Macclesfield Industrial School

Imperial War Museum Reference 52387.



Macclesfield Industrial School, on the corner of Brook Street and Turnock Street, was founded in 1858 and closed in 1922. The building shown in the photograph below opened in 1866, and the location can be seen on this map. This building still stands and is now used as industrial units.

The school originally took both boys and girls, but from the mid 1870s became a school for boys only. It took boys from all over the country, who were orphans or otherwise in need of a home, education and discipline. They were taught a trade, and many joined the army after leaving school.

More information about the school can be found on the Childrens Homes website.


Industrial School Brook St Macclesfield web



A roll of honour listing old boys then serving with the Army or Navy was printed in the Macclesfield Times on 28th May 1915.



The war memorial is a brass plaque commemorating former pupils who lost their lives in both the Boer War and the First World War. It is now housed in St Peter’s Church in Windmill Street, and the small brass plaque below the tablet reads “The above memorial was rededicated in St Peter’s Church on the closure of the Macclesfield Industrial School in 1922”.