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FINSBURY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): FSD
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: FINSBURY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Date(s): 1868-1869
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.05 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Finsbury School District

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The 1834 Poor Law Act led to improvements in the arrangements made for the education of pauper children. Poor Law Unions, and parishes regulated by local acts, were persuaded to establish schools and to appoint schoolmasters. The policy of separating the children from their parents (who were generally considered to be a bad influence on their children) and sending them, if possible, to the country was continued and in 1866 several Middlesex metropolitan authorities were sending children to schools outside London. The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1844 made possible a further development in this field which was of significance for the metropolitan area. Unions and parishes were empowered to unite and to form a School District which then set up a large separate school for the education of all the indoor pauper children of the constituents of the district. These were usually industrial schools where both boys and girls were taught the basics of a useful trade which, it was hoped, would provide them with better prospects in future.

The Finsbury School District existed only for a few years, between 1868 and 1869. It did not go so far as to construct a school although plans were approved and a site purchased at Upton.

Source of information: Peter Higginbotham at The Workhouse website.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Signed minutes of the Finsbury School District Board of Management, 1868-1869.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

One volume

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records received with the records of the successor County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:


Publication note:

For a detailed history see website 'The Workhouse' (http://www.workhouses.org.uk).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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