Transcribed by: Bryn Jones


The school head was Benjamin Swann

The teachers were:  Mary A Brumfield (to June 3rd 1900), Mrs Jeanette J Swann


In 1900 Queen Victoria had been on the throne for 63 years and Lord Salisbury was in his third term as prime minister. The Davis Cup tennis tournament was established. Bayern Munich football club was formed. British troops were defeated by Boers at Ladysmith in South Africa. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid committed their first robbery together. Max Planck published his study of Quantum Theory and Sigmund Freud published his "Interpretation of Dreams".



Date of entry

Log entry

Editorial notes



Average for the week 60. Mrs Hall Watt visited the school on Wednesday afternoon arranging the Needlework for the year; also arranging about prizes for the Sunday School. Many children have colds and coughs which hinder lesions progressing satisfactorily. Conduct satisfactory.




Average for the week only 49. Very many children have bad colds. M A Brumfield taken ill on Wednesday afternoon. Still ill today (Friday).  The Parish Social tea was held in the schoolroom on Thursday afternoon followed by the children's tea and magic lantern entertainment on Friday afternoon and evening.

In the 19th century there was a thriving trade of itinerant projectionists travelling around the United Kingdom with their magic lanterns and a large number of slides to put on shows in towns and villages. Some of the slides came with special effects. One of the most famous of these, very popular with children, was The Rat Swallower, where a series of rats would be seen leaping into a sleeping man's mouth.

The invention of photography enabled the inexpensive creation and reproduction of slides, and thereby greatly expanded the repertoire of available images. Slide shows would feature famous landmarks, foreign lands, and personages; they were also used to tell uplifting stories and moral tales. Though there was a huge market for these lanterns and slides in the 19th century, they eventually fell out of favour after the invention of moving pictures.



Average for the week 49. There is a great deal of sickness in the village. Some children have to wait upon sick mothers, others themselves sick. Mrs Hall Watt at school on Monday afternoon. M A Brumfield sick the whole week. Mrs Swann has had to take her place since last Wednesday. Elleringtons returned after an absence of several weeks on account of smallpox.




Average for the week 50. Mrs Hall Watt in school on Monday afternoon. Meeting of School Managers on Wednesday the 23rd at 12 o'clock in the School [to discuss??] the accounts for the year ending Dec 31st 1899. The Schoolmaster had to give up on Wednesday afternoon on account of his bad cold, which the doctor subsequently found was "bronchial asthma". Mrs Swann continued the schoolwork on Thursday and Friday in here capacity as 1st class Certified Teacher. The children worked and conducted themselves satisfactorily.





The attendance for the week has improved, the average for the week being 59. Visitors Mrs Hall Watt and Mrs Pearman. The attendance officer looked in on Friday noon. He promised send a final notice to Jno. Hayton the father of the 3 most irregular children attending Bishop Burton School. The Schoolmaster ill the whole week. Mrs Swann conducting the school. Conduct, neatness and work of children satisfactory.




Average for the week 60. Mr and Mrs Hall Watt visited the school during the week. The Master at work again on Tuesday the 6th. Several children absent on Tuesday afternoon running after the fox-hounds which met on the village green in the morning.




Examined the Registers and found them correct.


E R B Hall Watt




Average for the week 61. The attendance was good until the snowstorm on Thursday - Friday's attendance being 11 less than Tuesday'. Learnt the song "Soldiers of the Queen". Mr Hall Watt visited the school on Thursday. Conduct, tidiness and work of scholars all satisfactory.

"Soldiers of the King" is a song written and composed by Leslie Stuart. The song is often sung and published as "Soldiers of the Queen" depending on the reigning monarch at the time. The tune was originally composed by Stuart as a march celebrating the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894. The lyrics were added at a later date and the title changed. It was used as the theme to the film, Breaker Morant



Average for the week 58. Mrs Hall Watt visited the school on Monday and Tuesday. Permission given by E R Hall Watt for a concert in the schoolroom on Wednesday evening and also for dances on Thursday and Friday evenings, the schoolroom to be right for school the next morning. No school on Friday as preparing the room would have entailed great labour on Dance Committee.


