Transcribed by: John Dunning

 

The school head was Benjamin Swann

 

In 1863, Queen Victoria had been queen for 26 years and Lord Palmerston was prime minister. Abraham Lincoln was the US President. The rugby and football associations of England split. The first section of the London underground between Paddington and Farringdon opened. Yorkshire County Cricket club was formed.

 

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Date of entry

Log entry

Editorial notes

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1-Jun-1863

Holiday during this week instead of Easter and Whitsuntide

 

1

8-Jun-1863

Admitted Alfred Deighton from Walkington.  The attendance much below average owing to 12 boys weeding for Mr Ouston

I think that pupils had to pay for schooling and Bishop Burton was cheaper than Walkington

1

9-Jun-1863

Promoted Annie Watson and Jane Ellerington from the 4th to the 3rd class

 

1

10-Jun-1863

On hearing the 1st and 2nd classes their home lessons this morning I found that many had learnt them very indifferently.  I used corporal punishment.

 

1

11-Jun-1863

Found the home lessons complained of yesterday much better learnt.

Learnt the tune "Worcester."

 

1

12-Jun-1863

Examined the third class. I found the children who I promoted on the 9th sufficiently advanced not  to be a hindrance or drawback to  the other children

In the class.  Practised the tunes for the 2nd Sunday in Trinity to be sung in the Church. The Rev. Winstanley worked the scholars and closed with a prayer.

It was a Church of England School so there was a close relationship between the two.

1

15-Jun-1863

Admitted James Watson a little boy who had never been at any school before. Admitted Alice Janer who was staying with some friends, consequently  she is not to remain in school long

 

1

16-Jun-1863

Admitted Mary Botterill a little girl  who has never been at any school before

 

1

17-Jun-1863

The attendance today very small on account of children being taken  to Beverley Races.

 

1

18-Jun-1863

For the same reason as yesterday the attendance is very small. The school yard has been newly gravelled.  I cautioned and desired the children not to throw it off the yard.

 

1

19-Jun-1863

Received an application from Mr. R. Child of Methley near Leeds to give a Scientific Entertainment. Copy of reply "Dear Sir, I am sorry to inform you that the school in this place is not allowed to any party for any kind of .......(unreadable)

 

2

22-Jun-1863

Admitted Jane Elizabeth Witty, formally a pupil in this school, for only six weeks.

 

2

23-Jun-1863

Promoted George Ranson from the 3rd to the 2nd class.  Many children absent this afternoon on account of the Rural Sports on Beverley Westwood.

 

2

24-Jun-1863

Received notice of School Examination.

 

2

25-Jun-1863

The Rev.C.B.Winstanley and Miss Winstanley visited the school.

 

2

26-Jun-1863

The Rev. H. Sandford H.M.I. visited the school

 

2

29-Jun-1863

Holiday this afternoon. In recognition of excellent examination.

 

2

30-Jun-1863

The 1st. and 2nd. Classes have worked examples in simple subtraction .............

 

2

1-Jul-1863

I cautioned the children against throwing stones over the nearby.......

 

2

2-Jul-1863

Had occasion to make example of Henry Berridge, boy in the 2nd.class on account of his wilful and deliberate lies he told me in connection with a penny found by Elizabeth Richardson.

 

2

3-Jul-1863

Punished the same boy as yesterday for his indecency to Elizabeth Witty.

 

2

6-Jul-1863

Owing to the midsummer fair held at Beverley today the attendance is unusually small, only 27 pupils.

 

2

7-Jul-1863

Promoted Mary Lee From the 4th. To the 3rd. class.

 

2

8-Jul-1863

Have found it necessary to give much of my time to the 3rd.class, today I have worked the children in arithmetic required by the ????........

 

2

9-Jul-1863

Robert Gray has today finished all the examples in Hunters Arithmetic. He works the sums remarkably well.

 

2

10-Jul-1863

Practised the tunes for Sunday

 

2

13-Jul-1863

June Bailey a little girl in the 4th. Class whose name had been taken off the Register for bad attendance and who has not been at school for several months, returned this morning.

