The Newton Class, Cambridgeshire
Not a lot is known about the Newton Class, although it was always well represented at the annual HAIA exhibitions and in turn featured in The Studio.
John Williams (who also designed for the Fivemiletown Class) was known to be involved with the class and produced designs as well as training and instruction for the boys.
It is known that the class regularly exhibited at the HAIA exhibitions and in a review from 1896 the Studio wrote: 'The Newton (Cambridge) metal work included a fine panel of peacocks, part of a scheme for a complete decoration of a fireplace, which will be illustrated later in the Studio when the work is finished. These proved to be from designs by John Williams, whose admirable work at Essex House all visitors to the Arts and Crafts cannot fail to remember. Indeed classes this year, when a particularly good design for a pierced or repousse brass or copper caused one to examine the label, the name of 'John Williams' as its designer explained the school at once'.
George Kemp, James Lawrence
I would be grateful to hear from anybody with any information on the Newton Class.