In this agricultural village, learning was not entirely neglected; Captain James Barrow's school was attended by William Fisher's children; Mary, Margaret, Richard and William James. The pupils of this small school had good reason to leave their lessons if the high tide flooded their classroom. Margaret later attended a boarding school in Ulverston. Richard and William James were given dancing lessons, and in 1825, their father paid one pound and four shillings for a copy of Edward Baines's History of Lancashire; in the same year, a copy of The Sunday Times was received into the Fisher household for the first time. Blackwood's Magazine was also read.