According to Theophilus Jones’ “History
of the County of Brecknock” (published 1805) the first school
in Glasbury was housed in St. Peter’s Church:
“St. Peter’s church: nave and chancel with a heavy
tower to the west end in which there are 6 bells and below a very
comfortable schoolroom, furnished with a stove, wherein children
are taught reading, writing and arithmetic supported partly by
the contributions of the most opulent inhabitants and partly by
the parents of some of the children, who pay for their education;
it is now in a flourishing condition and a master was some time
back appointed, who is competent in the undertaking.”
(The church he is describing is not the current church which was
rebuilt in 1838).
From a letter lodged in the Lambeth Palace Archive
written in September 1814 (see Appendix 1 at the end of this item),
it seemed that a group of people in the Parish were contemplating
the introduction of the Madras System of Education (a monitorial
system) but were hampered by a lack of premises suitable for the
numbers of children envisaged. This obstacle was overcome by the
generosity of Miss Bridget Hughes of Glasbury House who provided
the necessary finance for a new schoolroom on the understanding
that the new school would have the patronage of the National Society.
And so Glasbury Parochial School, which later
came to be known as Coed-y-Bolen, opened its doors in 1816 and
continued to educate children of the village and surrounding area
A statement in the “Glasbury Parochial School: Rules and
Regulations 1816”, informs us that the following Inscription
was engraved on a tablet placed on the wall at the head of Glasbury
“This room was erected at the expense of Miss Bridget Hughes,
Glasbury House, for the sole purpose of instruction upon the improved
system of education in this year 1816.”
This generous action cost Miss Hughes £211-17-6. Possibly
the land was given by Colonel Wood.
At a General meeting of the subscribers
to Glasbury School, held in the school room on 18th September,
1816, with Colonel Wood, MP, in the chair, the following rules
were agreed :
1. That this school be called Glasbury School and that the new
system of education alone be adopted in it.
2. That it consist of as many as the room will contain and that
one half at least be children of the poor who are to be instructed
free of expence, the remainder to pay at the rate of half a guinea
3. That an annual subscriber of half a guinea or a subscriber
to the building of 5 guineas have the nomination of one poor child
annually; and that if a sufficient number of children be not recommended
by subscribers the Committee be empowered to complete the number.
4. That the master of the School be appointed by a general meeting
of the subscribers; that he be a member of the church of England
and a regular communicant.
5. That the children attend divine service every Sunday and that
the church catechism be repeated at least once a week and explained
by the master.
6. That Miss B. Hughes be patroness and that Colonel Wood, MP,
Lord of the Manor, Sir Charles Morgan, Bart., MP, and Walter Wilkins,
Esq., MP, be patrons of this institution.
7. That a treasurer be appointed who shall receive the subscriptions
and pay all demands upon the Society, when signed by 2 of the
8. That a committee of ladies and gentlemen be appointed (3 of
whom be a quorum) who shall visit the School and direct all its
9. That children from the neighbouring parishes be admitted on
the same terms with those of the parish of Glasbury.
10. That parents having more than 2 children at the School will
not be required to pay more than 1 guinea per annum.
11 That the following ladies and gentlemen be appointed to the
Viscountess Hereford, the Hon. Mrs. Wilkins, Miss Allen, Mrs Williams,
Mrs. Howell, Miss J. Hughes, Mrs. Papendick, Miss Pritchard and
Mrs. Jones, Viscount Hereford, Charles Morgan, Esq., Mr P. Walter
Wilkins Jun. Esq., Henry Allen, Esq., Rev. J. Warry, Vicar, Joseph
Hughes, Esq., Mr James Morgan, Mr John Morgan Jun. and Rev. James
12. That Mr Morgan be appointed treasurer.
13. That an annual general meeting of the subscribers be held
at the school room on the 18th day of September for examination
of the state of the School and auditing the accounts.
14. That this day be considered the commencement of the second
year and the subscriptions be calculated accordingly.
15. That the salary of the schoolmaster be fixed at £40
a year with the use of the house and garden.
16. That Thomas Jones be appointed master as long as he continues
to discharge the duties of his situation to the satisfaction of
17. That the Committee be empowered to make such further regulations
as they may think proper for the management of this institution
which regulations to be approved by the annual general meeting,
provided always that such regulations shall in no instance militate
against the intention and spirit of the foregoing regulations.
18. That is it expedient that this school should be placed in
union with the national school.
And so Glasbury Parochial School, which later came to be known
as Coed-y-Bolen, opened its doors in 1816 and continued to educate
children of the village and surrounding area until 2012.
Extract from the AGM of Subscribers: 1823
That all National Schools being Sunday as well
as daily school, the children of this school be ordered on pain
of expulsion to attend in their places every Lord’s Day
and go in procession to church both morning and evening and that
the master take special care that the hours at school be wholly
devoted to the acquisition of religious knowledge.
Extract from the AGM of Subscribers: 1824
That the meeting, although it views with satisfaction
that the resolution for enforcing regular attendance has as far
as it regards the parents been obeyed, still has cause to lament
that the school does not exhibit that degree of order and proficiency
which its supporters had a right to expect. That it being learnt
with regret that the children waste in play and idleness the hours
which ought to be devoted to the business of the school, a meeting
be soon convened for the purpose of devising some means of correcting
Extract from the AGM of Subscribers: 1839
It was further resolved that as the National System had been
tried and failed – the poorer classes (for whose benefit
the school was established) having objected to send their children
– that the old system be incorporated with the new, in the
hope that those prejudices may be removed and the parish thereby
induced to send their children regularly to school.
Mr Thomas Jones took up post in 1816 but his services were dispensed
with in 1837 and in 1838 Mr and Mrs Wilkes from Cheltenham took
over, at a salary of £50 per annum. However, this figure
could not be sustained as the number of subscribers had reduced.
In September 1839 they were advised that they would have to accept
a salary of £40 per annum or resign. They chose the latter
option and left in December 1839. Following the departure of the
Wilkes and advertising of the post, numerous applications were
received and Mr and Mrs Howe were appointed to commence on 21st
January, 1840 at a salary of £40 per annum. Their services
were dispensed with in July 1841 to be followed by : -
1841 Charles Mould
1863 William Palin
1881 (17th January) Joseph Warwick
1885 (5th January) Joseph Booth Marshall
1893 (6th November) Fanny Jones resigned 21st December, 1923
1924 (8th January) Jane Powell (supply teacher pending arrival
of new head).
1924 (14th April) Thomas Jones resigned 25th February, 1944
1944 (28th Feb.) Miss Erben (pending arrival of new head).
1944 (3rd April) Gwyn Evans retired 31st August, 1967.
1967 (4th September) R. Sayles died in post 25th February, 1976.
Mrs C.W. Davies and Mrs B. Lewis until the arrival of new head
1977 (1st January) David Carter Ward
1986 (2nd September) Paul Baker
1996 Gaynor Bevan
2001 Miriam Knight
2012 Ashley Clare
The school closed in 2012.
Extracts from School Log Books - 1863 to 1902
7th Sept. – As usual many were absent, especially in the
first class, owing to the long harvest.
22nd Sept. – I found it necessary to caution the children
against interfering with the ponies and their foals.
23rd Sept. – Owing to Talgarth Fair the attendance in 1
& 2 was less than usual.
2nd Oct. – I had to caution the children one more concerning
the ponies and even to threaten punishment.
19th Oct. – Many of the older ones were absent potato picking
and apple picking.
26th Oct. – many of the older ones potato and apple picking.
27th Oct. – In the afternoon Mrs Palin in the school as
I attended Battalion Drill at Llyswen.
8th Dec. – Cautioned the children against interfering with
the Quarrymen. Quarry very dangerous.
18th Dec. – Henry Saunders age 8 very refractory and very
disobedient and also saucy. Punished very severely with the rod.
21st Dec. – Children assembled in the school as usual but
owing to so few being present we broke up for a fortnight’s
On books: October 5th 71 January 4th 84
4th Jan. – commenced school with 20, partly
owing to the cold weather, only 1 in 3rd class, and partly owing
to the rejoicings at Tregoyd.
28th Jan. - Annie Whitney was lightly burnt on each arm, through
playing in the school during the dinner hour. Cautioned the children
about playing in school and spoke of the danger of being careless
when near the fire.
5th Feb. – Gave notice to the children of the concert to
be held in the village in aid of the school. Given by Ch. Duair
and a few friends.
10th Feb. – Mrs Palin kept school in this afternoon on account
of the “rehearsals” for concert held in the evening.
Full room gave every satisfaction.
10th Feb. – Ash Wednesday. Children went to the church in
19th Feb. – Re-organised the school and moved the master’s
desk. A decided improvement inmany respects, having a better view
of the children during their work and greater convenience in assembling
and dismissing them. Received orders from Mr Alford to get some
competent person to give an estimate of a few necessary repairs,
new desks, benches and cupboards.
22nd Feb. – Bitterly cold morning, deep snow.
24th Feb. – Severely cold day – many little ones absent
owing to that.
25th Feb. – Snowing the greater part of the day, especially
in the morning.
10th March – Deep snow during the night and in the early
part of the morning.
21st March – Fair at the Hay caused many absentees in first
23rd March – Mr Bynon came and took an account of the necessary
repairs, desks, forms, cupboards in order to send in the required
24th March – many of the elder ones absent this week, their
parents wanting them to assist in the cultivation of their gardens.
Total number on the books, Jan 4th – 84, April 4th –
Highest average – 45. Lowest average – 18.3. Quarterly
average – 34.
5th April – On enquiring the cause of so
many absentees, it appeared that the boys were at home helping
their parents in the gardens.
6th April – Objected to Mr Bynon’s estimates for the
necessary repairs to the school and for the new furniture.
7th April – The 3rd class read fairly, while very well,
but their arithmetic is rather backward, most of them having been
to a Dame school.
20th April – Spoke to the children of the Missionary meeting
on Wednesday, April 27th.
28th April –Holiday, Festival, Brecon.
10th May – Rev. Mr Beavan, one of the Diocesan Inspectors,
visited the school. He kindly gave a few good hints about our
school furniture, benches, desks and the cheapest and best way
to get them.
11th May – Rev. S. Alford much pleased with Mr Beavan’s
remarks respecting the school furniture and decided on getting
some from the same place.
17th May – Holiday – Hay Fair.
18th May – Second Fair Day at Hay.
20th May – In the afternoon Mrs Palin in the school as I
attended Battalion at Llangorse.
27th May – Many absent owing to the charity bread being
distributed in the churchyard.
