The Quarter Sessions dealt with more than just criminal matters; they also dealt with other judicial business. For example, 1864 included a committee report about the Bedfordshire Reform School at Turvey. This poorly handwritten report (possibly just a draft version) provides us with some valuable insights into the School, its aims and how it operated.
Here’s a brief summary of its contents:
- last report was 3 years ago and provided for the period from the opening of the school in May 1857 to the end of 1860.
- the total number of boys admitted since opening is 85. 39 have been discharged. 8 were transferred to other reformatories. 6 had died. 2 absconded. 30 were currently at the institution.
- the committee met on 3rd Wednesday in each month and weekly visitation are made.
- 45 1/2 acres of land was held, the land having been drained by the boys under expert tuition.
- a medical officer visited at least once a fortnight. The health of the boys was satisfactory.
- instruction in reading, writing & arithmetic was given 3 times a week and religious instruction was given by neighbouring clergymen.
The report concluded the institution was fulfilling its brief and that with divine blessing, best results could confidently be hoped for!