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Crystal Swan Inn

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  • The Swan Inn (formerly thought to have been called the Saracen's Head) on the Bayswater Road, London is an historic pub dating back several centuries. Today a popular tourist haunt at the edge of Hyde Park, it was in former times a resting point for stage coaches proceeding toward London.

  • a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure

  • a crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices

  • quartz glass: colorless glass made of almost pure silica

  • Clear and transparent like crystal

The Swan Inn Conham BS15

The Swan Inn Conham BS15

'The Swan Inn' this was once a delightfully unspoilt old fashioned three-bar pub - An ex-miners pub for Hanham Colliery - still known as 'Fanny Bailey's' by locals after a former landlady .

Who Would Ride the Bike?

Childhood was not all about playing and going to school. Children ~ often expected to contribute to the family income, or, in the case of girls, to the running of the home. Jack Britton relates some of the part-time jobs he did while still at school:

You got a job for the local paper, you know, for George Willis selling papers; or the local tradesmen, you'd help the milkman on a Saturday. or the baker, things like that. There was three I can recollect that employed various boys as their ages went on: Alfy Jeffries, the butcher, you knew you'd always get a job there, delivering the meat.

Then there was George Willis, delivering the evening papers. There was Graham Sampson, ironmonger, he would push sand and cement onto a handcart, you got a hundredweight of sand and cement And he also had the shop and you could go there every day, except Sunday of course, first thing on a morning and display all his wares outside on trestles, cups and saucers, paints, bowls, pans, ashbins. It would take quite a while to arrange it all outside, and then last thing at night you would take it in.

On a Saturday you would probably help him on his round. And there was also Mr Knee, who had a big grocery shop in Hanham, and I helped deliver groceries on a carrier bike. They would also take on another assistant, a young girl from school and also another school leaver, a boy.

I remember one occasion helping a fellow name of Bert Sugg he would be about fifteen or sixteen, but employed full-time, and I would go along with him, and I would ride his bicycle, and he would ride the carrier bike. And then we would quarrel. I was a few years younger than him, but we would quarrel as to who would ride the carrier bike, 'cause it was much harder to ride, you see. We were down 'round Sally-on-the-Barn, near the duck pond.

It was winter and it was frozen over, and we had a little bet on if you could ride the bike across the duck pond, you see. And of course he fell for it and rode the bike across the pond and it gave way and in went the bike, Bert, and all the groceries and everything. That needed some explaining away when we got back to the shop.

The Life of a Schoolteacher - Samuel White's School

Mr Malpass, ex-teacher of Samuel White's school, relates how he came to Hanham, and describes the typical school timetable: After being trained as a teacher at St Paul's College, Cheltenham, I commenced my duties in this capacity at the All Standard Department of Samuel White's School, Hanham, on the 1st of October, 1927. This school provided accommodation for mixed pupils from the age of seven to fourteen years.

There were seven classes, labelled standards 1 to 7. The number of pupils reached as many as fifty in some of the classes. The children were placed in the forms according to their ability, ranging from 7 to 11 years in all classes.

The school day started at 9.00am with registration in each class, following the assembly of all the pupils in the hall, where the Headmaster conducted a religious service consisting of prayers and the singing of hymns.

The children then returned to their respective classrooms for a lesson of thirty minutes, based on the study of the Holy Bible. Every class then spent some forty-five minutes on arithmetic.

At 10.45am the whole school took a break for a quarter of an hour. The period from 11.00am to 12 noon was chiefly given over to academic studies, comprising the teaching of English (reading and essay), History, Geography and Nature Study, interspersed with Physical Education in the playground, weather permitting.

The dinner time from 12 noon to 1.30pm followed. Most children travelled home to have lunch, but a few, particularly from distant parts, brought sandwiches. The only drinks available were from the cold water taps in the two cloakrooms.

The afternoon session, lasting from 1.30pm to 4 o'clock, commenced with registration, and was given aver to cultural subjects and crafts. This part of the curriculum embraced Music, Needlework, Science, Handwork and, in part, Physical Education again.

Caning, which I regret to say was given chiefly for a low standard of work rather than misbehaviour, was administered by the headmaster. The conduct of the pupils was generally very good, and it was comparatively easy for the caring teacher, there were some exceptions to this label to establish a friendly relationship with the children.

I made myself responsible for the promotion of sporting activities for both boys and girls. These comprised football for the boys and athletics for the girls. We competed on a friendly basis against other local schools on Saturday mornings and some evenings. An attendance officer, now known as a Welfare officer, and then called a 'Board-man' by the parents,

Horning Swan in the early 1900s

Horning Swan in the early 1900s

I do not know who the people are on this photo but the sign says Horning Town Sailing Club so it was taken before 1938, well before by the look of the clothes the people are wearing.

I notice that the Swan had not been given its half timbered look yet. It is possible that one of urchins watching from the bank could have been my father. Also I wonder if the boat is Crystal.

Many years later I was part of the crew in a disastrous attempt at the Three Rivers Race in Crystal. The mast broke somewhere near the mouth of the Ant and we watched the remainder of the race from there. Five of us spent a rather uncomfortable night aboard waiting for rescue.

crystal swan inn

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