Village Schooling in Somerset: Learn 'em Hard (Hardback)Sarah Villiers (author)
Hardback Published: 22/10/2012
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This is a story of the kind of schools which were attended by few children at the beginning of the nineteenth century, but by growing numbers from the 1870s (when schooling became compulsory) and many more from the 1890s (when schooling was free). From the 1860s Heads had to keep daily Log Books in which some reveal marvellous insights into the life of the school, in its community. For information on earlier periods, when schools might be founded by a benefactor, Trust documents give details of the purpose and provision made for the school. Somerset is fortunate in having two particular characters of more than local significance. First is Hannah More, of the Blue Stocking Circle in Bath, who pioneered Sunday, and Evening Schools in the Mendip area during the 1790s and, also, wrote many readers and tracts for school use. Second is Rev John Poole, of the Quantocks, who practised what he preached by setting up a model school in 1811, supported by a detailed guide to spread ideas about the Improved Village School. The combination of such people and the variety of place in Somerset
Dimensions: 297 x 210 x 23 mm
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