School, Great Wakering, c.1915Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.
History of Great Wakering >> Education in Great Wakering
Reports and returns on schools and education in Great Wakering. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 670. A school supported by casual annual contributions which embraces six contiguous parishes, containing 125 children, of whom 31 boys and 28 girls belong to Great Wakering; the master and mistress together have £50 per annum. The poor are desirous of education, but are not regular in their attendance on divine service."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 834. Four Daily Schools: one of which, a national School, contains 45 children of each sex and is partly supported by subscription, and partly by payment of 2d. per week from each child, or 1d. from a family sending more than one; in the other three collectively 31 males and 28 females are instructed at the expense of their parents. One Sunday School, in which 25 children of each sex are instructed gratuitously."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
"A district school for six parishes. Thinness of attendance owing to prevalence of fever. The instruction is elementary, and not much progress has been made. Such a school requires vigorous and efficient efforts to draw and keep the children."
Source: Minutes of the Committee of Council on education: with appendices, Volume 1, 1847
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Great Wakering - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Great Wakering - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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