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Hay and district
Victorian school days
  Learning from 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 use entries from the official Log Books of local schools, Victorian schoolgirl which can often 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 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.

Two local schools have their own websites. Click on the links below to visit them.

Glasbury Church-in-Wales School

Archdeacon Griffiths School, Llyswen

School closed by disease
We haven't got boots for school !
The 'School Pence'
Not at school today
They were all here for one day...
Spelling and sums
All gone to the Fair
Learning to be servants
Oh no ! We're in trouble...

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