History of Great Maplestead

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Education in Great Maplestead

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


"Population 353. A Sunday school, containing 52 children, which has existed these 24 years, supported from the parish, and two day schools consisting of 44 children. The means of education are very inefficient."

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


"Population 446. One Daily School, in which are 9 males and 10 females, is supported principally by the Vicar and John Sperling, Esq. One Sunday School of 29 males and 25 females, supported by the parish, books being found by the Vicar."

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


"This school is conducted on exactly the same principles with equally satisfactory results as that already described at Earls Colne, together with a small school at Grimstead. They are both maintained by Mrs Gee."

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


"School building handsome and complete with large playground. Adjoining is a laundry where the elder girls learn to wash and iron. The children look happy and healthy. The order is good, the reading distinct and remarkably pleasing in tone. Elementary subjects, well taught, and the most sedulous care is bestowed on the religious instruction, both by the teachers and the two ladies who superintend the school."

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


The state of education in Great Maplestead in 1867 appears in this report on employment in agriculture

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Great Maplestead - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Great Maplestead - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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