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Builth and district
Victorian school days
  The lessons of the Log Books  

These pages help to show what it was like to be at school in the later years of Queen Victoria's reign. They include original entries from the official diaries or Log Books of local schools, which can Child reading schoolbookoften tell us quite a lot about life in the whole community and not just the school itself.
Most children did not go to school at all at the start of Queen Victoria's reign. Wealthy landowners would have their children taught at home, and their older boys would be sent away to public school.
Tradesmen in the area would send their children to a local private school if they could afford it.
The children of the poor had to go to work as soon as they were old enough because the family needed the extra money.
By the end of the Victorian period free schools were provided and it became compulsory for all children to go to school.

The School Inspector calls
Wish you were here
We're off to the circus
Long time no see
Sickness at school
Time for school
Sent home for a wash !
Little things for the museum
Going into service

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