1915 Royal Cross School (for the Deaf) Magazine Preston UK

$15.00 CAD

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WW1-era magazine from the Royal Cross School for the Deaf in Preston, Lancashire UK.

Nice image of horse drawn carriage on road in front of imposing building

The Royal Cross School Magazine
Edited by J.G. Shaw Head Master
                April 1915


  • After the cold, wet winter we have had, it is a treat to get outside once more to our outdoor games…
  • I hear the the girls are about to start a new game. Basketball is rather a hard game for the summer months...girls are going to change from basketball to baseball…
  • The Easter Holidays…we were not allowed to go home or to town at Easter because our doctors said there was whooping cough, measles, and scarlet fever in town…
  • Trench Digging in England
  • Tales about the Map of Europe
  • Another interesting Letter from Egypt…her father’s who is a Quarter Master Sergeant in the East Lancashire at Cairo…
  • Original Story on a given theme

Folded vertically, other creases. Toning on covers.

8 pages + covers

19 x 12.5 cm

Mary  CROSS (1805?-93) of Myerscough, was a benefactress who lived near Preston and founded the Cross Deaf and Dumb School (later the Royal Cross School for the Deaf).  On her death she bequeathed £7,888 to the school.  The foundation stone was laid in 1892 and opened to pupils in 1894 by the Earl of Derby.  The additional title of ‘Royal’ came in 1897. 

The Royal School’s first headmaster was J.G. Shaw,  editor of The Blackburn Times (from 1888).  Shaw came in touch with the local missioner G.F.C. Bolton in 1879 and proceeded to learn finger spelling and sign language, before becoming a voluntary worker with the local deaf community.

The first deaf scout & guide groups were at Preston, the Royal Cross School.