 

2

14-Jul-1863

I found it to be absolutely necessary to punish William Harrison for  his stupidity and surliness:- his parents bring from home the servant girl, took upon herself to detain him in the afternoon:- as soon as I learnt the cause for his absence I sent for him and he returned with the boy whom I sent.

 

2

15-Jul-1863

The boy A.Deighton who I admitted on the  8th. June not having been at school since, I took his name off the register. this morning

 

2

16-Jul-1863

Promoted Washington Jex from the 4th. To the 3rd. class.

This boy became a game keeper on the estate and lost his life trying to apprehend poachers near Brogdale Cottage.

2

17-Jul-1863

Holiday this afternoon.

 

2

19-Jul-1863

Elizabeth Witty who came to the school pro temp has discontinued this morning. Robert  Gray commenced working examples in book keeping.

 

3

20-Jul-1863

Promoted Arthur Quest from the 4th. To the 3rd. class.

 

3

21-Jul-1863

I examined the 3rd. class in Arithmetic in connection with standard 1 of the ........

 

3

23-Jul-1863

Instructed R. Gray in connection with book-keeping. Punished Annie Watson for the lesson.

 

3

24-Jul-1863

Practised the 1st and 2nd.classes in singing with harmonium accompaniment

 

3

27-Jul-1863

Examined  the 3rd and 4th Classes in reading the 3rd. according to the requirements of R. G.

 

3

28-Jul-1863

Devoted some of the afternoon to R. Gray's book-keeping.

 

3

29-Jul-1863

Promoted George Ranson, a big lad from the 3rd. to the 2nd. Class.

 

3

30-Jul-1863

Punished John Downs for swearing, cautioned the children and exhorted them to refrain from this wicked habit. Received the following report on the School "The children are very neat , clean and well behaved, they have been carefully taught on the whole. The Religious Knowledge of the younger children should improve, the Religious instruction is good for the older children." signed C.B. Winstanley.              

 

3

3-Aug-1863

Practised the 1st. and 2nd. Classes in singing with harmonium accompaniment

 

3

3-Aug-1863

Received Gov. Capitation fees. The Rev. C. B. Winstanley kindly sent a large quantity of gooseberries for distribution among the children.

 

3

4-Aug-1863

Mrs and Miss Winstanley visited the school

 

3

5-Aug-1863

Cautioned the children against quarrelling in the playground.  Had to detain H. Jex and A. Lee  after school closing as a punishment for quarrelling.

 

3

6-Aug-1863

Mr Powell, a gentleman connected with the York Sunday School examined the 3rd. class in reading.

 

3

7-Aug-1863

Practised church music with harmonium accompaniment.

 

3

10-Aug-1863

Awarded prizes to John Witty and Charlotte Berridge for best learners of  poetry

 

3

11-Aug-1863

Allowed  half a dozen boys to weed and clean the girls playground

 

3

12-Aug-1863

Examined the 4th. Class in reading, with the exception of two , knew their letters well. and could read and spell words of one syllable moderately well.

 

3

13-Aug-1863

Learnt the words of the song "Rosalie" instead of recreation in the yard.

 

3

14-Aug-1863

Examined the 1st and 2nd. Class in the simple rules of arithmetic, in subtraction found some deficiencies

 

3

17-Aug-1863

Learnt the tune to the words learnt on the 14th.

 

3

18-Aug-1863

Examined the 1st class in all the subjects required by the R.C. previous to the vacation

 

3

19-Aug-1863

Examined the 2nd. Class similarly to the 1st.

 

3

20-Aug-1863

Examined the 3rd. class similarly to the 1st.

 

 

 

HARVEST VACATION.

 

 

 

 

 

4

21-Sep-1863

Re-opened the school this morning with an attendance of 41 children.  Promoted Elizabeth Richardson and John Witty from the  2nd. class to the 1st. class

Several children could be helping with the harvest or gleaning.

4

22-Sep-1863

The Rev. C.B. Winstanley visited the school and closed with a prayer.

 

4

23-Sep-1863

Worked the simple rules of Arithmetic in the 1st. and 2nd. classes, the holidays having caused a retrogression

 

4

24-Sep-1863

Found the dictation of the 1st. and 2nd. classes has suffered much by the vacation. The Rev. C.B. Winstanley visited the school.