7th June – Mr Prosser complained of children interfering
with masons and the navies. Reprimanded children.
9th June – Rejoicings in the village – marriage of
Captain Frank de Witnton.
10th June - Levi Morgan severely punished for leaving school without
leave the previous Tuesday. Very impertinent with Mr Prosser,
mason and contractor.
13th June – Hay Fair. Cause of many being absent.
Total number on books: ~April 4th – 76; July 4th –
Highest average 51.2 Lowest average 22.8 Quarterly average: 40.7
4th July - Absentees chiefly in first class.
Hay making began.
2nd Aug. – Oddfellows Club at Maesllwch Arms. Service in
church at 12. Afternoon holiday.
5th Aug. – Closed the school for 4 weeks holiday.
7th Sept. – Very much pleased with the new desks.
12th Sept. – Mrs Alford and party visited the school in
the afternoon. Gave some nice little books to me to give to the
26th Sept. – Many absent owing to the rejoicings at Hay
on the occasion of the opening of the Hereford, Hay and Brecon
10th Oct. – Hay Fair cause of falling off in the number
of children in attendance.
12th Oct. – Spoke to the children on the dangers of trespassing
on any part of the railway, especially to the younger ones.
13th Oct. – many of the elder boys potato picking and apple
picking. All this is the cause of the irregular attendance at
this time of the year.
20th Oct. – Most of the absentees apple picking and potato
31st October – many of the older children apple and potato
2nd Nov. – Talgarth Fair. Big boys absent in 1st and 2nd
4th Nov. – School treat afternoon – 56 present. The
following subscribers and friends visited the school and took
part in the games and assisted in serving the children to tea
and cake. Mrs Alford, Miss Alford, Miss Jones, Miss Eames, Miss
Bridgewater, Mrs Watkins and party, Miss Croake and many other
friends. They were pleased with their behaviour and their singing
gave general satisfaction.
7th Nov. – 2 first class boys were severely punished with
the rod for disgraceful conduct in the churchyard; throwing filthy
dirt on the church doors and stones at the bells. In addition
to this they learnt 17 verses, III Reading Book.
23rd Dec. – Broke up for Christmas holidays.
Average for winter – 42.7
Number on books October 3rd – 65. Jan 2nd – 65.
Jan. 30th – Feb. 3rd – holidays owing to the severity
of the weather.
1st March – Being Ash Wednesday all of us attended service
in church at 11.00 a.m.
17th March – No sewing owing to Mrs Palin being very ill
and consequently she was unable to have the girls in the kitchen.
20th March – very cold wintery weather.
21st March - ~Girls sewing only 1 hour on account of Mrs Palin’s
Number on books January 2nd – 69. April 3rd – 65.
Average for quarter – 40.5
The irregular attendance which characterises this quarter is entirely
owing to the severity of the weather and the prevalence of sickness
in the neighbourhood.
April 4th – Rev. J. Alford and Rev. J. Williams examined
school desks. Thought them very good ones though rather too dear.
April 5th – Rev. W.L. Beavan, the Diocesan Inspector, visited
April 14th – Good Friday. Holiday. Church service in the
April 24th – Most of the absentees were planting potatoes.
May 1st – George Whitney gone to another school in the village.
May 17th – Holiday on account of Hay Pleasure Fair.
May 18th – Thin attendance owing to the Hay Pleasure Fair.
May 25th – Being Ascension Day the children attended Divine
Service in the church at 11.00. A few of the younger ones remained
in school under the care of Mrs Palin.
June 7th – General holiday. Bath and West of England Agricultural
Show at Hereford this week.
June 12th – many absent in the first class owing to the
Hiring Fair at Hay.
June 26th – Hay making.
Number on books January 2nd– 69. April 3rd – 65.
July 3rd – 66.
Average for quarter – 42.7.
July 31st – Many children enquired about the harvest holidays
as the harvest had fairly begun and they would be leaving to assist
Aug. 1st – Holidays afternoon – Oddfellows Club day.
4 weeks holiday form August 4th.
Oct. 2nd – Many absent due to potato picking.
Oct. 25th – Annual school treat in the morning.
Number on books Oct. 2nd – 72 January 2nd– 76
Average for quarter – 56; Highest average - 63; Lowest average
22nd Jan. – Admitted William Evans, aged 10 years. Writing
and figures very backward. He has previously been to a dame school.
1st Feb. – School closed at half past three to enable Head
to be present at the Llyswen Concert held in the National School
room in the evening.
14th Feb. – Ash Wednesday. Children attended Service in
the church at 11.00.
19th Feb. – Many absent owing to the prevalence of sickness
in the neighbourhood and especially among the schoolchildren.
14th March – Day of humiliation on account of the cattle
plague. Attended Divine Service in the church at 11.00.
Usual week’s holiday at Easter.
Number on books January 2nd– 76. April 8th – 74.
Average attendance – 53; Highest – 59; Lowest –
11th April – Mrs Palin in charge of the
school the whole of the day as I was occupied in preparing for
the rehearsal of the concert to be given in the village in the
evening for the school.
12th April – Absentees, most of the elder ones gardening
or assisting their parents in planting the field potatoes.
24th April – Holiday – Choral Festival at Brecon.
26th April – Closed school at 4 to prepare for the missionary
meeting in the evening. Very thin attendance.
30th April – Many absent owing to Talgarth Fair. The elder
children generally staying at home to take care of the little
ones while their parents attend the fair.
7th May – Admitted Eli Farr, aged 7. Reading good, writing
and figures very backward. Came from the dame school in the village.
14th May – Mrs Palin in charge of school the greater part
of the morning as I was obliged to attend the parish meeting held
in the church at 11.00.
17th May – General holiday, Pleasure and Hiring Fair, Hay.
25th June – Mrs Palin in school from 11.00 until 12.15 as
I was obliged to attend the parish meeting held in the Sunday
Number on books April 8th – 74. July 2nd – 81.
Average attendance – 52. Highest – 63; Lowest –
July 16th – Many absent, both girls and boys, assisting
their parents in the hay fields and minding the little ones at
6th August – Small attendance due to wet morning and the
harvest about to start.
7th August – Closed school at 12.00 and gave half holiday
in the afternoon on account of the Oddfellows Club day.
10th August – 3 weeks’ holiday.
5th Sept. – Absentees due to late harvest and the unsettled
state of the weather.
Sept. 10th - Absentees still engaged in harvesting and gleaning
or assisting their parents.
Sept. 12th – Children dismissed half an hour early to enable
them to attend the Bible meeting held in the Sunday School.
Number on books July 2nd – 81. Oct. 1st – 86.
Average for quarter – 48. Highest – 59; Lowest –
Oct. 9th – Rev. C. Bradley visited.
1st Nov.- School closed 12.00 to 2.30 as the Headmaster was employed
during that time in the churchyard.
14th Nov. – Mrs Palin in charge of the school from 12.00
to 12.30 and from 2.00 to 3.30 as the Headmaster was engaged with
Mrs Allen’s funeral.
10th Dec. – complaints of a few of the boys and girls not
behaving as well in church during the service as they ought to.
21st Dec. – Started a fortnight’s holiday.
Number on books Oct. 1st – 86. Jan. 7th - 76
Average – 45.
9th Jan. – Mrs Palin had the care of the school from 3.00
until 4.00 as I was engaged in the church - during this time they
had silent work in desks.
14th – 18th Jan. – Holidays owing to the severity
of the weather.
31st Jan. - Mrs Palin had the care of the school from 10.30 till
12.00 as the Head engaged with the management of Mrs Powell’s
funeral at Newport.
21st Feb. - Mrs Palin had the care of the school from 10.30 and
throughout the day as I had occasion to go to Hay on very important
16th March- Being Ash Wednesday the children attended Divine Service
in the Parish church at 11.00.
18th March – Owing to the severe frost and very heavy fall
of snow, few children were present and those were in top classes
and could only work when seated around the fires.
25th March – Mrs Palin took charge from 3.30 to 4.30 as
I was engaged in the churchyard with a funeral.
18th April – Start of week’s Easter holiday.
Number on books January 7th - 76. April 1st – 81
Average attendance – 42.
30th April – Missionary meeting.
1st May - Mrs Palin had the care of the school from 3.30 until
close as I was engaged with the funeral of Mr T. Jones, who was
formerly for 40 years master of this school. He died aged 96 years.
15th May – Attendance below average as the elder boys were
busy potato planting in their gardens or fields
17th May – Holiday, pleasure Fair – Hay.
23rd May – 3 boys severely punished for behaving badly in
church last Sunday. There were noisy and did not keep quiet after
they were spoken to they were kept in during playhours and received
a good share of the rod.
31st May – Many of the children went out at 12.00 an account
of the charity bread being distributed in the school room in the
14th June - Mrs Palin had the care of the school from 11.30 to
12.00 as I was obliged to attend the parish meeting.
18th June - Mrs Palin had the care of the school from 10.30 till
closing time as I was engaged at the church viz. wedding by license.
19th June – Walter de Winton Esq., one of the largest subscribers
to the school, gave the children an excellent tea of tea and plum
cake in commemoration of his marriage. Many of the ladies of the
neighbourhood kindly assisting in ministering to the wants of
the children and presenting each scholar in the 1st and 2nd classes
neatly bound prayer book. They had a variety of outdoor sports,
including racing, jumping etc. for prizes and small sums of money.
24th June - Many absent as assisting in the hay harvest or nursing
while their mothers were out working.
25th June – Absentees owing to the opening of the New Baptist
Chapel in the village.
27th June – holiday on account of the District Festival
held at Talgarth in connection with the Brecon Church Choral Union.
Number on books April 1st – 81 July 1st - 73
Average attendance – 51
22nd July -2 boys punished for being noisy and over troublesome
in church on Sunday, chiefly talking and making a noise with their
5th Aug – 2 boys severely punished with the rod for behaving
badly in church last Sunday; not only talking but making a noise
with their books and their feet.
6th Aug – Children dismissed at 12.00 on account of the
“club” in the village.
16th Aug – Broke up for 1 month; harvest holidays.
4th Oct. – Annual school treat kindly given by Rev. C. Bradley,
vicar. Present Rev. Alford and Miss Allen, Miss Wood and others.
Number on books July 1st – 73 Oct. 1st - 69
Quarterly average 54.
30th Oct. – Children attended church service in the afternoon
4th Nov. – Admitted boy aged 11 years; very backward except
in writing. He came from Velindre Infant School.
12th Nov. – Gave half holiday in the afternoon on account
of “concert” in aid of the School. It was under the
patronage of Mrs De Winton of Maesllwch and was a decided success;
the sum of £7.10.0 was handed over to the school funds after
all expenses were paid.
