Education in Pooley Bridge
By Joyce Robinson
'Non Mihi Sed Successoribus'
'Not to me but to my successors'
First school founded in 1649
Reverand Lancelot Dawes built the old vicarage at Barton in 1637. The date stone and inscription on the old vicarage behind St Michaels Church – the humble building tucked behind the grand Victorian vicarage - could be an indication that despite having no successors, Lancelot Dawes was keen to leave a legacy for future generations. To this end he, along with the Reverend Gerald Langbaine, was instrumental in founding the first school in the Parish of Barton on the outskirts of Pooley Bridge, in 1649. There was obviously much interest and a need for this Free School as many endowments and promises of yearly payments to fund the school were made. There were also offers of labour to cart wood, stone and other materials to build the school.