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FOUR generations of Holme Valley men were educated in the same school, spanning 100 years.

FOUR generations of Holme Valley men were educated in the same school, spanning 100 years.

Les Heywood, his father Frank Heywood and son Alan Heywood (at school in Hinchliffe Mill) 358

Les Heywood, of Holmfirth, contacted the Examiner after reading about another family which had had four generations of males taught at the same school.

The Humphries family, of Lepton, sent four generations to Lepton CE Nursery, Infant and Junior School.

The Heywoods have sent children to Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School since Victorian times.

The eldest, the late Wright Heywood, was one of the first pupils to go to the school after it opened in 1879. His son Frank, 90, a retired welder, lives in Holmbridge with his wife, Elsie.

Their son, Les, also went to the school. He founded his own plumbing business in 1966 in Holmfirth, Les Heywood and Son, from which he is now retired.

His son, Alan, is also a plumber and now runs the family business.

He left the school in its centenary year, 1979.

Les said: "When we went to the school's centenary celebrations they had all the school registers on display.

"I found my grandfather's name in the first register.

"We were quite pleased we had been there for 100 years, but I did not think about it again until I read about the other family."

He added that, unfortunately, Alan's son, Callum, five, will not be maintaining the tradition. He lives in Paddock and has just started at St Patrick's RC Primary School in Birkby.


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