22nd Nov. – Many children absent from school owing to the
27th Nov. – Very few in first class owing to the coursing
meeting in the village.
5th Dec. – Many of the little ones absent owing to the stormy
weather, raining almost incessantly the whole of the morning.
20th Dec. – 2 weeks off for Christmas.
Number on books ?
Average attendance – 54.
Jan. 22nd – Very few in school, snowing
all morning. Kept all the little ones at home.
Jan. 23rd – Sorry to find the whooping cough is very prevalent
in the neighbourhood and is the case of so many being absent.
Feb. 20th – Ash Wednesday; attended divine service in church.
1st April – Closed school at 1.00 as I was called away as
parish clerk with business in the churchyard.
6th April – Absentees busy assisting their parents in the
gardens or planting potatoes in the fields.
9th April – Week’s holiday for Easter.
14th May – Great many were late in the afternoon; they had
been bathing in the river i.e. the boys.
18th May – Usual holiday on account of the Hay pleasure
21st May – Attended divine service in the church at 11.00.
Very few in school the whole of the week owing to hiring at Hay.
26th May – Church missionary meeting in the evening.
28th May – Many absent owing to a severe thunder storm in
the early part of the morning which continued till noon.
20th July – Many of the 1st and 2nd class engaged in the
harvest, the attendance fallen off considerably; very little chance
of better attendance until after the harvest.
24th July – School off 1 month – harvest holidays.
16th Sep. – Rev Alford hopes we should soon have the new
desks for we are very much in want of them.
23rd Sep. – Many of the first class on potato or apple picking
or seeking acorns for their pigs.
24th Sep. – The carpenter was in school all day replacing
the pegs for the children to hang their caps, bonnets etc. on.
The children on mainly silent work as their attention was interrupted
by the carpenter.
7th Oct. – The roof of the school is in want of repair and
must be attended to at once. Rev. Alford ordered me to speak to
the mason at once, for the necessary work to be done.
12th Oct. – Absentees still apple picking or potato picking
or acorn picking.
22nd Oct. – Mrs Palin in charge of school during the greater
part of the day as I was engaged at the church.
23rd Oct. – Treat in the afternoon given by Misses Bridgewater
in honour of their brother’s (Col. Bridgewater of Broomfield)
marriage. The children had a variety of games in the afternoon.
Then they had tea and plum cake in abundance. Then the children
sang. Then address by Rev. Bridgewater. Present were Mrs Offord,
Misses Alford, J. Bridgewater, Miss Jones, Miss Eames, Mrs Perry,
Rev. H. Bridgewater and several others. Mrs Honeyfield as usual
made the tea.
26th Oct. – The new desks were brought by the carpenter
and are a great convenience for the school. We are now well supplied
with school furniture in many respects.
4th Dec. – Many absent owing to the very stormy day –
24th Dec. – 1 week only for Christmas.
5th Jan. – Mrs Palin opened and superintended
school in the morning, during my absence at Talybont.
5th Feb. – A boy found 2d on common and honestly brought
it to me – no-one present in school had lost the pence.
The owner was found the following Monday, viz. A. Williams. Rewarded
10th Feb. – Ash Wednesday. Attended divine service at 11.00
11th Feb. – Snowy all morning – children around fires.
2nd March – Mrs Palin superintended school – self
attended battalion drill at Brecon.
15ht March – Many absent owing to the severity of the weather
– chiefly little ones.
4th April – Dispensed with fires and arranged the desks
and forms for summer months – much the better arrangement
of the two.
27th April – Mrs Palin very ill. Dismissed 3.30 as missionary
meeting in the evening.
6th May – Children dismissed half an hour earlier in order
to have practice for the concert.
7th May – School closed at 3.30; concert in the village
in the evening.
11th May – Heinemeir’s entertainment took place in
school in the evening. Very fairly attended – the school
will be let no more for such purposes.
17th May – holiday for Hay pleasure fair.
24th May – Admitted 8 fresh scholars, chiefly in 4th class
and infant section. None has any knowledge of writing and figures
having only attended dame schools in the village.
28th May – Many were allowed to go home earlier in the morning
as the charity bread was distributed in the Sunday school room
by Rev. Alford and churchwarden.
7th June – Sarah Jones was very backward in all subjects
except reading. Hannah Sheen the same – both from dame school.
14th June – Many were late owing to the fair at Hay. Admitted
4 more from dame school. No idea of writing and figures.
21st June – Absentees for hay harvest.
12th July – Great falling off in upper classes, engaged
in hay harvest and will be for some time.
20th July – The annual school treat in the afternoon from
5 – 8. 84 present. They enjoyed themselves well.
The Misses Alford present. Kindly given by the Rev. C. Bradley,
23rd July – Mrs Palin left home today.
30th July – Holiday to have an opportunity of watching the
Volunteer Movements (?) on Rhosgoch Common – Grand Field
Day and Review Inspection of the whole battalion of the County.
3rd Aug. – Holiday; Oddfellows Club walk.
13th Aug. – Harvest holidays.
15th Sep. – Holiday as I was at Hereford.
29th Sep. – Harvest thanksgiving service in the afternoon
– children attended as usual.
11th Oct. – Attendance much below the average owing to the
large “butter and cheese fair” at Hay.
21st Oct. – Great many absent, chiefly engaged in picking
apples and potatoes and will be for several days to come.
8th Nov. – Several boys absent in the upper classes, walking
the boundary of Colonel Woods’ property, this and the following
13th Dec. – Donovan and Lloyd preparing estimate for supplying
school with a constant supply of clean water from a well on the
17th Dec. – Pipton children prevented from coming to school
on account of the high flood.
24th Dec. – 1 week Christmas holidays.
4th Jan. – Tithe audit at Three Cocks
Inn; a few of the oldest ones absent from school on that account.
12th Jan. – Mrs Palin in charge as I was in Hay.
21st Jan. – Holiday preparing room for the concert n the
evening, given by the Church Choir.
14-18th Feb. – This week treated as holiday – not
a dozen present owing to the severity of the weather. Very frosty
and bitter cold east wind – in fact quite boisterous.
2nd March – Ash Wednesday. Children attended church service
14th-17th March – School closed this week owing to my illness.
Influenza and inflammation.
14th April – Start of one week’s holiday for Easter.
26th April – In the afternoon preparing for the missionary
meeting in the evening.
16th May – Holiday – Hay pleasure fair.
27th May – Many absent owing to the Charity Bread being
distributed in Sunday School as usual.
13th June – A. Whitney returned after 3 months’ absence
– been to a private school in the village.
7th July – School treat in the afternoon. Very few ladies
and subscribers present.
22nd July – Many of the children falling ill of the measles,
the attendance decreasing accordingly. Owing to the thin attendance
on account of the prevalence of measles we had private work in
desks and on Friday (29th) gave notice of the usual month’s
29th Aug. – Very few children assembled as many of them
are sick of the measles and unable to be present.
1st Oct. – Remarkably windy and stormy – many of the
distant ones absent.
25th Oct. – Rev. A. Alford, C.A. Wood, Esq. and Mr John
Nott met in the schoolroom to consult as to the best method of
action in response to the new Education Act; finally resolved
to call a meeting after having written to the Rev. J.W.D .Herman,
H.M. Inspector of Schools.
28th Nov. – Education meeting at Masesllwch Arms.
5th Dec. – Parish meeting in the school on the Education
Act 1870 (11-12). Adjourned to next Monday.
9th Dec. – Holiday after 3.00 on account of the concert
in the village. Commenced school a little before.
12th Dec. – Holiday as parish meeting in school 11 –
1. Education Act.
21st Dec. – Holiday, meeting on Education Act.
23rd Dec. – Start of 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
16th Jan. – Many of the distant ones late
owing to the very wet morning.
24th Jan. – Girls Sewing – chiefly towelling - kindly
provided by Miss Pratt of Pipton Villa.
7th Feb. – Mrs Palin had charge of the school in the afternoon
as I attended school concert at Dorstone, Herefordshire.
10th Feb. – Closed school at 4 to enable children in the
choir to attend their supper, Tyruched.
22nd Feb. – Ash Wednesday. Children attended Divine Service
in the parish church at 11.00. They behaved well and were attentive
to the service.
17th April – Admitted 5 scholars from dame schools; good
readers but totally ignorant of writing.
24th April – The attendance is now the best for 10 years,
nearly 90 children have been present sometime during the week.
Missionary meeting Tuesday afternoon.
17th May – Hay pleasure fair, when we give usual holiday
or they would take it.
14th July – Inspection at 2.00 by H.M.I.; afterwards school
treat when many ladies were present attending to the wants of
the children who were much pleased with the attention thus shown
28th July – one and a half days holiday to allow the head
to attend the “camp” on Rhosgoch Common as one of
the volunteers of the 4th Brecon, Hay.
1st Aug. – the attendance this week below the average on
account of Glasbury Club of Oddfellows celebrating their outing,
when a holiday is usually given or the children will absent themselves
23rd Aug. – As the harvest has become general we decided
to give the usual 1 month’s harvest holiday.
20th Sept. – John Jones had the misfortune to fall from
a tree and broke his leg near the ankle. Very seriously. Took
advantage of this to speak of the dangers of climbing, especially
28th Sept. – Rev. S. Alford a few minutes before closing.
Spoke of new vicar Rev. Jas. Newman and of probable alterations
in school affairs.
2nd Oct. – Began school fires and in consequence rearranged
the classes and desks. Rev. Alford spoke of the school repairs,
and hoped they would soon be done.
10th Oct. – Many absent due to butter and cheese fair at
3th Oct. – Harvest Thanksgiving in afternoon – church
service at 3.00; sermon by Rev. J. Thomas, vicar of Llowes. Collection
in aid of the Glasbury parochial church school when £7.10.0
was by this means added to the school fund.
30th Oct. – Some few of the scholars have left owing to
the roof being in such bad condition. Letting in the rain very
much in some places, especially the side on which the tiles are.
Orders have been given to the mason to repair the same as soon
as possible but the weather has prevented him doing so.
10th Nov. – Mrs Palin had care of the school on Friday as
I assisted in removing furniture from a house on fire at the end
of the common.
17th Nov. – The roof of the school repaired this week by
Mr Hughes who usually does the school work.
24th Nov. – Many absent Friday owing to the Oddfellows concert.
31st Nov. – Mrs Palin had charge of school on Thursday as
I was engaged at the church the greater part of the day at a wedding.
