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WILLIAM CLOSE 3

Iron mining was another occupation, and for poor children, a weaving house was founded at Dalton. William Close started a small music school for Dalton’s urchins while in the same town, classics and mathematics were taught by one master while his assistant looked after the rest; this school was situated close to Goose Green at the foot of the cliff behind the vicarage. The school, according to one source, had 80 pupils. Initially there were 20 pupils when it was founded by Thomas Boulton in the 17th century. According to Dr. David Borwick, writing in 1994 about education, “Furness seemed to have conformed to the high standards of Cumberland and Westmorland rather than the lower ones of Lancashire”.  

(p. 377 An English Provincial Society).