Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ashford, Middlesex, National Schools 1908

Ashford, Middlesex, National Schools 1908. It is interesting that a idyllic scene such as this can sometimes conceal a nasty secret. The postcard below (post dated 1908 on the back) shows the National Schools in Ashford, Middlesex (Ashford is now in the county of Surrey). The school was erected in 1868 and as you can see from the Google Street View, it still survives today as the Ashford Church of England Primary School. It has been enlarged but the original buildings survive. The postcard shows a group of girls on the left and boys on the right. On the left of the girls is a woman, probably a teacher. Behind the girls is a man. He may well be the schoolmaster, Cyril Neaves. Neaves was convicted in September 1909 of a vicious beating of a pupil at the school and was fined five pounds - quite a lot of money back then. The story was reported nationally and was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament (NB, the Hansard website OCR has got Neaves' name wrong). The Sheffield Evening Telegraph for 7th September 1909 reported the case as follows:

SCHOOLMASTER FINED
Heavy Penalty on Charge of Assault.
A Boy's Punishment.
For an alleged assault on Albert Darling, aged 10, one of his pupils, Cyril Neaves, the headmaster of Ashford (Middlesex) National Schools was fined £5 yesterday.
According to the evidence the headmaster, on August 30th, placed the boy over a desk, where he was held by an assistant master, and thrashed him with a cane until it broke in two.
The boy, who lives at Park Road, Ashford, told the Bench that the headmaster asked him to bring his drawing, and, after looking at it, said: "Stand aside and I will deal with you in a minute." He was flogged for about five minutes. He cried from the pain, and when he sat down the headmaster said, "I'll give you some more if you don't sit still."
Mrs Darling said that her son was covered with bruises, and his flesh was red and inflamed, "almost like jelly". She counted thirteen marks on his body. She had complained to the headmaster before about thrashing the boy, and he then said that he would serve him the same tomorrow if he would not do his work.
The defendant denied, in his evidence, that he struck the boy more than four times. When he called him out he loitered, shuffled his feet, and muttered under his breath. The witness gave him two strokes of the cane, and as he muttered again he gave him two more.
The bench unanimously decided to impose the maximum penalty.


It is possible that Neaves is the man in the photo and that poor Albert Darling may be one of the boys. A sorry tale.
Postcard by Young & Co of Teddington. Click the postcard to enlarge.



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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Cheam, Surrey, The High Street c1908

Cheam, Surrey, the High Street, circa 1908. In the old postcard you can see in the middle distance on the left the Harrow Inn. It looks 17th century to me. The High Street looked very rustic. Cheam's High Street was redeveloped in the 20th century. There is still a Harrow Inn, it is in the middle of the Google Street View. It has the 'Mock Tudor' style that used to be very popular.
Click the postcard to enlarge. Postcard by Young & Co of Teddington.



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Here is a higher-res view of the old Harrow Inn (click to enlarge):


 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Aldgate Pump, City of London c1912

Aldgate Pump, City of London circa 1912. This old postcard by an uncredited publisher shows the famous Aldgate Pump at the corner of Fenchurch Street (on the left) and Leadenhall Street (on the right). The postcard view shows St. Katherine Cree church, built c1638, one of the few City churches to survive the Great Fire in 1666. The church is still there but is difficult to see in the Street View image. If you move the Google Street View one step to the left you get a better likeness to the postcard, but the pump is completely obscured by a street sign. Leadenhall Street also contains the London Metal Exchange, Europe's last remaining open outcry financial exchange. Click the postcard to enlarge.



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