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Swythamley Historical Society presenting story of Gun End achool at Leek Historical Society meeting

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

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SWYTHAMLEY Historical Society will be presenting the story of Swythamley – or Gun End – School at Leek Historical Society's meeting on Monday, March 10.

The talk will be held in the Dove Room, Moorlands House, starting at 7.45pm.

Swythamley School first opened its doors in 1902, a much delayed response to the 1870 Education Act, and closed in 1981 when the three-tier system was introduced in Staffordshire.

The society traces the history of Swythamley School from 1871, when a school at Gun End was first mooted, until its demise 110 years later.

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And while the tale is specific to Swythamley, it is surely typical of many a small, rural school and the close-knit community around it.

Danebridge historians, Judy and Alan Weeks of Swythamley Historical Society, have also published their research in a book, The 'History of Swythamley School'.

This can be obtained at the meeting or by contacting the authors on 01260 227683.

The book costs £6, plus postage if required.

The talk and book are the result of lots of input and photos from former pupils and their descendants plus extensive research at the national and the Stafford archives.

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