The following summary of H. M. Inspector's report has been received by the School Managers:- "The tone and order are very creditable to Mr and Mrs Swann. The instruction is progressing satisfactorily. In the third standard Dictation is not strong and the Grammar and Geography of the upper classes need strengthening. The Object lessons were given in too formal a manner; they should be of a more conversational character. The Needlework is very good and the Composition pretty satisfactory. The infants are carefully taught. There are a good school museum and library, especially considering the size of the school.


Benjamin Swann Certified Teacher 1st class

Jeanette J Swann Certified Teacher 1st class

Mary A Brumfield Article


E R B Hall Watt (Correspondent)"





Average for the week 60. Mrs Hall Watt and Miss V Cayley were the visitors during the week. There are several children irregular in attendance - Henrietta Thompson and Albert Hawes being the worst. Hawes has only attended 11 times from Jany. 2nd to March 9th. Conduct, lessons and tidiness of scholars not up to customary standard.




There is no kind of work for children going on in our village, but many are "minding others". Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory once again. Finished learning the "Absent Minded Beggar" song.

The song is based on an 1899 poem by Rudyard Kipling set to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. It was commissioned by the Daily Mail to raise funds for the Boer War. The chorus of the song exhorted its audience to "pass the hat for your credit's sake, and pay- pay- pay!" For more information refer to the Wikipedia entry at


The only person from the village that we know took part in this war was Francis Johnson Dunning of Cold Harbour Farm who joined up shortly after qualifying as a vet in Edinburgh.



Average for the week 58. Admitted Julia Girdley an infant of 4 years. The attendance of several children stills unsatisfactory. There is a little work for boys just now "leading the drill horse" and "tenting". Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory.




Average the same as last week. Admitted Arthur Newlove an infant of four years. Akeisters (Annie and Arthur), withdrawn to live at Beverley. Ernest Ellerington's name taken off the Class register - occasionally at school. Parents know the proper age for leaving school, but ignore all cautions. The Master begs to state that he sent a written notice to Kate Hayton's parents stating that she was only 12 years old and Standard III, and could not be withdrawn. She had already been hired to Mrs Sanderson of the Rose and Crown Inn, Beverley.




Average for the week 56. Ebenezer Duck withdrawn for work. J. Hardy with the Organ Builders at Bp. Burton Church the whole week except Monday morning. The other absent scholars are mostly tenting and leading drill horses. Conduct, work and tidiness satisfactory.




Average for the week 54 out of 67. There is no case of sickness, children kept at home for trivial things, and it is useless trying persuasive measures any further in this parish. Hitherto no case has been legally taken up. Conduct and work satisfactory. No school on Good Friday.


Holiday on Easter Monday and Tuesday




The average for the attendance was 58, an improvement on the previous week. Albert Edward Hawes withdrawn to work for the Vicar of this parish. A most irregular scholar, only making 11 attendances for the 1st qr. of the present year not one for the final 2 wks of the 2nd qr. When admitted the date of birth was given as May 2nd 1888, therefore he is only 12 years old now.




Admitted Fred Hayton and Ernest Hawes infants between 4 and 5 years old. The average for the week was only 57 out of 68 - not quite 84%. Fires discontinued both in the schoolroom and classroom. Conduct, work and tidiness satisfactory.

Ernest Hawes is one of the old boys of the school who died in World War 1. He is commemorated on the war memorial in the village.



Received the following from E R Hall Watt Esq. (The School Correspondent) dated 14th April. "Sir: - I beg to resign my position of Assistant Teacher in the Bishop Burton School, my term to end on June 3rd 1900." M Brumfield.




Average for the week 59. Conduct, work and tidiness satisfactory. The Syllabus work for May commenced on Tuesday.




