Post Office, South Weald, 1965Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of South Weald >> Education in South Weald
Reports and returns on schools and education in South Weald. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"South Weald population 1,010, with Brook Street containing Brentwood Chapelry population 1,238. A school at Brentwood, founded and endowed by Sir Anthony Browne in 1557, for boys belonging to this parish, and those within three miles round; the children must be eight years of age, and able to read and write, bfeore they are admitted, at present 70 are educated. The master receives the whole of the funds, arising from land producing annually £384 3s. and Dagenham tythes let at £1,115 a year, out of which he pays a classical master £150, two English masters, one 50 guineas and the other £30, and to give 5 almspeople £10 per annum each, and to keep the school and almshouses in repair.
At South Weald, a school snpported by subscription for 18 girls; one school containing 25 boys, and another 8 girls. Two dames, schools consisting of about 28 boys and girls; and a Sunday school, comprising 22 boys and 25 girls, besides those who attend from Brentwood. The master of Brentwood free school instructs voluntarily between 70 and 80 children on a Sunday and supports a day school of industry for 12 girls.
The poor are educated with the assistance of the parishioners; and when the master of Brentwood school offered to educate any children of both sexes gratuitously, on the two weekly half holidays in the free free school, few or no parents availed themselves of it."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Population 1,183. Four Daily Schools, wherein collectively 27 males and 26 females are instructed at the expense of their parents. One Sunday School, of 24 males and 22 females, is supported by the Vicar."
Also see Brentwood education.
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
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South Weald - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
South Weald - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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