This document provides some background information on the people who feature regularly in the school log. They are listed in alphabetical order of surname.




Anstead, William Henry

One of His/Her Majesty's Inspector (HMI) of schools. Lived in Westwood Road, Beverley

Barry, Revd Ernest Joseph, MA

Diocesan Inspector of Schools and Curate of Routh Lived in Newbegin, Beverley.

Birtwhistle, Revd Robert MA (Oxon)

Vicar of Bishop Burton 1872-1873. The Rev Robert Birtwhistle was born in Richmond in 1834. By 1881 he was Rector of Withycombe in Somerset where he died in 1893. He was married to Ann Parker Heelis. He married T Oliver and Dinah Horsley at Beverley Minster in July 1867.

Brumfield, Mary A

Articled teacher 1900. But had worked as a probationer from at least 1894.

Cayley, Miss Julia

See Eyre, Mrs Julia

Cayley, Miss O

The youngest sister of Julia Eyre/Hall Watt nee Cayley

Craggy, Mr

School attendance officer, an employee of the county council.

Davies, Miss Gwendoline

Teacher at the school. Began January 1916.

Eyre, Gervase

The second husband of Julia Cayley

Eyre, Mrs Julia

The married name of Julia Philadelphia Cayley after her marriage to Gervase Eyre following the death of her first husband Ernest R B Hall Watt in 1908. She is commemorated by a lych gate at the entrance to All Saints Church. Born 1861; died 1923. Sometime school manager. Mrs Eyre also founded the organisation of Red cross nurses in the village during the first World War, and was a great benefactor to the sick and needy of the village.

Firth, Mr

One of His/Her Majesty's Inspector (HMI) of schools.

Hall Watt, Alverey

Younger son of Ernest and Julia Hall Watt. Succeeded his brother Richard as lord of the manor in 1918 and held the position until 1930. Born in 1901; died 1961. Played 2nd XI cricket for Yorkshire and farmed at Grange Farm.  Sometime school manager.

Hall Watt, Ernest Richard Bradley

Lord of the manor of Bishop Burton until his death in a motor accident in France in 1908. Sometime school manager

Hall Watt, Mrs Julia

See Eyre, Mrs Julia. Married first to ERB Hall Watt

Hall Watt, Richard

The elder son of ERB and Julia Hall Watt; lord of the manor from 1908 to his death during World War 1 in 1918.

Hodgson, Mrs H

A teacher at the school. Began in June 1915; left November 1915.

Johnson, Miss Beatrice Alice

A teacher at the school; began as an assistant in January 1903 on the retirement of Mr Swann. She had been a pupil teacher at Minster Moorgate School in Beverley. She was born in Beverley in 1885, the daughter of Thomas and Christiana Johnson nee Anfield; Thomas was a builder living in Well Lane where Beatrice also lived according to the 1901 census. Miss Johnson died in December 1914. Photo dated 1909

Lawson, Mrs

A teacher at the school. Photo dated 1924

Maclagan, William Dalrymple

Archbishop of York, 1891-1908

Oakley, Miss Maud

A supply teacher (uncertificated) at the school. Began November 1915; left December 1915.

Parr, Revd Edward George C. Parr, BA (Oxon)

Rev Edward George C Parr was vicar of Bishop Burton from 1874 to 1877. He was born in Dover in about 1842 although the largish family was mainly based in Devon where his father was a county magistrate. In 1871, he was curate in charge of St Peter's Mission in Middlesbrough. In 1881 after leaving Bishop Burton he was assistant chaplain at Wakefield Prison. In 1891 and 1901 he was still a clergyman now based in Bolton Gardens off the Brompton Road in Kensington. He married Anna Maria Upjohn of Norfolk but they do not appear to have had any children.

Pearman, Revd William Allwright, MA (Oxon.)

Vicar of the parish of Bishop Burton from 1888 to 1923. He would have been a member of the school board. IN 1881 he was an undergraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford living with his mother and step-father in Penton Mewsey in Hampshire where his step-father farmed. He was born in Whitchuch, Oxfordshire in about 1860 and went to school in Pangbourne.

Pease, Colonel H R

School manager around 1903. We're not sure which Pease he was. The family lived at Hesslewood Hall now the site of an Office Park in Hessle.

Quest, E

Teacher at the school. Taught part-time in 1893. Possibly named Edith and daughter of the publican of the Altisidora Inn, Thomas Quest.

Robinson, Revd Charles, MA (Oxon)

Vicar of the parish of Bishop Burton from 1853 to 1872

Ruthven-Murray, Revd Aelfric Charles, BA (Oxon), BA (Cape of Good Hope)

Vicar of the parish of Bishop Burton from 1923 to 1949. He did considerable research on the history of the village including family trees.

Scaife, Miss E

A teacher at the school in 1893. Engagement ended in June 1915.

Skingle, Revd Samuel

Minister at the Baptist Chapel in Bishop Burton 1896-1922

Sparrow, Revd Thomas W, MA (Cantab)

Priest in charge of the parish 1949-1957

Stevelly, R S

One of His/Her Majesty's Inspector (HMI) of schools. Lived in New walk, Beverley

Storey, Miss

A teacher at the school in 1914

Swann, Benjamin

School master at BB School. Born 1837 in York, the son of a bricklayer/builder. Taught at the school from 1860's to his retirement. He died in 1908. Photo dated 1891.

Swann, Mrs Jeanette Jane

The second wife of Benjamin Swann. A school mistress from Peel in the Isle of Man. Her maiden name was Kelly. Together she and Benjamin had two children Eric Vannin Swann and Edith B Swann. She became the head of the school on his retirement and served until 1932 (?). Two of the sons of Eric Swann still live in the village. Photo dated 1909

Swann, Mrs Jessie Maria

The first wife of Benjamin Swann. She was born in Hull. She taught part-time at the school. She died in 1891.

Twiddle, Revd A E, L. Th. (Canon of York)

Vicar of Bishop Burton 1959-1963

Wales, Miss Hilda

A school teacher from 1916. Her parents also came to live in the village in that year and are buried in the churchyard of All Saints Church.

Watt, Miss Gertrude

She was the daughter of Richard Watt III who was the lord of the manor of Bishop Burton in the mid 19th century and owner of the horse Altisidora. Born 1824. Died 1891. She never married.


See Hall Watt entries

Winstanley, Revd Calvin Beaumont

Born in Liverpool in 1831, he became a clergyman of the C of E and in 1861 was living in Liscard, Cheshire but was described as being "without cure of souls" which means he didn't have a parish but probably got paid. This incidentally is the origin of the word sinecure. In 1871 he was the curate of Stogoursey in Somerset. In 1851 he was being educated at Heath School in Skircoat, near Halifax. He married Elizabeth Bland(??) in 1859; she was 11 years older than him; they had a child Amy born in 1860. He may have been the curate of Bishop Burton but we're not sure. He appears to have left the village in 1865.

Wheeler, Mr

One of His/Her Majesty's Inspector (HMI) of schools. Visited in 1915.

Whitaker, Walter Seth

Started as a Pupil Teacher in January 1883. He was born in Cherry Burton in about 1869, the son of Seth and Jane Whitaker, variously farmer, tailor and innkeeper in the village.  In 1891, Walter was working as a schoolmaster in York and lodging in Bewlay St. In 1901 he was married with a family and was school master in Great & Little Preston. They are small villages about 8 miles to the south east of Leeds; the school is about half-way between the two and is still open today.



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