History of the Loreto Centre

Loreto CollegeThe Loreto Sisters (IBVM) came to Llandudno from Manchester in 1919. They acquired two properties on the West Shore side of the great Orme, “Eithinog” and “Clifton Lodge”, and established a boarding and day school there, Eithinog being the School and Clifton the Convent and boarders’ dormitories.

 

The school expanded and further accommodation for boarders was gradually added, these areas now being used as part of the Centre, namely, The Wing and The Anniversary Suite, the latter named in 2009 in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of lBVM by Mary Ward.

 

In 1921 the two houses were connected by the Hall, and classrooms added above it.

 

Loreto College ChapelOriginally the Chapel had been a room in Clifton Lodge (now Room 101) but it soon became too small and, through the generosity of a benefactor a large Chapel was built adjoining Clifton Lodge in 1925, on the ground which is now the Centre Car park. This chapel was demolished in 1977 when it was no longer needed.

 

In 1931 the province Novitiate was transferred from Manchester to Llandudno and a purpose built property was erected now known as St. Joseph.

 

Loreto College GymnasiumIn 1939 the Sisters acquired a third property Bron Meillion, (today known as “the Convent”) mainly to accommodate a Preparatory School and more boarders dormitories. The building had a previous history of long neglect and had at one time been requisitioned by the military as a base for Servicemen working at the signalling station on the Great Orme.

 

Further school developments took place over this period, adding a science laboratory and a home economics section where today’s Dining Room and Our Lady’s are.

 

Loreto College Art RoomBy 1970 the numbers in the novitiate no longer warranted a building of this size and, following Vatican IIs encouragement of the place of the laity in the Church’s mission, the novitiate buildings and science block were developed to accommodate groups for the spiritual formation of the laity. The groups were provided with accommodation and meals, and were led by their own facilitator. About this time an extra Chapel was built for the use of the groups using the centre.

 

Loreto College Lounge and LibraryAlso in 1970 it was decided to close the boarding school, there being less need, and the Diocese of Menevia were anxious to acquire the property for a Middle (9-13) School, for Catholic children in the area. The school continued in the Eithinog-Hall-Clifton complex for over ten years, when numbers of Catholic children fell off and the Local Authority/Diocese could no longer support it financially.

 

In 1987 the buildings were reacquired by Loreto and it was decided to expand the work of the Centre into Clifton Lodge and The Hall for self-catering options for “quiet time”, retreats, and day meetings.

 

In 1990 the Provincial Offices were transferred to Eithinog and then in 1998 they were re-sited in Manchester. Early in the 1990’s also, St Buenos’ Outreach asked to use the lower part of Eithinog for its Ignatian Spirituality programme in this part of the Diocese.

 

Loreto College Tennis CourtsDuring the 1990’s, part of Eithinog’s extension was set aside for the use of needy people needing some quiet space, on a self-catering basis, and in 2009 the upper part of the same building was dedicated to self-catering accommodation for small groups, in honour of the 400th anniversary of the founding of IBVM by Mary Ward.

 

At the present time then:

 

  • The Centre occupies the former Novitiate property, boarding school science room and home economics room.

 

  • Clifton occupies the former Convent and School dormitories, bedrooms, Art and Music rooms; Middle School Woodwork Dept.

 

  • The Hall occupies the former School Hall and class rooms, Middle School Home Economics, today – apartment and meeting room.

 

Eithinog occupies the former boarding school/day school classrooms, dining room and utilities, today Sisters’ rooms; the extension, formerly Sister’s dining room and kitchen with boarders rooms above, today Centre accommodation, attics, formerly Sister’s bedrooms, today, the same.

 

Car Park formerly Chapel for Sisters and School; today Centre Car Park

 

Bron Meillion formerly: below, preparatory school classrooms, above, boarders’ dormitories; today The Convent – Sisters’ accommodation.

 

Please use the comment form below to share your own memories of the Loreto School.

83 Comments

  1. Patricia Burns said:

    I attended Loreto College, Manchester from 1950 to 1957 . I remember visiting Loreto Llandudno on the occasion of one of our classmates making her Profession of Vows. I have heard nothing of class mates over the years but would welcome any news. one friend, Monica McWigan joined the Order of the Loreto Nuns, but I don’t know where she is now. Mother Philomena was Head at Manchester with Mother Victoreen as Deputy. Mother Anne taught Home Economics, Mother Gemma art, Mother Alacoque Needlework. Reading about the Centre has been most interesting.

    January 1, 2012
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    • Josephine Rourke nee Stones said:

      I also was a pupil from 1950 to 1957 and rember all the nuns you have mentioned but you and I were never in the same class.!y name then was Josephine Stones

      February 21, 2014
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      • Patricia Burns said:

        How interesting to hear someone who was at Loreto at the same time that I was there. I have decided to have a trip down to Llandudno and visit the convent. I really should pop down to Manchester too. My daughter did attend the 6th form College at Manchester some35 years age. I feel a certain loyalty to my alma mater. lovely to be able to reply to you. Patricia Redshaw nee Burns

        June 22, 2014
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      • Aaron Kingsley said:

        Hi Josephine,

        I’ve been searching for a family member with the last name Stones. My father was born Anthony Stones. His biological father is Michael Stones (b. 1946). We’ve been trying to track him down. My nanna (whose maiden name is Carter) has given us as much detail as she can remember but we are yet to find him. We know the names of many of his family members: William, Christopher, Mary Josephine, David, Kevin, Brenda, Peter, Gerard, Catherine, Angela (all brothers and sisters). We currently live in Sydney, Australia, so it has been difficult to find information.
        I was hoping that you may be Michael’s sister, and if so, my great aunt.
        If this is the case we’d love to hear from you. If you would be able to contact me at aaronkingsley@hotmail.com it would be very much appreciated.

