LABOUR EXCHANGE

Capel County Primary School was built in 1875. Prompted by the centenary 100 years later pupils compared fathers' occupations 'then and now'. The results make interesting reading:-

1875

Labourer 50

Carpenter 4

Wagoner 4

Bailiff 4 

Farmer 3

Blacksmith 3

Coachman 2

Painter 1Grocer 1 

Chimney sweep 1

Builder 1

Gardener 1

Bricklayer 1 

Charcoal burner 1(Additionally there were children with no father living as 5 widows are recorded).


1975

Transport 19

Clerical worker 11

Building industry 10

Engineer 8

Factory worker 6

Farm worker 6 

Printer 4

Publican 4

Carpenter 4

Draughtsman 3 

Woodcutter 2

Shopkeeper 1

Company representative 1

Policeman 1

Horse dealer 1

Gamekeeper 1

Garden centre manager 1

One wonders what the list of occupations would look like now. It will certainly look very different in 2075, or even 2025