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The National School 3
A report on the school, 1847 

  Serving the 'different ranks of life'
In 1847 a Report of the Commissioners of Inquiry into the State of Education in Wales was published. Among the papers at the County Archives Office is this transcript of that section of the Commissioner's Report relating to Machynlleth made at the time by a local clerk. 

 Extract from
the Commissioner's
Report, 1847

County Archives

Extract from report

The above extract reads:
"Machynlleth:- The parish contains 2482 inhabitants consisting partly of tradespeople and small farmers but for the most part of agricultural laborers who are represented as being very poor. The adjoining Parish of Llanwrin contains 822 inhabitants.
The Parish of Machynlleth contains only one school which is attended in consequence by children of persons belonging to different ranks of life & of such various ages as to make it a difficult task to supply each with satisfactory instruction. An infant school would in some measure remedy this difficulty.
There are recent endowments for the support Education in the Parish. The present income of which amounting to £54.14.10 is appropriated to the support of the following school. It is stated that the subscriptions have decreased of late from £30 to £23 pounds and that the funds of the school are further diminished by allowing all children gratuitous instruction without reference to their ability to pay. The master being allowed to take a few pay scholars who are exempt from the necessity of learning the Church Catechism."

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