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A local history and genealogy site for Wimpole, a village and parish in South Cambridgeshire.
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Wimpole (C of E) School, c1900
Girl Pupils with School Mistress Emily Horsfield

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

Girl Pupils c1900, Wimpole (C of E) School.
[See also the equivalent Boy Pupils c1900 photograph with School Master Samuel Horsfield.]
A group of 28 schoolgirls photographed at Wimpole Village School sometime around the turn of the century. I estimate 1900 or perhaps even a little earlier. It appears the girls have been told to wear their best clothes for the photographer as they normally wore white pinafore smocks to school. On the far right is Miss Emily Horsfield, Samuel's daughter, who was School Mistress at Wimpole looking after the girl pupils. The older girls at either end may have been 'pupil teachers' (as Samuel's son Walter was at the age of 14).
The photograph was taken in 'The Chestnuts', the outdoor playing area of Wimpole School. Behind the girls - to the left - is a glimpse of the old 'Wooden School', in educational use until 1876. On the right is a corner of 'School House' [now 22 Cambridge Road] where the School Master 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 girls have been positively identified, but it is probable that some of the girls 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' girls are possible candidates::
Dorothy Snell 7 Ada Snell 6 Beatrice Titchmarsh 9
Susy Titchmarsh 6 Selina Goats 12 Lillian Goats 10
Minnie Golding 10 Mary Kimber 6 Olive Mary Thomas 6
Mary Ann Reed 8 Nellie Carter 13 Daisy Carter 9
Beaty Carter Dorothy Carter 4 Nellie Spaxman 8
Annie Pratt 10 Charlotte Pratt 7 Agnes Bullen 11
Olive Bullen 6 Margaret Skinner 11 Mary Hopkins 9
Mabel Annie Robins 11 Caroline Grace Weary 12 Olive Pearce 5
Hilda M Wilkins 10 Else G Rule 10  
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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