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From : "Old Ashbourne" (Ashbourne Telegraph, 30 December 1904).

The newspaper published a letter from and Old Ashburnian who had been educated at the Old School in Ashbourne but later resided in Southport. The gentleman had read an article about Ashbourne, which prompted him to forward a list of fellow pupils from his time at the school some forty years before.

Whilst he did not provide his own name, he was curious to know if some of the boys who attended the school at the same time as him had survived, although he thought the Whithams had predeceased him and only one of the Edensors was alive and living in Liverpool (see the names in the list below).

List published in the newspaper, Dec 1904.

Headmaster, the Rev. George E GEPP
Second Master, Mr. BOWMAN
Arithmetic Master, Mr. WALKER
Pupils and address, if given Additional information (not in the article)
ARCHER, Robert, the Lodge. 1861 - Ashbourne Lodge, aged 9.
BRINDLEY J., Church Street. 1861 - John Thorley Brindley aged 12.
BARNES, Alfred, the Butchery. -
COX, John, Church-street 1861 - Church St, John Herbert, 13.
DUFFIELD, Richard, New-road. 1861 - aged 13
DYKE, W. E., Newton Lees. 1861 - William E, aged 7, The Leys, Parwich.
EDENSOR, T. W., Richard, George, Alfred, and Harry, Market-place. TW was with grandparents in the Market Place in 1861.
Richard aged 15, George W aged 12 and Harry H aged 7 were at Sturston with their parents. Alfred, aged 9, (nephew) was also there.
1901 - Thomas William Edensor, aged 62, commercial traveller, was in Toxteth Park, Liverpool.
FINNEY, Sam, Ellastone. -
GINDER, Harry, at. Mrs. Ward's, Church-st. -
GAMBLE, Clifton.-
GREAVES, Belle Vue.-
FITZHERBERT, Ralph, Church-street.-
HOLLAND, Home Farm, Mayfield-
JEROME, Edwrd and Fred, Ashbourne, Burton and Uttoxeter Bank. Living Clifton 1861. Frederic E, aged 8, and Edward, aged 10.
LISTER, J. W., St.John-street. 1861 - Aged 7.
LODER, John, St.John-street. -
LAMB, Thomas, St.John-street. 1861 - Aged 10.
LEE, Charles, Church-street. 1861 - Chas W. Gresley Lee, 12.
MORLEY, G. B., Daniel, and Walter, Church-st. 1861 - G.B [George Bassett] 13, Daniel Charles, 12, Walter [Thomas Walter], 8, was visiting his uncle at Rodsley in 1861.
Thomas W. Morley, aged 47, was a book keeper and Dispenser in Chichester in 1901.
MOOR, Gilbert, Roland and Norman, stepsons of Rev. Gepp, Church-street. Rev. Gepp had 4 stepsons who were scholars in 1861:
James M. H. [not listed in the letter, so would have left the school];
Gilbert. C.J.G, aged 14, Roland C. J, aged 11, Edward N. P., aged 10.
OLDHAM, W. H., Norbury-
PORTER, James, The Butchery. 1861 - James, aged 8 (on Butchers Row).
SKEVINGTON, William and Joseph, Church-st. 1861 - William E, aged 12, Joseph A, 10 father a Surgeon.
SMITH, T. M., Church-st. 1901 - Tom M Smith, a 47 year old retired coal merchant was living in Birkdale.
SMITH, T., Tissington. 1861 - Thomas, aged 7, at Tissington.
TOMLINSON, Fred, St.John-street. 1861 - Aged 8 (John F. Tomlinson).
TOMLINSON, Thomas and William, Bradley. 1871 - Thomas, aged 17, living at Bradley.
WHITHAM, James, Ricardo and Harry, sons of Mr. John Witham, chemist. Living St. John's Street; James 14, Ricardo 13, Harry 11.
Ricardo d. 1901. He was late of Ashbourne, Derby and Ceylon.
WARREN, Brook, nephew of Mr. Eaton, corn-merchant. 1861 - he was aged 7 and living with his parents in Compton Street. The family moved to Longsight, LAN and in 1901 he was with his mother and sister in Altrincham. His age varied slightly in the census returns.
WALKER, William and John, sons of one of the assistant masters. 1861 - Lived church Street, father James:
James Willm 11, John Edwd 9.

(44 male pupils)

The correspondent also recounted the following story:

"I shall always remember one 2nd of May at the dear old school when the boys (with the exception of three who were late), went to Dovedale. This was how it happened. The Headmaster's wife, in consequence of the noise made before school commenced, had us all turned out, and the doors locked. As these were not unfastened to time it was proposed and carried that we should take a holiday. We therefore went—to the number of about forty of us—to the Dale, where we had an enjoyable time, and returned about 6 o'clock. In the interim Mr. Gepp had called round to the parents, leaving instructions that when we came back we should be sent to bed without food. Next morning he expelled several of the older boys, and punished others with a 2,000 [2000] line task. After a few days had passed, the Headmaster received the expelled ones back ; so they really had a nice little holiday as their share of the penalty.

One of our favourite games was the "Battle of Waterloo", which we fought in the churchyard near the wall which separated the ground from the almshouses. I suppose the "field" is now covered with graves.

I know very few of the old boys' addresses. One of the Morleys is a chemist in Chichester, and T. W. Edensor is a fruit merchant at Liverpool.

With best wishes I am, dear Sir, your faithfully,


Dec 14, 1904."

Related pages:

QEGS - Old School

QEGS, Green Road

Church Street

Newspaper extract transcribed by Ann Andrews.
Page researched by and © Ann Andrews, a former pupil at QEGS.