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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0660
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1829-1881
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Tottenham School of Industry


Administrative/Biographical history:

This school was founded mainly by the efforts of Mrs Priscilla Wakefield (a pioneer of the Savings Bank movement) and was originally known as the School of Industry. It was founded in 1792, in a building in the High Road, near Stoneley South. It was transferred to the new building in Somerset Road in 1863.

In its earlier years as a charity school about 40 girls were taught "reading, writing, knitting, sewing and a little arithmetic". Soon after its removal to Somerset Road 90 girls were taken, of whom thirty were clothed by the charity in the green clothing from which the school derived its name. On leaving school each girl received a guinea; at the end of each three years thereafter she received a further guinea if she had remained in the same employment - which was usually domestic service.

The charity was supported by voluntary subscriptions and aided by annual charity sermons. A small income was also derived from the girls' work. A schoolmistress was appointed by the subscribers and lived in the schoolhouse.


Scope and content/abstract:

Accounts book for Tottenham School of Industry.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One item.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in March 1958.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

The History and Antiquities of Tottenham by William Robinson (1840). The Schools of Tottenham through Four Hundred Years, Exhibition Catalogue, Tottenham Archives Committee. (1956).

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:
June to August 2010.

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