        Thanks.

        August 14, 2015
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    • Jonathan Godfrey said:

      did you know my Mother Patricia Joy Edwards , who was a Postulant ?

      August 10, 2015
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  2. vincent kelly said:

    Coming across your site I am reminded of my very dear and beloved late wife Mary(Murphy). A graduate of University College (NUI)Dublin, Mary, one of a pair of identical twins, taught French and English at Llandudno immediately after graduation for a few of the early years of the War. She always spoke of those years with great love and affection and whenever we passed in the train (as I still do) we had to sit on the seaward side of the train and catch a glimpse of the Great Orme as she spent many very happy hours walking there. She kept her students on their toes with her hockey and tennis prowess. She returned to serve on the staff of the Registrar’s Department of NUI then had a very distinguished career as one of the foremost hockey players in Europe as she played for Ireland and was a member of the only Irish Team ever to win the Triple Crown. We were married in Dublin in 1953 and had a wonderful life together until she died (2nd. Nov. 2005). We lived in Reading from 1958 where I was the Group Engineer (Bridges) for the Royal County of Berkshire until I retired in Oct. 1989. Her happy dispositon and care for neighbours has resulted in those same neighbours, or their children, being of great assistance to me. I am 87 and fit but I know that there are people keeping an eye on me “just in case”.

    February 17, 2012
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    • Liz said:

      It’s lovely that you have such fond memories of Llandudno, thank you so much for sharing!

      February 17, 2012
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      • Margaret said:

        I agree thank you for sharing your memories.

        October 2, 2013
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  3. Jane Lawson said:

    I was at Loreto Nottingham and I remember coming to Llandudno with Mother Frances O’Kelly and MFX for the reception into the postulancy of three of our friends from sixth form. One found that it was not for her but Sr Jackie Gleeson and I are still in touch. She came to our Ruby Wedfing party, and sister Imelda Poole who, I think, is doing great work in eastern Europe. Happy days.

    August 31, 2012
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  4. Geraldine Wainwright nee Allsup said:

    I attended Loreto Llandudno from 1963 – 1969,I was a day pupil. I have fond and happy memories of my time in school. I remember crying the day I left Loreto go out into the adult world.

    September 24, 2012
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    • Ella hall said:

      Hi Geraldine my cousin Helen Williams was at this school the same time as you she was also a day pupil she lived not far from the Loretta school in Glodaeth avenue she was also known for her singing,When Helen left Loreta she went on to Lowther College. I wonder if you remember her.☺

      April 19, 2016
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    • Vivien Tait-Smith said:

      Hi Geraldine! You and I were in the same class!

      February 24, 2017
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      • Geraldine Wainwright nee Allsup said:

        Hi Vivian I remember you do you have contact with anyone else from our year

        March 19, 2017
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  5. Pamela Schramm Lapointe nee Rae said:

    I attended Loreto House, Middleton Row, Calcutta, India all my school life graduating 1959. The best years of my life. The nuns set the example of excellence and spirituality. My father painted the large oil paintings of Jesus Christ and Mary that hang high on either side of the main altar of St. Thomas Church which adjoins Loreto House.

    December 12, 2012
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    • barbara thomas said:

      Hello, I attended Loretto House in Calcutta from 1963-1964 (then went to AIS in Delhi). I loved it.
      Went back to visit in 2000.

      March 27, 2014
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      • Pamela Rae Lapointe said:

        Hi Barbara, I was so pleased to hear you had attended Loretto House, Calcutta. Please email me and give me some news of Loreto. I would love to hear from you. Best wishes, Pam

        June 22, 2014
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  6. Kath Holtom(Kathleen Perry) said:

    I attended Loreto Manchester from 1954 -1961 and during that time went to Loreto Llandudno for the professions of Kathleen Hewitt and Christine Kinsman from the Denton area of Manchester.
    It was a lovely experience.My memories of Loreto Manchester are of those recorded by Patriciaa Burns but with very fond memories of lay staff-Miss O’Meara,Miss Hynes and Miss Poole-women of substance and wonderful role models for girls.I also had a soft spot for Mother Columbiere[Music and Budgies!) and Mother Gertrude(Housekeeping Skills)Having spent a lifetime in teachingand with a supportive family I hope their aspirations have been passed on to many others.Three from my form became Loreto Nuns -Patricia Goodstadt whom I have met in recent years and Bernadette Boland a niece of Mother Gemma if I rememberwho always struck me as a feminist9the aunt not the niece and Pauline Siddons.So many fond memories

    February 7, 2013
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    • Maureen clarke said:

