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Llanfyllin 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 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.

Child at school desk
 
Lessons to be learned
 
 
Could do better !
 
 
The pauper children
 
 
Farm work comes first
 
 
Go to school and win a prize !
 
 
It's freezing at school !
 
 
The dangers of disease
 
 
No desks, no blackboard, no toilets !
 
 
The terrible teachers
 
 
Lost jobs and lost children
 
 
 
 

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