Our Oldest School
I've often wondered why Norton has no village green. It is because the school was built on it! The village stocks and whipping post had to make way for the head mistress's cane!
The school's 125th anniversary was celebrated, firstly at an extra special Summer Revels on Saturday June 13th. The May Queen was crowned by Mrs Hazel Bowry who was herself the first Norton School May Queen in 1926. The May King was crowned by *Mr Brian Chamberlain*, a relative of the first school mistress in The Three Horse Shoes pub. Two very appropriate people. Unfortunately it rained all day so the event was held indoors. Undaunted, everyone gave of their best with entertainment from every class in the school. The following week a special assembly was led by the Bishop of Hertford in the new school hall.
The school has had many extensions since it was first built. 4 classrooms in 1960, 2 more in 1973, the Nursery in 1983 and in 1996, a new school hall. The old school house is still in use, mostly as storage areas, and the old teaching area, known to present occupants as the Old School Hall, is now the TV and music area and the dining room.
Yet more building. Preparations for a new classroom are taking place this summer, but before building can begin, archaeologists are busy collecting evidence of Norton's past. The team from the Heritage Network have so far found evidence of an early medieval site, mostly in the form of ditches, post-holes and domestic rubbish such as broken pottery and slaughtered animal bones. We will have to wait until they have completed their dig and collated all the evidence before further information will be available.
**Brian Chamberlain will be talking to the Society
on November 20th about the history of his family and The Three Horse Shoes.