      It sounds like you were in my elder sisters class Mary Almond at Loreto Manchester as i knew and recognised the names i was 18 months younger and remember Mother Gemma Mother Philomena etc very well Mary sadly died three years ago Mother Maria Assumpta later sister Brigid was my form teacher

      September 18, 2014
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      • Kath Holtom nee Perry said:

        So sorry Maureen to hear about Mary .I remember her very well and she had a quiet charm and great maturity and common sense but a good sense of humour . We were in the “special class ” the first to take A level General Studies and to do some A levels after one year . I remember Deirdre Devlin, Mary Griffin, Maureen Murphy and Marie Hovington and Veronica Leech and Mary Sellars better stop now !!
        My mother died when I was 15 and at Loreto and everyone was most caring. Myra Poole is a leading light in the campaign for Women Priests as. Norte Dame nun . I met her at Westminster at a low Week meeting in the time of Cardinal Hulme

        February 16, 2016
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  7. Barbara Brenson, nee Bedford said:

    I boarded at Loreto Llandudno from 1963-1968 and have very fond memories of my time there. I’m still in contact with several of my peers and we have reunions, despite being located in different parts of the country.
    I wish Sister Brigid, formerly Mother Maria Assumpta,(or ‘Ma Munch’ as we nicknamed her, being our Domestic Science teacher!) and all the team at the Centre every good wish for the running of the Centre and may it go from strength to strength.

    February 13, 2013
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  8. elvira glauser said:

    I boarded from 1961 – 1963 at Loreto Llandudno and have great memories of that time. Long ago. I was so happy then that now being 67 with three daughters 7 grand children and a grear gran boy (3 months old) I am planning to visit Llandud.no next june just to have a look of my beloved college and bring back my old memories while i still have the opportunity to do so

    April 15, 2013
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  9. Suzanne Cheetham Pillinger said:

    I too will never forget the two years I spent boarding at Loreto Llandudno; my organ lessons in the chapel with Mother Winifred (Winnie), walks around the hockey field with Mother Pauline (Polly) coaxing me to speak French in preparation for my French O’level, Sunday morning breakfasts with the soda bread, sausages and marmalade (all sandwiched together). What ever happened to Aisling Mahon, Jenny Maher, Una McConnan et al?

    June 12, 2013
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    • Deirdre Mahon said:

      Hi Swaz, Aisling’s divides her time living between Costa Rica and the States, near Boston. It’d be lovely to hear from you. Deirdre x

      May 15, 2015
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      • Julia Carrillo de Mendoza said:

        Helló Deidre. Now muy english is not ver y good…bul I recogniced your name, and I am ver y glad to hear of you. Do you remember the spanish girls un Loreto. Well I,m Julia. I will love to know about, Margaret Drake, Julia wright. An any other girl of those lovely dais un school, at
        Llandudno The 1965-6 year. Love.

        January 1, 2017
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        • Deirdre Mahon said:

          Yes, I remember the Spanish girls do you remember Maria Delgado? I keep in touch with Sylvia Cunningham she is now Sylvia O’Leary also Cecelie Farrell who is now Cecelie Callaghan. I don’t really keep in touch with anybody else. Hope you’re keeping well. x

          January 5, 2017
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        • Jacqui Callahan said:

          Hi Julia
          I remember all you girls we used to love eating your spanish food.
          I was the only one who liked the chilli. Still do.
          How much fun to remember the old times sitting on our beds sharing your spanish delicacies.

          June 20, 2017
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    • Swaz!!!!! I have been hoping for decades to re-connect. Can you e mail me and we’ll go from there…

      May 17, 2015
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  10. I remember with great affection the years I spent as a boarder at Loreto Convent in St Albans in the 1960s also the wonderful visits and news we had about the nuns and students at Loreto Abbey Road Llandudno. ( as well as other Loreto schools around the world ) I am also in my 60s now and have 3 children and 3 grand children. I also hope to visit the Llandudno centre, one day, hopefully to visit with the nuns and perhaps attend Mass. I heard that the Past Pupils of the Convent of Llandudno have a reunion each year in May with a Mass after and I was hoping to try and get there one year. Perhaps some more Past Pupils will post on here. Also when boarding finished at St Albans in the 60s some of our boarders went to Llandudno for a few terms/years I seem to remember. Hard to remember exact dates and/or names but hoping some may read these pages.

    As Kath(Kathleen Perry)said above here “so many fond memories”. Our Head Teachers,/Headmistresses were Mother Joseph Dolours and Mother Madeleine while I was a school child. I also remember a Mother Philomena, Mother Benedict, Mother Francis Xavier, Mother Veronica, Mother Labore,Mother Michael, Mother Angela, Mother Maria Assumpta, Sister Eucharia, Sister Lucy and many other nuns and teachers with great affection and thanks. (Too many wonderful role models, mentors, tutors and excellent teachers to mention and too afraid to try and spell them all correctly!) Loreto Manchester/Llandudno / St Albans …more memories please 🙂 ( – The visits of Mother General and Mother Provincial! -)

    October 2, 2013
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    • Liz (nee White) said:

      I was at Loreto College, St Albans from 1962-1967. Many fond memories of the nuns and teachers as well as pupils. Mother Joseph Dolors and Mother Brigid in particular made a great impression on me.

