History of Earls Colne

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The Grammar School, Earls Colne, 1960
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Education in Earls Colne

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


"Population 1,056. One free grammar school, in which 30 boys are taught; it was formerly open to all; but is now limited by the patron, Mr Towle, to the above number; the master's salary is £170 a year,together with a dwelling-house, garden, and a small field. The fund ariase from landed property, producing £175.1s. per annum. There appears to have been very great abuses in this charity, and from irs present mismanagement, is almost useless to the parish, and the whole requires investigation.

A national Sunday school, supported by collection, containing 50 boys and 40 girls, superinetended by a curate. A Quaker' s school. A Baptist's Sunday school

The poorer classes are without sufficient means of education, but from the very dissolute and immoral habits of the population, they are not in general desirous of them."

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


"Population 1,319. Eight Daily Schools: one of which contains 21 females, and is supported by subscription; in another are 53 males, who are partly paid for by subscription and partly by their parents: in the other six Schools, 30 males and 86 females are instructed at the expense of their parents. Two Sunday Schools: in one whereof are 81 males and 83 females, who attend the Established Church; the other consists of 134 children of both sexesm and appertains to the Baptist denomination. These Schools are supported by voluntary contributions."

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


"105 children. Same mistress. This handsome commodious and admirably conducted school was built and is maintained entirely by Mrs Gee. The mistress with one assistant conducts the instruction on a mixed system of simultaneous and individual teaching without the aid of monitors. The results of this innovation are exceedingly satisfactory. The children learn to read in good time and are well advanced in all subjects especially in the knowledge of Holy Scripture."

Source: Minutes of the Committee of Council on Education by Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools, Volume 1, 1846


"In this excellent school, which was described last year, the moral discipline is admirable, reading unusually good, and all subjects adapted to the capacity of young children are taught with care and success. If more attention were paid to arithmetic this would be in all respects a model for mixed schools of girls and infants."

Source: Minutes of the Committee of Council on education: with appendices, Volume 1, 1847


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

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