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EXTRACT FROM THE ADMISSION REGISTER OF TALATON SCHOOL 1902 - 1905

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It may surprise readers of this brief extract to learn how young some pupils were when they entered school. Several were only three years old and this child-minding aspect of the village school was vital to the economic life of the villagers. Agricultural tenancy agreements often stipulated that wives would be expected to work on the land at busy times of the year such as the harvesting period and they could be called upon to help with seasonal domestic tasks in the farmhouse such as jam-making and preserving. Very few women were actually paid for working  under these agreements, it being understood that their input was part of their husband's contribution to the prosperity of the farm for which he worked and upon which the whole family depended.

 

CHILD'S NAME

PARENTS

DATE OF

BIRTH

DATE OF

ADMISSION

RESIDENCE

BANBURY, Jim James and Mary 07 05 99 02 06 02 Talaton
AYRES, Harry Maria 19 11 99 24 11 02 Talaton
ISAAC, Alice Audrey Elizabeth 29 05 00 08 06 03 Talaton
GRIFFIN, Gertrude John and Mary 21 12 99 07 09 03 Talaton
GLANVILLE, Edith John and Maria 21 08 00 08 09 03 Westcott
COLES, Francis Merlyn Alice 04 11 99 29 02 04 Newtown
ARBURY, Maud Mary James and Jane 22 03 01 18 03 04 Talewater
BLACKMORE, Benjamin John 25 02 01 07 06 04 Westcott
CUTLAND, William R John and Lucy 30 01 00 26 9 04 Talaton
CHANNON, Frances Mary Dan and Fanny 05 09 99 07 11 04 Sherwood, Feniton
COLES, Barnett L Francis and Alice 25 12 00 01 05 05 Newtown
ISAAC, James Edward Elizabeth 25 06 02 26 06 05 Talaton
COLES, Cedric Henry Francis and Alice 13 05 02 26 06 05 Newtown
ASH, William Bessie 08 11 02 13 11 05 Talaton
Courtesy of Devon County Council

 

Emily Ann Mardon came to the school in January 1889 as Schoolmistress when she was 21. She received an annual wage of £71 plus a house. If she achieved good results and good attendance she received an additional sum of £29. She remained at the school until 1928 and proved to be an excellent teacher. She was given a pay rise of £6 in 1898 and, from that time, as well as providing her with an assistant, money was found to pay for an extra monitor to help with the infants. Until 1903, these very young children were taught in a curtained-off area of the main school room. A separate infant classroom was provided in 1903.

 

 
 
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