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History of Great Dunmow >> Education in Great Dunmow
Reports and returns on schools and education in Great Dunmow. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 2,015. A school, in which about 70 boys are daily taught on the national system. The master's salary is at present £30 per annum and a chaldron of coals. The funds arise from several farms and tenements, etc.
A legacy of £200 sterling was given by the will of the Rev. J. Mangey, formerly vicar of this parish, that the interest might be for ever applied in teaching poor children to read; and the balance of this legacy (after paying £79 1s. 10d. the costs of an application to the court of chancery, and the legacy duty of £17 1s. 10d.) was vested in the purchase of £191 2s. 2d. stock of 3 per cent consols, previous to May 1816, in the names of four persons who hâve not yet received any of the dividends.
Two girls schools supported by voluntary contributions containing together 80.
There are sufficient means afforded to the poor of educating their children"
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 2,462. No account of the Schools in this parish could be obtained from the overseers; but the Rev. John Smith states, that there is a National School for girls, supported by voluntary contributions, and by penny weekly payments from the children; the number at present is 103, in addition to whom a few who have left the School attend at the school room for religious instruction on Sundays: that a National School for boys, supported by the rents of certain lands, was in operation until Christmas 1832, at which tune the average daily attendance was 75. It was suspended at that time in consequence of a vacancy in the mastership, and the surviving trustees did not think fit to supply it until a new appointment of trustees was completed: that the School, however, has not yet been re-established, because doubts have arisen among the new trustees as to their power to apply the funds to the purposes of education; and that the question is yet undecided "
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
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