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Town School Centenary Booklet 1938

December 2, 2010

The headmaster, Mr J.P. Lewis, frequently told us that the official name of the school was Pontypool Town School N.P. He further explained that the N.P. stood for “Non Provided”. I’m not certain what that meant but, possibly, it might have been some indication that it was a church school. If anyone has further information on this I’d be glad to hear it.

As I mentioned in one of my much earlier posts on Town School, a small booklet was published to celebrate the event and every pupil in the school was given a copy. I knew I still had that copy somewhere but, having so many books, looking for a small 16 page booklet was not easy. However, I recently found it wedged between two much larger books so I’m taking this opportunity to publish some of the pages of the booklet in this blog.

I should think there were probably about 200 of the booklets printed so that by now, over 60 years later, they must be a rare item. Here is the cover of the booklet:

The photograph below shows on the left part of an arched window in the corridor. The small porch area to the right of the window has two narrow doors leading into the playground and to the right of the doors is Miss Brooks’ classroom.


The next photograph is one of the entire infants and junior staff of the school. I cannot remember Mr W.D.Howell. There would have been no classroom available for him so I can only suppose that he might have been doing some student teaching at the time this photograph was taken. If anyone can remember him I’d be glad to hear from them.


On page 8 of the booklet are two portraits of Mr J.P. Lewis and Miss M.E. Williams which I include below.

There are 15 pages of interesting text in the booklet which gives the names of the school managers, a foreword by The Venerable Vaughan W.T. Rees, B.A., Vicar of Trevethin who also writes the foreword, and a photograph of Trevethin Church together with a brief history. A photograph of the founder of the school, Rev. Thomas Davies, M.A. and a short history of the school follows. The next section contains some photographs, as above, together with a list of all the past headmasters and mistresses. Then follows three pages of quotations from the school logbook. Academic and sports successes are included next and the book ends with a programme of the centenary celebrations.

I have scanned the entire booklet and made it into two Word documents, one being too large to send by email. If you would like to receive copies of these documents, which will enable you to print your own booklet, please email me and I will send them to you.

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