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Llanidloes National School 19
Do-it-yourself painters, 1896

  Ladies and gentlemen paint the school
A couple of unrelated entries from the early School Log Books of the National School in Llanidloes are shown here for their curiosity value and for the flavour of the times which they convey.
Many other nations, especially our European neighbours, believe that the British are obsessed with spending much of their spare time on home improvements such as decorating, painting, wallpapering and so on. This has given rise to a substantial and profitable nationwide industry catering for this home market, the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) trade.
The first entry below suggests that this national characteristic may have been around for some time !
National School
Log Book
School log book entry 
  Written on 4th September 1896, this extract reads:
"Wainscoting of School painted on Friday evening by a number of ladies and gentlemen - amateur painters".
County Archives
School log book entry 

Another interesting period piece, dated 6th June 1913, reads:
"Mr E.J.Jones terminated his engagement in this school, in order to leave for the Transvaal to take up an Appointment in one of the Colonial Schools".

There are 19 pages on the National School. Use the box links below to view the other pages. 

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