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History of Great Burstead >> Education in Great Burstead and Billericay
Billericay is included here as it was a chapelry in the parish of Great Burstead and the education records cover both.
Reports and returns on schools and education in Great Burstead and Billericay. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population1,533. A school in which 15 children are taught gratis, and about 50 pay for their education; the master has £45 per annum, arising from the rent of a farm. Another school containing from 8 to 10 children taught by a master, who receives about £20, the interest of a bequest of £500. Two schools for young ladies, and one for young gentlemen; two schools for the daughters of the lower orders of tradesmen and labourers, containing about 20 children each, and three Sunday schools, supported by annual subscriptions; 2 containing from 40 to 60 girls, and one from 45 to 50 boys. The poorer classes are without sufficient means of educating their children and are desirous of possessing them."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 1,977. Twelve Daily Schools: in one of which are 49 males, in another, 10 males and 20 females: the former School is endowed with lands in the parish of Laindon, amounting to £45 per annum, for which 15 are educated; 5 others in the former, and 10 in the latter, are also educated from the interest of an endowment of £500 invested in Consols; the other ten Schools contain 65 males and 81 females. Five Boarding Schools, wherein are 18 males and 17 females. In all the above Schools the children (with the exceptions stated in the two first mentioned Daily Schools) are instructed at the expense of their parents. Two Sunday Schools: in one whereof are 85 males and 49 females; and in the other, 37 females. These Schools are supported by voluntary contributions."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
"Billericay 15th October. 63 boys 74 girls. Same master and mistress. Boys, five classes, all under 11 years old. In good order; elementary subjects extremely well taught; remarkably good religious instruction. The girls' school is in fair order. A house for teachers much wanted. Ventilation defective. Grant for apparatus recommended."
Source: Minutes of the Committee of Council on Education by Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools, Volume 1, 1846
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