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Report - Dudley Ryder School, Sandon, Staffordshire - April 2016


28DL Full Member
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Only a small report as its a small place! (With not a lot of natural light getting in)

Some information from the Sandon Estate historian...

"The Dudley Ryder School was founded in 1824 by Lord Harrowby & opened in 1825. Originally there were two class rooms one for boys & one for girls & there were around 100 pupils in attendance.
It was described as a "quaint" building with the headmaster`s house in between the girls & boys classrooms. Parents paid 1/3 per quarter ( about 6.5p ) with the Earl paying 2/3 ( 11.5p ) for each child. Rules laid down in 1843 state that attendance should be days per week from 9:30am to 4pm but not on Saturdays.
Sunday school was 9:30am & at 2pm, both of which HAD to be attended. Children had to arrive five minutes before services. There was a quarterly payment of 9/- (45p) for copy books, but reading books & stationary were free.
In 1895 the building was enlarged. The School was also open in the evenings ( 1848/1849) so that any railway worker who wished to lean to read & write may do so while building the nearby railway.
Due to falling pupil numbers & government cutbacks the school was closed & the remaining 16 pupils went to near by Weston & Milwich schools."

This property is split up into two parts, the main building (which the inside pictures are of) and the rear classroom which has a separate entrance and had boarded up since my last visit. On this visit I didn't have anything to help entry (without breaking anything, and I wouldn't want to do that would I!)

The school in 1888 (Photo from Sandon Estate Archives)

The last day of the school being open - 1981 (Photo from staffspasttrack.org.uk)


The exterior...







A tyre swing, if you're bored.

The outside Toilets...



(I only had a small torch with me..) The rescuable photos from the ground floor of the house.




Old heating system/oven?

A pretty much BRAND NEW disabled toilet (shower room) - squeaky clean.

Think this gap, which is located at the top of the main hall, leads up to the bell or at least a chimney of sorts?

Inside the main hall.



It was too dark on the second and third level to get anything good. However I will be popping together a small video that i'll post on this thread at some point.



28DL Full Member
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Looks like it could be quite good. How big is the hall?
Not that big, its the full height of the building (probably just over the size of a regular house) and is split up into two parts (3rd picture from bottom showing the dividing wall) one room probably 4mx4m and the other 5m x 4m? Roughly.

The images are huge, could you resize them?
Yeah I can, Oxygen Thief said these dimensions are fine? I do like big pictures but then again my monitor is quite large, not sure how it comes across on a smaller monitor?

Ill scale them a little though!


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