      June 21, 2015
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  11. marlene bromilow nee gee. said:

    Are there any boarders on here that attended Loreto Llandudno between the the years 1951 to 1956 ?? would love to hear from you !!

    November 17, 2013
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    • Clair roberts said:

      Hi just found this site so hello it’s Clair Roberts (Maybury ) I boarder during that time left 1961 sorry but I don’t recognise your name but then it was just a few years ago however I do remember the early morning walks around the lake. And Sunday breakfasts were the highlights for me warm freshly cooked soda bread with Heinz salad spread Or home made marmalade still a guilty secret which every now and again I buy. Fish suppers on Friday or tea as I think it was ?. the pianola in the common room played with gusto especially Chopin but negative was always so cold in winter as much ice inside as outside the windows but generally happy times

      November 15, 2016
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  12. Julie O'Donnell. née Fitton said:

    I attended Loreto College Manchester 1970-1977. Mother Christina and Mother Victorine terrified us but they were wonderful years.Sister Patricia,Miss O’Leary to mention but a few.Would love to hear from anyone who also attended during those years.

    December 8, 2013
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    • catherine bowles (nee Staniforth) said:

      I attended Loreto in Manchester from 1972 until 1979. I was in Ellis house . I would love to hear from anyone else who attended during that time. Fond memories of Mother Victorine and Mother Christina….especially when she would tap her ring on the window and frighten you to death!! Also Mrs Drumer, Mrs Moss, Mrs Price ( all art department ) Miss Fox (music) Mr O’Kelly, Mr Kelbrick, Mr Finn, Miss Kilcoyne ( PE!)……lots of memories.

      February 26, 2015
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      • Cath Hartnett said:

        I was in Ellis 1968-75 – see my post a bit lower down, reply to Eileen Mercer nee Carty . I don’t recognise the name Mrs Drumer, but do remember Mrs Moss & Mrs Price, though I never did art myself. Miss Fox probably taught me at some point as I had piano lessons till I was 16 – I remember the name but can’t picture her. The name Mr Finn really rings a bell but I can’t picture him or think what he taught. Miss Kilcoyne!! oh yes, she terrified us! 😀

        October 23, 2017
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    • bernadette hogan said:

      hi julie i was there in 1973 to 1976 , in ball house , i remember my friends jane beatty , jane sellers and catherine walsh x

      October 7, 2017
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  13. Josephine Rourke nee Stones said:

    I attended Loreto Convent from 1950 to 1957 and have now lived in Spain for the last 35yrs.I would love to hear from fellow pupils and to know what they are doing.I am in touch with Philomena Jennings,who lives in Australia

    February 21, 2014
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    • Margaret Elson (nee Priest) said:

      I notice that Josephine mentioned Philomena Jennings who I remember well as we were in the same form at Manchester Loreto. I attended 1952 to 1957. Mother Alacoque was our form teacher, a great mentor over the five years I was there and even now when I am attempting a bit of sewing I hear her voice in my ear saying “That is not sewing Margaret, that is cobbling!!” I had a friend, Pat Burke who boarded at Llandudno until she came to Form 2 Loreto Manchester in 1952, I have lost touch with Pat over the years along with Betty Brown and Maureen Saul, ah well! I think of Loreto as a very special place, the dedication of the nuns, even Miss Hunter who ruled the Gym with a rod of iron. Happy memories!

      August 6, 2015
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    • Mary T Harris nee Goodfellow said:

      Is that the Philomena Jennings (small with dark hair and glasses) who sang “Jezabel” one day in class much to the horror of the teachers?. Mary Harris (Goodfellow) – I was at Loreto Manchester around that time.

      January 19, 2016
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  14. Loretta Bamford said:

    Hello,
    My Auntie is a Loreto sister, Sr Genevieve, she spent many years In Llandudno and later in alchringham , she has just celebrated her Oak Jubillee. 80yrs, does anyone remember here

    June 22, 2014
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    • Daphne Pitois said:

      Was that Sister Geneviève who was a lay Sister, and who used to listen to my tales of woe in the late sixties ? …. In the serving room.??? I owe her a lot.
      Daphne Pitois (Spencer Jones)

      June 12, 2016
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      • June Ball said:

        Daphne do you know Isabel Spencer Jones I was at Loreto with her in the sixties. Would love to be in contact, I also remember Louise Bamford, Julie Thornley, Josephine Anderson and her best friend Mary. My name was June Diane Chapman. Known as Diane. Now June Ball. Would love to hear from anyone from this time.

        August 24, 2016
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        • Jacqui Callahan said:

          Hi June
          It is Jacqui Callahan nee (Thornley) Julie is my sister she was at Lorreto Llandudno with me, I also remember Louise Bamford.
          I was in a higher class with lisa Story and Caroline Robertson does anyone remember these girls.

          June 20, 2017
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    • Vivien Tait-Smith said:

      Hi Geraldine! You and I were in the same class!

      February 24, 2017
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    • Vivien Tait said:

      Yes I do! She was so kind; always smiling!

