A place to discuss Keighley Boys' Grammar School.
I believe that she was on some kind of panel of prudes, and she came out strongly in support of "Lady Chatterly's Lover" by D H Lawrence as a work of literary significance. It was described as "an obscene and filthy work" in the USA and banned by the postal service. I read it of course. It was OK, but pretty tame as far as "filth" goes. The gamekeeper had a nice thing going there...bonking m'lady and getting paid for it.
Anyway, miss Evans is/was my kind of woman, and I would have liked to have met her.
A girl I knew who attended KGGS did once mantion a liberalising (?) rule that no longer required skirts to be worn below the knee. Can't think that such a thing would havr inspired Jonah to post a message though - unless it was a question to which he doesn't know the answer.
Was not the book Fanny Hill a cause of controversy in the sixties with people queuing up to buy it. Could be wrong.
I believe the witness in the Lady Chatterley trial was the head of English at KGGS - was the name Beryl Jones? I picked up my Penguin copy from WHS in Uxbridge in Nov. 1960.
Do you really know Jonah, or is it just a try on? How about she initiated those KBGS/KGGS mixed dances which were so painfully embarassing to those of us foolish enough to think we might be in for a treat!
Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) firstname.lastname@example.org
I was just guessing about miss Evans testifying. It appears that Terry is correct as usual.
I had an ulterior motive in writing...I was hoping to steer the discussion into something interesting like sex, or hopefully, get some bluenose frothing at the mouth. Oh well.........
Well, I thought Bernie had won the coconut. At least that was the answer I had in mind - that it was Miss Evans who testified at the Lady Chatterly trial. But I bet Terry's right, in which case the whole question becomes redundant and Beryl Jones (no relation)gets the credit...I'll check with my sister one of these days and rehabilitate Miss Evans if required!
Terry was right!Again!! But as soon as he said it, I knew that the name Miss Jones rang an instant Beryl. Having checked it out with my sister (who's even older and more forgetful than I am)it emerges that there were two Miss Joneses, Beryl and Peggy, both in their fifties and both extremely Welsh. Peggy it was who taught English. Beryl, champion of English literature at the time, taught Latin. As a mark of gratitude for Beryl's performance in court, Penguin books arrived in Keighley and mounted an educational dsplay of their wares at KGGS. To the eternal chagrin of the Greenhead Gels, the display lacked a copy of the book in question. So - the correct answer to the quiz question turns out to be: Miss Evans' contribution to the swinging sixties was that she employed the sisters Jones, one of whom testified at the Lady C trial. And as I somehow seem to be the only one who, with this posting, has got it exactly right, I hereby award myself the Brian Craven memorial prize of a yard of Guinness. Thanks to all who competed and bad luck! Mmmmmnnn, this Guinness is good....
I believe "Lady Chatterley's Lover" had been in circulation (amongst the better classes) in hard back - probably printed on the Continent and without there being any prosecutions. Where Penguin crossed the line was that they published it in paper back at a price the ordinary person could afford.
You can read it on line at www.bibliomania.com but before you download a hard copy you should be mindful of the caution made at the trial by the prosecuting counsel Griffiths-Jones "Ask yourselves the question: would you approve of your young sons, young daughters - because girls can read as well as boys - reading this book. Is it a book that you would have lying around the house? Is it a book you would wish your wife or servants to read?"
Clearly Miss Evans did not mind her gels or her servants reading the book or ahe would not have given Miss Jones time-off to be a witness for the defence. Or maybe she just wanted to get her hands on Miss Jones' copy. (The "F" word was used more than 30 times)
Just came across this quote on a website - "The case was given enormous prominence in Keighley, because a Classics and English mistress at
Keighley Girls' Grammar School, Miss S. Beryl Jones, appeared at the Old Bailey trial as a witness
for the defence of Penguin Books Ltd. Naturally her evidence supported the literary merits of the
book, but when questioned about its inclusion of four-letter words she stated that most of the girls at
her school had "been acquainted with these words by the time they were ten." It must seem
impossible to appreciate nowadays the sensation which this caused in a mainly Nonconformist town
of generally strait-laced views. The Keighley Town Council reacted by questioning the terms of
Miss Jones's leave of absence, but fortunately she had gone to London strictly in her own time and as
a private individual, albeit her role as an English teacher gave her an added authority."
Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-65
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