Transcribed by: Alison Gibson

 

The school head was Benjamin Swann

Teachers:  E Quest and J Swann

In 1893, Queen Victoria had been queen for 56 years and William Gladstone was prime minister. Thomas Edison finished the construction of the first movie picture studio. A crash on the New York Stock Exchange started a world economic depression. New Zealand became the first country to grant women the vote. Hermann Goering was born. Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience. Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” received its world premiere.

 

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Date of entry

Log entry

Editorial notes

119

Jan 2nd -  Jan 8th

Average for the week 60. The annual inspection and examination took place on the 5th. Inst. Conducted by R.S.Stevelley Esq and W.H. Anstead Esq. No school in the afternoon. E.R.B Hall Watt Esq signed the Class Registers on the 7th Jan 1893. The attendance on Friday was 53 only, compared with 64 on Thursday. All children whose names were on the registers present at the examination except Florence Walker and George Ellerington.

Inst = current month

 

R.S. Stevelley H.M Inspector of Schools New Walk

Walter.Hy. Anstead H.M Inspector of Schools Westwood Rd.

E.R.B Hall Watt Esq Lord of the Manor of Bishop Burton

119

Jan 8th- 12th

Christmas Holidays 1 week.

 

119/120

Jan 16th- Jan 20th

Average for the week 59. Two infant children sick the whole week, and two girls ‘helping mother'. Closed the school at 4 o'clock on Friday afternoon to allow time for the school room to be got ready for a ball the same night. Conduct, tidiness and work of children satisfactory.

 

120

Jan 23rd - Jan 27th

Average for the week 60. George Ellerington return to school after several months absence. Name not entered on register for 1893. Workmen commenced taking the tiles off the school premises on Tuesday the 24th inst. preparatory to ‘slating'. Ten boys absented themselves on Friday afternoon to follow the fox hounds. Work with tidiness have both been interfered with on account of noise and dust made by the workmen.

 

120/121/122

Jan 21st

The following summary of H.M. Inspectors Report has been received by the school managers.

‘ Reading is pretty fluent and fairly intelligent, though the answering on the meaning of what is read is confined to only a few of each class. Penmanship is a good point. Spelling and composition are fair. Arithmetic is accurate in the lower standards, but is again faulty in the upper standards. Singing and Drill are praiseworthy. Enough knowledge of the class subject English to earn any grant is not yet shown. Answering in Geography is somewhat stronger. Needlework must be better if a higher grant is to be recommended another time. The infants are fairly advanced except in lessons on Number. Order and general behaviour are pleasing. There should be backs on the seats on the infants gallery'

If you will refer to article 68 you will see that no teacher can be recognised under that article unless she is employed during the whole of the school hours. Neither E Quest nor J Swann can therefore be recognised under that article and the conditions of article 105 as to staff are not fulfilled.

                                                                         Ernest H. Watt (correspondent)

 

122

Jan 30th - Feb 3rd

Average for the week 57. Some of the 1st class boys at work and also some girls assisting mothers. The 3 worst attenders for the past month have been Agnes Waslin absent 25 times, Albert Hawes 16 times and George Hawes 15 times. Workmen busy on the roof of the school interfered with good order and work somewhat. Conduct and tidiness satisfactory.

 

122/123

Feb 6th - Feb 10th

Average for the week 60. The workmen on the roof of the school and otherwise about the **** made the work rather difficult. One case of sickness the whole week, and another part of the week. J Swann attended the dress making class on Wednesday afternoon. Tidiness and conduct satisfactory.

We think the word omitted is ‘place'

123

Feb 13th - Feb 17th

Average for the week 61. Mr Watt at school on Monday afternoon errecting a palisading in front of the school and the planting of creepers up the school wall; - also ordering backs to seats for the infants. Holiday on Shrove Tuesday by written request from the Vicar. Work, tidiness and conduct all satisfactory. Three first class girls absent most of the week.

Palisading is a fence built with stakes

123/124

Feb 19th - Feb 24th

Average for the week 58. The attendence has fallen off owing to work and sickness. Some of the scholars attended Mrs Jacksons' funeral on Wednesday afternoon. The sewing class was put off owing to J Swann's attending the sewing class in connection with Co. Council. Tidiness, industry and conduct of scholars satisfactory.

 

124

Feb 26th - March 3rd

Average for the week 59. The sewing class of the infants taken on Wednesday afternoon by the older girls. The standards Ⅰ- Ⅵ joining boys in Geography and Arithmetic during boys drawing lesson. Work, tidiness, and conduct all satisfactory.

