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13) School Registers 1886 including Coal Club Accounts

By 1886 Miss Squire had been teaching at Sevington School for 26 years. She seems to have stopped running her Sunday school and all the children on the register are of an age to attend school full time. School pence were only recorded in May and June and no names were given.

Attendance is very good and the Henry Pearce, the 15 year old who is recorded as being in school for one morning on the 28th December may have been sitting some kind of test.

Included with the register are some accounts which show a regular payment to Mrs Hawkins, the cleaner which totalled 10/9d (or 3d a week) from Midsummer to Lady Day. Miss Squire also paid out for pencils, copy books and a jar of ink.

Miss Squire has also retained the accounts of the coal club. These show cottagers paying !/- per month throughout the summer months . Presumably the money would go towards a bulk purchase of winter coal. Miss Squire, as the village schoolmistress was the obvious person to administer the scheme.

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Pupils on the register

James Bird 6
Mark Bird 11
Ada Dolman 6
Bessie Elms 9
Florence Elms 10
John Elms 7
Thomas Elligott 8
Bessie Hall 9
Charles Hall 6

James Hall 8
John Hall 11
George Hall 8
Lily Hall 10
Martha Hall 4
Mary Hall 11
William Hall 7
Frederick Pearce 11
William Walker 5

Ada Wicks 10
William Wicks 4
Arthur Elms No attendance at all
Maud Hawkins 7
Emily Liddington 8
John Liddington 9
Henry Walker 6
Ada Wicks 11
William Wicks 5

 

Henry Pearce aged 15 attended for only one day - December 28th
22 children 12 boys and 10 girls

14) School Registers and other papers 1887

The chronology of the registers becomes confused at this point and the dating to 1887 is tentative.

Payment of school pence was recorded only from May 25th to June 26th
Parents were not charged when charged when children were absent or ill. The charge per child 1d (weekly total divided by payments noted) and the total for the quarter was 16s and 9d.

1887 was the year of Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee and a list, headed Medals for Jubilee, contains the names of 69 school children and local people, including herself, who, presumably, were to receive commemorative medals.

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Pupils on the register

James Bird 6
Mark Bird 11
Ada Dolman 6
Bessie Elms 9
Florence Elms 10
John Elms 7
Charles Elligot 5

Thomas Elligott 8
Bessie Hall 9
Charles Hall 6
James Hall 8
John Hall11
George Hall 8
Lily Hall 10
Martha Hall 4

William Hall 7
Maud Hawkins 7
Emily Liddington 8
John Liddington 9
Henry Walker 6
Ada Wicks 11
William Wicks 5

15) Coal Club Accounts 1895

This is one of five sets of accounts for the Sevington Coal club found with Miss Squire’s registers. The surnames are familiar and it seems likely that this was a savings club, run by Miss Squire because she was a person who could be trusted.

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Coal Club Accounts 1895

 

May 6th

June 3rd

July 1st

August 5th

Oct 7th

Total

Bird Charles

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Dolman Elisabeth

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Elms Ann

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Hall Eliza

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Light Mary

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Pearce Charlotte

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Pearce Mo. & Fr.

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Robinson Eliza

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Gingell Miriam

 

 

 

 

 

5s

Gingell Mary

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Whiting Elisabeth

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Wicks Moses

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Neal Alice

1s

1s

1s

1s

1s

5s

Total £3.5.0

16) School Registers 1895 

The bundle of documents for 1895 include part of a register, coal club accounts and a report by the Diocesan Inspector.

Because Sevington School was not state funded, Miss Squire was spared the regular visits of Her Majesty’s inspectors but we have two reports by the Diocesan inspector, who was tasked by the Bishop of Salisbury with assessing the religious knowledge of her pupils. This is the first that has survived but it is clear from his comments that Mr Awdrey has visited the school before.

Report of Leigh Delamere School visited August 2nd 1895
This pleasant little school is being well taught and trained and the children have again passed a very satisfactory Examination in the Elementary Subjects in which they have been instructed.

C.H Awdrey

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Pupils on the register

Rose Elms
Victoria Elms
Eliabeth Elligott
Emily Hall
Maude Hall

Ruth Hall
Emily Gray
Lily Gingell
Albert Gunning
Beatrice Gunning

Jemima Light
Lavinia Minchin 5 began after Easter
Grace Hall 4 began after Easter
Daisy Elms 5 began after Easter
Henry Heal 3 from May 6th

May 28th ‘the cottagers’ rent taken here’ – children still in attendance
No scholar payments recorded

17) School Registers 1897

The register for 1897 runs from January to September and includes accounts for the Coal Club and a second report by the Diocesan Inspector. By now Miss Squire is using the National Society’s Class Register.

Numbers are still fairly high and the Diocesan Inspector’s report is positive.

Report of Leigh Delamere School inspected July 28th 1897
In this little school of eleven children a sufficient amount of scripture was presented.
These children were somewhat shy and reticent, the most answered freely and knew their work well.
An exceptionally large quantity of repetition was known, both of scriptures and of hymns and the older children answered nicely in Prayer Book and Catechism.
The written work was good and a p? of private prayer was provided for the children for home use. The behaviour was excellent.

Charles J Parker

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Pupils on the register

Rose Elms 12
Victoria Elms 9
Daisy Elms 6
Stanley Elms 4
Eliabeth Elligott 12

Maude Hall 11
Ruth Hall 9
Grace Hall 6
Lily Gingell 8
Eva Light 12

Lily Miles marked as left
GC Smith 11*
Emily Smith 9*
William Smith 5*
Cole Thomas

*The Smith family first crop up in March, when they may have joined the school.

9 girls 4 boys
An entry for Tuesday April 13th reads ‘Over the way with Mrs O’. No attendance is marked.

18) School Registers 1898 and 1899

By 1899 numbers had declined. There are only ten pupils on the register, most of them girls. In April 1899 the school closed for a day because Miss Squire was ill. She went on teaching for another fourteen years, retiring in 1913 but, as far as we know, no record of those later years survives.

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Pupils on the register in 1899

Victoria Elms 6
Daisy Elms 6
Lily Gingell 9
Grace Hall 10

Ruth Hall 8
Ella Hall 9
Florence Hazel 9

Lena Hazel 9
Elsie Holbrow 8
Charlie Holbrow 8