Sunday 16 May 2010

Free Jigsaw Download of Ackworth School

For those of you who might wonder what Ackworth School looked like around the time when the Ackworth girls were stitching samplers, here is a view of the school from circa 1830. The school today is pretty much as it was then. New buildings have been added but they do not detract from the wonderful old colonnades of the old school which you can see here, linking the main building to its two wings. Ackworth is famous for its liquorice fields near the meadow where the people are walking. The penny per week allowance the scholars received was called 'Spice Money'. Even when I was young, a visiting kindly relative on departing might find me a penny in her purse 'for some spice'. And indeed, one of the items from the sweet counter in the little grocer's shop which could be bought was a stick of liquorice root. This was not the black (or other coloured) soft chewing liquorice which we buy today, but a chewy, stringy, dried, shrivelled twig which would outlast the desire to chew it! I hope you enjoy the jigsaw. However, sadly, this is not going to work for Mac users. Instructions: Click here next Click Open, then click the .EXE file name and click Run, when you see the jigsaw puzzle, click Play Too many pieces? Try clicking on Trays on the top tool bar to create any number of resizeable trays to sort your pieces ........ you can also click the Cheat button and watch the puzzle solve itself! The software is by David Gray designer of Jigsaws Galore - the powerful jigsaw player and creator for Windows.


  1. What a gorgeous scene. It looks so peaceful. Thanks for sharing, Jacqueline.

  2. I've always wondered why sweets round here (Sheffield/Derbyshire border) were called "spice" - thank you for clearing that up!

    It's not used as much these days, which seems a shame, as the language is poorer for standardisation.