History of Halstead

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Education in Halstead

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


"Population 3,279. One grammar school in which 25 children are taught by a master, who has £20 per annum, and a house kept in repair by the governors of Christ's Church hospital, by whom the salary is also paid."

An evening school, containing about 80 boys, and four Sunday schools, supported by voluntary contributions, one belonging to the Established Church, consisting of 60 boys and 102 girls; another to the Independents, of about 100 boys and as many girls; one to the Baptists, of 90 boys and 70 girls; the other in a neighbouring hamlet, comprising 50 children.

The poor are in general desirous of having the means of instruction; but many are unable to spare the labour of even their small children, to attend the day school.

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


"Population 4,637. Ten Infant Schools in which collectively about 150 children of both sexes are instructed at the expense of their parents. Four Daily Schools: one of which contains 40 children of both sexes, and is supported by voluntary contributions; in the other three 100 children of both sexes receive instruction at the expense of their parents. Four Sunday Schools, in which 695 children of both sexes are instructed gratuitously."

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


"22nd October. 29 boys, 25 girls. Site, quarter of an acre. Handsome building, near the new church. School room, 50 x 22 X 18 feet; class room, 15 x 13 x 13 feet. Parallel desks; room handsome, but noisy and rather dark. The progress of the school is not very satisfactory; it began with 47 children in February. The instruction will probably be efficient; a good commencement has been made in most subjects. The expenses of this school are far greater than the income."

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


"A handsome building. The school is not in a satisfactory state. Singing well taught. The large deficit in funds is supplied by the incumbent, in addition to his annual subscription."

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


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


Detailed report on Halstead Grammar School in the House of Commons paper Volume 28, Part 11, on Endowed Grammar Schools.

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