Schools in court: a whacking good precedent

How two cases in the Court of Common Pleas inspired the fictional school scenes in Nicholas Nickleby, and the consequences of Dickens’s novel for the real school and its head.

Book review by Paul Magrath

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Brimstone & treacle administered by Mrs Squeers in an illustration from Nicholas Nickleby.

The Yorkshire schools

Jones v Shaw

Ockerby v Shaw

Fact v fiction

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