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Reading was most important and there was also poetry. One subject which endeared always to Roy was singing and which the school excelled at. Very often had the dreaded homework. He was taught that earth went around the sun and if you had something in your hand and let go gravity would make it fall. This is why you come to school you can rely on them because what you learn never changes. Boys wore jumpers and their hair cut short with a fringe.

Sometimes Roy would go to school in a blue jersey and the next week his brother went to school in same jersey. Used to have boots rather than shoes and always had leather laces. Roy left school and went to work in Northampton and made vacuum cleaners not electric but manual ones that you pushed for the liner, Queen Mary. The was the only time he had been away from Badby. When returned came back in a taxi down Newnham Lane and saw Badby. The loveliest scene he had ever seen in his life!

Hobbies - most boys had a Meccano and played board games such as drafts, chess, snakes and ladders, ludo and card.

Politics and Society: The Journals of Lady Knightley of Fawsley 1885-1913

They were encouraged to play dominos because it helped them to count. There was no electric in houses and they had oil lamps. The only light was from the flames of fire. Roy and his family used to sit around the fire talk to each other. There were no TVs or radios. Very few children came to school in clothes that were new. This was nothing to be ashamed of as everybody was the same. In the summertime Roy played in the woods quite a lot. He collected acorns for the pigs and every Saturday morning used have to go to collect beech wood because that was much better wood to burn.

Six or seven years ago this changed to Rose Day. When Roy remembered playing around where the Dower House is and was told not to go there at night because there was a headless rider and he had his head under his arm! Roy got the cane many times. Keith has lived in Badby all his life and began school in at the age of 4 when School Lane was just a single track road with a slight bend which made it difficult to see from top to bottom.

The school had just three classrooms; infants, middle and top class, and there were approximately children in each class. The headmaster was Mr. Harrison and there was one teacher for each age group. Harrison kept a diary which he completed daily and this included some misdemeanours of the children including Keith! School started at 9. Children would go home for lunch, however, first year children had lunch provided.

Keith would walk home for his lunch and then come back and have a second one if it was available. There was a break in the morning and another one in the afternoon. There was no uniform or school badge. Children would learn through books and teachers would use a blackboard. They used exercise books for each subject using a pencil or a nib dipped in an inkwell which was on the desk. Desks were wooden and had a lid on. Lessons included reading, writing and arithmetic; arts and crafts where they made models, Christmas logs and candles. Sports day took place in the summer against Daventry teams and other villages.

Practice was in the then cricket and football field Long Roods as it was known as the present field was not part of the school. General knowledge tests were held every Friday. Children were also taught country dancing.

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They celebrated May Day and occasionally the children would carry the May garland around the village and dance around the Maypole. The playground is where it is now but half the size and included outside toilets and the stores. There was no playing field. Boys and girls played separately. Games included football, marbles and tag. When Keith was 10 he became Head Boy. These were collected by van to be processed into rose hip syrup.

Children were encouraged to have a pen pal from other schools and would correspond over several weeks. Arthur T. About a school in the Vicarage set up for errant boys by the Vicar "What the school was, was a reform school not necessarily for really bad boys but boys who were a bit of a nuisance and were a little bit backward and the Vicar used to let them integrate with the kids of the village. One of them got married to a Daventry girl and he stopped with the Vicar, old Witham, right until he finished here. Lots of the boys used to come back and see old Witham you know.

He was a lovely old man and his brother used to work at Uppingham Public School.


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He had an assistant with ginger hair who had an old Bedford Dormobile and he used to take the boys out and he had a Wolsey top of the range with a walnut dashboard. Someone borrowed the car, took it out, drank too much and smashed it to bits. One of them threatened to jump off the roof.

About Badby School "You were about 8 before you got into the bigger boys. There used to be 2 classrooms then, as the village got a bit bigger, you had an annexe classroom which was the third one but prior to about , 56, 57, about that time, you started here at 4 years old and came out when you were It was only sort of later that you went to Daventry unless you won a scholarship to the Grammar. The original school had what was called the infant hall and two additional classrooms which are still there today.

In the s the school was extended to include an additional seven classrooms and a large hall. The hall is used for many activities including assemblies, PE and there is a stage for school performances such as Christmas pantomimes and end of year school plays. Children also have their lunch in there. There are seven classes which are for Reception and Years There is a teacher and teaching assistant for each class and up to 25 children in a class. The age range is from years.

At 11 years old they leave and go on to a range of secondary schools. Also within the school there is Bluebells Pre-school which is a small and friendly nursery for children from age 3 years which was established in by the Badby School governors. The school gate opens at 8.

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Some years ago, she expressed a hope that it might be possible to publish some portions of her Journals, and asked me to undertake the task. This request was confirmed in a letter found among her papers after her death. Sir Edward Bowater. Some parts of the Journal, relating to important public events or family affairs, have been supplemented by passages from Lady Knightley' s weekly letters to her mother. Lady Bowater, who lived to an advanced age and only died, at her home in Richmond Park, in the year Publisher: Northamptonshire Record Society , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.

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