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Miss Wagstaff's School

The Rushden Echo & Argus, 8th November 1929, transcribed by Gill Hollis.

Our information is that the picture was made about 1887 in the old school yard in Coffee Tavern Lane. Among those who can be identified are Walter Ette, Harry Warren, Mabel Perkins, Ernest Denton (top row). May Hazeldine (second row). Harry Ekins, Laura Wheeler, Conrad Timpson, Harry Smith (third row). Maud Percival, Gladys Colson, Charles Robinson, Florence Percival, Oliver Scholes, William Ginns, and Edgar Higgins.

The head-mistress was Miss Gena Wagstaff.

Miss Wagstaff's school 1890

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 17th January, 1930, transcribed by Gill Hollis.

Miss Wagstaff's School c1890

  We save five shillings this week because no reader has named and described the group of scholars depicted on this page last Friday.

  The photograph was of more than usual interest, for it went back 40 years to the time when Mrs. Wagstaffe kept a private school in Coffee Tavern-lane.  The scholars, who paid 3d. per week for their tuition, were photographed outside the Rectory.  On the right of the group is Mrs. Wagstaff, and at the top are her two assistants, Miss Swann and a lady who has since become Mrs. Furness, of Wymington.

  Among the children are Bernard Vann (who won the V.C. and was killed in the War), W. J. Neville, Arthur Codgbrook, Bert Hodgkins, Harold Cooper, W. H. Bates, Tom Clayson, W. Reeves, Harold Sharp, May Edwards, Nellie Cowley, Kitty Ainge and Florence Hall.     

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