      February 27, 2017
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  15. Eileen Mercer nee Carty said:

    I attended Loreto Manchester from 1962 to 1969, after attending English Martyrs Junior School. I have many happy memories of my schooldays, and remember a visit to Loreto Llandudno with the school orchestra to join other girls from other branches of Loreto for a joint concert. Our teacher, Mr. Murphy, accompanied us on this expedition. Many of the community I remember, including Mother Jude, Mother Christina, Mother Columcille, Mother Cecilia, Mother Alocoque , Mother Mary of the Rosary, and of course Mother Victorine. Those were the days!

    July 9, 2014
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    • Lucy Finch (née Hannon) said:

      Hello Eileen! I remember you! You were in Kennedy house. I was in Ellis house a year below you. I was a friend of Margaret Silke (RIP), who was in your class.
      I remember you very well. HAPPY DAYS!

      March 17, 2016
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    • Cath Hartnett said:

      I was at Loreto Manchester from 1968-1975 and was in Ellis. After a miserable first year (no=one I knew in my class and I was (and still am!) very bad at making friends) I was very happy there. Mothers Victorine & Christina were the head & deputy head then. I remember when the nuns changed from their traditional all-encompassing habits to the more modern shorter ones: we were all agog at the site of Mother Chris’s hair & legs!!!. Teachers I remember well – Miss Swift (English), Mrs Gnash (o’level chemistry), Mrs Holleran (o’level biology), Mr Bell (‘ding-dong’ 😀 – a’level biology), Dr Owen (a’level chemistry), Mr Brown – chemistry. I never had him but one of my best friends did and was terrified of him. Maureen Green, nee Rathbone – a’level physics and a suberb teacher, only a few years older than us – I often wonder what she’s doing now., Miss O’Leary – religion, Mr Riley – maths, Fr Hughes – religion – gave us the creeps this one. Sr Oeghan (can’t remember correct spelling – we referred to her as Sr Yoghurt), Miss Debzuk (aka Miss Dipstick – again, can’t remember correct spelling), others’s I can still see but can’t remember their names. I also remember they were pulling down the Mosside back-to-backs when I started there, and putting up the Hulme estate. I remember the day some scaffolding collapsed around one of the new tower blocks nearby – one or two men were killed I think. I lived in Whalley Range and sometimes walked back along Alexander Road to the park. Near the park gates was a Caribean shop: I remember having the thrill of my life to see a REAL pineapple there – I’d never seen one before as pineapple only came in tins in those days!

      October 23, 2017
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  16. Clair Roberts (Maybury) said:

    I was at Llandudno 1954 1961 there is a reunion 2nd weekend in May usually the Saturday afternoon I have not been able to attend for a couple of years but they are organised by Barbara Adams I remember my years at loreto with fondness certainly it was one of the happiest times as a child however I rember the cold chipping ice off the bowls of water in the mornings to wash baths only once a week per rota. But the wonderful Sunday breakfasts warm fresh soda bread marmalade sneaking into the kitchen for a cake or biscuit mother madaline was my allocated nun firm stern but absolutely wonderful mother Mary of the rosary was head mistress mother Winifred domestic science scary very sister alphonsus us was in the rectory mother celine maths mother Anthony then took over the walks around the lake every morning also up the zig zag path to haulfree gardens on Sundays different world when they were building the new block bedrooms there was a storm and we put pots and pans under the leaks to save everything getting wet opening the new science and domestic science block princess Margaret’s wedding and parents day everyone had tea in the main hall. And we had games on the front lawn the mikado and other shows yep it was in the main fun

    July 16, 2014
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  17. Lawrence Jones said:

    Just came across this site – made lovely reading. I attended St. Mary’s College in Rhos-on-Sea between 1965 – 1971 (as a boarder) and lots of the pupils at our school had sisters at Loreto. We used to have school dances with Loreto which were always hilarious.. The vernal freshness of youth, together with the nervousness of adolescence, were an interesting combination!

    Not too hot on names now, but recall Geraldine Kelly, Lesley Towers (member of orchestra) and an incredibly nice girl whose christian name was ‘Rhiannon’ (sorry forget surname).

    Lots of Girls’ boarding school in the area at the time _ Penrhos College, Lowther College, Brigidine etc., but Loreto girls always stood out. Grrr, we always had to wear our uniforms at weekends whilst Loreto pupils didn’t :(:(:( Still very jealous!

    Ended up working in the South of France, but still visit Llandudno and Abbey Road on my rare UK return visits. There’s a little rusty ‘Loreto College’ sign on the derelict tennis courts which always induces slight sadness.

    August 23, 2014
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  18. Antonia Smith said:

    Antonia Smith nee Ryan past pupil from Loreto College Llandudno

    May 14, 2015
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    • Vivien Tait said:

      Hello old friend!

      February 27, 2017
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  19. Dolores Hodgson, jennifer Jones said:

    Attended manchester loreto 1955 (prep)-1966.
    Anyone remember us?
    Who was our head girl.

