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A local history and genealogy site for Wimpole, a village and parish in South Cambridgeshire.
Curated by Steve Odell.

Wimpole (C of E) School, c1900
Boy Pupils with School Master Samuel Horsfield

Boy Pupils - Wimpole (Church of England) School, c1900
Boy Pupils - Wimpole (C of E) School c1900

Boy Pupils c1900, Wimpole (C of E) School.
[See also the equivalent Girl Pupils c1900 photograph with School Mistress Emily Horsfield]
A group of 23 schoolboys photographed at Wimpole School sometime around the turn of the century. I estimate 1900 or perhaps even a little earlier. It appears the boys have been told to come to school wearing their best clothes for the photographer. Standing on the right is Mr Samuel Horsfield, who was School Master at Wimpole for some 40 years.
The photograph was taken in 'The Chestnuts', the outdoor playing area of Wimpole School. Behind the boys - to the left - is a glimpse of the old 'Wooden School', in educational use until 1876. On the right is the corner of 'School House' [now 22 Cambridge Road] where Mr Horsfield lived.

1903 (2nd Edition) Ordnance Survey Map, showing the location of the School at Wimpole
1903 (2nd Edition) Ordnance Survey Map, showing the location of the School at Wimpole

None of the boys have been positively identified, but it is possible that some of the boys listed as 'scholar' in the 1901 Census (between the age of 4 and 14) might be included in this photograph. If I am right about the approximate image date then the following 'village' boys are possible candidates:
Walter John Matthews 9 David Matthews 9 Walter Chas Matthews 7
George Titchmarsh 10 Thomas H Goats 8 Walter Vine 13
Henry John Reed 6 William John Whetstone 13 Andrew Whitby 11
Sidney Whitby 6 James Pratt 9 Walter Bullen 9
Richard Bullen 7 Edward Skinner 9 Frank Skinner 6
Horace Hopkins 7 Sidney Hopkins 4 Albert Joseph Robins 7
William Pearce 11 Alfred Pearce 9 Albert Pearce 7
Henry Wilkins 9 Percy Wilkins 6 William Wilkins 12
Sidney Wilkins 9 Edward Wilkins 7 Arthur Wilkins 5
There may be other pupils in the picture from the Wimpole Estate.
Please let me know if you can put a name to any of the schoolgirls. A single confirmed identification could help fix the date of this photograph to within a year or two.

An image from my collection (with thanks to Keith Bullen)

Wimpole Village School c1905
Wimpole Village School c1905
Wimpole's Church of England School was completed in 1876. The school closed suddenly in 1946
(the brick structure being declared "absolutely unsafe for the children")

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