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TITLE
Gird and cleek
EXTERNAL ID
AB_HFM_SCHOOL_020
PLACENAME
Newtonmore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kingussie and Insh
CREATOR
Clare Maclean
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
348
KEYWORDS
traditional games
bicycle wheels
pram wheels
barrel hoops
Gird and cleek

Children outside the Knockbain School at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. The boy in the centre of the picture has successfully mastered the art of the gird and cleek and is running while controlling the hoop with an attached cleek. This traditional game was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries using either a purpose-made hoop or in many cases simply utilising articles which were part of everyday life such as old bicycle or pram wheels or the metal hoops of 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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Gird and cleek

INVERNESS: Kingussie and Insh

traditional games; bicycle wheels; pram wheels; barrel hoops

Am Baile

Highland Folk Museum Schoolhouse

Children outside the Knockbain School at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. The boy in the centre of the picture has successfully mastered the art of the gird and cleek and is running while controlling the hoop with an attached cleek. This traditional game was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries using either a purpose-made hoop or in many cases simply utilising articles which were part of everyday life such as old bicycle or pram wheels or the metal hoops of 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.