Firs Estate School, Derby
The Firs Estate belonged originally to Canon Edward Abney along with a Regency house in which he lived on Burton Road. Abney's son William sold the estate, most of which went for housing in St Luke’s Parish Derby. Canon Edward Abney, a friend of William Fox Talbot, was a pioneer of photography, and his son Sir William Abney became one of the most important figures in Victorian photography. Eleven acres of the Firs Estate were retained by Sir William until 1913, when they were sold to the City council to become the site of Rykneld recreation ground and Rykneld Secondary Modern School Derby.
Teachers around 1960 include Mr Fred Dingley who took sport, Leonard Ashton, who taught music and recorder playing, Miss Peggy Pattison (Head teacher)Mr Taylor[Deputy Head], Mr. Morley
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