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Hay British Infants School 14
The winter of 1947

  Deep snowdrifts
The effect of the weather on the numbers of children turning up at school is a regular topic in early School Log Books, and the very youngest children would have had the greatest difficulty in very bad weather.
Though town schools had more pupils living close to the school than village schools, the problems of some of which can be seen on other pages on this website, bad conditions could still keep many children at home.
The winter of 1947 was unusually severe in much of Britain, as seen below.

Hay British
Infants School
Log Book

County Archives

School log book entry 

On 6th March 1947 the log book recorded:
"Roads blocked by snow drifts - 4 to 6 feet of snow on playground - drifts had completely cut off the offices, coach-house etc. Could only get to school through a very narrow path cut through the drift by the caretaker and her son. No children turned up at school."
In school log books the children's toilets were discreetly referred to as 'the offices' until quite recent times !
On this occasion it is hardly surprising that no children turned up at school, since the snow would have been a few feet above the heads of the little ones !

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