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Roxton School in 1904

Elevation of the new national school [AD3765/37/5]
Elevation of the new national school [AD3765/37/5]

The Education Act 1902, which came into force in 1903, established Bedfordshire County Council as the Local Education Authority for the county. The new LEA set out to determine the condition of its school buildings and the County Surveyor made his report in 1904. The report for Roxton School was exactly as set out below.

This is a brick building, with stone dressings and tiled roof.

It is a very good building internally, and in very fair order, no immediate need of repairs is necessary, excepting only to the Offices and Porch. The open lofty roof may not require just now an Exhaust Ventilator.

Warming is by two open fire places

The colourwashing and whitening of School is not bad. All the stained and varnished work is good.

The windows have been repaired with various kinds of glass that gives an unfortunate and sloven appearance to a good building.

The total length of the Main Building inside is 52 feet by 18 feet by 14 feet to wall plate, and a steep pitched timber stained and varnished open roof.

East Lobby

Floor and walls need repairing, and paint work renewed with two coats, stained and varnished work is good.

West Lobby

This is very fair

Lavatory

No lavatory is provided

Water Supply

No water is provided on these premises.

Offices

These are near to the Main School, and being privies, are foul. I would advise that they be converted into pail closets, using dry earth or ashes.

The urine goes directly on to adjoining land.

All woodwork and fastenings should be repaired, also cleaning and whitening renewed, and painting two coats.

A Coal Barn is provided.

Outside Repairs are needed to the following: Walling, pointing, fillets, verges, open joints of masonry, defective eaves troughs, down pipes, also tiling and roofing of every kind. The iron gates should be truly hung opening inwards, and stop, lock and latch provided.

All external wood and ironwork should be painted two coats.

Drains

These appear to be in fair order.