Unique manuscript relating to schooling in Wombwell saved by Barnsley Archives

A very early log book relating to the old National School on Church Street, Wombwell, has been acquired by Barnsley Archives and Local Studies.

The book covers the period 1863-1895 and provides a comprehensive history of the school during that period. The school was first built in the 1840s to provide schooling for boys, girls and infants. It closed about 1905, being replaced by a new school in Kings Road in the town.

During that period head teachers were required to keep a log book or day-to-day record of events in their school.  Information included in the document ranged from details about pupil attendance, general activities, illness, subjects taught, behaviour of the pupils and details about teachers.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We are delighted to have acquired this unique item relating to the history of education in Wombwell. We had very little information about the National School in Wombwell, so this log book really plugs a gap in the historical record. It will be added to our outstanding archive collections to be preserved and made available to the many thousands of researchers who visit Barnsley Archives each year.”

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