22nd Dec. Start of 2 weeks Christmas holidays.
12th Jan. – Rev. J. Newman, the vicar
of the parish and manager of this school, visited here on Friday
at 11.00. Better to go on as usual at present. The school funds
are very low, partly owing to unsettled state of the parish and
the “Education Question”.
12th Feb. – Admitted 4 fresh scholars in lower classes;
ignorant of figures and backward in other subject. They have all
been to dame schools in the village.
20th Feb. – Meeting held in the school at 11.15 in connection
with the proposed new schools at Velindre and Ffynnongynnydd.
Postponed owing to the absence of the Chairman, the Vicar. Uncertain
when the meeting will be held as the Vicar has gone away on ill-health,
probably for a month.
5th April – Holiday as I was out with friends from Radnorshire.
The usual Easter holidays were not had this year. Intending to
have them in May.
19th April –Many children absent as the charity bread was
distributed by the churchwardens in the Sunday School room.
7th May – The missionary meeting disturbed us a little in
preparing for it in the evening.
17th May – Attendance very indifferent this week due to
Hay Fair. Holiday given on Friday.
12th July – General Wood and son visited school in the evening.
Inspected building and premises – thought them disgraceful;
consulted Mr Bornwell.
15th July – A meeting was held in the school house respecting
the school repairs and the building of a classroom. General Wood,
the “Lord of the Manor”, kindly undertaking to pay
half of the expenses provided the work is begun on or before Sept.
16th, 1872. The magnificent offer was accepted by the following
gentlemen who were present:
Rev. E. Bornwell, Mr John Nott, Mr Houndsfield and Mr Jacobs.
26th July – The holidays commenced on Monday to enable me
to go to camp at Mynydd Illtydd, Brecon Beacons, where the Bredwardine
Volunteers remain from July 29th to August 7th under canvas.
9th Sept. – Commenced school (after 6 weeks holiday, partly
due to the late harvest weather). In the Sunday School as the
repairs required by H.M.I. are being fully carried out viz. The
upper side reroofed, new fireplaces, separate offices with distinct
approaches, and taking up the stone floor and putting a boarded
one. The estimated cost being over £200 – Mr Thomas
Hughes, Mason, and Mr James Lewis, Carpenter, undertaking the
8th Oct. – The children had a half holiday to enable me
to assist Llowes Choir at their Harvest Thanksgiving service (full
cathedral service). School as usual in the afternoon.
16th Oct. – School closed, Brecon Archdiocesan Choral Union
Festival in Priory Church –upwards of 600 voices.
The repairs and addition at the school are going on satisfactorily,
considering the weather – scarcely a day being free from
having rain or drizzling showers.
22nd Oct. – Mr Mellor complained of 3 boys raiding his orchard.
20th Dec. – Christmas – 2 weeks holiday.
22nd Jan. – Holiday to give the Head a
6th Feb. – Moved many of the books, slates etc. to the old
school room and at noon the forms and desks in preparation for
the following week.
10th Feb. – High work not quite finished – commenced
school in the old ?
17th March – Many absent as a heavy fall of snow prevented
the distant ones coming.
No Easter holidays.
2nd May – Half day holiday owing to a concert in the village
in connection with the Glasbury Lodge of Oddfellows M.U.
6th May – Children dismissed at 12.10 to given them the
opportunity of seeing the wild beast show pass the church. Mason
at work finished the classroom and girls porch. Carpenter finished
boys’ porch. Mr Mellor visited school in the evening, officially
as treasurer of the ? road improvement committee. Work going on
19th May – Many absent owing to the second day of Hay May
16th June – this week the painters were at work the whole
of the week, colouring etc. and interfered much with the ordinary
work of the school that I was obliged to work as best I could,
primarily in the classroom and silent work going on in the large
room. Mr Nott and Mr Houndsfield visited the school on Wednesday
and thoroughly inspected the alterations and improvements.
18th July – Over 120 children were present. The treat took
place at the Lodge. Mr and Mrs Wood kindly making everything pleasant
for the children and the numerous subscribers who were present.
The Rev. F.J. Wybrow acted as Treasurer.
18th Aug. – Began school with attendance much below the
average, partly in consequence of the late harvest owing to the
26th Aug – A holiday was given in consequence of Hay Flower
12th Sept. – Many absent preparing, no doubt, for Glasbury
Flower Show on Saturday, getting wild flowers.
8th Oct. – The school was closed from Wednesday, 8th October
until Monday, 20th October as I was seriously ill with tonsillitis
or quinsy and unable to speak for several days.
24th Dec. – 1 week’s holiday.
4th May – many absent on Monday – Brecon May pleasure
and hiring fairs.
18th May – Holiday as Hay pleasure and hiring fairs
13th July – Many children absent, Scarlet Fever is likely
to spread in the neighbourhood – is raging now in several
parts and is of a very contagious character.
22nd July – Inspection; 107 present.
4th Aug. – Holiday – Oddfellows walk and outing. The
average is falling off, probably owing to the harvest operations
which are getting very general in this neighbourhood.
7th Aug. – Harvest holidays started for 1 month.
8th Sept. – Glasbury Flower Show held at A. Battiscombe
17th Oct. – Saturday, a meeting of masters and mistresses
was held in the classroom where teachers from Brecon, Builth and
Hay and a few from Herefordshire were present.
15th Dec. – no school the second half of the week owing
to a heavy fall of snow during Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
24th Dec. – 1 week’s Christmas holiday.
15th Jan. – Holiday, partly to prepare
for the Christmas treat in the afternoon. Children met at 2 and
visitors and subscribers at 3. A very pleasant evening was spent.
A great many friends of the school were present and kindly assisted.
Most of the managers were superintending.
22nd Feb. – Attendance much below the usual average owing
to a fall of snow – 6 inches to 1 foot deep.
5th April – Ammonds, the mason, repaired the steps at the
girls’ entrance. The repair was necessary as the rain came
in very much when the east wind prevailed.
20th April – The Easter subject is going on nicely. The
Village Blacksmith they know very well and Isaac Ashford nearly
8th May – Mrs Palin in charge of school as I was planting
17th May – Usual holiday on account of Hay pleasure fair.
7th June – Cwmbach Chapel Anniversary and tea party caused
the children from that district to be absent.
2nd July – Hay harvest having commenced, may of the older
children are away assisting the farmers or their parents.
30th July – Usual month’s harvest holiday.
3rd Sep. – Holiday on account of Glasbury Flower Show when
many of the children competed in the ring of wildflowers.
11th Sep. – Saturday a committee meeting of the school managers
was held; present: Rev. J. Newman, Vicar, Rev. F.J. Wybrow, Curate,
A. Battiscombe, Esq., J.F. Houndsfield, Esq., J. Nott, Esq., chiefly
explaining and signing the papers in connection with Geo. Papet,
pupil teacher. The whole of the managers signed. The loss of £18
– General Grant – was next considered and after much
discussion it was decided to get up a concert for the benefit
of the master.
9th Nov. – It is gratifying to report a most unusual occurrence
this week. Since the ladies have superintended the sewing, school
marks have been regularly given for attendance, good conduct,
cleanliness and work. Prizes were given for the highest number
of marks. The prizes consisted of cuffs and collars, pocket handkerchiefs,
and were distributed by Misses Wood and Mrs Battiscombe.
24th Dec.- School closed for a week’s Christmas holiday.
24th Feb. - Attendance good though the weather
continues most unfavourable for those coming long distances.
17th March – Notwithstanding the snow during the week, the
attendance continues remarkably good. The higher classes are regularly
full, in fact much above the average – while many absent
in lower classes, especially infants.
15-19th April – Notwithstanding the yearly pleasure fair
at Hay on 17th, when a holiday is always given, the attendance
is remarkable, showing an average of 101.
2nd June – School closed June 2nd, opened 14th August. Fever.
14th Aug. – Children assembled tolerably well after the
school being closed 10 weeks owing to sudden outbreak of Scarlet
Fever of a malignant kind in our family. Many children left school,
some to service and others to another school.
4th Sep. – Complaints made by Miss Jones of Penlan; several
boys robbing the orchard and frightened the pony in the meadow.
She gave them a good reprimanding. The boys promised not to interfere
again in any way.
25th Sep. – Attendance slightly lower than the last 2 weeks;
cause - apple picking.
16th Oct. – Decrease in the average owing to the many cases
of measles, children chiefly in the 2nd and 1st standards. More
than half of these standards absent. Cause: measles and apple
23rd Oct. – Attendance irregular and low; cause –
measles, acorn picking, potato picking.
During the month of October upwards of 20 families had children
with measles at one time.
13th Nov. – Attendance much below the average owing to a
heavy fall of snow Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
20th Nov. – Phoebe Kinsey commenced duty as Monitor –
very steady and painstaking girl in standard work as well as in
sewing, knitting and darning.
19th Dec. – Last week the school fees were raised and altered
according to the following scale:
Labourers: 1 child 3d weekly 2/6 quarterly
2 children 5d weekly 4/3 quarterly
3 children 6d weekly 5/- quarterly
All above that number free.
Under £100 rental and rates, Tradesmen: 5d weekly 4/6 quarterly
Over £100 rental under £150 rental: 6d weekly 5/-
Over £150 rental under £200 rental: 8d weekly 7/-
22nd Dec. - School closed for a 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
8th Jan. – Began school with very good numbers indeed,
probably owing to the coming treat – viz. Christmas tree.
19th Jan. – Holiday – Christmas tree; children assembled
at 2.00 p.m..
17th Feb. – Saturday – a school managers meeting took
place; great many absent chiefly owing to the wet and snowy morning.
19th Feb. – Average very high – 110. Attendance regular.
Mrs Battiscombe began with sewing again and informed us of a ladies
committee appointed to superintend the sewing and darning. Mrs
Palin taking the knitting and cutting out.
30th March – Closed school as usual Good Friday and gave
notice of holiday Easter Monday on account of a grand Eisteddfod
held in a large meadow in the village.
23rd April – Mrs Palin and P.J. conducted the school in
the afternoon as I was obliged to attend a meeting in the village.
17th May – Hay pleasure fair so day’s holiday. Attendance
remarkably good most of the week; generally this is one of the
worst weeks in the year.
7th June – Holiday as Brecon Choral Festival in connection
with the Archdiocese Choral Union.
13-15th June – 3 days holiday to enable me to spend those
days in the Brecon Volunteer camp at Cefn Mael ?
6th Aug. –Attendance fallen off very much – reason
sickness and the opening of Velindre School.
7th Aug. – Holiday – Oddfellows club meeting.