 

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March 6th - March 10th

Average for the week 59. Two boys at work this week and two Waslin's still absent on account of their mother's illness. The ground in front of the school prepared for a flower border by Mr Watt's men on Wednesday. The sewing as customary all the week. Conduct, tidiness and work of scholars as usual.

 

125

March 13th - March 17th

Average for the week 60. One of Waslin's children returned - see note of last week. The sewing class was treated as before when the teacher attended the dress making class. Received notice of Scripture examination for Monday the 20th at 9.30. Work, conduct and tidiness of children satisfactory.

 

125

March 20th - March 24th

Average for the week 55. Holiday on Monday afternoon after the Scripture examination by the Rev E. Barry. Admitted Kate Hayton an infant of 5 years. 3 boys potato setting at Mr Brumfields and 1 boy bird tending. Workmen again busy putting up palisading in front of the school.

Rev Ernest Joseph Barry MA. Diocesan Inspector of Schools and Curate of Routh, Newbegin.

126

March26th - March 30th

Average for the week 53. Bird tending and potato planting have reduced the attendance this week. The sewing class conducted on Wednesday afternoon as on past occasions when the teachers of that class attended the dress making class. Good Friday March 31st. No school, but church services morning and evening. Conduct, work and tidiness all satisfactory.

 

126

April 3rd - April 7th

Average for the week 52. The attendance increased from 49 on Monday to 56 on Friday. Some children absent on Easter Monday and Tuesday. The sewing class conducted in the same manner on Wednesday afternoon as on previous one. Conduct, work and tidiness - with two or three exceptions - satisfactory. The Vicar and Mr and Mrs Hall Watt at school on Friday afternoon.

 

127

April 6th

Examination of the Registers and found them correct.

                                                                                                    W.A Pearman

W.A. Pearman was the vicar from the local church.

127

April 10th - April 14th

Average for the week 57. Some of the children have had bad coughs and colds this week, and one infant boy whooping cough. Mr Hall Watt kindly gave £1 to be spent in drawing models. Conduct, work and tidiness of most children satisfactory.

 

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April 16th - April 21st

Average for the week 49. Several children sick at school and did not return either in the afternoon or next morning. The painters and joiners repairing and painting the outside of school premises most of the week. Conduct, work and tidiness of children satisfactory.

 

128

May 1st - May 5th

Average for the week 50. The painters finished their work on Thursday. The fact of the workmen painting the windows has caused a falling off in work and order. Mrs Hall Watt present at the singing lesson on Friday afternoon. Several children sick; one Elizabeth Dunning having the Doctor. The Master sent Simpson Waslin home on Friday afternoon on account of his mother's death which took place at noon.

 

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May 8th - May 12th

Average for the week 53. Two children who have been ill returned to school this week. Work has gone on without interruption by workmen this week. Mrs Watt at school on Monday arranging about writing and sewing prizes for school children in connection with the Bp. Burton Rose Show.

 

129

May 15th - May 19th

Average for the week 54. Mrs Hall Watt kindly gave new class curtains for the use of the school. The sewing class was arranged as on several Wednesday afternoons past, for allowing the teacher an opportunity of attending the dress making class. The course of instruction is to be completed next Wednesday. Work, conduct and tidiness of children all satisfactory.

 

129

May 22nd - May 27th

Whitsuntide Holidays 1 week.

 

129

May 29th - June 2nd

Average for the week 54. Admitted Phoebe Waslin an infant of 4 years. The school required for Lumber Sale and marking of articles on Monday afternoon and Tuesday.

Lumber sale

130

June 5th - June 10th

Average for the week 52. The Vicar took the 1st Division in Scripture every morning except Thursday. The Wesleyan Bazaar and Wesleyan Sunday School Treat has brought down the average attendance for the week. Work, tidiness and conduct satisfactory.

 

130

June 12th - 17th

Average for the week 54. The Vicar took the 1st Division on Scripture Mon, Tues and Weds mornings. The Baptist Sunday School had their annual treat on Thursday afternoon- the no present that afternoon at school was 38. No one child absent on account of the ‘Races' except W Newlove with his fathers ice cream cart. Work, conduct and tidiness of scholars satisfactory.

 

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June 19th - June 23rd

Average for the week 56. The Vicar took the 1st Division in Scripture twice this week. Several children with bad coughs and colds. Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory.

