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History of Downham >> Education in Downham
Reports and returns on schools and education in Downham. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 305. A Sunday school consisting of 24 boys and 15 girls supported by annual subscriptions, and they are provided with Bibles, etc. All the poor people are at liberty to send their children to [this] school."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 271. One Daily School, in which 16 males and 11 females receive instruction at the expense of their parents. One Sunday School, wherein are 16 males and 10 females (of whom 8 males and 6 females attend the Daily School). This School is supported by subscription."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
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Downham - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Downham - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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