14th Sep. – Attendance small owing to the late harvest.
24th Sep. – Many special enquiries of the absentees this
week, sending messages by the children and calling myself at their
homes. Most were employed by their parents in the harvest fields
– gleaning or picking potatoes.
2nd Oct. – Special enquiries again of all absentees and
sent out notices issued by National Society respecting the employment
of children under age and without the certificate of attendance
15th Oct. – Improvement in attendance; several parents called
respecting notices sent out.
23rd Oct. – Half day holiday as ploughing match in the village.
7th Nov. – Case of insubordination – William Williams,
Pontithel, refused to hold out his hand. Sent home until his mother
was seen. She came Friday and told me to enforce his obedience
with the cane.
16th Nov. – Mary Jones of Velindre to continue at this school,
but no more to be received from this distric without a note from
Rev. F.J. Wybrow.
19th- 23rd Nov. – A stormy week affected the school very
much causing the attendance to be very irregular although a very
great number have been present during the week.
30th Nov. – all the children attended church service at
21st Dec. – Notice as usual 2 weeks Christmas holidays.
Written by F.J. Wybrow:
To your letter of 15th November, 1877: I have to state that the
registers have been tampered with so badly that my ? feel bound
to suspend their recognition of the master, Mr Palin, for 2 years
for the 1st instance, besides deducting three tenths of the grant.
I am to request that you will communicate this decision to Mr
Palin. A certified teacher to take his place should be appointed
without delay. The managers must in future exercise much more
careful inspection over the registers.
8th March – I, the undersigned (F. Thomas)
reopened this school on Monday, 4th March, the Rev. Wybrow, the
Hon. Sec, being present with the whole of the managers. The registers
were rewritten and marked at 10.15.
On Tuesday a new timetable was constructed and hung up, and since
then the instruction has been regular.
6th March – Ash Wednesday. All the children attended church.
Furniture – only 6 of the 5th Royals ** for the upper classes;
not a sound blackboard and one set of readers. One of the maps
(Europe) with roller off. No stool for master. Average 66. Number
on register 75. There are 3 classes, one under the only teacher,
Geo. Russell, one under the master’s charge. The infants
are under a monitor. One monitor payed 5/- a quarter.
22nd March – The infants have been taught in the large room
as they are being ?? and the P.T.’s class have been taught
in the classroom.
27th March – Master absent on business.
28th March – In the morning photographs taken of the children
by Mr D. Grant of Builth.
29th March – Only 10 present due to snow.
27th April – Rev. Wybrow and Rev. Morgan called to give
notice of the annual distribution of bread. (Mr Morgan will succeed
3rd May –Attendance improved but many children are sick
as the mumps are prevalent.
17th May – Holiday today according to custom, being Hay
(May Pleasure) Fair.
29th May – Today on the occasion of the burial of the squire
of Maesllwch the children were absent in the afternoon to attend
21st June – The attendance has been good.
5th July – Monitor resigned his class on account of health.
Mr Price visited today and paid quarter’s bill for paupers.
6th Aug. – Kept school this morning until 11 then the scholars
were dismissed, owing to small attendance. Oddfellows annual club
9th Aug. – 1 week’s holiday.
20th Sept. Annie Smith is new monitor.
7th Oct. – Mr Price called and paid bill 8/9 for paupers.
25th Oct. – Today there has been an attraction which, though
frequent, does not diminish in interest viz. A tea party and only
52 were present.
15th Nov. – The attendance this week has been greatly decreased
(58) owing to the weather. On many days many boys were getting
wood for fuel, brought down by the heavy storm on Sunday and on
Tuesday the ground was covered with snow. Many of the children
are kept away owing to the cold and some will not come again until
20th Dec. – Broke up at noon for a fortnight.
** Royal Readers were a series of 8 books covering reading and
spelling from the commencement of school to final matriculation.
10th Jan. - Very few scholars; snow has been
on the ground all week and the drifts are very deep. There is
little hope of getting the smaller and delicate children to attend
until the mild weather arrives.
10th Feb. – On Friday afternoon the children were treated
to a capital tea kindly given by Mrs Evans of Glasbury House and
other ladies. The party began soon after 4, with bread and butter
which was afterwards supplanted by cake. There were over 200 children
present and they were tended by the teachers and ladies, Miss
Batty, Messrs Watkins and Nott, and others while Mrs Evans, Miss
Jones and Mrs Honeyfield (presided over by Mrs Evans) made the
tea. At 6.00 p.m. the children were readmitted to hear a concert
prepared for them. A. Battiscombe, Esq., was elected chairman
and Mr J.L. Lewis conducted the glees. The children were orderly
and behaved fairly, seeming to enjoy themselves. The concert was
ended by a speech from Mr Morgan and the children departed at
8.50 p.m. They had considerably over 2 hours entertainment. At
the door each child was presented with a plum.
26th March – Ash Wednesday, children in church.
17th June – Holiday owing to Archdiocesan choral Festival
at Brecon in which all the teachers and a few children took part.
16th July – Today, owing to there being 2 tea parties in
the village in the afternoon, kept school till 1.00 p.m. then
dismissed for the day.
18th July – Attendance poor, many children being gone to
camp near Hay as usual.
16th July – Children took seven prizes in the sewing competition
at Brecon on Saturday, our school having taken 3 more and others
less. Many children leaving school now the inspection is over.
22nd Aug. – Broke up at 12.00 for 4 weeks’ holiday.
26th Sep. - Reopened school with low attendance (41), partly owing
to the weather which has been, as usual, wet.
10th Oct. – Over 60, attendance improving; fine weather
all the week so that about 10 or 12 are still absent at the harvest.
Master absent on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, examining Ffynnon
31st Oct. – Fires lit this week. Have lost 4/- from the
desk this week. Suspicion pointed to a boy who had been known
to spend 2/- or 3/- and who, when asked, could give no account
of how he earned it, and also said he had only 1d in his pocket,
but on being made to turn out, had 5d, some tobacco and matches.
He was sent away and his father has been made acquainted with
it and has promised to “to get to the bottom of it.”
14th Nov. – The attendance is still low (54) owing to the
great amount of sickness – there have been several cases
this week of Diphtheria, one little girl having succumbed to this
28th Nov. – Attendance still bad, probably owing to sickness;
another little girl died of Diphtheria this week at Pontithel.
12th Dec. – Attendance again descended to only 33 owing
to sickness. The Attendance Officer called and decided that the
school be closed for a month. But Mr Morgan wishes to keep on
to the end of next week.
One child buried from the common this week having died of Diphtheria
but none of the family are attending school.
19th Dec. – As there were few present this morning. Broke
up for a fortnight.
Average per week 41
Highest average for quarter 59
General average for quarter 50
Comparing last year: highest 82; average 65.
13th Jan. – Reopened yesterday, a week
late as the school having been whitened being not ready last Monday.
Children going to vicarage to receive jerseys and petticoats given
by Mrs Wood to 41 of the best attenders for the last half year.
16th Jan. – As there was a heavy snowstorm on Tuesday the
attendance which had improved so will decrease.
15th Feb. – Attendance figure today of 70. Ash Wednesday
– all the children and teachers attended church.
Average for quarter – 62.
6th April - Holiday being polling day for County
elections; not so many present as expected.
7th May – Weather warm. Fires dispensed with and stove taken
10th May – Holiday on Monday being May Fair at Hay.
2nd June – A holiday to allow the teachers to attend the
Brecon Archdiocesan Choral Festival at Builth. Since then the
attendance has been poor, probably owing to the heavy rain we
have had since Tuesday.
18th June – Yesterday many children went to the Hereford
Agricultural Show at Hay so there was a general holiday. Heavy
rain all the week.
16th July – Infants in large room after 10.00 a.m.
6th Aug. – On Tuesday work commenced at 9.00 and ends at
11.15 a.m., owing to the Oddfellows Club Feast, and there was
a half holiday.
13th Aug. – Girls knitting and sewing all day for the exhibition,
one today and tomorrow (12th and 13th) at Brecon – another
held at this school next Tuesday (17th).
20th Aug. – On Tuesday prizes were given for needlework
by Mrs Battiscombe in the presence of the ladies of the neighbourhood,
and the needlework was on exhibition for parents and for sale.
8th Sep. – Cold enough to require fires.
15th Oct. – On Tuesday, being Harvest Thanksgiving day,
there was a half holiday. Messrs Battiscombe and Evans visited
on Tuesday after service to inspect premises previous to service
being held here, during restoration of the church.
10th Dec. – On Thursday afternoon there was no school, owing
to the children being feasted on tea and cake, provided by subscribers
on the occasion of Mrs De Winton’s second marriage with
the Hon. Geoffrey Hill.
11th Jan. – I, Joseph Warwick, reopened this school, “Glasbury
National” today. The ground covered with several inches
of snow. Number present – 17. Registers not marked.
18th Jan. – More snow, the road impassable so the school
closed for the rest of the week.
21st Jan. – Snow – only a few children can attend.
28th Jan. – The roads a little better.
4th Feb. – Most of the snow gone. Examined the school. The
whole of the lessons seem to have been neglected. The school is
in a very backward state.
4th Mar. – Gave out that the four upper standards must provide
their own slates.
11th Mar. – Warned the boys about going down to the river.
18th Mar – 90 present on Monday.
8th May – Holiday. The master married.
10th June – No school on Thursday as opening of the church.
5th Aug. – Holiday, harvest caused several to be absent.
Sunday School tea party.
12th Aug. - A month’s holiday.
Extract from H.M.I. Report :
“The drainage of the offices belonging to the girls and
the master’s house is in a most unsatisfactory condition
and is estimated in my opinion to produce fever in the master’s
house. The matter should be looked to at once”.
10th Oct. – Commenced the repairs of the school.
14th Oct. – A hurricane. One family attacked with Scarlet
Fever. Several absent apple and potato picking. Fever cases not
to attend school until after Christmas.
25th Nov. – Miss Jones of Penlan visited.
9th Dec. – the roads are in a very bad state, consequently
most of the little ones are absent.
23rd Dec. – Christmas holidays – one week.
31st Mar – Closed for 1 week for Easter holidays.
12th May – It being Hay Fair week very thin school.
24th June – The Pupil Teachers’ examination at this
school. Miss Wood visited on Wednesday and assisted with sewing.
10th July – The hay harvest being started, several in the
upper standards absent.
1st Aug. – Holiday, Club Feast. Glasbury School obtained
5 prizes at the Brecon Exhibition of Needlework.
11th Aug. – Closed for 1 month’s harvest holidays.
