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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Wesleyan School Hyde Workbook

This weeks post comes from Jayne Hulme who contacted me a few weeks back now,
Jayne writes:
I have an old geography work book which belonged to my great grandmother. It is dated 1880. One of the pages says Wesleyan School, and another says Hyde. I was wondering if you had any information about the school, it's a very interesting book and I would love to share it.

Wesleyan School Water Street. 
I think this is the school from which the school book was worked in, buy then I have not been able to find a date for the school building above being built, I came across reference to an older Wesleyan School that is mentioned in The Annals of Hyde, 

From The Annals Of Hyde And District
Thomas Middleton 
Printed 1899


An old building, now pulled down and replaced by the well-built Jubilee Schools, was long the centre of Wesleyanism in Hyde. The first trustees of this building were appointed in 1822, and consisted of Thomas Ashton, John Howard, Charles Howard, and Thomas Howard, Esquire., cotton spinners ; John Clarke, Esquire., S. Ashton, the younger, John Ashton, the younger, and Thomas Bridges, cotton spinners; Thomas Davis, minister; John Goodfellow and Aaron Newall, mechanics; J. Rowland, over-looker; J. Chippendale, exciseman; J. Rydings, cabinet maker; and J. Waterhouse, slater.
A structure two storeys high was built, "the upper storey to be used as a preaching house
by the Wesleyans and the lower room for Sunday and day school." The expenses of the building were to be borne as under: " T. Ashton on behalf of self and brother, and J. C. and T. Howard will at their own private expense erect, complete, and finish the lower storey, and the said trustees shall at the expense of the Wesleyan Methodist Society erect the second storey except the roof, which the said T. Ashton, his brothers, and J. C. and T.
Howard shall complete at their own private cost." The trustees decided that the lower room should be under the management of the Wesleyan Methodist Society, and that if ever the Society became extinct they should have power to sell the preaching room and school, and after paying all debts apply the money for the spread of religion among the Wesleyans, as the trustees should direct. This old building rendered good service to Hyde, for in the language of Mr. Robert Bell's report (1886), "it was here for many years the main business of the town was transacted; our children were educated, our friends worshipped, our births and deaths were recorded, and our poor relieved." The growth of Wesleyanism was met in 1850 by the erection of the large chapel in Norfolk Street, and yet again when the Jubilee Schools were built to replace the original building just referred to. There are
also fine chapels, with Sunday schools attached, in connection with the Wesleyan body in Newton and Gee Cross.

I think this is a wonderful book, and shows the standard of Education this school taught at the time. I think the work, drawings and handwriting is a joy to see. I think the whole book deserves scanning and putting on line, and very worthy piece of social history. 


Trish said...

I am not sure where the school was, but I think you made a good guess. And wow, what a lovely workbook to have from so very long ago. It certainly does show the high standard of education back then. It is so beautifully written by the young lady, you can see how she took such great pride in her work.
It's a great shame they don't do this sort of geography lesson in the schools today!

Susan Jaleel said...

The school was in Water Street, standing just about where the entrance to Asda car park is today. The building had many uses when it had ceased to be a school - Food Office, Labour Exchange being just two of them.