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TITLE
Playing with girds and cleeks
EXTERNAL ID
AB_HFM_SCHOOL_014
PLACENAME
Newtonmore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kingussie and Insh
CREATOR
Clare Maclean
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
345
KEYWORDS
girds and cleeks
traditional games
traditional toys
blacksmith
blacksmiths
pram wheels
bicycle wheels
iron barrel rings
Playing with girds and cleeks

Children outside Knockbain School at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. These children are playing with girds and cleeks which were widely used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The gird is an iron hoop between 60cm and 90cm in diameter which is propelled along by an iron rod known as a cleek. The purpose-made toys would have been manufactured by the local blacksmith but many innovative designs were also used including old bicycle and pram wheels and the iron rings from barrels.

The school was originally erected about 1925 at Knockbain by Kirkhill, 13 kilometres from Inverness and was moved to the museum in 1998, opening in spring 2000. It is a pre-fabricated, timber framed, iron-clad building of a kind that was common in Scotland from the mid-1800s and measures 12 metres by 6 metres. It encloses 4 timber board rooms, namely a large classroom with a range to provide heat, a cloakroom with 3 washbasins, a small teacher's room and an adjoining teacher's toilet. The picture shows the large windows incorporated into the building to give a light, airy interior.

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Playing with girds and cleeks

INVERNESS: Kingussie and Insh

girds and cleeks; traditional games; traditional toys; blacksmith; blacksmiths; pram wheels; bicycle wheels; iron barrel rings

Am Baile

Highland Folk Museum Schoolhouse

Children outside Knockbain School at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. These children are playing with girds and cleeks which were widely used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The gird is an iron hoop between 60cm and 90cm in diameter which is propelled along by an iron rod known as a cleek. The purpose-made toys would have been manufactured by the local blacksmith but many innovative designs were also used including old bicycle and pram wheels and the iron rings from barrels.<br /> <br /> The school was originally erected about 1925 at Knockbain by Kirkhill, 13 kilometres from Inverness and was moved to the museum in 1998, opening in spring 2000. It is a pre-fabricated, timber framed, iron-clad building of a kind that was common in Scotland from the mid-1800s and measures 12 metres by 6 metres. It encloses 4 timber board rooms, namely a large classroom with a range to provide heat, a cloakroom with 3 washbasins, a small teacher's room and an adjoining teacher's toilet. The picture shows the large windows incorporated into the building to give a light, airy interior.