Market Lavington Museum

Doing the Dictation


We recently met poor Minnie Smith who, sadly, died of cancer in 1906 at the age of 12. It looks as though Minnie was a fine scholar, if we judge from some exam pages of hers which have survived. Here we see her dictation page.

Dictation test by Minnie Smith of Market Lavington – 1904

This looks to be perfect in every respect – spelling and punctuation are all as they should be and, it has to be said, the handwriting is wonderful. Young Minnie has signed and dated the work.

Signed and dated by Minnie

So, Minnie was just ten at the time. Sometime soon we’ll show you her maths. Prepare to be truly amazed at the complex sums youngsters were expected to do more than 100 years ago.