History of Great Bardfield

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Education in Great Bardfield

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


"Population 822. Two schools, one containing 12 boys, the other 4 girls, 8 of whom are clothed. The master receives £14 per annum, and the mistress £4; the funds arise from £11 10s. left by Mr Pepys, for clothing an edication 8 poor children. In 1584, serjeant Bendlow bequethed £40 per ann. for certain charities, and particularily £10 to be paid to an unmarried clergyman, for instructing in grammer 12 children of this parish, 4 of Little Bradfield, 4 of Barfield Saling, and 6 of Finchingfield, which in the memory of man has no been executed; but some donations from the will have been applied with that period.The funds arise from a farm called the Place Farm, consisting of 200 acres."

A school, containing 23 boys of this parish, and the neighbourhood. Another kept by a mistress, consisting of 26 girls; and a school established by the Quakers.

In the opinion of the minister it would obviate any detriment to the national Church, occasioned by the artifices of secretaries, if a fund were established to enable the poor to educate their children free of expense.

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


"Population 1,029. Four Daily Schools; one of which contains 25 females, and is endowed with £14 per annum, arising from an estate in the parish of Finchingfield, for which 14 children are taught; another, wherein are 30 children, is endowed for 4 of each sex; the remainder of the children in both the above Schools are instructed at the expense of their parents; another, a Lancasterian School (commenced 1832) contains 50 females, and is partly supported by voluntary contributions, and partly by payments from the children; the salary of the mistress is £30 per annum: in the other School are 15 females, who are paid for by their parents. One Day and Boarding School (commenced 1826) wherein 10 females are educated at the expense of their parents. Two Sunday Schools: in one whereof are 30 males; and in the other 30 females; these Schools are supported by voluntary contributions. The overseers observe, that a charity of £10 per annum under the will of Sergeant Benlowe, dated 17 Nov 1584, was left as salary for a schoolmaster, but has not been received for 40 or 50 years."

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


The lapsed endowed grammar school at Great Bardfield is discussed in the House of Commons paper Volume 28, Part 11, on Endowed Grammar Schools.

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

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