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Llanidloes National School - Infants 10
An influx of people

  The dam builders
The records of the day to day life of schools in the early days of formal education to be found in School Log Books can also, in many cases, tell us a great deal about the community as a whole.
The state of the local economy at various times is frequently reflected in the log books, as in the example shown here.

National School
Log Book

County Archives

School log book entry 

This entry was written on 13th April 1894, and it reflects the local significance of the massive scale of the civil engineering works, which began around this time, for the construction of the Elan Valley dams and the necessary infrastructure of roads and railways:
"Attendance very good during the last fortnight. Owing to the influx of people into the town on account of the Rhayader Water-works, several children have been admitted, the average attained last week being the highest weekly average for the last few years".

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