Public School

 

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 The public school was built in 1883 and situated near the head of High Water, it was also used as a meeting place for the local dance, Boys club, W I meetings, A rifle club and many other activities, in 1932 there were only 6 attendees left, sadly no other school was built to replace it, instead the children went to the local school at Bampton (Below).

 

 

 Pictured above is a class from Bampton school, many of these children lived in Burnbanks village about two miles away, those parents with larger families couldn't afford the penny each bus fare, so they had to walk there and back to school whatever the weather.

 

 

 The very first school master in 1883 was one Ebenezer Wilkes, he was here for 8 years and succeeded by school mistress, Miss Forster, seen here with her last remaining 6 pupils in 1932, she first moved into the valley with her parents in 1891 and taught at the new public school for over 41 years, sadly after the school was demolished, no replacement was ever made. 

 

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