    June 18, 2015
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    • Linda Fox said:

      I was at Loreto Manchester 1959 to 1966. 7 good but challenging years. I do remember Dolores, Jennie, Mary, Teri and Joan. Thanks for your friendship in sixth form. Not much left of the old school now sadly

      October 6, 2015
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  20. Clare Burke said:

    I was at Loreto Manchester from 1956 to 1963. It has just been lovely to read of Mother Philomena, Mother Columbiere ( music and budgies) Mother Gemma Mother Maria Assumpta.
    The unforgettable Miss Hunter and all the fresh air and keeping fit! Miss O’Meara Miss Swift Miss Hunt Miss Poole ( who entered a contemplative order I think) a lovely French teacher who entered the Notre Dame sisters and taught lovely hymns like ‘ Je crois en Toi Mon Dieu ‘
    Would love to hear from anyone there at the same time
    Are former pupils of Manchester reunions ever held?

    June 25, 2015
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    • Diana Batchelor (Jones) said:

      I was at Loreto from 1957 -1963. Lovely to hear of Mother Philomena, Mother Consuelo a very young novice my favourite, Mother Columbiere, Miss Hunter and her dog!
      Would love to hear from anyone there during these years and are there ever any reunions?
      My contemporaries must be, like me, in their 70’s now!

      February 6, 2017
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  21. samantha Dudley nee Finlan said:

    I had the great privilege of attending Loreto Altrincham 1977-1984 – my cousin attended Brigidines Convent (mentioned above). The lovely but fearsome Sr Patricia was our head, we also had Sr Magdalen, Sr Bernadette, Srs Anne and Jen, Sr Kathryn, Sr Eileen and the late Sr Aileen. Mother Bernard taught me St Vincents Junior where I also went. At Loreto we went on several residential retreats to Llandudno. There are several quite active facebook groups for ex Loreto

    July 13, 2015
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  22. I had the good luck to attend Loreto St.Albans from 1953-1960. I remember so many of our teachers with great affection, especially Mother Joseph Dolours (Jodo) and Mother Anthony who tried so hard to raise this idiot’s Maths mark to a GCE pass. So many superb lessons! With age I am remembering more and more incidents and little French rhymes. Thanks to Jodo I was able to sing the Marseillaise after the recent Paris massacre!Sadly, I have been indolent about keeping in touch with classmates, except Tommie Riley and – briefly in the 1970s – Christine Savignon. I’d love it if anyone from my class could get in touch with news!

    November 23, 2015
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    • Windeatt said:

      Hi – remember you very well – do get in touch – I am on FB as Sandra miles in Newcastle

      July 10, 2016
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    • Windeatt said:

      Well, despite her modesty, i remember Christine as being the most formidably intelligent member of our class. Sadly, I don’t have such happy memories of Loreto, St Albans, and I left, age 15, for Hatfield Tech and A-levels. Many degrees and teaching jobs later, I finally retired as a university Senior Lecturer. Still in touch with Susan Harper but would love to know what happened to Tommie and Christine and any others of our most interesting set of clever girls.

      April 2, 2017
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  23. patrician doyle said:

    I attended Manchester from 1946-1951 , I remember all the teachers mentioned and loved their kindness. I have visited Llandudno when on holiday and had fond memories with Sister Ann (b) MOTHER Aloque. My maiden name was Heaton.

    December 17, 2015
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    • Sarah said:

      Would you have known my mum by any chance Joyce Brundrett, I would love to hear from anyone that did and could tell me what she was like at school.

      November 6, 2016
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    • S Webb said:

      I wonder if you remember my mum Joyce Brundrett, she was friends with Rosemary Corbett ?

      August 2, 2017
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  24. Patricia Aggett nee owen said:

    I attended Loreto college from 1964 to 1967 I remember having to stay till 7PM to do our homework. Sister Margaret Mary not being able to control us she later left the order and got married. Having a lecture in assembly from mother superior about the ‘den of iniquity’ teen beat in the winter gardens oh happy days. Sadly I haven’t kept in touch with any of my classmates, except for Angela Forte now Jones.

    January 11, 2016
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  25. Kendal Hackney (Heath.) said:

    I boarded at Loreto College, Llandudno from September 1952 aged 11 to July 1959 aged 18 but only managed to attend one May reunion in 1960…. although have visited Llandudno many times since retracing my steps, taking photographs whilst reminiscing on ‘the good old days’ spent on the Main and West Shores, walks up and then annually around the Great Orme, and through the town’s shopping centre..
    Sadly over the years I have lost touch with all but one (Angela Wolfenden) of my year group due to the moving of homes, change of surnames on marriage or the passing from life.
    I too, remember many of the comments above with regards to our previous Loreto school lives,
    (My thanks to Dr Lawrence Jones for his link to this site and look forward to re-visiting it again..)

    February 15, 2016
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  26. Pamela Roth said:

    So nice to read this page. I graduated from Loretto Abbey Toronto in 1956. On June 1st myself and three friends meet in Toronto for lunch and a tour of the Gardner Museum. We are Judy Pursell Hamel, Moira McKeown; Jenny Decarlo and Pamela Lloyd Roth. I attended St. Joseph’s Abbey Wood as a day girl. I was born in England and came to Canada after the war, in 1948. It was a big displacement but for the best. I have had more opportunities here .
    Pam

    May 23, 2016
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  27. Sandra (David) Barkerding said:

    I attended Loreto College, Llandudno 1960-61. I was a day student and lived with my grandparents on Church Walks. I have such wonderful memories that I have shared with my daughter here in U.S. She visited there with me about 20 years ago and we were welcomed by the nuns. I long to come back and visit again.

