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Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.

Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.


Burston Saint Mary's Church was Locked on my 1st of two calls here.on the second visit, what seems like churches open week, I found the door open and walked in. the church has no tower, it has a west turret, 1 bell, nave, chancel and south porch. The chancel is Decorated, much restored with modern vestry on south side. The nave is Perpendicular, with some fine windows. The Norman round tower that was here fell in 1757, when the peal of the bells which it contained were sold to the neighbouring village of Tibenham.

Next door to the Church is an old school, (Called now The Strike School) now used as a museum. Heres information for that.

Annie Katherine Scollick (Kitty) married in 1896 Tom Higdon, the son of a farm labourer. They lived first in London before moving to Wood Dalling in Norfolk in 1902. This coincided with publication of an Education Bill in Parliament which offered education to working class children. Kitty was appointed headmistress at Wood Dalling School with Tom an assistant teacher. Identifying themselves with the local farm labourers, the Higdons ran up against almost immediate resentment from the school managers, who were mostly farmers. They objected to the cold, insanitary conditions of the school and especially protested at the farmers taking children away to work on the land whenever they were needed. Eventually, after a complete breakdown of relationships, the Norfolk Education Committee gave the Higdons a choice: accept dismissal or transfer to another school. They took up the latter offer and moved to the Burston School in 1911.

Arriving at Burston, the Higdons found conditions were no different. The newly arrived rector, the Reverend Charles Tucker Eland, was appointed chairman of the School Managing Body. Eland intended to recover the powers the  Burston Saint Mary's Church had lost to the parish councils. He demanded deference and recognition of his right to lead the community. His situation, with an annual salary of £581 and a large comfortable rectory, contrasted starkly with the farm labourers and their families, living on average wages of £35 a year in squalid cottages. Their employers, themselves mostly tenants of brewery-owned land, naturally allied with the rector. In 1913, after organising among the local agricultural labourers, Tom Higdon successfully stood for election to the parish council, topping the poll with Eland failing to be elected, against his expectation. However, although the rector and the farm owners had been defeated in the parish council election, they still had control of the school's managing body and were determined to use this power to victimise the Higdons. Since their arrival in Burston, the Higdons had complained about conditions in the school, particularly the dampness, inadequate heating and lighting, lack of ventilation and general unhygienic conditions. Looking for a pretext for action, the managers accused Kitty of lighting a fire without their permission – to dry the clothes of children who had walked three miles to school in the rain. She was also accused of gross discourtesy when reprimanded for this act. In addition, Kitty was accused of beating two Barnado  girls. Despite her pacifist principles, the school managers found there was "good ground for the complaints of the Barnardo foster mother" and they demanded the Higdons be transferred.Tom and Kitty demanded an inquiry be undertaken by the local Norfolk Education Authority Committee. Due to illness, Annie was unable to attend, and the National Union of Teachers-appointed legal representative failed to call any witnesses in her defence as they were being held back for a possible slander case. Despite that, the beating accusation was declared to be not proven. Only the final accusation of discourtesy to the managers was accepted and that was deemed sufficient to give the Higdon's three months' notice.Information, Andy Jarvis and Wikipedia. churchesofnorfolk by the Old Boi


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Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.
Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.
Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.
Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.
Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.
Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.
Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.
Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.
Burston, Saint Marys Church, IP22-5TW.