SKETCH PLAN OF THE CLASSROOM (1850s)
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The Sales Table
"Quaking time came at 9.50, when
materials were sold at the Master's table up to 10 a.m., after which if
any scholar was short of anything wanted for his use, he got one, two,
three or four cuts on the hand with a heavy strap that the Master
carried in the tail pocket of his coat."
Garden of Marigolds & Bees
"In the yard of the School there was a
bed of marigolds, which was, of course 'taboo'. Yet there were always
bees on the marigolds, and, with a 'fearful joy', we caught these and
took them in School to help the buzz and hum of the work. The marigolds
were, of course, yellow,
and very often the indignant bee prisoner made his captor, or some other
boy, yell 'Oh'! And
equally, of course, the yeller
got the strap along with his other pain."
"In Union Street Chapel, on
Sundays, dear Mr. Goulty must have wondered where all the bees came from
which buzzed about his grand old head while he was preaching; but nearly
every boy had a clean handkerchief, and in it a clean, lusty bee which
hied him straight for the window behind the pulpit as soon as he was
The Middle Street
School, Brighton, 1805-1905 by Geo. Haffenden pp 93-94