Silcoates School reopens after fire

Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Friday 2 October 1908

NEW SCHOOL AT SILCOATES

The Right Hon Walter Runciman, President of the Board of Education, formally opened Silcoates School, near Wakefield, yesterday, and the occasion gave not only the principal functionary but other speakers opportunities alluding to views of the Government with regard to national education. The seminary declared open yesterday – though as a matter of fact it was already tenanted – has been erected to replace the buildings destroyed by fire some years ago. Behind it lies an interesting history. Originated in 1831, it was founded as an institution for the education of the sons of Independent ministers, and was called the Congregational School for the counties of Yorkshire end Lancashire. Subsequently, however, the title was changed to the Northern Congregational School. The sons of laymen were admitted, and the territorial limitation was abandoned. From time to time the finances of the undertaking suffered embarrassment. In 1871 the Silcoates estate was purchased for £15,000, and two years later were erected the buildings which were destroyed by fire. The Trustees own part of the coal rights of the estate, and the revenues derived therefrom are to be applied in the reduction of the mortgage. Roundly the scheme just completed involved an expenditure of £15,000, of which fully £7,000 has been either subscribed or promised. The ceremony was performed in glorious weather, and in presence of a gathering which included many of the elite of Congregationalism, to which body school belongs.