 

131

June 26th - June 30th

Average for the week 53. The Club Feast dinner held in the school room on Wednesday holiday the whole day. Several children absent the following day. The Vicar took the 1st Division in Scripture twice this week. Conduct and lessons satisfactory.

 

131

July 3rd

The Registers were correctly entered.

                                                                                                    W.A Pearman

W.A Pearman was the vicar from the local church

131

July 3rd - July 7th

Average for the week 53. Thursday was a holiday - July 6th ‘Royal Wedding Day' and Bp. Burton Rose Show. Turnip singling has caused a few absentees this week. Writing prizes were given for the school children at the Rose Show and those who were singling turnips came to the school at night to write their pieces. Conduct and work satisfactory

Royal Wedding Day - Prince George the Duke of York marries Princess Mary of Teck at St James Palace. Teck was within the kingdom of Wuerttenburg S.W Germany.

 

 

Singling the practice of separating vegetable crops such as turnips or cabbages that grow in clumps.

132

July 10th - July 14th

Average for the week 50. Several children singling turnips, pulling fruit and making hay - others baby minding. The Archbishop of York visited the school on Wednesday morning accompanied by the Vicar and E.R Hall Watt Esq. The Vicar took the highest division in Scripture on Friday morning. Conduct, work and tidiness of scholars satisfactory.

Archbishop of York William Dalrymple Maclagan (1891-1908)

132

July 17th - July 21st

Average for the week 57. The Vicar took the highest division in Scripture three mornings this week. The Wesleyan and Baptist Sunday School scholars had their annual trip to Bridlington on Thursday. On the same meeting of the church Sunday school teachers was held at Bishop Burton, the school room being required for tea. Mrs Watt brought the teachers - E Quest and J Swann their dress making certificates respectively ‘ good and excellent' (only one excellent awarded)

 

133

July 24th - July 28th

Average for the week 52. The Vicar took the highest division on 3 occasions during the week. Iove Duck Poole withdrawn for farm work. Several children at work and irregular in attendance. Home lessons in Religious Instruction discontinued. Tidiness and work satisfactory.

 

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August 7th - Aug 11th

Average for the week 44. Most of the children have bad coughs - very like whooping cough with infants. The Vicar took the Religious Instruction 4 mornings this week. Mrs Hall Watt at the sewing class on Friday afternoon. Lessons, tidiness and conduct of children satisfactory.

 

134

Aug 14th - Aug 16th

The attendance on Monday morning was only 32. On Tuesday afternoon 26. Closed the school for the Harvest Holidays. The Vicar took the Religious Instruction of the highest division both mornings. Simpson Waslin sent home by the Vicar to get his hair brushed, but did not return to school that day.

 

Harvest Holidays from August 16th to Sept 21st.

 

134/135

Sept 21st - Sept 24th

Re-opened with an attendance of 39. Most of the absent ones have the whooping cough, and the other busy pulling fruit, picking apples etc. Admitted two infants. Mrs Hall Watt kindly took the older children who attend Sunday school to Bridlington on Tuesday, consequently their opening was changed from Monday to Wednesday at the suggestion of the Vicar.

 

135

Sept 25th - Sept 29th

Average for the week 57. Admitted one infant boy. There were still several children absent, but most of them are at some kind of work. The usual routine of school work according to the time-table without any occasion for comment. The tidiness and behaviour of the scholars - satisfactory.

 

135

Oct 2nd - Oct 6th

Average for the week 60. The same remarks made last week are applicable to this week as well.

 

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Oct 9th - Oct 13th

Average for the week 53. The attendance a little better but not yet good, as most work for the boys in the fields is over. Mrs Hall Watt and Miss Cayley at school Friday afternoon. Conduct and work of majority of scholars satisfactory. Admitted J.W. Batty infant.

 

136

Oct 16th - Oct 20th

Average for the week 58. Admitted Fred Beridge- an infant. A few boys wanted for Mr Hall Watt's shooting party. One boy - Martin Danby the whole week. With a few exceptions the children are again in attendance. Work satisfactory:- conduct fair.

 

136

Oct 23rd - Oct 27th

Average for the week 59. Admitted J.W. Waslin - infant. Boys again bush beating and M.Danby absent the whole week. Work, conduct and tidiness of scholars satisfactory. Sent approximate number for Drawing.

 

136/137

Oct 29th - Nov 3rd

Average for the week 59. Received notice of Drawing examination for Dec 12th at 9.30. Commenced fires in the school room and classroom on Oct 39th. Mrs Hall Watt and Miss Cayley at the school during the week. Conduct - fair - (cases of truanting), work and tidiness fairly satisfactory.