Average 59. The attendance on Thursday was 63, on Friday afternoon 54. Made application for Aid Grant towards boarding the school and new fire grates by filling out the required form for Managers' Meeting. Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory.




Average for the week 57. On Friday morning 17 children were absent, not one of that number sick. Three girls come in the afternoons only, for needlework. One boy 6 times out of 10 absent nursing. The attendance cannot be considered satisfactory from the above statement. Conduct and work satisfactory.




Average for the week 55. Tuesday was Bishop Burton School Children's "Mafeking Day". The Vicar gave a whole day holiday. The children collected 10/- during their marching round for the East Riding Soldiers' and Sailors' Association. Mr Craggy called at the schoolhouse on Thursday between 12 and 1 o'clock to enquire about absentees. The Master sent a list of children, both of those who are at work without Labour Certificates, and the most irregular ones.

The Siege of Mafeking was the most famous British action in the Second Boer War. It took place at the town of Mafeking (now Mafikeng) in South Africa over a period of 217 days, from October 1899 to May 1900, and turned Robert Baden-Powell, who went on to found the Scouting Movement, into a national hero. The lifting of the Siege of Mafeking was a decisive victory for the British and a crushing defeat for the Boers.



No improvement in the attendance notwithstanding the report of last week. Average only 57. Many children have bad coughs which interrupts the lessons a little but the work is satisfactory. Nothing has occurred to interfere with the regular routine of lessons. Conduct and tidiness satisfactory.

Maybe in the pen-ultimate sentence Mr Swann is making a small complaint over the constant flow of visitors to the school.



Henrietta Thompson returned to school after being in the service of Mrs Harrison because of the Attendance Officer's action




Examined the Registers and found them correct


E R B Hall Watt




Average for the week 60. Kate Hayton attended on Monday morning after leaving her situation at the Rose and Crown Inn, Beverley, but not again during the week. Mrs Hall Watt arranged with the Assistant Mistress to continue after her notice expires on the 30 of this month, to ?? with the needlework, as Mrs Swann has had to give because of ulcers on the sight of the eye. Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory.




Average for the week 58. Mr Craggy (Attendance Officer) at school on Thursday noon. No boy or girl absent on account of the Beverley Races. No less than 16 absent on Friday morning, and 14 in the afternoon. Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory.




Ernest Ellerington returned to school after being the whole of the present and part of last year at work for his father, because of the Attendance Officer's action.




Lumber Sale on Monday in the Schoolroom. The attendance fell off on Friday: 15 absent in the morning and 26 in the afternoon partly on account of the Baptist Sunday School tea. The Assistant's notice expires today but she has been asked to remain until the Needlework is finished ( see page 297 and 298). Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory.




Re-admitted Kate Hayton after being in service at Beverley, and Phoebe Waslin after being at Cottingham about 2 years.




Average for the week 63. The attendance on Tuesday afternoon was 69 ; on Friday afternoon 59. Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory. George Hayton withdrawn for work. He has attended very irregularly and on reaching 13 years of age is regularly employed.




Average for the week 63. Exactly the same number of attendances - 633 - as last week. Mrs Hall Watt at the School of Thursday morning. The writing exercises have been changed for the present week. The children

Following page is missing. This would have been the last page of the log.




This entry is at the start of a new book. The preliminary pages contain the dimensions of the school:


Schoolroom 40 * 19 feet = 760 sq. feet accommodates 76


Classroom 15 * 12 feet = 180 sq. feet accommodates 20



contd. From the old log book


afternoon. The judges for girls' work were Mrs Monro and Hon R De Yarburgh Bateson; - for boys' work the Revd. M.W.B. Dawe and the Revd. E.G. Hutchins. The Rose Show customary holidays, on Wednesday afternoon for the judging of children's work and on Thursday for the show. Work, conduct and tidiness of children all satisfactory.

