Bradfield Council School c.1905, BradfieldLow resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
History of Bradfield >> Education in Bradfield
Reports and returns on schools and education in Bradfield. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 613. Bradfield is supposed to be entitled to send a certain number of children to Dedham school, in right of some lands in this parish settled on the said school, but as there is no written document on the subject preserved in the parish, and as the right has been for a great length of time disused no particulars can be obtained respecting it. One school for boys and one for girls, each containing from 15 to 20 children; also a Sunday school, consisting of 130 children at present maintained by voluntary contributions, which have repeatedly failed for want of proper support. The poor are desirous of having more sufficient means of education."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 964. Six Daily Schools: one of which contains 17 males, who are gratuitously instructed by Wesleyan Methodists; another 15 males; the other four (kept by females) 17 males and 26 females: in the five Schools last mentioned the instruction is at the expense of the parents. One Sunday School, supported by subscription, wherein are 40 males and 50 females, who attend the Established Church."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
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Bradfield - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Bradfield - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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