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Knighton and district
Victorian school days
 
  Going to school - occasionally !  
 

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 School Log Books or diaries of local schools, which can often tell us quite a lot about life in the district in those times.

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.

Victorian children
 
The School Inspector calls
 
 
Not at school today
 
 
The Attendance Officer
 
 
When school could be dangerous
 
 
Paying for lessons
 
 
The water-works children
 
 
An assortment of lessons
 
 
Today's lesson - how to freeze !
 
 
A train death and a carriage death
 
 
 
 

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