High Street, Rayleigh, c.1950Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of 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
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Rayleigh - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Rayleigh - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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