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An old photograph of Chudleigh Knighton School which first opened in 1873

Chudleigh Knighton School

Chudleigh Knighton Church of England School was first opened in 1873 for “the education of children of the labouring manufacturing and other poorer classes” with accommodation for 140 pupils. There had previously been schools in the village but these were small scale affairs unrecognised by the state or church authorities. In 1872 the inspectors report observed the school as being ‘held in two low and small cottage rooms’. The school was opened with little ceremony. The head teacher, Matilda Ball, notes on 27th June 1873, ‘We moved to the new school last Tuesday. The registers were not marked, the children engaged in carrying books, forms etc.’ Joseph Gale was the longest serving head teacher of the school from 1886 to 1927.

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