The Keep, Castle Hedingham c.1960Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Castle Hedingham >> Education in Castle Hedingham
Reports and returns on schools and education in Castle Hedingham. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 1,052. The Sunday schools of the Established Church contain 51 boys and 59 girls of this parish, and 3 from that of Sible Hedingham. the Independent Sunday schools consist of 12 boys and 35 girls of Castle Hedingham, and 173 from Sible Hedingham. Three day schools in which 81 children are instructed, 36 of whom belong to this parish; and two day schools at which straw braiding is principally taught, containing 58 children, 13 of whom onbly attend from this parish.
The poor are not without the means of education, but they prefer the trifling emolument arising from the straw work of their children, to gratuitous instruction; and 12 children attend the endowed school in Great Yeldham parish."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 1,220. Six Daily Schools, in which collectively 41 males and 93 females are instructed at the expense of their parents. Two Sunday Schools, at one of which are 100 children of each sex who attend the Established Church; and in the other (connected with Dissenters and having a lending Library attached) are 94 males and 60 females; these Schools are supported by voluntary contributions. Most of the children in the Daily Schools attend the Sunday Schools also."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
The state of education in Castle Hedingham in 1867 appears in this report on employment in agriculture.
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