The way we were

Latin, stockings, and snobbery - Naomi Mitchison, George Orwell and others remember their schooldays

By Ian Irvine   210

Janice Galloway with classmates at primary school (third row, far left)

Naomi Mitchison recalls her days at the Dragon School in Oxford before the First World War:

“I liked the smell of school, I liked hanging up my coat with the rest… The only wretched thing was that when I started school I had to start wearing black stockings which went right up under my button-below-the-knee knickers. Apart from that I wore a blue serge skirt and a blue jersey, but I did at least have a school blazer…

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