Teachers listed in H.M.I. Report: A. Smith; Joseph Warwick, Master;
Annie Smith, Pupil Teacher in her 4th year.
11th Sep. – Reopened; very small –harvest not finished.
20th Sep. – Girls’ Friendly ~Society tea party. Scarlet
Fever in the master’s house. Dr. Williams, Talgarth, ordered
the school to be closed this day, Thursday, 21st September.
30th Oct. – School reopened. Schoolroom, classroom, porches
and closets whitewashed and disinfected. No smell. Weather very
21sdt Nov. – Holidays. Captain Wood returns home from Egypt.
10th Dec. – Numbers small this week as roads blocked with
24th Dec. – Christmas holiday.
12th Jan. – Holiday, tea party at Mr Battiscombe’s
12th Feb. – Several absent with the whooping cough.
23rd Feb. – Whooping cough – several fresh cases.
9th March – Whooping cough still very bad – numbers
23rd March – The school closed for a week’s holiday
– new windows, painted etc.
6th April - An increase in numbers; several returned who have
had whooping cough.
19th May – Numbers small, it being Hay Fair week.
1st June – John Davies, Three Cocks, absent with the measles.
8th June – Punished George Jones, Pontithel, for idleness.
The father came about it but retired satisfied that he had deserved
18th June – a holiday, Church Choral Festival.
24th June – Fever at the Post Office – measles.
29th June – Holiday, Church anniversary.
1st July – The funeral of the Rev. Newman, Vicar. Children
attended. Registers not marked, school not being opened till after
27th July – The Rev. J.K. Lewis visited Tuesday morning.
Whilst giving dictation to Standard II in the large room, he rushed
in to the classroom and struck 2 little boys; the master called
him to order. He apologised. The mother of one of the boys complained
to the Rev. J.K. Lewis, also to the master. The master persuaded
her to let the matter drop.
1st Aug. – Tea party – Gwernyfed Park. Esquire Wood
brings his bride home.
7th Aug. – Holiday in afternoon as Club feast.
16th Aug. – School closed for month’s harvest holidays.
28th Sep. – Esquire Wood visited the school.
12th Oct. – Commenced fires. Sent sewing to the Brecon Exhibition.
22nd Oct. – Obtained 6 prizes in the exhibition of needlework.
10th Dec. – The ventilator blew off the roof on Tuesday
night. Masons repaired the roof on Thursday and Friday.
21st Dec. – School closed for a week – Christmas holidays.
3rd Jan. – Holiday – Sunday School tea party.
9th Jan. - Fever broke out on this side of the river. Mr Williams
ordered two families not to attend school.
25th Jan. – Fever broke out on the other side of the river.
2nd April – A circus at Hay on Tuesday; numbers very small
16th April – Hay Fair – numbers small.
25th May – A committee meeting Monday evening. It was decided
to have neither assistant nor pupil teacher, numbers not requiring.
29th June – Back coal brought up Saturday. Warned the boys
against going to the river.
7th July – The Master proposed to the school they should
give a testament to A. Smith on her leaving Glasbury School.
8th Aug. – School closed for harvest holidays.
26th Sep. – Exhibition of needlework in Brecon. 9 prizes
gained at this – seven first and 2 second.
3rd Oct. – Commenced with fires on Monday.
19th Dec. – Fortnight’s Christmas holiday.
5th Jan. – I, Joseph Booth Marshall, having been appointed
Head Teacher of Glasbury National School on December 24th , 1884,
commenced duties immediately after the Christmas holiday. The
Rev. H.H. Gibbon was present at the opening.
23rd Jan. – After 3 weeks’ work in school, I must
come to the conclusion of the school being in a very backward
30th Jan. – School closed on Wednesday afternoon so preparations
could be made for a grand concert in the evening.
13th Feb. – Rev. H.H. Gibbon, Rev. Lewis, Mrs Gibbon and
6th March – Emma Williams, ran out of school, Monday afternoon.
On Friday she was told to stand on the stool, and as soon as she
liked to come to me and apologise. She refused to obey the first
order, is punished and then states that what she is doing, was
doing on Monday, was by her parents’ order. Her mother sent
for and she takes the child away because of her punishment.
13th March – Mr Lewis, Relieving Officer, called on Monday
and paid fees for several children of the last quarter.
2nd April – 1 week’s Easter holiday.
22nd May – Holiday for Hay Fair.
5th June – Several children ill with measles.
12th June, Mr Lewis, the Relieving Officer, called yesterday and
paid £4.10.0. for Bessie and James Thomas, school fees.
17th June – Dr. Apple... of Hay (medical officer of Health,
Hay District Sanitary Authority) demanded the closure of the school
for 3 weeks in consequence of a severe epidemic of measles in
the parish of Glasbury.
School fees: In the Parish Out of the Parish
Labourers’ children: 1 child 3d a week; 2/6 a quarter 1
child 4d a week; 4/- a quarter
2 children 5d a week; 4/3 a quarter 2 children 7d a week; 5/-
3 (or more) 6d a week; 5/- a quarter 3 (or more) 9d a week; 7/6
Master Tradesmen, 1 child 4d a week; 4/- a quarter 1 child 5d
a week; 4/6 a quarter
Farmers & others: 2 children 7d a week; 6/-a quarter 2 children
9d a week; 7/6 a quarter
3 (or more) 9d a week; 7/6 a quarter 3 (or more) 1/- a week; 10/-
All moneys to be paid on Monday morning. Quarterly fees payable
in advance. If not, no deduction is made. One attendance in every
week charged as a week.
14th July – No children from Pontithel
on account of the measles.
7th Aug. – Holiday on account of school feast, then 2 weeks
28th Aug. – Numbers low on account harvest.
24th Sep. – Friday school closed and a treat given to the
9th Oct. – Harvest thanksgiving at church. School closed
for holiday. Received complaint from Mr Williams about the children
breaking hedges on the common. The children were accordingly cautioned.
27th Nov. - Visitors Tuesday – Rev. H.H. Gibbon and Miss
Jones, who brought a subscription towards a football for the boys.
4th Dec. – On Monday the boys had this football. On Wednesday
the school closed on account of the polling for the General Election.
24th Dec. – School closed for 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
8th Jan. – Heavy fall of snow on Tuesday
night, no children on Wednesday. No school for a week.
29th Jan. – Expelled ??? Parry for stupidity and very bad
language to me before the children; not the first case of obstinacy.
His mother came to complain. Re-admitted with a caution next week.
5th March – Very heavy snowstorm again on Sunday night.
One present on Monday, six on Tuesday and Wednesday. Registers
not marked and school closed after Wednesday. Children on Monday
and Tuesday kept a short time to warm themselves.
12th March – William Worthing expelled for refusing to do
work. He had been threatened several time previous to this.
7th May – Bread distributed today at the Church. Registers
marked and closed at 1.45 to enable the children to meet their
9th June – Received a telegram from home stating that my
father was severely ill and I was to go at once. Closed school.
18th June – Opened school on Tuesday as soon as possible
after the funeral attendance.
29th July – 8 weeks harvest holidays. Items out of report:
“It will be difficult, if not impossible, for the Master
to teach so many subjects and gain the good mark for the school
as a whole unless more help is given to him”.
1st Sep. – Tea for Sunday School scholars at Tyruched so
a half holiday.
22nd Oct. – 3 window panes broken during Sunday. Could not
discover those who had done the damage.
29th Oct. – Miss Bridgewater visited. Many away potato picking.
5th Nov. – Brecon Fair so a holiday.
23rd Dec. – 2 Weeks’ Christmas holidays.
28th Jan. – Football match between this
school and Ffynnongynnydd – a half-holiday.
18th Feb. – On Tuesday Charles Smith was sent for fees (3/9).
His brother returned in the afternoon with the money and an insulting
note ????? to cross Charles’ name off the book.
18th March – Heavy fall of snow on Monday night; no school
on Tuesday. Very few Wednesday.
3rd May – The Right Hon. W.E. Gladstone passed through Three
Cocks on his way to ??? at about 4.00. Many parents kept their
children at home.
24th June – Tuesday and Wednesday – holiday on account
of the Jubilee celebrations on the common.
8th July – The Committee have decided not to repair the
walls of the school until the children are away for their holiday.
4th Aug. – The Club feast. School closed for 4 weeks’
2nd Sep. – School not yet repaired.
9th Sep. – The children are away gathering mushrooms. Hay
horse show so a half holiday on Thursday.
6th Oc. – Holiday on Friday for harvest thanksgiving.
22nd Oct. –Tuesday a half holiday on the occasion of Miss
Battiscombe’s marriage with Edward Butler, Esq., Llangoed
Castle. Friday, the Jubilee mugs were distributed after school.
4th Nov. - Tuesday – exceedingly wet weather. No school
in the morning, when only 3 came. About 13 in the afternoon. Very
poor attendance all the week. Many “beating” for J.
Wood, Esq., Chairman of the School Committee. Sent a report to
the School Attendance Officer.
18th Nov. – Diphtheria at Mintons. Others staying away on
account of it. Attendance small.
22nd Dec. – Closed school for 2 weeks’ holiday. Notice
given that the scholars were to have a Christmas treat at J. Wood,
21st Jan. – John Worthing splintered the collar bone of
Allan Jenkins; had to speak about rough play and stone throwing.
29th March – Heavy snow so school began at 9.30.
18th May – May Fair at Hay – a half holiday.
15th June – Holiday on Wednesday – Choral festival.
29th June – Received a note from Mrs Williams, Llwynaubach
stating she had withdrawn her children because they had been sent
home for pence.
3rd Aug. – Attendance gets worse on account of hay making.
Half holiday on Friday – self went to Clifford church re-opening.
Holiday 6th – 27th August.
20th Sep. – Agricultural Show at Talgarth on Thursday. Half
holiday was given.
28th Sep. – Marriage of Miss Smith, late assistant mistress.
5th Oct. – Volunteers in the Park, Gwernyfed, on Wednesday
evening; a half holiday.
20th Dec. – 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
11th Jan. – Re-admitted Alice Minton after having been
to service. Tea for choir do on Friday evening – half holiday.
18th Jan. – School closed on Wednesday because of no coal,
which had been repeatedly sent for. It appears to be the fault
8th Feb. – Scarlet Fever reported at Jas. Mallam’s.
Extract of H.M.I. report:
“Visited April 1st without notice. The
school still needs re-decorating. There is an insufficient number
of hat pegs in the porch. The clock is out of repair. It is hoped
the managers will not further delay making the schoolroom as attractive
as it should be”.
