Historic Sites of Manitoba: Clairmont School No. 1140 (Municipality of North Norfolk)

The Clairmont School District was established formally in July 1901 in what is now the Municipality of North Norfolk, prior to which students attended Chipping Hill School or Lavenham School. The first school building, built at a cost of $301, was located on NE15-10-10W and opened in April 1903. It was moved to this location, NW10-10-10, in the summer of 1918. The building was too large to move along the road so it was cut in two halves and reassembled on site. It closed in 1963 due to consolidation and students were transported to Rossendale Consolidated School No. 2419. Twenty-one teachers taught at Clairmont School over the years, covering grades 1 to 9, with James Hulme as its first teacher. A monument, dedicated at a ceremony on 16 August 1991, was dedicated to the pioneers of the Clairmont School District. The former school building, as of the mid-1980s, was being used for storage.

The former Clairmont School building

The former Clairmont School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 897.

Clairmont School commemorative monument

Clairmont School commemorative monument (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.82752, W98.75645
denoted by symbol on the map above


One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Through Fields and Dreams: A History of the Rural Municipality of North Norfolk and MacGregor by The History Book Committee of the North Norfolk-MacGregor Archives, 1998, page 884.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 February 2021

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