    May 28, 2016
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  28. Mary Kenna said:

    I attended St Ignatius Secondary school in Hulme Manchester between 1966 ans 1971 Where I had a wonderful maths teacher named Mother De Lourdes, she later changed her name to Sister Kathleen (at the time they changed their habits to the more modern one) She was a Loretta nun and lived at the Loretta convent in Moss Side Manchester She left Manchester in 1970? does anyone know what happened to her?

    June 27, 2016
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  29. Maureen Almond now Clarke said:

    Lovely to read all these memories of Loreto I remember fondly so many of the nuns who taught me and my sister Mary Almond at Manchester Some were scary like Mother Christina but all were inspirational My two daughters also went to Loreto but it was very different having more lay teachers by then .I think no matter where we girls ended up we will never forget those women who formed us Thank you all for your memories

    July 8, 2016
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  30. Anne Cosgrove (now Robson) said:

    I attended Loreto Convent in Manchester from 1947 in the Montessori until 1951. I loved Mother Dolores ( she later became Mother Superior) and Mother Veronica. My classmates were Geraldine van Went (now living in Australia), twins Monica and Phyllis Flanagan, Christine Vanstone among others. They were the happiest school days of my life. We all went up to the grammar school when we passed our 11-plus exam. Unfortunately I have no fond memories of Miss O’Meara as she made my life a misery from day one as form teacher in both Form 2 and Upper Five. Miss Hunter liked me in the summer because I was good at tennis but not in Autumn/winter because I was hopeless at gym! I attended the 150th anniversary with my sister, Patricia, and caught up with Christine, Pauline Myles, Isobel Dougherty and a few others. I remembered being in school during the centenary when Mother General visited. A huge occasion for all of us.

    August 8, 2016
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  31. Clare Phillips(née Finch) said:

    Clare Amelia Finch now PHILLIPS
    Stumbled across these pages which brought a rush of memories back from my years at Loreto, Llandudno (1965-1970)
    I recall “Ma Munch” leading the boarders off to the dorms at bedtime only to return , sometimes twice, to the hall because someone had broken the silence!She was scary!! I loved Sister Winifred as her devotion to music instilled in me a love of singing which I have to this day, singing Alto in 3 choirs. Mrs Bailey was my true heroine, a small lady with exceedingly long hair who taught French, our 1st lesson was to learn “AVOIR” and “ETRE” by heart…never looked back and French became the language I taught for over 20 years ! The soda bread, Anchor butter and marmalade are delicious memories and I always relate this memory to my B and B guests to whom I serve soda bread.Names I recall are Vivian Tate, Geraldine Kelly, Antonia Ryan, Ulla Harrison, Marilyn Brannon from Bermuda,Erica Endacott(day girl)from Rhos-on Sea. Remember the repository stall open on Sunday mornings and buying holy pictures to give to “our crushes”…yikes!?The tin biscuit box which housed our precious pocket money which was dispensed on Sunday. Swimming in the sea unknowingly amongst the “floaters” from the sewage outlet pipe…YUK!!My sister, Vicky, joined Loreto a year or so after me but with the school’s closure she moved to Presentation Convent, Matlock which she liked even less than Loreto and ran away more than once I think, she is still a renegade!Gosh, I could go on..memories.!!We have been back to Abbey Rd a couple of times to walk down memory lane, it is certainly poignant.

    October 2, 2016
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    • Vivien Tait said:

      Hi Clare Wow quite a few memories there. Mary Newman – Sheena McCulloch also in our year!

      Still in Touch with Tony Ryan – we both married men called John Smith!!

      February 27, 2017
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  32. Lawrence Jones said:

    Reading Ms. (Clare) Philps’s posting above, really does stimulate one’s memory reservoir! Erica Endacott’s brother was a day boy at St. Mary’s (Rhos-on-sea) and it’s only just dawned on me that ‘Antonia Ryan’ was known as ‘Toni’ and was a close friend of Gerry Kelly (Ms. Kelly owned a beautiful fawn/camel winter coat and spoke with a diluted Chorlton-Cum-Hardy accent). There was another person who made up a Gerry/Toni trio, but I have forgotten her name. I think she was a girlfriend of one of my St Mary’s compatriots . I recall Gerry occasionally getting in trouble with ‘Soup’ – but can’t recall any of here ‘penances’ :):):)

    I don’t know if any former Loreto girls entered the world of broadcasting, but there’s a radio programme crying out to made about the lives of boarding school girls in North Wales (Lowther, Penrhos, Bridgidine etc). Radio 4’s ‘Archive Hour’ would be the ideal medium or perhaps BBC Radio Wales or BBC World Service would be more appropriate? Always wondered how female boarders coped with home sickness. 2 weeks was always my reference for getting over home sickness……and, of course, ‘big boys don’t cry’.

    I’ll get my emails off to Whistledown and Falling Tree productions!

    Thanks, as ever, for all these interesting postings.

    October 17, 2016
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    • Vivien Tait said:

      Mrs Kelly was Irish so don’t think she had a diluted Chorlton Cum Hardy accent!

      I went to junction school with Geraldine then we met again in 1967. Still in contact with Toni Ryan.

