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Llandrindod and district
Victorian school days
  Learning from the school Log Books  

The children in the picture opposite were photographed at Llanfihangel Rhydithon School
in the 1890s.

Children don't seem to wear hats like these to school any more, do they ?

This part of our website gives some idea of everyday life for children who went to local schools in the later years of Queen Victoria's long reign.
They use entries from the official Log Books or diaries of local schools. Although some schools were opened at much earlier dates, official records did not have to be kept by most until 1863, and many of the oldest have not survived.
The Log Books can often tell us quite a lot about home life in those times as well as about the routine of the school itself.
The children from poor families had to go to work as soon as they were old enough to bring extra income, and often missed lessons to help with farm and other jobs for their parents.
School children
Starting school - aged 25 !

Early school photographs

Click on the links below to see Victorian photographs of some local schools.

Llanbister Cantal


Llanfihangel Rhydithon

Llandrindod and Cefnllys National School

Off to work, aged 10
Hungry for education
A good excuse for being late !
Minding the cattle on market days
The Attendance Officer's children
An abominably dirty boy
Francis Kilvert comes to visit
A penny instead of a caning !
Gunpowder at school !

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