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Goldington Green School in 1904

Goldington Green School about 1900 [Z50-51-21]
Goldington Green School about 1900 [Z50/51/21]

Bedfordshire County Council became Local Education Authority for the county in 1903, following the Education Act 1902. In 1904 the CountySurveyor reported on the condition of all the council and voluntary schools in the county under LEA control, excluding those on Bedford and Luton Boroughs which had their own executive arrangements. The surveyor's report [E/SA2/1/1]] took the form below.

GOLDINGTON COUNCIL SCHOOL

GENERAL WORKS                                   £32/2/8
SANITARY WORKS                                  £40
HEATING AND VENTILATION                  £27/15/-
NEW WORKS                                            -
[TOTAL]                                                      £99/17/8

House

GENERAL WORKS                                                -
SANITARY WORKS                                    £10
HEATING AND VENTILATION                    -
NEW WORKS                                              -

[TOTAL]                                                       £10

TOTAL                                                         £109/17/8

Goldington School and House (Council)

This is a good brick building, wit hstone dressings to windows, doors, and quoins, the windows being stone throughout, excepting opening casements and divisional glazing bars. The roof is tiled, and a stone decorated bell turret is over porch. The whole of the premises are substantially built, of good design, light and airy, and are in very good working order, with few exceptions, as under:

Main Schoolroom 36 feet by 18 feet by 14 feet 6 inches to 17 feet 3 inches

This room is lighted by four 2 light side windows, one pivot light opening in each at transom, also a 3 light end window and 3 pivots.

The room is warmed by a Tortoise stove and pipe.

The floor is very thin, and will soon need restoring.

There is a flap way in ceiling to roof.

One Exhaust ventilator and 5 Tobin Tubes are necessary.

Otherwise it is in fair order.

Second Room 33 feet 4 inches by 18 feet by 14 feet 6 inches to 17 feet

This is lighted by 3 side and 1 end window, and by pivot lights, as above, for air.

There are two ceiling vents and gable louvres in roof.

This is warmed by a Tortoise stove.

Class Room 14 feet by 11 feet by 12 feet 10 inches

This is lighted by a 2 light window and similarly ventilated as above. The transom lights here should all be hung as pivot ventilators.

It is warmed by an open fire. The jambs of mantel need repairing, also guard hooks providing.

This room needs renewing.

Back Lobby
This is fairly lighted. A new stone step 4 feet by 12 inches by 6 inches is necessary.

Open Corridor - Front Entrance and Cloak Room 18 feet by 7 feet by 10 feet 2 inches

These are fairly good.

Side Entrance

This is a panelled enclosure in good order.

Water Supply

The pump is close by the main porch and back door of house, with stone sink trough and trap under.

Offices

These are constructed for earth closets, but have been converted into common cesspits. This is doubtless owing to damage and waste caused by children playing with the valves. These should be restored and properly constructed, and the pits filled in.

These are too near to the School. The odour is very offensive, especially that of the master’s closet.

The urinals drain into a dumb well in the corner of the playground.

A Coal Barn is provided for the School.

House

This is in good order, and comprises the following rooms: -

Front Room 14 feet by 12 feet by 8 feet 6 inches
Sitting Room 14 feet by 13 feet by 8 feet 6 inches
Scullery 9 feet by 9 feet by 8 feet 6 inches
Hall and Stairway 13 feet by 5 feet 8 inches by 8 feet 6 inches
Pantry 9 feet 6 inches by 4 feet 6 inches by 8 feet 6 inches

Chamber floor:

Rooms over first three 8 feet 6 inches high

Cloak Room 22 feet 6 inches by 7 feet by 7 feet 6 inches

Also a Clock Tower space.

All are well lighted and fairly ventilated, and are scrupulously clean and orderly.

The House Closet is very poor and offensive; this should be immediately remedied.

A Coal Barn for House is provided.

The Garden is small.

Playground Fences. These are very poor and need restoring.