as a engineering works, bakery and a builders. It has since been restored by Kath Wells, Estate Agent.

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