Friends Of Queen Street School


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Open to the Public

Saturday 24th January 2009 saw the Wilderspin National School open its doors to the public.  Public visiting is on a Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm (with the last admission at 4pm), admission is free. School bookings are available Mondays to Thursdays.  From spring term 2009 there are led workshops for Key Stages 1 and 2.  For more information call 01652 660445 or visit Here are a few images of what you can expect to see.

Entry to the Wilderspin National School is via the rear entrance.  Follow the path down the north side of the building to this door. The Victorian school experience from the late 1800s. The display area describing the schooling in the area and the Wilderspin school.

Final Look

Sunday 9th September 2007 was the last chance for Friends of Queen Street School to have a last (very careful) look round before work began. Here are a few images of what it looked like on the day.

Samuel Wilderspin's original infants room. Room to the east of the building complex. The boys' classroom
Samuel Wilderspin's original Infant School room positioned to the south of the building complex The slightly later added room to the east of the building complex. The boys' classroom positioned to the north of the building complex.


We now have over 400 members of the Friends of Queen Street School (and the number continues to grow).

To become a member, please contact Anthony Berridge, 47 Eastfield Road, Barton upon Humber DN18 6AW (01652 633804), or email

For most other enquiries please contact:-

Ian Wolseley
Development Officer
The Old Boathouse
Waterside Road
Barton upon Humber
North Lincolnshire
DN18 5BD
Tel 01652 660445

The Significance of the School

The school forms part of an impressive group of Victorian public buildings in the heart of Barton's Conservation Area. Now listed at Grade II*, it is identified by English Heritage as "one of the most important schools surviving in England"; firstly for its unique association with the leading educational pioneer, Samual Wilderspin, and secondly for its embodiment of educational innovation and its importance as a model design for other Victorian schools.
It is a unique survival. Wilderspin had worldwide impact, yet "this is the only known survival anywhere of a Wilderspin school and playground".

For the history of the school click here.

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Friends of Queen Street School

Queen Street School Preservation Trust


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