Christ College, Brecon: Census

Rugby team, Christ College, Brecon. c1885
Rugby team, Christ College, Brecon. c1885.
Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery

At the time of the 1891 census there were 73 boys boarding at Christ College in Brecon. The head teacher, Rev M A Bayfield, and his predecessor, Rev D L Lloyd, had gone to some lengths to recruit new pupils for the school from a wide area. The census shows that they did come from many places, mainly from Wales, but very few from Breconshire itself. Of the boys listed in the census who were boarding at the School House and the Hostel in 1891, 65 were from Wales and only 8 from outside the country; they came from Norfolk, Gloucester, Worcester, Herefordshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk.

Christ College, Brecon
Christ College, Brecon
Powys County Archives

There were 53 boys living in the school house.

1891 Census
Christ College, Brecon
Name Age Place of Birth English/Welsh
David L Davies 17 Coychurch, Bridgend Both
Arthur S Edmunds 17 Bedwelly, Mon English
Herbert C Edwards 13 Aberayron, Cardigan Both
John H Evans 21 Wymondham, Norfolk English
Charles A Evans (?) 16 Hewelsfield, Gloucester English
Henry R Gillespie 14 Cardigan English
Francis J H Grant 13 Kerry, Mont English
Charles E M Green 15 Troedyrhiw, Merthyr English
William L Harris 16 Merthyr English
James D Harvard 17 Brymawr, Brecon English
Richard D Harvard 13 Brymnawr, Brecon Both
John J Herbert 15 Crickhowell English
Arthur R Hughes 16 Aberystwyth English
Hugh M Hughes 13 Aberystwyth English
Arthur R Hughes 16 Aberystwyth English
Percy C P Ingram 15 Newport English
William C R Johns 17 Llanstinion, Pembs Both
Leonard M Johns 15 Llanstinion, Pembs Both
Lionel J Jones 11 Llawarnam, Newport English
William G Lace 15 Cardiff English
John C Lester 15 Llandudno Both
William D Morgan 18 Llansanffraid, Cardigan Both
Thomas Morgan 20 Abernant Aberdare Both
Henry J Morgan 19 Myscymbaurn, Carmarthen Both
Richard M Mullock 16 Newport Mon English
William D Perrott 13 Treorky, Glam Both
William D Morgan 18 Llansanffraid, Cardigan Both
Charles D Phillips 13 Newport Mon English
Reginald A Phillips 14 Newport Mon English
Charles G Phillips 16 Newport Mon English
James H R Powell 17 Oystermouth, Swansea Both
Alistair W Powell 18 Oystermouth, Swansea Both
William B S Powell 11 Sennybridge, Brec English
William B J Rees 14 Newport Mon English
Trevor Roberts 14 Malpas Newport Mon English
Charles B Steel 15 Mon Blaenavon English
James B Shatton 15 Mon Basseby English
Joseph H Stratton 17 Mon Basseby English
Lewis W M Thomas 15 Llandyssul Cardigan English
David H M Thomas 15 Brecon Sennybridge Both
Griffith J C Thomas 15 Cardigan Llanarth Both
George I Thomas 15 Cardiff, Glam English
Thomas I Thomas 17 Sennybridge, Brecon Both
Eligur J S Thomas 14 Mon Victoria English
Thomas J Thomas 16 Mon Tredegar English
John Thomas 17 Nelson, Llangabon Both
John B Thompson 13 Worcester English
Edward J R Trevor 13 Beaumaris English
Thomas N Trevor 14 Beaumaris English
Arthur J Turner 15 Herefordshire, Kington English
Walter M Walters 15 Pontypridd, Glam English
Frank E Walters 15 Bangor Both
Percy C Ward 14 Merthyr English
Henry P Williams 15 Rhyl English
Henry Williams 16 Llanelly Both

So, what sort of boy became a Christ College scholar in 1891? Taking a random selection of boys and tracing them back to the 1881 census, it can be seen that they were the children of the rising Victorian professional and middle classes.

Charles Lace was the son of Henry Leigh Lace, a Master Engineer, who lived in Cardiff. Another civil engineer's son was Trevor Roberts of Newport.

Arthur and Hugh Hughes of Aberystwyth were the sons of Arthur Johnson Hughes, an Aberystwyth solicitor. The father of Charles Steel was a Land Agent Auctioneer, Henry C Steel.

Percy Ingram of Monmouth was the son of a shipbroker, Samuel D Ingram.

John Lester's father was Hugh Lester, a wine merchant in Llandudno.

William and Leonard Johns, and Thomas and Edward Trevor were the sons of vicars, Revs Thomas Johns and Trevor Thomas.

Christ College Brecon