A set of official school portraits have been found during renovations at a house in Blackburn.

Taken in 1946 and 1950 they show pupils at the Notre Dame Grammar School which was based along Whalley Old Road.

According to Cottontown.org the Sisters of Notre Dame moved to the Brookhouse site in 1859. 

Work on the new school was completed in 1862. Later, more land was purchased and the school was extended. The convent was a boarding school as well as a day school and later became a grammar school. 

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In 1987 Notre Dame education in the town ended and the school later amalgamated with John Rigby High School to create Our Lady and St. John High School. 

The Notre Dame School was based on land now occupied by the Notre Dame Gardens estate off  Whalley Old Road.

The builder who found the images in Brookhouse said: “The pictures were left under the stairs during renovations and we thought it would be good to publish these to see if anyone recognises former pupils.”

The panoramic images have been photographed in sections and we have produced a short video detailing the complete image.

(Pictures: Panora Limited)