History of Birch
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Education in Birch
Reports and returns on schools and education in Birch. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 536. Two day schools containing 60 children, and another 10; also a Sunday chool consisting of 50; and one belonging to the Dissenters of the same number. The poor have sufficient means of education."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 764. Five Daily Schools, in four of which are about 60 children of both sexes, who are paid for partly by charity and partly by their parents; the other contains 23 males and 5 females, who are instructed wholly at the expense of their parents. Two Sunday Schools: in one whereof are 10 males and 20 females, who attend the Established Church, this School is supported by voluntary contributions; the other consists of 40 males and 45 females, who are taught gratuitously. The latter Sunday School is connected with a Dissenting Chapel in the adjoining parish of Layer Breton, but the school room being within the precincts of this parish, the particulars respecting it are here returned. Two of the above Daily Schools contaimng about 30 children, commenced since 1818."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
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Birch (Great and Little) - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
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