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Education and Employment

The children of Colton have had the opportunity to go to school since 1764 when the first school was established in the village.  Endowments by local Colton people enabled the present school to be built in 1863 and education has flourished here ever since.

Over the centuries Colton people have been employed in many trades and crafts such as glass making, brick making, shoe making, tanning as well as the rural industries surrounding the farming that has always been the main employment of this community until more recent times times.

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Extracts from the School Log Book
Image: picture of the school St.Mary's school log book makes fascinating reading. Begun in 1864 when the new school opened its doors, the various head teachers have recorded events of local and national importance and how they have affected Colton schoolchildren. 

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  A History of Education in Colton
The schools Colton children have attended through the ages. (click here)
 Medieval Glassmaking in and around Colton
The evidence we have of this activity. (click here)
 Extracts from the log book of St. Mary's School
Many school memories going back to 1864. (click for more)
 The Mills in Colton
An account of the mills that once served Colton. (click here)
 Employment in Colton
How Colton people have earned a living through the ages. (click here)
  The Canal Comes to Colton
Local people employed on the canal and a cruel murder! (click here)
 Farming in Colton
Farming practices in Colton through the ages. (click for more)
 Steam Comes Through Colton
How Colton people found work on the railway. (click here)