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NORTH SURREY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): NSSD
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: NORTH SURREY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Date(s): 1849-1930
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 12.12 linear metres
Name of creator(s): North Surrey 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 North Surrey School District was founded in 1849 and included the Poor Law Unions of Richmond, Croydon, Kingston, Lewisham, Wandsworth and Clapham, Chelsea and Kensington. The District constructed an industrial school for 500 children at Anerley, Upper Norwood.

Source of information: Peter Higginbotham at The Workhouse website.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the North Surrey School District, 1849-1930, including minutes of the Board of Managers; minutes and reports of various Committees; medical reports; annual reports and statements of accounts; pamphlet 'A Short History of the North Surrey District School'; orders of and correspondence with the Poor Law Board and Local Government Board; admission and discharge registers for Anerley School; registers of apprentices and servants; staff lists and superannuation registers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

NSSD/001-208: Administration, Finance and Correspondence.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

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:

For the Lewisham Union see LEBG; for the Wandsworth Union see WABG; for the Chelsea Union see CHBG and for the Kensington Union see KBG.


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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