Thrapston Primary - Victorian Day

Year 3 Children

Victorian Class Group 1896
TPS Group 1 (May 2015)
TPS Group 2 (May 2015)
TPS Group 3 (May 2015)
TPS Group 4 (May 2015)
TPS Group 5 (May 2015)
TPS Group 6 (May 2015)

Thrapston Children Looking into the Past

In May 2015, The “Trading Places Project”, managed by the Rockingham Forest Trust, joined forces with Thrapston Heritage and created a Victorian Day for Year 3 children at Thrapston Primary School.


The children learnt all about clothing in the town in the late 19th century and enjoyed dressing up in caps and bonnets. The costumes were provided by Trading Places volunteers and also Thrapston U3A Sewing Group.

 Recreating old photographs

Photographs were taken of small groups of children in costume, to recreate an 1896 photograph of children in a  Thrapston Victorian school. Photographs of the six groups are included on this page. The  children in the 1896 photograph were “The Regulars”. These were the children who attended school regularly and they each have at least one full attendance medal to show to the camera.

Lace Making

There was also an opportunity for the children to try the traditional craft of lace making. The Thrapston U3A’s Lace Makers volunteered to spend the day in school showing small groups of children how to make lace and then letting them “have a go”.

Census Information

Details of the names and occupations of the residents of Thrapston in 1881 proved to be of great interest and produced a few surprises for the children.

This page was added on 22/07/2015.

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