Bladon Family History

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bladon's of note - Mary Ann Bladon - school mistress

Mary Ann Bladon was the daughter of William and Sarah my great great great grandparents so her brother also William was my great great grandfather! She was born 29th August 1838 at Moseley Worcestershire, the second child and eldest daughter. Along with her siblings she attended Moseley National School.
On 24th January 1860 she enrolled at the Dioceasen training Institution at Bristol to undertake the Queens Scholar examination, with her referee being the Rev J Davison, vicar of St Mary's church Moseley who ran the school.
She trained for either 2 or 3 years and returned to Moseley national school. On 3rd December 1864 she was appointed head mistress of the girls (and later infants) National school on a salary of £30 per year with house, garden and coals. 3 months notice was to be given and it was also her duty to represent the Sunday school.
I have read the school log books 1862-1889 which Mary Ann wrote and it is very interesting. The hours changed during the summer and winter. It started at 09.00 during the summer and 09.30 during the winter. Some of the inspecters reports are included along with averages relating to attendnece. Other items include illnesses (measles, colds) national events and weather. Leasons studied were scripture, needlework, dictation, arithamic, reading, singing, drawing, geography and church!
Mary Ann stayed at the school until her retirement nearly 40 years later! This was on 3rd March 1904 when a collection amounted to £64 7s 6d. A cheque of £61 4s 6d was presented to her with the cost of the illiuminated address being £3 3s! 150 applied for her post.
An obituary in the Birmingham news states she served as a pupil, pupil teacher, schoolmsitress and headmistress and was associated for over 42 years with the school.
She died 11th April 1916 at Waterloo road Moseley age 77 and was buried at St Marys church in the family grave which included her parents, and 2 brothers.
The school built in 1828 was replaced by a new one in the 1960's, but the building still stood until December 2005 when it was demolished despite calls for it to be saved.
I am desperate to find a photograph of her, but so far nothing.