16th Aug – Closed at 4.05 p.m. on Monday for Prof. Monks’
performance with dogs.
1st Oct. – Harvest thanksgiving on Wednesday – holiday.
1st Nov. – Boys away picking acorns during the week.
20th Dec. - 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
5th Feb – Received notice from the Relieving Officer that
the fees for John Gittens’ children will be paid from January
10th Feb. – Only 36; influenza causing the absence of many.
11th Feb. – Worse – only 20.
12th Feb. – 17 present.
13th Feb. – only 12 so no school; Friday also given off.
1st April – Fees for Gittens can’t be paid any longer.
26th May – Fete at Hay; gave half day holiday because only
38 were present in the morning.
18th June – Choral Festival at Brecon – holiday.
23rd July – I. Minton went home yesterday and came this
morning with stones in his pocket, one of which was thrown at
the Master. Closed for 3 weeks’ holiday.
18th Sept.- School tea in the evening – half holiday.
29th Sep. – Numbers small – meeting at chapel.
3rd Oct. – Holiday on account of harvest thanksgiving.
7th Nov. – Very stormy day – stove cannot be used.
16th Dec. – Rev. H.H. Gibbon visited regarding the children’s
concert which takes place next week.
18th Dec. - 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
10th March – School re-opened. Heavy snowstorm during
the previous weeks. Bitterly cold day. School closed all week.
29th April – Choral Festival at St. Peter’s Church
and tea in school room so holiday.
1st May – Very rainy day – school closed.
1st June – Influenza has spread; has caused the attendance
to fall off, only 27 present this morning.
4th June - Exceedingly heavy rain, only 7 present in the morning.
16th June – Club walk today; holiday is generally given.
20th June – Many children absent the whole week. Another
report sent to the School Attendance Officer because the time
for holiday is not generally so early.
Extract from report:
“The school premises seem to need thorough overhauling and
repainting. The offices are not sub-divided and they were not
25th Aug – Very wet morning. Holiday in the afternoon on
account of sports in the village.
9th Sep – Visitors – Rev. H.H. Gibbon and J. Wood,
Esq., who called in reference to the alterations of the out buildings.
14th Sep. – Rainy day – few scholars.
26th Oct. – Began with fires – but not in stove.
6th Nov. – Talgarth Fair on Monday and Brecon on Tuesday
making a little difference in attendance. The whooping cough has
4th Dec. – Influenza reported again.
23rd Dec. - 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
13th Jan. – Closed on Wednesday for the week on account
of deep snow.
21st Jan. – Attention of Rev. H.H. Gibbon called to the
state of the premises, particularly to a dangerous tree by the
16th Feb. – Admitted 3 scholars from Llanigon.
19th Feb. – Heavy fall of snow, bitterly cold day. No school.
8th April – All Ponthithel children away Wednesday afternoon
– Pontithel races.
13th May – Had to close Wednesday on account of a festival
in the church. No school Thursday and Friday owing to the cleaning
of the school.
10th June – Half holiday on Whit Monday – sports at
24th June – Club walk on Tuesday – holiday in the
8th July – Several older children away hay making.
16th July – Polling day on 14thJuly; school closed for use
27th July – Half day on Tuesday – tea in school for
Girls’ Friendly Society. Closed on Wednesday for the week
and summer vacation.
14th Oct. – Holiday on Tuesday on account of harvest thanksgiving
at the church. Very wet on Friday, small school. Fires commenced.
21st Oct. – Committee meeting held on Monday to consider
repairs required in school.
2nd Dec. – Mr Butcher came on Monday to measure for a new
2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
Almost impassable on the common, particularly
for children. No school Monday and Tuesday. Opened on Wednesday
with only 13 present.
20th Jan. – New stove placed in school but no coke supplied
7th April – Easter Monday – school closed as usual.
Case of Scarlet Fever reported from Pontithel.
14th April. – Opened with 19. Sickness very prevalent –
sudden attack of measles or something similar. School could not
be held on Tuesday and the remainder of the week; parents too
much afraid to send children.
19th May – May fair on 17th and 18th at Hay with usual effect
23rd June - Tuesday – the day of the club feast –
5th July – Wednesday - Festival of church choirs at Brecon
– holiday. Thursday holiday - marriage of the Duke of York
and Princess Mary – tea for children in the village. School
closed till Monday.
Extract from H.M.I. report:
“The rooms are somewhat damp; that the building is not in
very good repair; that the main room is not very well lighted;
that the ventilation is not good; that more pegs are needed for
hats and cloaks; that the closets are not sub-divided and not
sufficiently screened from observation and that some of the teaching
apparatus is worn out”.
23rd July – 4 weeks’ holiday.
1st Sep. – Meeting of the managers to consider the report
regarding repairs etc. Result – master dismissed so that
a mistress can be engaged.
8th Sep. – Horse Show at Hay. Holiday on Tuesday. Called
the Rev. H.H. Gibbon’s attention last week to 2 broken panes.
22nd Sep. – Managers have allowed self a day to visit a
distance in view of another situation.
29th Sep. – Holiday on Friday – harvest thanksgiving.
6th Oct. – Harvest thanksgiving at Baptist chapel on Friday
– closed at 3.30 p.m.
31st Oct. – Closed afternoon on Thursday for the week on
account of change of teachers – Mrs Jones, Talachdu, has
6th Nov. – I, Fanny Jones, commenced duties as mistress
of this school. There were 47 children present in the morning.
12th Dec. – No children present all day owing to the terrific
wind and rain.
15th Dec. – Attendance poor throughout the week owing to
the wet and stormy weather and a good deal of sickness.
19th Dec. – Very wet and stormy all day; no children present.
22nd Dec. – Attendance poor throughout the week owing to
the Christmas markets and sickness prevailing. 2 weeks’
25th Jan. – School closed early in order that the school
room might be got ready for a church meeting.
26th April – Many away – a Band of Hope ?? in the
afternoon; attendance very poor.
1st May -1 or 2 of the elder children absent owing to May Fair
8th May – Attendance poor owing to Talgarth Fair.
17th May – Gave the children a holiday, it being Hay Fair.
4th June – Very wet and stormy - no children present in
Extract from report:
“The managers should leave no time in completing the improvements
mentioned in last year’s report. In reply to your letter
without date received in this office on the 30th June, 1894, I
am directed to state that my Lords consider it necessary that
each closet should be separate as required by the code”.
6th July – Hay holiday.
22nd Aug. – Half holiday – Primrose League demonstration.
20th Aug. – At a meeting of the managers it was agreed to
engage Lena Smith as a mistress for the ensuing 8 months to assist
with the infants.
24th Sep. – Attendance very poor owing to Talgarth Fair
and also it being a very wet day.
25th Sep. – Weather very wet and stormy; children unable
to attend owing to water being out in many parts.
2nd Oct. – Attendance poor owing to harvest thanksgiving
services being held at the Baptist Chapel.
9th Oct. – Holiday all day. Harvest thanksgiving services
being held in the church.
10th Oct. – Attendance rather poor today – Hay Fair.
30th Oct. – Holiday as Glasbury and Wyeside Ploughing, hedging
and shearing competitions.
2nd Nov. – Talgarth Fair, attendance poor.
6th Dec. – School closed early, there being a performance
for the children at 4.00 on ventriloquism.
17th Dec. – No school. School in use as a polling booth
for the Rural District Councillors of Tregoyd and Velindre.
20th Dec. – Attendance poor, Christmas market at Hay.
School reopened. Unable to open for 2 previous weeks owing to
bad weather. Roads impassable owing to deep snow. Today only 20
present in the morning.
28th Jan. – Several children away for 3 weeks, sick. Whooping
Cough and Influenza prevalent among the children.
29th Jan. – Unable to open school for a week due to deep
4th Feb. – Weather still very bad and several children sick,
there being only 28 children present today.
7th March – Small school due to Hay Fair.
17th May – No children present owing to a large fair at
Hay. Holiday all day.
Extract from report :
“ As the results generally were so poor the school is declared
inefficient. I am therefore directed to give the managers formal
warning under Article 86 of the Code that the grant may be withheld
under that Article at the next annual inspection if he again reports
the school to be inefficient. I am to request that the managers
will state what steps they propose to take to restore the school
2nd Aug. – School closed for 1 month.
3rd Sep. – Gave a half holiday at the request of the managers,
the school being used for a tea for the Christian Union.
1st Oct. – Attendance very poor in the morning owing to
it being very wet and stormy in the morning and a tea meeting
at Maesyronnen in the afternoon.
14th Oct. – Several children absent some owing to Talgarth
Fair and others potato picking.
8th Nov. – Gave the children a holiday in the afternoon,
the managers wanted the walls to be cleaned down and the bottom
6th Dec. – Weather very stormy, few children present. Rev.
H.H. Gibbon visited in the afternoon when I asked him if we might
be provided with some disinfectant to sprinkle about the school
and yards. Scarlet Fever seems to be coming amongst the children;
there being 5 children away this week in consequence of sickness.
20th Dec. - 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
9th Jan. – Reopened school; unable to open before as the
workmen were repainting and cleaning the walls.
13th Feb. – Half day holiday as the school to be prepared
for a supper and service in connection with St. Peter’s.
26th Feb. – Only 22 present due to measles, so school closed
for a fortnight.
7th April – Poor attendance as a dole of bread being given
away in the afternoon.
18th May – Hay Fair – half day holiday.
19th May – Hay Fair – half day holiday.
25th May – Whit Monday. There being a club walk in the morning
and an eisteddfod in the afternoon a holiday all day.
17th June – The children had a holiday. A choral festival
taking place at Brecon, the mistress and most of the older scholars
31st July – Closed for 1 month.
15th Sep. – Holiday, church harvest thanksgiving service,
morning. School treat in the afternoon.
25th Sep. – Hon. Mrs Wood and Miss Wood visited in the afternoon
and gave out the sewing prizes to the girls.
9th Nov. – Roy, Eddie and Herbert Smith unable to attend
school owing to Scarlet Fever at home.
1st Dec. – Holiday as the boys had a football match.
3rd Dec. – Attendance poor as Talgarth fair.
18th Dec. – Closed for 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
20th Jan. – Heavy fall of snow. Roads
in some places almost impassable School closed for 1 week.
10th March – Tom Jones, Pontithel, came to say he was not
coming to school any more as he had obtained a place to help in
the gardens at Tregoyd.
23rd March – H.M.I. called. Report: “School visited;
found 53 children present, but 55 marked present. The attendance
and admission registers should be kept posted up to date. No entry
has been made in the log book since 1st February. The desks need
repairing and the schoolroom floor is dirty”.
