Essex Way, South Benfleet, c.1955Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of South Benfleet >> Education in South Benfleet
Reports and returns on schools and education in South Benfleet. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 401. No schooling. The poor are without the means of instruction and are very desirous of them"
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 533. Three Daily Schools: two of which (commenced 1821) containing 54 of both sexes, are partly supported by subscription in aid of payment by the parents of the children; in the other, 21 children are instructed wholly at the expense of their parents. One Sunday School (commenced 1821) supported by subscription, and attended by 48 males and 42 females."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
"A handsome school but the building requires some additions and improvements. The teachers have not been trained, but have taken some pains to instruct the few children present in the elements of instruction."
Source: Minutes of the Committee of Council on education: with appendices, Volume 1, 1847
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South Benfleet - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
South Benfleet - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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