"I remember very well the school at Rowsham; it was held in the building belonging to the church, which did duty on Sunday afternoons for services and for Sunday school in the morning. The older children, I should think over seven or eight, came to the Wingrave town school (as it was termed then) and walked up the fields which was a bit over a mile, a path that was used daily by agricultural labourers who worked on farms at Rowsham. Often in winter they would arrive soaked, bringing their packets of food for dinner, which they ate in school during the midday break. The person who taught at Rowsham was a Miss Marcella Keene who lived with her elder sister Mary-Ann, in a house in the recreation ground (the end one of a block of three near the now bowls green). I do not rightly know the qualifications of Marcella, but I have heard that she had a good education? And that she had been what was known as a nursery Governess to a well off family's children. Anyway both sisters were devout church goers and the then vicar, the Rev. T G Lockhart, was a very go-ahead man, and I have no doubt he had a hand in the arrangements of the school as it belonged to his parish. Marcella, like the rest, had to walk morning and evening to her school and I have no doubt she too arrived a bit blown and damp quite often. The people of Rowsham were always a warm-hearted lot of folks and there were a majority of church folks, which the Rev. Lockhart kept rounded up, and toeing the right line. I think this arrangement continued for some years until the Rev. eventually retired and left the village. Marcella became ill and the school was found to be inadequate for the advancing times. I became a pupil teacher at the Lady Roseberys Infants School in 1890 and the Rowsham infants attended our school about that year or early in the next. Don't I know it, I had to take my dinner and stay on alternated days to mind them! But that's another story!"

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