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Knotting School in 1904

Knotting School on a map of 1884
Knotting School on a map of 1884

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.



GENERAL WORKS                     £10
SANITARY WORKS                    £40
NEW WORKS                              -
[TOTAL]                                       £50


GENERAL WORKS                     -

SANITARY WORKS                    -

NEW WORKS                              -
[TOTAL]                                       -

TOTAL                                        £50

Knotting School

This is a brick, stone and tiled building.

It is a single room in very fair order and cleanly, measuring: 22 feet by 14 feet by 9 feet 6 inches to 12 feet 6 inches

It is fairly lighted.

The ventilation is by three large windows. The lights, which are cast iron diamond panes, are partly hung to open. There are no other inlets or exhaust excepting an open fireplace, which may suffice for this small room and its requirements.

Entrance Lobby and Cloak Room Combined 11 feet by 9 feet 3 inches

This is very tidy and commodious. It has an angular enamelled lavatory basin and towel roller, and is kept clean and useful.


These are provided for each sex, and are of the privy type, the pits being upon the adjoining garden; these were offensive, as were the urinals. They are too near the building, and should be replaced by Moule’s Dry Earth Closets.

The urinals should be provided with drain or vessel.

Open Sheds for shelter are provided for each sex.

A Coal Barn is provided.

External Repairs
The tiling, roofs, walls, doors, windows, fencing, eaves, trough, and down pipes, also centre steps and walls from the roadway should be repaired; all wood and iron work so done before painted two coats, wooden fences repaired and tarred, and others repaired and painted.

Water Supply
No water is provided on these premises. It has to be fetched from some cottages a short distance away.