[REDDIE, Cecil] New Abbotsholme School ~ The Abbotsholmian. No1, Christmas 1895. (The New School Abbotsholme, Derbyshire).
London, Printed by Unwin Brothers for The New School Abbotsholme, Derbyshire, Christmas 1895
The First Issue of the Abbotsholme school chronicle. 8vo (245 x 185 mm). 32 pages, including photographic illustrations by Herr Neumann, 'with the kind permission of Dr. Reddie'. Original grey stapled printed paper covers. Contents shown on upper cover, and school motif to upper and lower covers. Motif faded on lower cover. Staples rusty with small tears around the staples, but sound. Previous owners name in ink to top edge of upper cover and a few small ink splashes to covers. Covers with heavy foxing, mainly around the edges.The first and last couple of pages with lighter foxing to blank edges. Light crease marks across bottom corner of covers and pages, otherwise clean and sound. A good copy of this scarce first issue of the school chronicle. (Seemingly unrecorded. No copies located by Copac. The earliest recordings look to be from the early 1900's).
The photo illustrations show, the school buildings and the small foot bridge erected by the school for the Rocester Parish Council. The New bridge across the Dove at the bathing place, and a record of the wood cutting operations. A view of Abbotsholme dining room and a gardening set at work.
The introduction by Cecil Reddie (one of the founders of the school) explains on the need of a School Chronicle. With reference to the 'Old Boys' mag. and the original school magazine entitled 'Strays'. The Contents are in two parts. Part 1, is about Abbotsholme School, and includes, 'A Visit to Sir John Brown's Steel Works', (Invented the conical steel spring buffer for railway carriages, but best known for the development of armour plating for war vessels). Part 2, 'The Old Boy's Club' includes 'A Bicycle Excursion in Switzerland'.
Reddie, Cecil (1858-1932), educationist. In October 1889 he helped to open Abbotsholme, a private school in Derbyshire, and he made the school his life's work, until retirement in 1927.
In 1883 he joined the radical Fellowship of the New Life in England and decided to establish a school for boys based on socialist principles. Although the school that he established in 1889, Abbotsholme in Derbyshire, was never specifically socialist, its curriculum set a new standard for progressive education. Reddie combined intensive studies and close individual instruction with a program of physical exercise, manual labour, recreation, and arts. Abbotsholme was imitated throughout Europe and was particularly influential in Germany.