Stove sagas and first use of pen noted in book

Castleton School History Book, by former head Carol Wilson, pictured with Zoe Martin; Edie Medcalf; Harriet Walker; Olivia Peacock; Seth Watson; James Finlay.
Castleton School History Book, by former head Carol Wilson, pictured with Zoe Martin; Edie Medcalf; Harriet Walker; Olivia Peacock; Seth Watson; James Finlay.
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Castleton School in the midst of the North York Moors has celebrated its 140th anniversary with a book about its history.

It has been written by Carol Wilson, a former headteacher at the village school between 2000 and 2007.

“Our Village School: the saga of the stove” features records from the school’s old log books, personal anecdotes and 150 pictures and images.

It also traces the history of the school from its uncertain beginnings, borne out of the Education Reform Act of 1870, to an established school.

The subtitle of the book 
refers to heating problems which dogged the school for 100 years and features in the majority of the school log books.

Records also feature the first time a ballpoint pen was used at the school and the taking of the first colour photograph as well as the start of class photos in 1895.

At last Monday’s official launch the present Lady Downe read extracts from the book and also congratulated current headteacher Jane Douglass and her staff for having an outstanding school.

Money from the sale of the books will be donated to school funds. They will be on sale at £12 per copy at a Twilight Tea which is being held at Westerdale Village Hall on Sunday December 7 between 3pm and 5pm.