One of the judges was probably Hon. Lucy de Yarburgh-Bateson who was the wife of Robert Wilfred de Yarburgh-Bateson, 3rd Baron Deramore. Her family lived at Heslington Hall, York, now the administrative headquarters of the University of York. 


The Revd Dawe was the Vicar of Walkington, the village to the south of Bishop Burton.





E Norris

Her Majesty's inspector of schools.



"The Children's Section" Prizes were given in the schoolroom on Saturday evening by Mrs Hall Watt. The prize money and Illuminated Certificates amounted to £5.00 Mary Brumfield Assistant Art 51 was on the same occasion presented with a "Dressing Case" on her termination of duties on the previous day (Friday, July 27) at the Bishop Burton School. The present was from the School children; - the Master and Mistress of the School; - The Revd. W. A. Pearman, Vicar, and the Mr and Mrs Hall Watt. Mrs Swann CM 1st class took the Assistant work during this week. The Baptist S.S. trip to Bridlington, only caused 13 absentees on Thursday Aug 2nd. Conduct, work, and tidiness of children satisfactory for the week.

S.S. = Sunday School



Only 32 present on Monday morning - most of the absent ones went to Hornsea among them the Wesleyan S.S. children - and only 24 in the afternoon. Not one of the three Kate, Polly and Nelson Hayton present once during the week. Ethel Newlove present twice. All the four live in the New Buildings. Harriet Hayton from the same part also absent four six times during the week. Such cases brought down the average for the week to 51.

New Buildings were a line of cottages where the village shop is now. The house at the north end occupied by Dorothy Holmes was part of the original line. Arthur Newlove had his shop at the other end.




Examined the registers and found them correct


E R B Hall Watt




Several children absent harvesting e.g. 3 Jackson's,  3 Elerington's and others. Mr and Mrs Hall Watt at school on Friday morning, and Mrs Hall Watt again in the afternoon giving awat needlework and sums of money to the elder girls instead of the garments they have made during the year at school.


Left off for Harvest Holidays (5 wks) from Aug 20th to Sept 24th




Reopened with 61 scholars. Admitted Eric Vannin Swann 5 years old, and Blanche Danby 4. Susan Clubley withdrawn: "We are taking her from school as she has passed through all her standards" Yours truly, K Clubley. Susan's mother was asked to let Susan remain as monitress 5 weeks before she sent the note re-produced on p 3. Mrs Hall Watt at school on Wednesday morning. Mrs Swann commenced teaching throughout the day on Monday September 24th as no suitable candidate for pupil teachership was forthcoming. Susan Clubley's father asked for the post for Susan, but she was not sufficiently advanced to be presented at the examination. The Schoolroom has undergone a great change during the holidays, making almost a new room, as far as the inside appearance goes.

Eric was Benjamin and Jeanette's first child. He was the father of Geoff and Brian Swann who still live in the village.


The Clubley's were the village butchers at the time. Susan would have been about 13 years old at this time.



Average for the week 60 - one less than last week. Three boys under age are at work, and the two girls re-admitted after leaving their places attend very badly. Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars all satisfactory.




Average only 56 for this week. Potato picking and Hull fair being the chief causes of reduced attendance. Mr Craggy at school on Monday afternoon when 63 children were present. On Friday morning 46 and in the afternoon 48. Conduct and work of children present satisfactory.

Hull Fair has been running since the 13th century. For more information about its history refer to the Hull City Council web site.



Average for the week 61. Mrs Hall Watt at the school on Monday. The potato pickers returned to school on Thursday also one cattle tenter - W Berridge. Work, conduct and tidiness of scholars all satisfactory. Kate Hayton absent 4 days. Kate has been brought into school from her situation but she is doing no good.

William Berridge was one of those who died as a result of injuries received in World War 1. He is commemorated on the village war memorials.



Average for the week 64. Mrs Hall Watt and Miss Cayley at the school on Monday. Mrs Watt and four ladies visited the school on Wednesday afternoon. The attendance has with two exceptions been good. Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory. Commenced fires in the class-room on Thursday. The lamps were lighted in the schoolroom.




