Who was John Clifford?
John Clifford came to live in Beeston in 1839 at the age of 4. He left school aged 10 to work in a local lace factory. Throughout his life he worked very hard in his own time to educate himself.
In 1855 local Baptists paid for him to go to college to train as a minister. He continued his education whilst working full time in the ministry in London and soon became famous for his work among the poor and needy. He was also outspoken on religious and educational matters and it was in this capacity that he was invited to open our school building in 1898. He never retired for he believed that if people did not work for good, evil would triumph. He died in 1923 aged 87.