History of Chigwell

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Education in Chigwell

Reports and returns on schools and education in Chigwell. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.


"Population 1,576. A school for classical learning founded by archbishop Harsenett, in the reign of James the first; the statutes require that 12 boys, born in the parish of Chigwell, shall be instructed, but there are only 2 now sent; the master has a stipend of £20 per annum, with a good house free of taxes and repairs.

Another school for writing and arithmetic, also founded by the said archbishop Harsenett, which the vicar wishes to make free to all the children of Chigwell; at present it contains 20 boys of this, and 6 of the adjoining parishes; the master's salary has been increased from £25 to £50 a year, with a house.

The estate which supports both these schools, consists of the impropriate tythes of Tottington, in Norfolk, now producing about £30O a year.

A girls school upon the Madras system, in which 45 girls are instructed and partly clothed, supported by a fund of £300 and voluntary donations.

Five private boarding schools.

The funds in this parish are sufficient for the instruction of all who are unable to pay for education.

Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818


"Population 1,815. Five Daily Schools; one of which is an endowed Grammar School for 12 boys born in this parish, 2 in the parish of Loughton, 2 in Woodford and 2 in Lambourn; the salary of the master is £20 per annum with a house free of rent and taxes. There are at present no boys in this School, but the master states there are candidates who will be admitted as soon as they have arrived at the proper age, and that there being none at present can only be attributed to the fact that those persons who wish their children to be instructed in Latin and Greek are most frequently unwilling to accept a gratuitous education; another, endowed by Archbishop Harsnett with the great tithes of Tottington parish in the county of Norfolk, contains 60 free boys; the salary of the master is £100 per annum; in another, a National School are 45 females; this School is supported by voluntary contributions; in another (commenced 1831) are 50 children of both sexes, each of whom pays 2d. per week, and any additional expenses are defrayed by subscription from Dissenters; in the other School (commenced 1826) 17 males are instructed at the expense of their parents. One Sunday School of 12 males and 29 females, is supported by Dissenters, and has a lending Library attached."

Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833


"Girls - A well ventilated well lighted room. The order appears good. The instruction limited. The girls read very accurately and pleasingly in religious books."

Source: Report of the Committee of Council on Education (England and Wales Volume 1, 1848


Detailed report on Chigwell Grammar Schools in the House of Commons paper Volume 28, Part 11, on Endowed Grammar Schools.

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