WONERSH
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HISTORY SOCIETY
LAWNSMEAD HALL Today,   Lawnsmead   Hall   consists   of   the   Main   Hall   and   the   Turner Room,   both   of   which   can   be   hired   through   Wonersh   Church    but   it was built in 1890 to house Lawnsmead Infant School. One   pupil   was   James   Redman    who   was   interviewed   in   1978.      His father   worked   at   the   tannery,   his   mother   at   one   of   the   two   laundries in    the    village    and    they    lived    first    at    No.    20    and    then    No.    13 Lawnsmead.      Although   the   school   catered   for   ages   5-8,   he   joined when    he    was    four    so    his    mother    could    go    out    to    work.        He remembers   he   found   it   difficult   to   concentrate   in   school   because there   were   two   classes   in   the   same   room,   the   seats   running   right down the middle. MORE MEMORIES George   Brett   (shoemaker)   went   to   Lawnsmead   Infant   School   and   said   that   by   about   1917   there   were   only   ten   or   eleven   children   attending the   school   and   there   seemed   to   be   very   few   young   ones   coming   on,   as   many   of   the   families   had   grown   up   and   left   the   village;   so   the   school was   closed,   and   the   remaining   children   transferred   to   the   one   at   Shamley   Green.      At   Lawnsmead,   the   headmistress   had   been   paid,   he believed, £350 a year; her assistant had been Miss Simmonds  who, when George was interviewed, lived at Fernside , next door to him. DAME SCHOOLS In    the    early    1800s    there    were    small    private    schools    providing education   for   working   class   children   before   they   were   old   enough   to work.      These   were   often   run   by   elderly   women   who   for   a   fee   of   3d   a week   taught   the   children   to   read,   write   and   sew.      Some   of   the   women were   little   more   than   childminders   who   took   as   many   children   as   they could   cram   into   what   was   often   their   front   room.      Most   of   the   time the    children    amused    themselves    and    learned    very    little    as    the teachers   themselves   were   sometimes   illiterate.      An   1838   study   found that   only   half   the   pupils   in   Dame   Schools   were   taught   spelling   and   a negligible    number    maths    and    grammar.        The    Dame    School    in Wonersh   was   the   ground   floor   of   Little   Stone   Cottage    and   Stone Cottage opposite the Grantley Arms.
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Little Stone Cottage & Stone Cottage