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Shrewton - British School, Shrewton

The school was open in 1859 but as it does not appear in the Warburton census of schools, for which the information was collected in 1858, it would seem that it opened in either late 1858 or in 1859. It is possible that this was the Dissenter's School recorded at Maddington in 1858. The school was initiated by the Zion Baptist chapel and attracted pupils from non-conformist families in Shrewton, Maddington, Rollestone and Winterbourne Stoke. By 1871 there were about 80 children attending the school but in the 1870s some parents transferred their children to the National School. Numbers must have dropped during the 1870s because of this and, although the school was still open in 1879 it seems to have closed soon afterwards. This would seem to have been by 1883 as there was a substantial increse in the numbers at the National School in that year.
 

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