15th April – Obliged to give a holiday in the afternoon
as nearly all the mothers wanted the children to help carry home
19th April – Talgarth fair day and a flood being in the
rivers on Saturday. Several children out of the village gathering
sticks so poor attendance.
23rd April – Pollie Prothero, pupil teacher, off with flu.
3rd May – Unable to attend school owing to the sudden death
of my husband from concussion, caused by being thrown by a horse.
5th May Miss Hargest, a certificated mistress, finally came from
Brecon to take charge of the school for the remainder of the week.
6th May – The children had a holiday in the afternoon as
they expressed a wish to attend the funeral.
11th May – Attendance poor owing to much sickness and Talgarth
2nd June – Whit Monday. Children had a holiday all day,
there being a club walk in the morning and sports in the afternoon.
16th June – Mr C. Butcher visited the school in the afternoon
for the purpose of ascertaining the names of children in the parish.
18th June – The school was visited in the afternoon by Rev.
H.H. Gibbon and C. Butcher, Esq. for the purpose of distributing
jubilee mugs to the children in honour of the Queen’s Diamond
22nd June – The children had a day’s holiday in honour
of the Queen’s Jubilee.
30th July – Closed for 1 month.
29th Aug. – Unable to reopen today as the school is undergoing
10th Sep. – Attendance down owing to the horse show being
held at Hay.
13th Oct. – Attendance poor owing to Talgarth fair, All
Saints harvest thanksgiving service and Maesyronnen tea party.
5th Nov. – Attendance poor throughout the week owing to
24th Dec. - 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
11th Jan. – Talgarth fair attendance small
31st Jan. – Attendance very poor this morning, 43 present.
Influenza prevalent among the children.
4th Feb. – Unable to make much headway with the work this
morning owing to so much sickness among the children.
30th March – Lena Smith (Monitor) away with mumps; her brother
Herbert has been away with the same complaint.
18th April – Only 47 present this morning as against 65.
6th May – 2 children came to school today who have been
living in a neighbouring parish (All Saints?) who have never been
to school before and don’t even know their letters.
10th May – Attendance poor – Talgarth Fair and the
mumps still prevalent among the children.
17th May – Holiday all day – Hay Fair. No children
present in the morning so was obliged to give a whole holiday
instead of a half holiday as intended.
26th May – Maesyronnen tea party; several children absent.
30th May – Whit Monday. Holiday all day there being an eisteddfod
in connection with the Foresters’ Club in Glasbury.
3rd June – Clerical meeting held in the classroom from 2
15th July – Attendance very poor throughout the week owing
to hay harvest.
20th July – Obliged to give a half holiday in the afternoon;
nearly all the children being away owing to a tea party at Pontithel
in connection with the Baptists.
29th July – closed for 1 month’s holiday.
8th Sep. – Attendance very poor today. Hay horse show.
18th Oct. – Very heavy rain and floods; unable to open school.
The roads are impassable in many places; unceasing rain for 4
31st Oct. – Attendance poor in the afternoon, some children
having gone to Velindre to a tea party in connection with the
1st Nov. – Attendance poor again today, some of the big
boys gone beating for a shooting party at Gwernyfed, and Brecon
2nd Nov. – Only 38 present this morning, some gone to Hereford
to see Barnum and Bailey’s show, others gone to Talgarth
or Brecon to the fairs.
4th Nov. – Only 44 present this afternoon – Brecon
Fair. Sent children away to attend the funeral of Edith Jones,
the Shop, the Congregational Sunday School following her to the
29th Nov. – Tea party in connection with the Baptist Sunday
School – consequently only 49 in the afternoon.
21st Dec. – As Brecon, Hay and Talgarth Christmas markets
are to be tomorrow, and I find from the children that the greater
part of them are going, closed for 2 weeks.
12th Jan. -The children had a half holiday as they were having
a tea party and magic lantern entertainment.
18th Jan. – The children had a half holiday, there being
a parish service in the evening. The room being prepared.
27th March – Attendance very poor owing to Hay fair.
10th April – The Rev. T. Williams of Llowes visited the
school in the afternoon to make arrangements for the Diocesan
Scripture exam to be held here on Saturday.
21st April – It being so dark in school this afternoon about
2.30 – 2.45 it was impossible to continue lessons.
17th May – 2 days’ holiday – fair at Hay.
20th May – C. Butcher, Esq. (the Treasurer of the school)
brought a new desk to the school this morning.
14th June – Only 53 out of 70 present this morning owing
in a great measure to a circus at Talgarth.
15th June – Attendance not so good this afternoon owing
to Thornhill’s Menagerie being at Hay.
20th June – Half holiday. Tea party at Tyruched for the
nonconformist Sunday schools, also a choral festival at Brecon
in which the St. Peter’s choir took part.
From H.M.I. report:
“Proper desks should be provided without delay as the desk
accommodation is insufficient. The school walls require colouring
inside and out. During the past year this school has been entirely
supported by government grants and the grant from Betton’s
charity. Nothing has been committed towards its support by the
21st July – Closed for 1 month.
29th Aug. – C. Butcher, Esq., Treasurer of the school, visited
in the morning to say that the maps etc. had better not be put
up on the walls as the managers intended colouring and painting
the school at their earliest convenience after convening a meeting.
7th Sep. – Having had a very heavy thunderstorm during the
night and torrents of rain this morning there were only 27 children
present this morning. As the children nearly all came wet through
we sang a few hymns during the scripture lesson time while Lena
was drying the children’s stocking, boots and pinafores
in the house.
12th Sep. – Poor attendance, some of the children having
gone to the harvest thanksgiving service at the Baptist Chapel.
25th Sep. – Holiday all day, choir trip.
10th Oct. – Attendance very poor today on account of Hay
13th Oct. – Talgarth fair – low attendance.
6th Nov. – Tea party for the Christian Union caused a very
poor attendance this afternoon.
8th Nov. – The vicar visited in the morning. I asked him
to speak to one or two of the big boys who are in the habit of
smoking cigarettes and also to one boy who repeatedly uses rude
9th Nov. – Had occasion to leave the school for half an
hour to attend to one of the boys who had severely Burnt his leg.
A box of matches accidentally went on fire in his trouser pocket.
His leg was very badly burnt in consequent and I had to dress
24th Nov. – Lena Smith (Monitor) at Llowes all week. Mrs
Lowes’ husband died very suddenly. School closed early on
30th November so that I could go to the funeral. Mrs Cliff ??
sent a teacher to cover for Lena.
20th Dec. - 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
10th Jan. – Only 42 present in the afternoon owing to
a Christmas treat and Sunday School treat at the Baptist Chapel.
9th Feb. – Half holiday owing to a concert in the afternoon.
14th Feb. – Very heavy fall of snow; unable to keep school
the roads being impassable. School closed for a week.
19th March – School closed for 2 days due to heavy snow
on Sunday evening.
17th May - 2 days’ holiday due to fairs at Hay.
31st May – Attendance poor – Talgarth Fair. News came
this afternoon that Pretoria was taken. The vicar thought the
children ought be have a whole day holiday in honour.
2nd June – Whit Monday – several children absent owing
to a military concert at Hay.
25th June – A combined Sunday School treat for all the non-conformist
denominations in Glasbury, Velindre and Ponthithel compelled us
to gave a holiday in the afternoon.
4th July –Half day holiday for assistant and teachers to
attend a choral festival at Talgarth.
12th July – A whirlwind and terrific thunderstorm came on
3rd Aug. – Closed for 1 months’ holiday.
10th Sep. – Reopened school a week late due to the renovation
of the school.
26th Sep. – Holiday whilst the assistant and myself went
with the choir on a trip to Aberystwyth.
12th Nov. – Heard this morning that one of the infant scholars
(Lily Jones) who had been away for 6 weeks and had returned last
Wednesday, not very well, had died this morning from diphtheria.
15th Nov. – Attendance low – colds & sore throats;
this sudden death causing some anxiety among the girls.
14th Dec. – Holiday for children to prepare for a concert
they were giving in the evening.
22nd Dec. - 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
9th Jan. – Heavy fall of snow –
only 22 present so closed for a week.
13th Feb. – Tea and Christmas tree at Baptist Chapel; attendance
very poor in the afternoon.
19th Feb. – A coursing match at Gwernyfed is keeping all
the big boys away today.
18th March – Holiday, as several wanting to attend the confirmations.
20th March – Weather very stormy and snowy; school closed
3rd April – Had to give the children a holiday this afternoon
owing to the bread belonging to the Gwenddwr Charity being given
out at the vestry at 3.00 . Also it is customary for many of the
children to go to Hay on the Thursday before Easter so school
closed until Easter today.
14th May – Many absentees – Talgarth fair.
17th May – Holiday – Hay fair.
18th June – The children had a holiday all day as the Sunday
Schools, both belonging to the church and the chapels, were having
their annual treat.
8th July – School closed early for the summer holidays as
the mistress called home to her mother who was dying.
20th Aug. – Half holiday. The day scholars had their annual
27th Aug. – Half holiday as sports in connection with the
Church of England’s temperance movement. But the afternoon
turned wet so they were obliged to be postponed until 10th September.
10th Sep. – Half holiday as nearly all the children are
competing in the sports held today.
17th Sep. – Poor attendance as a meeting and harvest thanksgiving
service at the Baptist Chapel.
8th Oct. – Attendance poor in the morning; several children
gone to see the wedding of the Baptist minister.
13th Dec. – Snow, school closed 2 days.
22nd Dec. - 2 weeks’ Christmas holiday.
28th Jan. – Baptist Christmas tree and treat in connection
with the Sunday School - only 36 children present.
20th April – School left to Assistant as mistress called
home for her father’s death for a week.
28th April – A meeting of the Governing Body of the Aid
Grant Federation being held in the schoolroom.
19th May – Holiday as it was Whit Monday and Hay Fair.
3rd June –The children had a tea in honour of the peace
declared in South Africa.
17th June – The children had a holiday as the assistant
and myself went to Brecon to attend a choral festival.
26th-27th June – 2 days’ holiday for the Coronation.
Tea and sports.
14th July. – Half day holiday in connection with the nonconformist
18th July – Children still away helping with the hay.
31st July – School closed for summer – 5 weeks.
1st Aug. – Coronation mugs distributed in the schoolroom
by Col. and the Hon. Mrs Wood.
21st Oct. – The Sergeant Drill Instructor came and drilled
the boys on the common, 11.30 – 12.30.
19th Dec. – Broke up for 2 weeks.
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