 

137

Nov 6th - Nov 10th

Average for the week 69. The attendance on Monday was poor on account of the ‘Beverley Sillings'. Work, conduct and tidiness of scholars satisfactory for the week.

Sillings

137

Nov 13th - Nov 17th

Average for the week 55. Admitted Florence M. Freeman for the winter months. Thursday and Friday were ‘shooting days' the attendance on Friday afternoon only 45. Work, conduct and tidiness of children satisfactory.

 

137

Nov 20th - Nov 24th

Average for the week 57. The attendance fell off at the end of the week owing to the ‘ Martinmas Holiday', still there are those who are absent who ought to be at school. Work of most children quite satisfactory. Conduct and tidiness as usual.

Martinmas was one of the quarter days which were used to divide the year. It originates in a Christian feast observed in commemoration of the death and burial of Saint Martin of Tours. Martinmas was usually observed on November 11. This day was important in the agricultural calendar as it was the day from which agricultural and other workers were hired for 12 months at a time and also the date on which rents and other payments fell due.

138

Nov 27th

Found the ‘Accounts Register' correctly entered.

                                                                                                   W.A. Pearman

W.A. Pearman was the vicar from the local church

138

Nov 28th

Found the Register correctly entered.

                                                                                                    W.A Pearman

 

138

Nov 27th - Dec 1st

Average for the week 53. The Vicar at the school every morning this week - except Thursday instructing the highest division in Religious Knowledge. Mr Craggy Attendance Officer paid a visit on Thursday afternoon. Several children absent on account of the Martinmas Holiday. Friday was a shooting day all the boy who were old enough were bush beating.

 

138/139

Dec 4th - Dec 8th

Average for the week 54. The Vicar took his division in Scripture on three occasions this week. The Bp. Burton Clothing Club held in the school room Wednesday afternoon. Received notice of annual inspection for January 5th 1893 (I think this is an error should read 1894) The attendance poor on Thursday and Friday. Several of the little ones with bad coughs. Conduct, work and tidiness satisfactory.

 

139

Dec 13th

Examined the ‘Register' and found it correct.

                                                                                                   Ernest H. Watt

 

139

Dec 11th - Dec15th

Average for the week 52. Tuesday morning was partly taken up with the Drawing Examination. The Vicar took the girls during that time and the infants remained with Miss Quest in the classroom. Mr and Mrs Watt visited on Wednesday morning and Mrs Watt and Miss Cayley the Needlework class on Monday afternoon. Holiday on Thursday afternoon given by the managers after the drawing examination, in lieu of Tuesday after which was very wet.

 

140

July 2nd - July 7th

(this we feel is an error and should read June)

A lumber sale was held in the school room on Monday the 2nd inst no school in consequence. Mr and Mrs Hall Watt gave all the children who attended both day and Sunday school a treat. Tea and games were enjoyed by all. Cheers for the kindness of the donors were heartily given by the scholars. Mr Hall Watt checked the attendance on Wednesday afternoon. Whitsuntide Holiday 1 wk June 7th to 11th.

Inst = current month

Lumber sale

140

June 15th

Examined the registers and found them correct.

                                                                                                 E.R.B Hall Watt

 

140

June 14th - June 18th

Admitted Winifred Smart and infant. The Vicar, E.R. Hall Watt Esq. Mrs Hall Watt and 2 Miss Thompsons at school during the week. Mr Watt kindly ** a poor child 1/- to buy wool for knitting. Work, conduct and tidiness satisfactory.

1/- one shilling

** = think the word that has been omitted here is ‘gave'

141

 

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142

Dec 18th - Dec 22nd

Average for the week 53. The Vicar took the highest division in Scripture three times this week. Mr Hall Watt and Miss Cayley at school on Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Watt kindly told the children she would provide a Christmas Tree and presents for Christmas Day. Adams three children withdrawn on Wednesday on Father leaving MR Watt's service and the village. A few children sick this week. Conduct, work and tidiness satisfactory.

 

142

Dec 27th - Dec 30th

Average for the three days of this week 56. On Christmas Day all the scholars received presents of books, toys sweet etc. from the Christmas Tree kindly provided by Mrs Hall Watt. The school room could not be got ready for the school the following day on account of the clearance of the room in connection with the tree. The Vicar took the highest division in Scripture the three mornings. Conduct, work and tidiness all satisfactory.

 

 

 

End of Bishop Burton School Log 1893

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