Longton Primitive Methodist Sunday School
Between December 1840 and February 1841, Samuel Scriven collected evidence for a Report on the Employment of Children and Young Persons in the Staffordshire Potteries. One of those he interviewed was the superintendent of Longton Sunday School.
Charles Brown, aged 25:
‘I am the superintendent of this school. It has been established about five years. We have 27 boys on the books and seven teachers; 34 girls and four female teachers; as we have but one room, they are necessarily mixed. Th3 nature of the instruction we impart is strictly religious, and consists in Bible readings, spellings, writing, and exercises. I think we have as many present as on the books, or nearly so. The come at half past nine and learn till 12; some again at half past one till half past two, and attend morning and evening the religious duties of the chapel.’
Scriven noted: ‘This school is held in the chapel; well-ventilated, warm, and comfortable.’