Oral History collection: P. Celfryn Jones (born ?) interviewed by Vanessa Bodger about Experiences as a teacher in Bishopston Primary School, 1947-1977 (he was headmaster of the school).

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 216 TH 58
  • Dates of Creation
      Summer 1977
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 audio recording

Scope and Content

Track 1. [00:01:13] School: Outbreak in school in Bishopston of Diptheria - 1936 threedeaths in school. [00:02:20] School: Description of school in Bishopston, teacher marked the register by candlelight. [00:04:32] School: Desription of teaching conditions, overcrowding and eleven plus class. [00:07:17] School: The building of the new school after the war finished. [00:08:26] School: High windows in the new school to stop children looking out of them. [00:10:15] Community: Evacuees arriving from London. [00:11:54] School: Local children had school in the morning and evacuees had school in th afternoon. [00:13:05] Community: Snow in 1947, Swan bus company served Gower, but had difficulty getting around in the snow. [00:15:06] Community: If there was a funeral in the church, there was no playtime for children. [00:16:08] School: Weddings, children tied a rope around turnstile to stop bride and groom leaving until best man threw a handful of coins. [00:16:58] School: Performing plays in school. [00:19:00] School: Games children played in school - boys football nd girls would play 'house'. [00:22:05] School: Her Majestys Inspectors visit to the school. [00:25:20] School: Comparison of standards of education from days past until present. [00:28:10] School: Stresses of Eleven Plus exams. If passed it meant grammarschool education. [00:30:28] School: Easier to get into Grammar school in Swansea Valley - only half the pass marks required!. [00:33:12] Community: Advent of private schools in Swansea. [00:34:12] Community: No poverty in Bishopston, family farms and market gardens ensured childs future. [00:37:10] School: Children falling into the river, soaking wet in school. [00:38:46] School: Teachers had to teach all ages - difficulty in adapting. [00:41:02] School: Chistmas in school, children brought in food despite food rationing (helped that they were farm children!). [00:41:51] School: St Davids Day concert. Always in Welsh. [00:43:20] School: Non Welsh speaking area, but children loved singing Welsh hymns. [00:45:40] School: Boys used to take Mr Jones (teacher) down Bishopston Valley to shw him the area. [00:46:56] School: Excitement when building of new school was completed, sorting out old books from oldschool. [00:48:40] School: Books obtained bysaving wrappers from Sunlight Soap. [00:49:30] School: Archivist visit to take old books, admission registers and log books away. [00:50:30] School: All new furniture in new school, Feb 1950 opening ceremony. [00:51:50] School: Private school in a house in Oldway, Bishopston. [00:52:54] School: Spread of Diptheria was believed to be the fault of schools. [00:53:20] School: Old school was sold for £900.