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Brecon and district
Victorian school days
 
  Going to school - over 120 years ago !  
  These pages help to show what it was like to be at school in the later years of Queen Victoria's reign. They use entries from the official Log Books or diaries of local schools, which can often tell us about life in the whole community and not just the school itself.
Most children did not go to school at the start of Queen Victoria's reign. Wealthy landowners would have their children taught at home, and some tradesmen in the area would send their children to a private school.
The children of the poor had to go to work as soon as they were old enough to earn money for the family.
By the end of the Victorian period free schools were provided and it became compulsory for all children to go to school.
Group of children
 
When jobs go, children go
 
 
From workhouse to school, sometimes
 
 
The long hard road to school
 
 
Gone to the dogs - and elephants !
 
 
The Hiring Fair
 
 
Tea party at the Big House
 
 
Dangerous diseases at school
 
 
Farm jobs first, school second
 
 
Problems with sums and spelling
 
 
Money worries
 
 

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