Sunday, 17 May 2020

Old Buckenham headmaster 100 years ago

Can you help?

Shirley Boothroyd has contacted the newsletter editor to try to find out more about her relative who had an important job in the village over a hundred years ago.
Her great great uncle John Curtis Trinder lived with his wife Ellen in Old Buckenham from 1890 to approximately 1915. He was the master at the school next to the church and they lived in the schoolhouse, according to the censuses of 1891, 1901 and 1911. Whilst living there he was also the clerk to the board of charity trustees (Kellys Directory). He was quite a musical man as there are several reviews of him performing in concerts at Deeping St James and at the Assembly rooms in The George Hotel, New Buckenham.
She is trying to find information and possibly photos of the school, children and teachers for this period (1890-1915). Perhaps someone in the village would have had grandparents that attended as children? He would have attended All Saints so would there be any records there? Maybe Sunday school picnics etc. He retired from the school so could there be some publicity around that event? They then left Old Buckenham and went to live in the village of Briston until 1921, when he died.
The newsletter editor has sent some photos of the Church Rooms in the past and is it is now.
Shirley is happy for people to contact her direct by email at and the newsletter editor would appreciate being copied in on so that he can keep readers up-to-date on any progress.

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