The School for the Blind, Hardman Street, Liverpool application form



After attending the School for the Blind Children’s Branch in Wavertree for 3 years, Caroline France applied to the Hardman Street School for the Blind, 1921, aged 16. Her application form includes questions to be answered by the parent or guardian and by a “medical man”. It is signed by George France, Caroline’s father, who is listed as being a labourer, living at Forbes Street, Edge Hill, Liverpool. Caroline attended the School and taught machine knitting, basket making and chair caning until 1957. She later lived in Woolton. On the application form is a list of clothing required by pupils on entering the School. For women the items were - Two Black or Navy Blue Dresses Two Skirts (Washing) Two Flannel Petticoats Three Pairs of Calico Combinations Four Pairs of Black Stockings Three Night Gowns One Cloth Jacket Two Black Hats with Black Trimming (no Feathers or Flowers) Two Vests of Flannel or Woollen Material One Pair of Corsets Six Pocket Handkerchiefs Three Blue Overalls Two Pairs of Boots One Pair of Slippers One Comb, Hair Brush, Tooth Brush, Clothes Brush and Nail Brush. One box