History of Rayleigh

Rayleigh © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.francisfrith.com
High Street, Rayleigh, c.1950
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

History of Rayleigh >> Education in Rayleigh

Education in Rayleigh

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


"Population 1331. A Sunday school, containing about 53 boys and 34 girls, the master and mistress of whom have £10 per annum each, arising from subscriptions, and two-thirds of a legacy of £10 bequeathed by a former rector (the Rev Mr Sykes,) the other third is expended in bread for widows."

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


"Population 1,339. One Infant School, in which are 10 males and 8 females. Five Daily Schools (including two Day and Boarding Schools) wherein collectively are 127 males and 62 females; in all the above Schools the instruction is wholly at the expense of their parents. One Day and Sunday School, at which 50 females attend daily, and 60 on Sundays: this School is supported by subscription, and has a lending Library attached. Two Sunday Schools: one, supported by subscription, at which are 40 males who attend the Established Church, and to which also a lending Library is attached; the other is connected with Baptists, and consists of 30 children of each sex, who are instructed gratuitously."

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

Back to History of Rayleigh

my ancestors logo

My Ancestors.

Are your ancestors from Rayleigh? Why not tell us their story: My Rayleigh Ancestors.

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

Essex Standard Newspaper

Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.

Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.

Help me find my ancestors

Rayleigh - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Rayleigh - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0

Looking for an unusual Christmas Present?

Why not buy a DNA kit for a family member?

Let them discover the story of their ancestors.

The kit is delivered to their door. Now discounted to £63 on Ancestry

Learn more at Ancestry DNA.

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.