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Derwenlas School 8
Free schooling for paupers 

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A reminder of rural poverty
The extract below from the Derwenlas School Log Books serves as a dramatic reminder of the fragile nature of the rural economy in the early years of the village school.
The reference to school fees paid by 'non-paupers' highlights the fact that some of the children would be from near-destitute families of the district in receipt of help from the Machynlleth Poor Law Union.

Derwenlas School
Log Books

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School log book extract 
  The relevant portion of this extract, dated 13th October 1886, reads:
"The form for Non-paupers school fees was sent from the Relieving Officer of the Machynlleth Union to be filled up for the last two quarters."  
  There are 19 pages on Derwenlas School. Use the box links below to view the other pages. 
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