 

4

25-Sep-1863

Practised the children in singing with the harmonium accompaniment

 

4

28-Sep-1863

The Rev. C.B. Winstanley visited the school

 

4

29-Sep-1863

Examined the school in tables, Found many below the requirement of the R. ?

 

4

30-Sep-1863

Learnt the tune "Mount Blanc".Awarded prizes to Elizabeth Pexton and Henry Robinson for their studious industry during the Harvest Vacation

 

4

1-Oct-1863

The 2nd. class, not having learnt their home lessons satisfactorily, I detained them in school during the time allowed for recreation..

 

4

2-Oct-1863

Practised sing with harmonium accompaniment.Rev C.B. Winstanley at school with prayers

 

4

5-Oct-1863

The attendance today as compared with  the 21st. the day of opening after the harvest vacation shows an increase of 5.

 

4

6-Oct-1863

Promoted Robert Barrow from the 4th.to the 3rd. class.

 

4

7-Oct-1863

Commenced a course of religious instruction on the 29th September but omitted entering it.  The first week I devoted to the Creation, last week to the life of Noah and the present week to the live of Abraham

 

4

8-Oct-1863

Explained the 1st. part of the Catechism to the whole school

 

4

9-Oct-1863

Practised singing with Harmonium accompaniment

 

4

12-Oct-1863

George Bratten returned to school after being away all the summer months.  In consequence of which I had taken his name off the Register.  The 1st. and 2nd classes wrote as a home lesson the life of Abraham.

 

4

13-Oct-1863

Commenced learning the words of "The Chain Upraise" ?? The 1st. class writing it as a dictation lesson.

 

4

14-Oct-1863

The 1st and 2nd classes examined in "Tables, weights and measures" three fourths of the class attained the required standard.

 

4

15-Oct-1863

I gave the third class a simple dictation lesson and most of the children in the class equal to the lesson

 

4

16-Oct-1863

Practised the children of the 1st and 2nd classes in singing.

 

5

19-Oct-1863

The scripture lesson for the whole school this morning was the life of Jacob which will be continued until finished

 

 

5

20-Oct-1863

Admitted Mary Brookes, a little girl who has not been at any school before. George Watson and George Bratten  returned to school for the winter months having been engaged the summer  months "bird minding"

They would have been scaring crows  that caused great damage to the turnip crop by pulling up the plants looking for wire worms.

5

21-Oct-1863

Punished Valentine Berridge and Sarah ?? for lying. Cautioned all the children  against such sinful habits

 

5

22-Oct-1863

The 1st and 2nd classes finished Tables, weights and measures which they had been learning as home lessons.

 

5

23-Oct-1863

The Rev. C.B. Winstanley visited the school this morning and solicited a half holiday for the children on account of the Confirmation by the Archbishop of York  held in Beverley today.

 

5

26-Oct-1863

Miss Gertrude Watt visited the school today

 

5

27-Oct-1863

Three fourths of the third class....... a dictation lesson of money tables but not one fourth can form letters on the black board.  I cannot account for  it unless it be that they have not practised sufficiently.

 

5

28-Oct-1863

Promoted Clara Witty from the 4th.class to the 3rd.class

 

5

29-Oct-1863

Three boys John and George Senior and Robert Taylor absented themselves from school without their parents leave for the purpose of following the fox hounds. I cautioned the whole school against such irregularities and threatened the next like offenders with punishment.

 

5

30-Oct-1863

Owing to very inclement weather the attendance at school this week has been below average.

 

5

2-Nov-1863

Commenced "The history of Joseph" as the scripture lesson for the whole school.  The school fires lighted for the first time this season.

 

5

3-Nov-1863

Practised the 3rd class in making Capital letters (manuscriptly) on the blk bd.

 

5

4-Nov-1863

Holiday on account of the Bishop Burton Clothing Club held in the Schoolroom.

 

5

5-Nov-1863

Half an hour late in commencing school this morning.  The person who cleans the school having mistook the time.

No mention of Guy Fawkes or bonfire on the Green

5

6-Nov-1863

Thin attendance today owing to the..... and fair at Beverley. Practised the tunes for. Sunday..

