From Old LaF 14 February 2011

A paragraph in the Filey Parish Magazine, January 1896 informs us that ‘The Diocesan Inspection was held in our National Schools on Thursday, 21st November, by the Rev. E. J. Barry. An excellent report both of the Mixed and Infants’ School has been received.’  In 1874 the National Schools replaced the 1839 Church School on the same site in Scarborough Road. (Source, Michael Fearon, The History of Filey.)  Though ‘National School’ was the official term it seems that most people referred to it as the Church (of England) school. Whatever, as the 19th century was drawing to a close it was being well run by the master, William Foster SMITH and his assistants. The Filey Parish Magazine for February 1896 reported that the National School had received the highest possible grant from Her Majesty’s Inspector and at the Prize-giving on 20th December 1895 Mr C. G. WHEELHOUSE, after praising the teaching staff, offered his congratulations to the children for the education they were receiving.

The National Schools were based on a monitorial system of instruction and four Monitors received prizes from Mr WHEELHOUSE – Lilian STOCKDALE, Harrison CAMMISH, Lillie COLLING and L. JENKINSON. The report goes on to mention other prize-winning children, two in Standard 4, seven in Standard 3, eight in Standard 2 and two in Standard 1.

I had been checking on the ages of some children for whom I had contradictory records and three were on this list! It dawned on me quite quickly though that Standard 4 wasn’t a class you entered at a certain age but one that you moved up to when you had reached a particular level of accomplishment in reading, writing and arithmetic. To get into Standard 4 you had to read a few lines of poetry or prose at the choice of the Inspector, write a sentence slowly dictated once and in arithmetic understand compound rules (money) and reduction (common weights and measures).

If you assume the Filey children who received the prizes were the bright ones it follows that they probably attained the ‘standards’ at an earlier age than their peers. I don’t have the complete class lists for 1895 so it is impossible to identify the youngest and oldest pupils in each Standard Class. I have estimated the age in December 1895 (in years and months) of all but two of the seventeen prize-winning children in Standards 1 to 3 and give the youngest and oldest below.

Standard 1

Youngest: Maggie COLLING, 8 yrs 9 mths

Oldest: Edward A. RAWSON,  8 yrs 10 mths

Standard 2

Youngest: Faith WALLER, 9 yrs 1 mth

Oldest: Christy WATKINSON, 10 yrs 11 mths

Standard 3

Youngest: Harry STOCKDALE, 10 yrs 6 mths

Oldest: Tom APPLEBY, 12 yrs 6 mths

The prize-winners represent a tiny sample of the school population but there’s a suggestion here that the age range within a class increases as the children climb the attainments ladder.

1884, William Foster Smith
courtesy Deirdre Lebbon


Williamson Memory on the Shared Tree.

Mark of Man 83 · Filey Smiley


Zen Koan for the Virus


1786 · Newman SCOTTOW · L447-84Q

Newman lived for 86 years, dying in Overstrand, just five miles from his Norfolk birthplace. One of his descendants, David SCOTTER, explains the name change –

The Scotters have lived in Norfolk for nigh on a thousand years. Back then we were Skottowe or a variation of that spelling. As time went on the more general spelling was Scottow and by 1800 there were many changes, one being to Scotter, changes which happened purely by peoples’ different accents.

Fishing was in the family as early as 1603 when a Simon Skottowe left in his will –

Will of Symon Skottowe 13th December 1603

In the name of God Amen I Symon Skotowe of gt Yarmouth in the countye of Norff Sayler doe make and ordayne this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following. First I give and bequeathe my Soule into  the hands of almighty God And my body to be commuted to Christian buryall  Item I give and bequeathe to Ann my wiffe  my house in Fee simple and my netts with all that is myne In witness hereof he setts his hand. Wittnesses Richard Utting Nicholas Goodson and Stephen Hodges

Probate given at Gt Yarmouth 13th day of the month of December 1603

The first proper mention of the Scotters fishing in Norfolk was when Reuben Scottow took to the sea around 1860. Previous to that the family had been Agricultural Labourers. In those days Runton must have been a bleak place to earn a living in. As we all know if you were an agricultural labourer you worked from dawn to dusk for a pittance in pay, so to start with Reuben may well have enhanced his wages by helping out the other fishermen he lived amongst. It does not appear as if he had his own boat, as searches amongst records show nothing. What we do know is that he was suddenly taken by the fishing bug and later so were his whole family.

Spawned in Norfolk, Caught in Filey, posted in Looking at Filey, 19 May 2011

Reuben is the fourth of eight sons Newman had with Gemima SWAN(N), and the man responsible for the couples’ many Filey descendants. They are, for instance, second great grandparents to Arthur FERRAR (see Anniversary 1 January).

1854 · George DINNEWELL · MGCY-6SC

George never married. In the 1891 and 1911 censuses he was sharing a house with his sister Louise and her children. Louise had married Alexander Arthur CORSBY, a musician, on the Isle of Man but the couple had separated. I have not found a record of divorce but Alexander married again about 1899 and had two children with Matilda ROBERTS. Louise died in 1918 and George in 1932.

1740 · Nathaniel CAPPLEMAN · MJDY-FVB & Elizabeth RIDLEY

There is a bunch of duplicate IDs for Nathaniel, which may enable the construction of a family with six or more children. Filey Genealogy & Connections points to Nathaniel being a second-generation Cappleman in Filey. Elizabeth’s forebears are not yet known.

1909 · Godfrey BAKER · 624 Baker G488

See The Mystery of Edward Grooby.

1930 · Edmond SAYERS · MGZM-GV6

Edmond and his wife Sarah are remembered on the grave of their daughters, Jane Elizabeth and Edith Annie, who both married George SCOTTER (who happens to be a great-grandson of Newman SCOTTOW, above).

Abstract 87 · Speeton Sands