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Antique Sunday School Mug - Up Lane Sunday School Batley

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This charming Sunday School Mug, from “Up Lane Sunday School Batley", West Yorkshire, dates from the early 1800s and is a lovely example of social history

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W-12 H-9 (cm)

Item Reference:

59019-864-2Tip! This item's Ref-Code breaks down thus...
Item Ref Code: 59019-864-2
Item No. 59019 - Dealer No. 864 - Building No. 2


Antique Sunday School Mug - “Up Lane Sunday School Batley", West Yorkshire.

This charming “Sunday School Mug” is a lovely example of social history dating from the early 1800s, and as such is a particularly interesting and collectable item.

Children, who might be arriving for Sunday School are outside the building in the transfer printed picture on the mug and the title of, “Up Lane Sunday School Batley" is shown underneath this image.

The mug is white glazed with transfer printed picture in black.

There is a back stamp mark on the base of the mug (“M J Nicholson, Batley”)

A Sunday School was established in Batley by 1814 and used Up Lane Sunday School premises between 1814 and 1830. This was an un-denominational Sunday School. In 1830, the Sunday school moved to premises in Commercial Street where it was said that, “At the foot of New Street on the Commercial Street end, was the old Up Lane School which in 1882 was being used as a Sunday School connected with no particular sect”.

It was reported ("From Village to Town, by Isaac Binns, "A Random Reminiscence of Batley During The Last Thirty Years", reprinted from the "Batley News" 1882 by F H Purcas) that, “many of the old families have "graduated" here, and the Sheard family keep up their love for the old place by good annual subscriptions in its aid”.

The Sheards had moved from Birstall parish to Batley in the mid 1700s. Lydia Sheard, who became the second wife of Benjamin Law, was baptised in the parish church of All Saints, Batley, in 1781.

Sunday Schools, had been started in 1780 by Robert Raikes ("The Younger "). Robert Raikes (14 Sep 1736 - 5 Apr 1811) was born at Ladybellgate House in Gloucester and became a Philanthropist & Anglican Layman. He is particularly remembered for his promotion of Sunday Schools.

Dimensions of Mug are:

9 cm (diameter)
12cm (width, including handle)
9 cm (height)


Item Reference
Height: 9 cm
Width: 12 cm
1800 - 1830, C19th (Early)
Country of Origin
Good for its age (without any cracks or chips). There is some discolouring and wear, which is commensurate with use and age of an item from this period


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