The old school Bell

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This was my school during the late 1940's into the early 1950's. I still remember the Head Masters name, "Bossy Burton", and the kindly Mr Leaf, not forgetting the sinister Mr Wilmer..I was terrified of failure and I escaped the ignomy by playing truant..I look back on this episode of my life with mixed of fond memories in making childhood friendships, and the other of missed opportunity and abject failure.

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Comments (19)

Paula K on July 13, 2008

Wow! Jim, thank you for this pic! It looks so nice! Warmest wishes to you!


Ed. Rodríguez Prati on July 15, 2008

Hi Jim, these place and many others from Whitby, are the exactly image of what I had in mind about England. I love your country without knowing it and having any relation with it, I suppose it's a romance that began with The Beatles and followed with Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin, but really was consolidated by my deep admiration for Shakespeare. I read all his plays, Macbeth many times, but translated, and in the future I'll try them in the original language. Well, sorry for this speech but this photo inspired me, un abrazo, Edmundo

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 16, 2008

Dear Billy, like yourself, knowing the location, its people, history, folklore and legend, I am proud of my town and I'm thankful for having lived her most of my life.

Paula, I am greatful for all your praise and thoughtful comment. I know for sure, that you are a big fan of this area.

Dear Edmundo, I admire your appreciation for all things English. We are two great nations each with its own wonderful people.

I too remember, fondly, the wonderful performances of those artistes' that you mention.

Shakespeare was a man of great tallant and his works will no doubt inspire the world, like all great Artistes', forever.

As for your 'speech' Edmundo, let me say this. You have taken the time to express your thoughts and feelings so eloquently in a language that is not your own. On the contrary, please, never apologise for adding interesting and valuable comment. You are more than welcome.

I am so gratefull for your feedback folks.


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 29, 2008

Greetings Bruce.

Apart from the addition of the hated yellow lines and street clutter, this scene has changed little since your ancestors made that pioneering voyage.

Thanks for your kind feedback.


Fred Fouarge on August 3, 2008

Beautifull picture jimmy,and greate composition,fantastic colors! Greets from Fred

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on August 8, 2008

Dear Freddy, I seem to be missing so much of my mail recently. I think that there is a problem with Panoramio. None of my mail is registering in my e-mail account. I must check it out.

Cheers Fred and thanks for your kind words..--Jim

♥Caterpillar on September 14, 2008

What a beautiful street! I like it :)

Greetings, Kasia

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on October 26, 2008

I do apologise Kasia for taking so long to reply. Like so much of my mail recently, it went undetected but I'm hoping the problem is now fixed.

The bell tower in the upper right of the shot was a boys school untill the 1950s. My school!!!

Thankyou so much for your kind appraisal and Y* Daniel. This old street holds many fond memories for me.

Kind regards to you both---Jim

Hans-Michael Penzler on July 26, 2009

I love this little near to the sea villages in UK. I have taken some photos in Clovelly. YS!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on October 26, 2009

Hans-Michael Penzle…,...sincere apologies for missing your generous compliment Hans...Many thanks for the YS and the link to Clovelly..

Kind regards..:>)


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 1, 2009

Greetings British (just hang on a mo whilst I salute the flag) :>)

It is an unfortunate fact of life that graffiti should be scrawled on the roads..there is no alternative other than employing a plethora of traffic wardens to police the inconsiderate motorists amongst us, and there are many!!

This road that you have walked along many times was my route to the old school with the bell, at the top right of the picture...about 62 years ago!!

Thanks for your comment ;.)


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 5, 2009

British~~~ Thanks for the interesting and thoughtful feedback ;>)


crina.stanciu on February 8, 2010

So beautiful!

Jacquie Bockius on March 12, 2010

Whitby is on my list Jim! As Billy up top said, You Do do Whitby proud! It is LOVELY!!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 12, 2010

crinastanciu~~~You are most welcome..I am grateful for your friendly visit and good comment ;>)

Jacquie Bockius~~~If you stopped and asked the majority of people who live here, many will is a good place to live ..

There are so many beautiful places that I look at with envy..but then later, I read that a hurricane just wiped out that earth quake destroyed ten thousand years of history..or a tsunami carried away a whole region...In paradise, people are starving and wars have cruelly torn nations apart..I have every reason to be thankful and proud ;>) I feel safe here Jacquie ;>)

I'm glad you both stopped by ;>)


Feitse Boerwinkel on June 20, 2010

Hi JIM! Has your local office for touristinformation come by to thank you for your excellant promotion of the city on Panoramio? They SHOULD!I do not know what you do with your shot but I am pretty convinced that they can't come out of the camera like this.So enlighten me please.

Regards FEITSE.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on July 2, 2010

GREETINGS Feika...The tourist industry has used a number of my photos in their brochures..attributed to my name axota...This is allowed by Google in an agreement with thousands of hotel and holiday companies..I don't mind!!

As for my photos, you are of course quite right..However, in admitting this, the images you see are enhanced only a little in Photoshop..a little colour here, a sharpening of the image there..nothing too radical..I think that most photos exhibited in Panoramio receive some post-editing..It must be said that the little Nikon Coolpix is a very capable camera and as yet, my new Pentaz K-7 DSLR has not proved to be significantly better..However, I can see that the new camera has much greater potential for manual adjustments..Using some new fully automatic lenses and some excellent basic prime lenses I hope to take many more acceptable photos..Only time will tell ;>)

Many thanks for your excellent feed-back ;>)


Robin Shepherdson on February 17, 2013

Thanks for this of the old Mount School. Daddy Wilmer, eating his bikkies behind the blackboard. As you say, memories, but some bad and only a few good. Lunchtime forays onto the piers were always good though. Your amazing pictures bring out the best in Whitby views.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on February 17, 2013

I greet you with open arms Robin, you and I go back a long way and we have seen many changes, not all good!

I still have mixed feelings about the so-called benefits of this modern age.

In those far-off days, true friendship meant everything, we all enjoyed the simple things in life when the only thing that really mattered was the existence of our friends and family, a far cry from the disconnected world in which many people live today!

Thanks for stopping by, I enjoyed your comments!


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  • Uploaded on July 12, 2008
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    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: NIKON E5700
    • Taken on 2008/07/12 14:21:01
    • Exposure: 0.007s
    • Focal Length: 18.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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