'Slates, Copybooks & Measles'

          Within this book :-

This book is an attempt to trace the trials and tribulations associated with the development of elementary schooling in Berkshire set against the background of national educational developments and legislation.

In essence it is the account of the struggle to establish a national system of education for the benefit of all, hampered by contemporary attitudes regarding such an ambition and the denominational interests of the Anglicans and Nonconformists.

The first chapter is an attempt to present a picture of life in 19C Berkshire both as a general overview plus aspects relevant to schooling and childhood.  There is some regard for Victorian medical provision, charity, childhood labour, the workhouse and the, generally positive, role played by the county squires and clergy in the establishment of schools and associated provision.

The above made me mindful and appreciative of the post- 1944 revolution that provided educational opportunities denied to our forefathers.

It contains 182 pages with over 20 photographs and illustrations available through John Trigg or the Woolhampton Village Shop.

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