History of Dedham

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Education in Dedham

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


"Population 1,432. A free grammar school founded in Queen Elizabeth's reign, containing at present 40 children, 20 of whom have the privilege of learning Latin; the master's salary arises from the rent of a farm producing £450 per annum besides a spacious house, into which he receives a great many boarders. An English free school, consisting of 8 boys, the master has £19 3s. arising from land, together with a house and extra scholars; at these two schools the natives of the parish are entitled to gratuitous instruction.

A national day school, in which about 70 girls and 20 boys are educated; the funds amount to £40 a year, viz £6 from a small piece of land, and the rest from voluntary subscriptions.

The poorer classes are not without the means of education; and it were much to be wished they would more fully appreciate the advantages they enjoy in this respect/"

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


"Population 1,770. Three Daily Schools: one of which, an endowed Free Grammar School, contains 40 males; in another, an English School, are 63 males (including boarders); this School is also endowed for the education of 8, and is further supported by payments from the remainder; in the other School, 5 males and 10 females are instructed at the expense of their parents.

Two Day and Boarding Schools: in one whereof 22, and in the other (commenced 1824) 11 females are educated at the expense of their parents. One Day and Sunday National School (commenced 1825) containing 51 males and 34 females daily, and 1 male and 4 females additional on Sundays; it is partly supported by subscription, and partly by the produce of the girls' work; also largely by the Vicar (Dr Miller) and by the rent of some land which is under his control, and applied by him to this purpose."

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


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

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