THIS extraordinarily detailed photograph shows a primary school classroom in the early years of the last century.

Usually, photos of the period show the children lined up in rows in the playground so this photo gives a rare and fascinating insight into what the classrooms of the time actually looked like.

The dark, and some would so gloominess, of it is alleviated by the three vases of flowers on the window ledge. Regarding uniform, the girls on the front desks all seem to be wearing the sam sort of smocks, but the boys looked more mixed. A couple of them are even wearing ties.

The photograph was submitted to the Bolton News in 1993 by a Mr Reg Timms of Ribblesdale Road, Bolton who was unsure of which school it was. It could have been St Mark’s, Fletcher Street, or St William’s, Grecian Crescent.