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Good and bad pupils in the 1870s

Front cover of a 19th century North Mymms Parish magazine Image from the Peter Miller collection
Front cover of a 19th century North Mymms Parish magazine
Image from the Peter Miller collection

Boys and girls attending school in North Mymms in the late 19th century could expected to be rewarded with money if they were good or face corporal punishment and detention if they were bad. 

A list of their names was published in the parish magazine and school logs. According to local historian and author, the late Peter Kingsford, the list, published in the 1870s, didn't record any bad girls, only good. 

He wrote about the system in the May 1989 issue of the Chancellor’s Community Newsletter. The article has been reproduced here with permission of the publisher.



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