I was searching for something in the local newspapers when this caught my eye relating to Old Whittington School.
(Derbyshire Courier 3 February 1883)
I thought it would be interesting to find out about this headteacher who appeared to be retiring!
Alfred Boggust was born in Alton in Hampshire in 1852, in 1871 he is recorded as having enrolled at the British and Foreign School Society in London as a student training to become a teacher.
In 1875 he moved to old Whittington and became Headmaster at Old Whittington school on Church Street, later in the year on 23rd October 1875 he married Ann Banks Stuart Sharman in Boston, Lincolnshire.
The couple started married life in the School House but tragedy struck a few months later when Ann died in an accident. The inquest below, taken from the Leamington Spa Courier 27 May 1876, gives an explanation of what happened.
Ann was buried on 23 May 1876 back in her home county of Lincolnshire.
Alfred resumed his teaching duties and by all accounts worked hard and was well liked. In 1881 the census shows that at 29 he is a widower still living in the School House at Old Whittington. There is a slight discrepancy here however, as on 31 May 1879 Alfred married again, at St George the Martyr Church in Battersea London, to Harriett Jane Le Sueur Jones, a widow same age as Alfred.
It could have been a mistake by the enumerator that Alfred was recorded as a widower, but on the night of the census Harriett was not living at Old Whittington.
In 1883 the above advert appeared and Alfred has decided to move, leaving all his furniture and household goods to be auctioned. A collection was made for Alfred and a presentation was made to him, and this was recorded in the Derbyshire Courier on 17 February 1883.