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Wimpole School c1900
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Wimpole Church of England School c1900
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A group of 28 schoolgirls photographed at Wimpole School sometime around the turn of the century. I estimate 1900 or perhaps even a little earlier. It appears the girls have been told to wear their best clothes for the photographer as they normally wore white pinafore smocks to school. On the far right is Miss Emily Horsfield, Samuel's daughter, who was School Mistress at Wimpole looking after the girls. The older girls at either end may have been 'pupil teachers' (as Samuel's son Walter was at 14). The photograph was taken in 'the Chestnuts', the outdoor playing area of Wimpole School. Behind the girls - to the left - is the old 'Wooden School', in educational use until 1876. On the right is the corner of 'School House' [now 22 Cambridge Road] where the School Master lived.

None of the girls have been positively identified, but it is possible that some of the girls listed as 'scholar' in the 1901 Census (between the age of 4 and 14) might be included in this photograph. Depending on the image date the following girls are possible candidates:
Dorothy Snell 7, Ada Snell 6, Beatrice Titchmarsh 9, Susy Titchmarsh 6, Selina Goats 12, Lillian Goats 10, Minnie Golding 10, Mary Kimber 6, Olive Mary Thomas 6, Mary Ann Reed 8, Nellie Carter 13, Daisy Carter 9, Beaty Carter, Dorothy Carter 4, Nellie Spaxman 8, Annie Pratt 10, Charlotte Pratt 7, Agnes Bullen 11, Olive Bullen 6, Margaret Skinner 11, Mary Hopkins 9, Mabel Annie Robins 11, Caroline Grace Weary 12, Olive Pearce 5, Hilda M Wilkins 10, and Else G Rule 10. There may be others.

Please let me know if you can put a name to any of the schoolgirls. A single confirmed identification could help fix the date of this photograph to within a year or two.


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