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The Life and Death of Rochester Sneath: The outrageously funny real-life pranks that fooled the public schools of England by Humphry Berkeley

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News Review, April 22nd, 1948

WHO IS ROCHESTER SNEATH?

IT WAS AN intriguing – a most intriguing letter. The signature over which it appeared last week in The Daily Worker’s correspondence columns was ‘H. Rochester Sneath’.

Mr Sneath was described as ‘Headmaster of Selhurst School, Petworth, Sussex’ which made his letter even more interesting, for in it the Headmaster said this:

‘Although I do not happen to be a member of your Communist Party . . . I am endeavouring to institute the comulsory [sic] study of Russian in this School, but have been met with every form of obstruction. The majority of the parents have raised quite unreasonable objections, and the Examination Authorities will not set papers in the subject. The Board of Trade ...

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