 

5

7-Nov-1863

Admitted John Simpson a little boy of 3 years of age. This case is an exception to the general rules. Hannah, James and Robert Blackstone, of Walkington returned to school after an absence of three months.  Miss G. Hall  kindly  pays their school fees

 

6

11-Nov-1863

Commenced the history of Moses as the Scripture lesson for the whole school.

 

6

12-Nov-1863

Examined the 1st. and 2nd. classes in  tables, weights and measures, found four boys deficient .

 

6

13-Nov-1863

Practised the tunes for Sunday Service with harmonium accompaniment

 

6

16-Nov-1863

The first and second classed commenced learning  "The Miracle of our Saviour" as home lessons

 

6

17-Nov-1863

Examined The 3rd class in reading and found I could advantageously make two divisions as having progressed so favourably as to cause me to promote two of them to the second on trial today.

 

6

19-Nov-1863

Some of the younger children sick with colds, coughs and measles

 

6

20-Nov-1863

Practised two tunes for Sunday Service with harmonium accompaniment.

 

6

23-Nov-1863

William Newlove and Thomas Ellerington, two second class boys returned to school for the winter months.

 

6

24-Nov-1863

George Newlove, a persevering, though only moderate as regards to attainments, lad , gone apprenticed to a shoe maker in the village. During the last two years his attendance at school was very irregular.

 

6

25-Nov-1863

Finished the History of Moses with a succinct history of the wanderings of the Israelites. Commenced a new course of New Testament instruction especially St.Luke's Gospel.

 

6

26-Nov-1863

James and Robert Blakstone, after eating their dinner in the School-room at noon absented themselves without leave in the afternoon.  These children are an endless source of trouble And grievance to me on account of their bad conduct, they have an unwholesome infection to the whole school. 

 

6

27-Nov-1863

Blakston's again absent; practised the tunes for Sunday Service. Learnt the tune "St. Georges" as in Bridgemaker's  "Responses to the Commandments"

 

6

30-Nov-1863

The Blakstons' returned to school this morning and finding their Father had severely punished them I let them off with a caution as to their future conduct.

 

6

1-Dec-1863

I examined the whole school in the Catechism, principally the text, which I found well remembered.

 

6

2-Dec-1863

Learnt suitable prayers to be said on entering and leaving Church.

 

6

3-Dec-1863

Commenced the "History of the Wanderings of the Children of Israel"

 

6

4-Dec-1863

Practised the tunes for Sunday Service.

 

6

7-Dec-1863

Admitted two boys from Walkington, who appear sharp but very deficient in learning.

 

6

8-Dec-1863

On account of the increase in numbers of Scholars I have been obliged to make two divisions in the 2nd. and 3rd. classes, for Reading,  Writing and Arithmetic

 

6

9-Dec-1863

Cautioned the children against the mischievous act  of stopping  the passage of water  in the "Was Dyke" as requested                                                                                                                                            

Where sheep were washed. See V. Hall photo.

7

10-Dec-1863

Punished several children for misconduct in the playground.

 

7

11-Dec-1863

Practiced tunes for Sunday Service.

 

7

14-Dec-1863

Admitted James Lythe Thompson, a boy from Walkington, a boy very deficient in attainments.

 

7

15-Dec-1863

The 1st and 2nd classes wrote, as a Christmas piece "For onto us a child is born".

 

7

16-Dec-1863

Examined the whole school in Catechism, particularly the 3rd. Commandment

 

7

17-Dec-1863

Practised the 4th. Class in numeration and notation.

 

7

18-Dec-1863

The Rev. C.B. Winstanley visited the school. I practised the tunes for Sunday Service.

 

7

21-Dec-1863

Commenced examination of school work since the vacation; this morning Scripture for the whole school which well remembered especially by the elder children.

 

7

22-Dec-1863

The 1st and 2nd. classes engaged most of the day in writing their Christmas letters to their parents. Miss G. Watt visited the school.

 

7

23-Dec-1863

Prizes awarded to the most deserving children for attendance, good conduct and improvement by the Rev. and Mrs Winstanley and Miss G. Watt.

 

7

24-Dec-1863

Finished my examination commenced on the 21st. and on the whole I was well pleased and satisfied with the way in which the instruction I have imparted has been remembered. The school closed today for the Christmas vacation.

 

 

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