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Obituary – Mr. T. Harding – Former Darfield Headmaster

January 1942

South Yorkshire Times – Saturday 10 January 1942.


Mr. T. Harding

Former Darfield Headmaster

In the closing hours of the old year, Mr Timothy Harding, of Snape Hill Road, Darfield, died at the age of 85.

It was a coincidence that his death should occur within a few days of the retirement from the headship of Darfield Council School of Mr. P. W. Clayton, who succeeded him in that post nearly 28 years ago, when Mr. Harding went into retirement.

Mr. Harding entered the teaching profession in 1889 in the Wesleyan School, Barnsley. He was born in Barnsley, and was the son of a fit.

As a young man he taught in various schools round BarnsIey, and later was accepted as a Queen’s scholar at Westminster College. For six years he was headmaster of the Wesleyan Schools, Low Valley, and in 1910 was appointed first headmaster of the new Darfield Council Schools, where he remained until his retirement.

He was closely connected with Low Valley Wesley Chapel, for over 68 years a trustee, Sunday School superintendent. and held other offices. He was also for a time chairman of the Education Committee of Barnsley Co-operative Society, resigning that position in 1937. Mr. Herding lived an active life, and au found of walking. The interment took place at Barnsley on Saturday, following a service at Low Valley Methodist Chapel, conducted by the Rev. E. G. Penton. assisted by the Rev. B. Gordon.