      February 27, 2017
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      • Lawrence Jones said:

        Ha-Ha Ms. Tait, Gerry Kelly defo spoke with a diluted Chorlton-Cum-Hardy when I knew her. Coincidentally, I was clearing out my old maths and physics ‘A’ level notes the other day and I found some of the letters that she wrote to me whilst I was at St. Mary’s. Geraldine’s father was a doctor and drove a Volvo 144 (I think the car was possibly blue). She lived in Manchester and spoke about this in one of her letters. Also recall a gorgeous multi-colored scarf that she wore and lent me. I gave it back after Gerry came over to Campion House (my house) at St. Mary’s. One of our chaps (Molly Dunne – St. Mary’s boy) gave her a lift in his grey 848cc grey Austin mini van. Gerladine laughed because she was squashed in the back. She had long mousey brown (ish) hair – can’t recall if side or centre parting.

        Toni Ryan was a lovely person and she was with Geraldine on the day I ran over the Little Orme from St. Marys (to see Gerry). Both Gerry and Toni laughed at my legs (I was in shorts!!!!). I was known as ‘Larry’ Jones in those days. Gerry and Toni must have taken their ‘O’ levels in the term before Loreto closed. I am pretty sure they didn’t read for their ‘A’ levels at Loreto.

        Your name rings a bell, but I don’t recall meeting you. Can’t offer any evidence but I have a feeling that you were known as quite a vivacious person.

        March 2, 2017
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  33. Pat Doyle said:

    I am thinking today about beloved mother Ann (B) mother aloquestions who was my form mistress . I have visited llandudno several times. I was at Manchester 1946/1951. I have lived in Yorkshire for 53 years. I would like to know how she is keeping. My name is patricia doyle (HEATON).

    October 17, 2016
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  34. Sarah said:

    My mother Joyce Brundrett went to Loretto Altrincham around 1943 , if anyone remembers her I would love to hear from them

    November 6, 2016
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  35. Nadia Kolosjok said:

    I attended Loret Manchester Moss Side from 1966 to 1969 Ward House and then left England to go to Italy.
    I would be very very happy to hear someone that was in my class, Janina Dolecki, Marie Higgins, Pat Williams , Elisabeth Spencer and others whoes names I am sorry I don’t remember.I didn’t recognise it from the site until I read the last part of the history, it made me quite sad to know that all was broken down and then rebuilt. On the other hand thats what progress does.
    I really do hope to hear from someone.

    January 30, 2017
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  36. Pat Giles (Murray) said:

    I attended Loreto Altringham from 1957? -60 and was in a Form 1 class with Eileen Bather, Pat Mannion, Patricia Cunningham Veronica Salter Moira Masseyand Ethna Moores to name but a few.
    I went to Australia with my family in 1960 returning to the UK in 1960 where I I attended Digby Stuart teacher training college 1963-66 and then went to Canada to teach. I currently livein New Zealand where I recently retired from teaching.
    I still have regular contact with Ethna but would love to hear from anyone who was in my year.

    February 4, 2017
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  37. Eileen Morris said:

    Well here is my contribution to this site, I was Eileen Bates, My sister Barbara, started at Loreto Manchester in the grammar part when she was eleven in 1946 followed by my sisters Pat and Margaret. I went to the Montesori in 1950 and stayed right through to 1963. I remember Mother Josepha, Miss Conway (no such word as can’t the word is won’t) Miss Keogh then later Mother Victorine, M. Philomena, M. Columcille etc Miss Hunter, Miss O’Meara Sr Bernadette and Sr Cecilia the musical sisters and many more. I knew Patricia Goodstadt and her friends I was two years below them with Pamela Clarke, Maura Naughton, Janet Cretney, Christine Kidd Geraldine Keohane. Christine is married and lives in the Channel Islands, not been in touch for a while. Janet is married and lives in Surrey. Pamela, and I visited Llandudno to visit Patricia Goodstadt when she was in the novitiate and we also went round the various Loreto in Ireland, about 1962/63. Unfortunately I have lost contact with Pamela. Pauline Thornley (I think Siddons) lived in Cumbria near me but she sadly died a few years ago. Still have contact with Maureen Richardson on Facebook but Patricia Goodstadt is out of contact. She was headmistress at Altrincham when my niece was there. It is really good to read everything. As for Manchester I heard the Chapel is still there and is now a listed building.

    March 18, 2017
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  38. Eileen Morris said:

    Sorry, age catching up, it is Marjorie Richardson not Maureen

    March 18, 2017
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  39. Elizabeth Shirley Griffiths said:

    Is there any one who attended Loretta College, Llandudno between 1964 – 1967. I can remember people in our class Angela Bamford,
    Noell Mcguiness. Eleanor? Nina ?. I was a boarder during this time and would love to hear from any one

    June 23, 2017
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  40. Rita Nickson Nee Spencer said:

    I did not attend Loreto Convent , but received religious instruction along with my mother who converted to catholicism ,from Mother Victorine in 1955 we kept in touch until she passed away in 1997. To Day is her Birthday lovely Lady xx

    August 18, 2017
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  41. bernadette hogan said:

    i went to loretto in manchester in 1973 , i was in ball house would like to hear from jane beatty and jane sellers ,also catherine walsh , xx

    October 7, 2017
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