French Convent School, Park Grove, Hull

French Convent School

The French Convent of the Canonesses Regular of St. Augustine was built around 1914 and demolished in 1975. The roadside walls and gate still exist on Park Grove and a book about the school was published in 1991 by Irene Megginson.

Noreen Ford went to school here.


  1. sue - August 17, 2014, 10:12 am Reply

    Susan clayton went to school here

    • Margaret 'Malt' Barley - June 29, 2018, 6:37 am Reply

      If still interested there is a ‘Friends of the French Convent’ and we have a Reunion Lunch every October.

      • Julie mulvana - September 8, 2018, 7:36 pm Reply

        Hi Margaret, hope you don’t mind me contacting you.
        I went to the convent from 67-72 when it closed. I’m trying to find the date for this years reunion as I would like to attend. Could you email me the date if you know and who to contact for tickets. My email:
        My maiden name was Whitham


  2. Paul Ford - August 17, 2014, 7:33 pm Reply

    Thanks Sue. I’d love to know who Susan Clayton is, if you could add more information? Thanks, Paul

  3. sue - August 19, 2014, 8:23 am Reply

    Went to French convent school for 15 years 50s_60sw Margaret ever Ingham sue Herbert christine stenhouse

  4. Carolyn - February 2, 2016, 2:52 pm Reply

    I went to the French convent for a couple of years. I remember being taught by nuns. It closed down and I had to go to another school for a year before my parents sent me to Rise Convent, Rise Hall.

    • Margaret 'Malt' Barley - June 29, 2018, 7:06 am Reply

      Hello Carolyn and Rise closed and is now owned by Sarah Beeny and as well as their house they run it as a Wedding Venue. When the French Convent closed we had Reunion Lunches there at first until it closed. Malt Barley

  5. anne agar - July 2, 2017, 8:20 pm Reply

    lets keep this going i went to school here also my name was Anne Easterby had to leave because it was closing have so many good memories of this place,

  6. Heather Clubley - January 29, 2018, 7:36 am Reply

    Started school at the French Convent in 1955, I remember walking down Cave Street and little children with no shoes on throwing stones at us ! I was four yrs old and couldn’t understand what was happening. Barbara Woodhouse would take us on the bus from Cottingham ( Heather and Victoria Pool)

  7. sueovens - June 29, 2018, 7:21 am Reply

    Pls send news letter tks sue

    • Margaret 'Malt' Barley - July 9, 2018, 5:36 pm Reply

      Hi Sue I have been away on holiday where would I send the newsletter to my email for the Friends of the French Convent is We send one to one of our ‘Friends’ who lives in California Patricia Cockcroft. I was there from the age of 12 in 1962 to 1968.


  8. Zoe - March 19, 2019, 9:20 pm Reply

    My aunty went to this school and I’ve just bought the book in order to learn more 🙂 thank you Irene for publishing this book.

  9. Margaret Strickland - June 4, 2019, 9:45 pm Reply

    Does anyone remember Christine Wells who attended up until about 1963? Thanks in advance

  10. Jenufa Harris - July 2, 2019, 5:07 pm Reply

    I went to the French Convent from 1950- 1959. I remember Mother Superior, and Miss Ingram , a teacher with a ‘port wine stain’ birthmark on her face, and I remember the ‘Giant Stride’ in the gym, which I really loved …Miss Ingram would always have a go, and whizz around with her skirt flying. On rainy days we would spend playtime in the hall, learning to dance the ‘Gay Gordons’ and the polka, over a hundred enthusiastic girls stamping around gleefully. What a dreadful shame they knocked that beautiful building down….it would have lasted another hundred years.

    • Margaret 'Malt' Barley - September 6, 2019, 2:29 pm Reply

      Just to remind you all that there is a ‘Friends of the French Convent’ please contact me on email if you want any more information. See paragraph above from me – Margaret ‘Malt’ Barley

  11. Janice Hudson - February 16, 2020, 8:19 am Reply

    I went there from 1957-1964. Memories are the wonderful chocolate slab cake the nuns made and the bunches of snowdrops they sold along with pictures of Jesus.

    • Margaret 'Malt' Barley - February 17, 2020, 11:29 am Reply

      Hello Janice Hudson
      As above there is a ‘Friends of the French Convent’ and we meet for a Reunion Lunch in October. Might you have know ‘girls like Gillian Greenstone who is our Chair

  12. Margaret Barley - February 17, 2020, 11:19 am Reply

    Hello Janice Hudson there is a ‘Friends of the French Convent’ and we do have a Reunion Lunch in October if you are interested please email me on Would you remember Gillian Greenstone our Chair of the Friends

  13. Jeanette Dillon now Johnston - April 13, 2020, 8:40 pm Reply

    Ann, Margaret, and Jeanette Dillon all went there .

  14. Margaret Barley - April 15, 2020, 4:40 am Reply

    Please read the previous information if interested in the ‘Friends of the French Convent’ please get in touch with me Margaret Barley.

  15. Margaret 'Malt' Barley - June 18, 2020, 12:47 pm Reply

    Hello Jeannette If you look on here again sometime a lady has been in touch with me who remembers you and was in your class, so if you want to contact her please email me on Actually looking at your message again I know Ann Dillon she was in my year

  16. Heather Byatt - March 12, 2021, 8:14 am Reply

    I was at the convent in 1961 – anyone from the class. Jen Harrington and Vicky. Winifred Spetch

  17. Margaret 'Malt' Barley - March 12, 2021, 2:54 pm Reply

    Hello Heather, You were in the same class as me. Jennifer Harrington was an art teacher at Cottingham High School while I was working there. I left in 2000, but she was still there then. Vicky Beaulah I have no idea after she left the Convent. I am still in touch with Winifred Spetch, Mary Spooner, Gwen Ruddock, Penny Brown, Christobel Hawkins, Pam Fairbotham, Anthea Whincup and Felicity Walker, plus others from other years. You may remember Gillian Greenstone, You can email me direct if you want to be in touch. I am Margaret ‘Malt’ Barley and you can see my email in the comment before yours above. Malt

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