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St Matthew’s Girls School

History of St Matthew's Girls School

1891 Cambridge Chronicle

The St. Matthew’s Monthly Messenger for the current month states: ‘We are very glad to be able to announce that each department of St Matthew’s group of the old schools has been pronounced by the Diocesan Inspector of Religious Knowledge to be ‘excellent’. In the Boys’ School (York Street) he observes ‘a good deal of progress,’ and says that ‘the answering was very good throughout the School’; the Girls’ (Norfolk Street) ‘have been very well taught and passed an excellent examination. The answering was very bright and the girls entered with much spirit into their work.’ The Infants at Norfolk Street ‘continue to be well taught with great care and thoroughness, and passed admirable examination in all subjects’; those at Sturton Street are ‘very thoroughly and successfully taught.’


14.4.1893 Cambridge Chronicle

Alfred FIack, 13, errand boy, of 9, Nelson Street, was charged with having stolen a child’s slate, a coloured satteen Dorothy cloak, of the value of 2s. 6d. the property of Thomas Long Clark, of 34, York Street, from the lobby of the St. Matthew’s Girls’ School, Norfolk Street, on January 9th. The prosecutor identified the cloak as one worn by his daughter when she left home for school January 9th. When she went home to dinner she said it was missing. He next saw the cloak bring worn by a little girl, on Christ’s Pieces, on Saturday last. Sarah Freestone, widow, of 9, Nelson Street, said she was housekeeper to the prisoner’s father. About three months ago the prisoner brought the cloak (produced) to her and said a lady had given it to him. She eventually sold it to neighbour for a shilling. Jane White, wife of Charles White, of 6, Nelson Street, stated that she bought the cloak of Mrs. Freestone for a shilling about three months ago. P.-c. Aworth said that on Saturday afternoon, in consequence of information, he saw the prosecutor at 6, Nelson Street. He afterwards saw the prisoner at Mr. Peacock’s shop in King Street, showed him the cloak and asked him to account for it. The boy said he knew nothing about it. He told him would be charged with stealing it, and on the way to the police station the prisoner said he picked it up in the gutter in Norfolk Street. Annie Clark, aged 8, gave evidence as to missing the cloak. The prisoner elected to be dealt with summarily and pleaded not guilty. He said he picked up the cloak in Norfolk Street. The prisoner was discharged.


S Matthew’s Girls’ School

Miss Sarah Bentley, headmistress


St Matthew’s Church Hall


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