History of Saffron Walden

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Education in Saffron Walden

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


"Population 3,403. A free grammar school, the master of which should be an unbeneficed clergyman, but no such master bas been found to take the school for the last 16 years. The school-room has lately been repaired by the trustees (the corporation of Saffron Waiden) and is applied to the use of a school on the national system, at which about 185 boys are daily educated. The rents, £22 per annum, and the rent of the school-house, about £13 are applied to the support of the teacher.

One school for boys and another for girls, were originally established for the education and clothing of 8 boys and as many girls, but the renta having been improved, it is proposed to clothe and educate £15 of each The master's salary, some time ago, was £8 per ann., the mistress £6, they are now increased to £12 each; the whole arising from rents producing annually £71 10s. The boys are educated by the teachers in the above mentioned national school, and the girls in another on the same system, containing 145. Both these schools afford instruction on Sundays.

Three day schools, in which 127 boys are educated; two schoolsm containing 32 girls; two kept by womenm consisting of 62 girls and boys; and two boarding schools comprising 32 young ladies; also, an independent Sunday school for 50 boys and 90 girls."

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


"Population 4,762. One Infant School (commenced 1833) containing 70 children of both sexes, is partly supported by a few benevolent individuals and partly by payments from the parents of the children. Nine Daily Schools: two whereof are National Schools, and contain 124 males and 106 females, who, with 10 males in addition, attend also on Sundays: in these Schools the children pay 1d. per week; each the master has a salary of £50 and the mistress £30 per annum; in another 25 children of each sex are instructed at the expense of Lord Braybrooke, with the exception of 1d. per week from each child; in four others are about 90 males and 50 females; in another (commenced 1822) 4 males and 22 females; in the other (commenced 1832) 40 males; in the six last Schools the children are instructed wholly at the expense of their parents. Two Sunday Schools: one, connected with Independents, consisting of 86 males and 96 females; the other (commenced 1819) with Baptists, of 66 males and 41 females: both are supported by voluntary contributions."

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


Boys. A good handsome building with residence for the master detached. An excellent schoolroom for the boys altogether adapted to the purposes of a model school. There is life and intelligence in the instruction, but the reading is incorrect, and the order not perfect. The master trained at Battersea.

Girls. There is a want of order in the girls school. The instruction elementary, but practical; knowledge of Scripture good.

Infants. The infants under a young woman who seems to be loved and respected; they taught with care and simplicity.

Source: Report of the Committee of Council on Education (England and Wales Volume 1, 1848


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

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