Alderford Street, Sible Hedingham, 1953Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Sible Hedingham >> Education in Sible Hedingham
Reports and returns on schools and education in Sible Hedingham. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 1,702. A Sunday school, patronised only by the rector. The poor are without the means of education, and the rector states any assistance would be highly useful, as the poor are very depraved and the inhabitants very supine."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 2,194. Two Infant Schools in which are 39 children of both sexes; and Two Daily Schools, in one whereof are 15 males, and in the other 18 females. In all the above Schools, the children are instructed at the expense of their parents. Two Sunday Schools in one of which are 178 children of both sexes who attend the Established Church; the other consists of 100 children of both sexes, and is connected with Dissenters: these Schools are supported by voluntary contributions."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
"76 boys, 47 girls. Same teachers, master and mistress. Order much improved. Reading is well taught in both schools; writing still better, on paper and from dictation. Ciphering books very neat. Religious teaching sound and practical. The registration is extremely good."
Source: Minutes of the Committee of Council on Education by Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools, Volume 1, 1846
"The boys school is in a highly satisfactory state and the instruction is both comprehensive and practical."
Source: Minutes of the Committee of Council on education: with appendices, Volume 1, 1847
The state of education in Sible Hedingahm in 1867 appears in this report on employment in agriculture
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Sible Hedingham - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Sible Hedingham - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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