TB killed people year after year and the only hope at that time was to make people tough enough to resist. Doctors drummed into everyone that the only way to survive was to become resistant to disease. It was to be many years before the arrival of our modern drugs.
Under the two large oak trees in the playground were wooden desks. In anything but steady rain, the trees gave protection, so lessons were held outside whenever possible. Though the desks were dirty, covered in dust and soot so that one tried to carry a rag to rub them down, the grime was accepted. What was a little dirt when one could be in the open air? It is surprising how deeply this idea of healthy open-air life penetrated. For years we children slept with our windows wide open and the curtains flapping in the wind. Only when rain was coming in were the windows closed.
The original pitched roof at Queen's Head Street School, Islington, demolished.
Queen's Head Street School, Islington, was built as a two storey building with a high-pitched roof. St. James's School was a bungalow with a similar high-pitched roof. We have no drawing of the St. James's classroom but imagine one peak of the upper floor of this drawing. The only real difference was that the tie-bar was in wrought iron instead of the heavy beans and king post shown in the Queen's Head Street roof.
Queen's Head Street School became Islington Green School and is now an Academy. its History is described in detail in a separate article.
LINK TO ISLINGTON GREEN
LINK TO APPENDIX Apendix 2 page 224