SN0528 : Ysgol Garn Ochor/Henry's Moat School

taken 11 years ago, near to Henry's Moat, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Ysgol Garn Ochor/Henry's Moat School
Ysgol Garn Ochor/Henry's Moat School
This tiny school room in the middle of nowhere is all but invisible from the road [left of the image] so overgrown has become the surrounding vegetation. All that remains is a dilapidated shell - it must have closed very many years ago - but the configuration of footpaths marked on the map indicate that its pupils would have trudged through the fields from all directions in this scattered rural community.
Update: The school was opened in 1877 and closed in 1953. At its peak it had 70 pupils but attendance was affected by the distances the children had to travel, as is shown by school records; illness also took its toll. The school was closely associated by nearby Ty Meini Farm whence came two of the teachers. Gardening was part of the syllabus and took place on the farm (free labour?!)
Not only did the children have to travel some distance but the head teacher appointed in 1912, a Ms Bonvonni, bicycled from Trecwn, a distance of 6 miles (as the crow flies) and mostly up hill. Her annual salary was 139, almost 3 times that of an ordinary teacher.
(Information from 'Stories in Stone' by Anthony Bailey, quoting an article by Denzil Edwards in the Western Telegraph of 15th August 1989.)
The school has an eminent alumnus in the agricultural botanist Thomas James Jenkin (1885-1965), whose perennial ryegrass S.23 contributed immeasurably to the work of re-seeding productive pastures in the lowlands, sheepwalks and hill country from the 1930s onwards. see LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 June, 2007   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 June, 2007
School (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 055 283 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:55.1499N 4:49.7818W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SN 055 283
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