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Fascinating glimpse of how life in a school's classroom used to be

A girls class at Watford Field School, possibly in 1909. Image: Watford Museum
A girls class at Watford Field School, possibly in 1909. Image: Watford Museum

These wonderful picture are more than a century old and gives a glimpse into how lessons once looked in schools at the time.

The Watford Observer is delighted to share pictures from the Watford Museum archive and this week we look back to a class at Watford Field School.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "Old photographs of students show how different classrooms used to look, compared to how they are today.

Watford Observer: Boys from class 2 at Watford Field School
Watford Observer: Boys from class 2 at Watford Field School

Boys from class 2 at Watford Field School (Image: Watford Museum)

"This image is from Watford Field School which was opened in September 1891. I believe Waterman's were the builders of the school which was constructed on land that had been part of the Wiggenhall Estate and had been bought at a sale of 'Mr Dyson’s property' in early 1890.

Watford Observer: The Watford Field School football team that won the Wix Trophy in 1905/06.
Watford Observer: The Watford Field School football team that won the Wix Trophy in 1905/06.

The Watford Field School football team that won the Wix Trophy in 1905/06. (Image: Watford Museum)

"The school must have grown quickly as it was extended quiet soon after opening."

Watford Observer: Watford Field School in January 1975.
Watford Observer: Watford Field School in January 1975.

Watford Field School in January 1975. (Image: Watford Museum)

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