Rayne Road, Braintree, 1907Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Braintree >> Education in Braintree
Reports and returns on schools and education in Braintree. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 2,298. The rent of a small piece of land, amounting to £18 per annum, has been left for the education of children of the parish, which is applied towards the support of two schools upon the national system of education, established in 1802 by the minister, in which from 150 to 200 children are instructed, and about 60 girls clothed annually; the rest of the expenses are defrayed by voluntary contributions, and an annual sermon."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 3,422. Four Daily Schools: one whereof, containing from 140 to 160 children of both sexes (of whom 60 females attend on Sundays), is endowed for the males with a farm, the rent of which is £18 per annum, and with a bequest to the Vicar for the time being of £45 per annum for the support of the female branch of the School; these sums, aided by a few subscriptions, pay the salaries of the master and mistress; the other three contain as follows; 57 males (commenced 1824); 25 of both sexes (commenced 1828); and 9 females (commenced 1829); in these three Schools the children are instructed at the expense of their parents. One Boarding School (commenced 1832) in which 29 males are likewise educated at the expense of their parents. One Sunday School, consisting of 40 males and 70 females of the Baptist denomination, is supported by voluntary contributions, and has a lending Library attached."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
The unused grammar school funds at Braintree is discussed in the House of Commons paper Volume 28, Part 11, on Endowed Grammar Schools.
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Braintree - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
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