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Stoatley Rough School

The set-up was quite cosmopolitan in many ways and we had to do a lot of the chores ourselves. There was a big potato peeling machine there so we had to take turns. We had a rota, the bigger boys operating this potato peeling machine. We did the washing in the school. And there was also a farm in the school with a farmer. It was about a 10-minute, quarter of an hour walk from the school called The Farm. Again it had huts there where some of the older children lived. And some of the older children actually got involved in farming. And also tapped the stream to build a swimming pool. It was a horrible swimming pool but it served its purpose. We used to go swimming there and we used to pick the leeches off each other as we got out.

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