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MEDINA IS FANTASTIC FIND
By Pamela Reynolds

Medina Sarah GriffithsTwo fantastic articles have been sent to the Village Website by Sally Rackham, who lives in Australia. The first, ‘The Headmistress of a School Eighty Years Ago’, was written by Sally’s late grandmother Eveline Lewis, nee Griffiths in about 1954 referring to her education at Saltaire School in the 1800s.

[Image: Medina Sarah Griffiths]

The school, built by Sir Titus Salt, was new and the appointed headmistress was Miss Medina Sarah Griffiths (same surname and a relative of Eveline's). The second article, Medina Sarah Griffiths, was written by Sally Rackham’s father, the late Peter Lewis. Medina was truly progressive; she introduced a wide curriculum for the girls, including Latin and Esperanto. There were no forms and no marks. Girls were encouraged to stay on until they were ready to take a degree, which at that time could only be obtained from London University.

Eveline received an excellent education at Medina’s school and took out a BA Hons at Cardiff University in 1892, graduating from London. Her article is now held by the Powys County Archives in Llandrindod Wells.

[Image: Eveline Griffiths]

Both images have been kindly provided by Sally Rackham.

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