Chandler's Ford History

"If my memory serves me correctly ......." Welcome to our Chandler's Ford Local History Blog. Our aim is to collect and record memories of Chandler's Ford, in Hampshire, and make them available to all. We shall also share old reports, maps and photographs where there is no copyright problem. Do help us by adding your photos and memories. Even if you can't quite remember what happened, write your version of events and encourage others to add theirs. Look forward to hearing from you. Chris

Saturday, May 20, 2006

CFord Schools

The first school in Chandler's Ford was held in an iron room, which doubled as a church. The first purpose built school was opened in 1893 in Bournemouth Road on the site of Selwoods. For more information see the book, "The Chandler's Ford Story" by Barbara Hillier and Gerald Ponting.

Merdon School was opened in 1956. See website for more information:

Sherbourne House School, an independent school, was opened in 1933. For more information about its history see the book: (1985) "Sherborne School - The first fifty years" by Dorothy Wise, who founded the school with her mother, Eva or visit:

It would be great if school children in Chandler's Ford would investigate the history of their school and add it to this site.


Blogger Chris said...

19th Century Schooling in Otterbourne (covering Fryern Hill, Chandler's Ford)
Extracts from An Old Woman’s Outlook in a Hampshire Village (1892) by Charlotte Yonge.
The first school I remember was taught by the regular old dame of Shenstone's verse, in a high-crowned black bonnet, worn permanently; a buff, spotted handkerchief over her shoulders, tucked into a checked apron. She presided over about a dozen children in her own cottage, as picturesque as herself, sitting in the chimney-corner with her rod. But the teaching was of the very smallest description.

Then came an attempt at another school of a superior kind, in a house built for the purpose of mud, rough-cast and brick floored. Reading was taught and needlework, for a penny a week, after six years old, but writing and arithmetic were extras, not encouraged, for there was a rooted belief that if maids could write, they would write love-letters.

The boys went out to work so young that the wonder is that they learnt anything at all, and the eldest girl was always kept at home as nurse, growing tall, uncouth, and dense. We have gone through the permission to learn the three R's up to their becoming a necessity, and that greatest R of all-Religion-for the sake of which alone we taught in old times, has a hard matter to hold its own.

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