Waterford Church of England (Mixed) School, 1892

"This is a thoroughly efficient and satisfactory little school." HMI

By Geoffrey Cordingley

Waterford School behind the War Memorial
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1892

4thRe-opened school. Attendance very good.

February, 1892

2ndThe Rev. H.L. Somers-Cocks visited and taught.

March, 1892

21stThe Rev. H.L. Somers-Cocks visited and taught.
31stA holiday in the afternoon given at the request of the children who wished to attend an

entertainment at Hertford.

April, 1892

May, 1892

30thThe boys were examined in Drawing by General Hassard at 12.50.

June, 1892

17thThe Rev. H.L. Somers-Cocks visited and taught. A boy still absent with “Mumps.” {since 10th June}

Pieces for Recitation.


St. I. The Burnt child.

II. & III. The Wreck of the Hesperus.

IV.V. VI. VII. Arthur & Hubert (Shakespeare)

Approved of required

number of lines

T.W. Danby

June 1892.

22ndThe Annual Inspection was held from 9.30 to 1.40 by H.M.I. T.W. Danby & Mr. Hayward.

The Rev. J.C.M. Mansel. Playdell & the Rev. H.L. Somers-Cocks attended. A holiday in the afternoon.

24thTold four boys to go to Bengeo Boys’ School.
27thA week’s holiday.

July, 1892

4thSchool re-assembled. Several children absent because they are suffering from “Mumps.”
8thThe Rev. H.L. Somers-Cocks visited and taught.
13thSchool as usual. Attendance small owing to an epidemic of Mumps being prevalent in the village.
25thA holiday in the afternoon. Children went to Goldings to see the Yeomanry Sports.
26thSchool opened in the morning. A holiday in the afternoon. School-treat at Goldings.

July 27th          Inspector’s Report

“This is a thoroughly efficient and satisfactory little school. English Grammar is the weakest part of the school work.”

Principal Teacher: Martha Ryle, certified Teacher of the 1st Class.

2 Paid Monitors

H.L. Somers-Cocks.


                                       List of Lessons for Infants’ Class.

1. Manufactures.

1. Cotton.

2. Linen.

3. A Penny.

4. Needles.

5. A lead pencil.

2. Animals.

1. Dog.   2. Fox.   3. Wolf.

4. The Whale.

5.   ”   Elephant.

6.   “   Reindeer.

7.   “   Crab.

8.   “   Cuckoo.

9.   “   Salmon.

3. Miscellaneous.

The Clock.



A railway.


A Hill.


August, 1892

8thTwo children absent, having gone away for a holiday.
10thThe Rev. E. Mortlock visited.
11thThe Rev. E. Mortlock visited and asked children a few questions on common objects.
 12thThe Rev. E. Mortlock again visited. School closed in the morning for the Harvest Holidays.

September, 1892

19thRe-opened school. All children present except one.

October, 1892

16thA Holiday. Fourteen of the eldest scholars, accompanied by the Rev. H.L. Somers-Cocks &

Mrs Somers-Cocks & myself & the two monitors paid a visit to the Royal Mint, the Tower of London & “Venice.”

November, 1892

December, 1892

2ndSchool in charge of M. Draper all the week as I was unable to attend through illness.

The Rev. H.L. Somers-Cocks visited frequently, & assisted in Teaching.

21stThe Rev. J.C.M. Mansel-Playdell visited & spoke to children on the importance of

attending school regularly.

22ndAttendance small on account of illness. School closed for Christmas holidays.
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