On Easter Tuesday the children of the Guiseley
Parochial Schools assembled for their public examinations and the inhabitants
of the township and neighbourhood enjoyed a treat which will be long remembered
The appearance of 266 fine, healthy, well clothed children with faces
telling of happy hearts was in itself a most gratifying sight, but when after a
searching examination, they proved themselves to have been most attentive to
the zealous care and valuable instruction they have received, the satisfaction
afforded to a numerous body of parents and friends will be more easily imagined
At two o'clock the Rev. Dr Clark, Rector of Guiseley, took
the chair and the examination was conducted by the Rev. George Hills, the Rev.
H P Wright, James Hambleton Esq. and Mr Galer. The answering, which was
throughout excellent, called forth marks of the strongest approbation from all
present and the whole scene must have been most encouraging to every friend of
sound instruction, but more especially to Mr Galer, the master of the school,
whose unwearied attention and kindness to the children have been thus rewarded
by a result, the value of which is not to be calculated in these days of mock
After the examination, the prizes (which had been ajudged
on Thursday the 20th to Naylor, Demaine, Gill in the 1st Class and to Hardwick
and Whiteley in the 2nd Class by the Rev W Metcalfe, Incumbent of Yeadon) were
distributed, together with books of encouragement to some of the Junior
children by the Rector of Guiseley.
All were then regaled with tea and cake and at half past
five the public were admitted to tea, where the liberality of the Sunday School
teachers and other friends of the young had supplied a repast as excellent as
it was bountiful.
During the evening the scholars were exercised in Hullah's*
Class Singing and they afforded a striking proof of the great value of a system
which in so short a time could render such a body of children intelligent and
At the conclusion of the singing, Mr James Pollard, having
been deputed by the teachers of the Sunday School, came forward in the name of
that body, to present to the Rev. H P Wright, Curate of Guiseley, an elegant
Pocket Communion Service as a testimony of their love and respect.
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling
Further information by Christine Lovedale
Although in 1845 no state education system was in place
many schools were run by the religious orders including the Church of England.
It is thought that a school was founded for St Oswald's Church as early as
* John Hullah (1812 -1884 ) was a composer and musical
educator, he advocated a system of teaching large groups to sing.