Summary Information

Gwent Archives
Records of Pratts' Charity, Mathern
1.0 not recorded

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Biographical/Historical note

In 1723 Charles Pratt devised his freehold estate in Mthern for the purpose of establishing a school in which the children of the poor were to be taught to read.

A scheme for regulating the charity, by which the vicar and churchwardens of the parish were appointed trustees, was set up in 1862. In the following year new premises for teh school were opened in the grounds of the old buildings.

A new scheme was adopted in 1885 and in 1936 the Monmouth Diocesan Trust became trustee.

In 1962 it was agreed that income fron the Trust could be used to make an annual grant to the local Sunday school and to assist with expenses of children going to secondary schools.

Mathern Primary School was closed, following protest, in 1988. Under a new scheme of 1995 it was ruled that the Trust was to be run by 9 trustees and that income would be used to promote the education of local residents under the age of 25.

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Scope and Contents note

Correspondence relating to the administration of the charity, 1853-1988; financial records, 1960-1985; objection documents opposing the closure of Mathern Primary School, 1986-1987.

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Arrangement note

Arranged into the following: administration and correspondence; finance; objection documents relating to the closure of the school.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Gwent Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

Usual conditions apply

Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright regulations apply

Custodial History note

No information found

Accruals note

Accruals are not expected

Immediate Source of Acquisition note


Appraisal note

All records have been retained

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Further records are in Gwent Record Office, Misc. MSS 665.

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Other Finding Aids note

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

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Collection Inventory

Administration and Correspondence 

 D3652/1 Correspondence file including communications with the Charity Commissioners relating to a scheme for the regulation of the charity and other matters, and attendance figures 1853-1925 

 D365/2 Correspondence relating to numerous matters including exchange of land,village playground and administration Includes typescript copy of the will of Charles Pratt 1952-1989 

 D365/3 Correpondence and newscuttings relating to proposals for closure of Mathern Primary school 1983-1988 

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 D3652/4 Cash Book including details of prizes for attendence at school and further education awards 1960-1984 

 D3652/5 Cash Book 1960-1985 

 D3652/6 Bank Statements 1979-1981 

 D3652/7 Remittance advice relating to wayleave 1980 

 D3652/8 Bank Statements 1981-1984 

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Objection Documents Relating to Closure of School 

 D3652/9 Petition against closure of Mathern Primary school 1986-1987 

 D3652/10 Objection document entitled Mathern Matters, opposing closure of Mathern Primary School 1986 

 D6352/11 Objection Document entitled Welsh Street? opposing the closure of mathern Primary School and the establishment of a new school in Chepstow 1986 

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