Average for the week 62. One boy sick - Kate Hayton absent the whole week. Not one absent on the Beverley Thursday and Friday Race Days. The Congregational Tea in the schoolroom at 6 o'clock on Friday night. The School children had tea on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the schoolroom. The donors of the Congregational Tea were also the donors of the Children's Tea. The customary "3 cheers" were given in appreciation of kindness. Mrs Smithson adding a bag of sweets for each child.




Average for the week 61. Kate Hayton the worst attender - only twice present. Conduct, work and tidiness of all satisfactory.




The workmen were all the week putting in the new fire place and work in connection with it.


Holiday the whole week.




Two girls sick on Monday morning and another on Tuesday and absent the remainder of the week. Laura Wilson and Blanche Danby absent the whole week. Wilfred Waslin absent at Market Weighton. Ernest Ellerington's Medical Certificate renewed. Friday was a shooting day. The average for the week being 58. The attendance on Monday morning was 61 and on Friday afternoon 57.





Examined the Registers and found them correct


E R B Hall Watt




The attendance has fallen off on account of the Martinmas week and sickness. The average for the week 55. Mr Watt paid a long visit to the school on Wednesday, most of the time with the needlework. Mrs Hall Watt at school twice during the week. Conduct, work and tidiness of children satisfactory.




Visit (Ins)


E Norris (Corris?)




Average for the week 62. The Revd W A Pearman at the school twice this week and E R Hall Watt once. Concert in the schoolroom on the 4th inst. The school closed a little earlier to prepare the platform etc. Mr Craggy, the Attendance Officer, paid a visit on Tuesday morning, taking the names of 4 irregular attenders. Mr Corris (Norris??) H.M.I. paid his second visit on Friday morning at 9 o'clock and remained until 12. Children good all the week.




Average for the week 60. The Attendance Officer took the name of the worst attenders at his last visit, but none has had the Officer's "Notice". The singing lessons for the week have been Christmas Tree Songs and Carols. Mrs Coulthurst visited the school on Wednesday afternoon. Conduct, work and tidiness on the whole satisfactory.


17th December 1900

York Diocesan Association

"Aid Grant"


A grant of £12 has been made to the Bishop Burton Mixed Sxchool for the following purposes: -


B. Equipment (Article 90 code)


I. Repairs. Boarding lower part of walls  £8.0.0

II. Minor improvements of Existing Premises

    New fire grates £4.0.0



Education within the diocese of York was originally supported by the York Diocesan Education Society (founded 1812) and the York Diocesan Association of Schools (founded 1897). These two organisations were amalgamated in 1903 to form the York Diocesan Education Association. By a resolution of the Diocesan Conference in 1920, the York Diocesan Education Association was replaced by the Diocesan Education Committee, which was in turn succeeded by the Diocesan Council of Education in 1938. In 1983 the governing body was again re-constituted as the Diocesan Education Committee (Schools). In 1990 the name changed to the Diocesan Board of Education. This body continues to be responsible for over 120 church schools (along with the local authorities), and helps to promote and support the church's education work within the diocese, including the teaching of religious education in schools. £12 in 1900 was worth £930 in 2007 using the RPI.



The Master not at school on Monday the 17th - had a bad fall. Mr and Mrs Hall Watt at school on Wednesday morning remaining some time in the class-room. Cases of colds and sickness have been very prevalent this week. The attendance has gone down in consequence. Left off on Friday for:


"Christmas Holidays" from Monday 24th December to Wednesday January 2nd 1901.




The customary "Christmas Tree" was grown and laden with presents by Mr and Mrs Hall Watt. The tree was stripped of its fruit on Christmas Day in the schoolroom by Mrs Hall Watt and many helpers including the Sunday School teachers. Mr Jno. Shaw's customary gift of books for Sunday scholars was distributed on this occasion. The children were delighted and grateful for the excellent treat and cheered heartily.





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