Category: History

June 28, 2021|Buildings | History

Wickham National School, 1883-1916 – Events & Absences

There is much evidence in the school log-books emphasising the rural community around the town. Absenteeism is brought about by children following rural pursuits. December 23rd 1908. `Many children rendered themselves late for afternoon school by following the hounds in the near neighbourhood’.  Children were often away fruit picking, hop picking, gathering acorns and fallen…

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June 28, 2021|Buildings | History

Wickham National School, 1883-1916 – Facilities

The school log books record a lot of information on school facilities and equipment. Perhaps reflecting headmaster William Langford’s recent arrival in Wickham, there is quite a lot of detail on supplies and suppliers in 1883.  A tin of disinfecting powder was received from Mr Snowdon, chemist (June 12th); a new dustpan for school use…

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January 23, 2019|Buildings | History

Wickham National School – Extracts from the Log Book

We are fortunate to have access to the logbooks of Wickham National School from c1864-1900. Below is an extract taken from a logbook for a few days in a chilly February. February 1864 Feb 19th 10.30am Finished hearing children repeat their Hymns, which time with 2 hours on Monday morning spent in learning them makes…

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January 23, 2019|History

Education in Wickham 1840 – 1972

In the latter part of the 19th century, the Church was responsible for the building of most of the schools in England. They received a very small grant from the Government, and had to find all the money for the equipment and furnishing of the schools. Most of these schools were built adjacent to the…

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