History of Springfield

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Education in Springfield

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


"Population 1,021. A school, in which 12 boys are taught to read, write and cypher, by a master who has £10 per ann. arising from a rent-charge on a farm at East Hanningfield in Essex. appropriated by the bequest of Dr Williams to the maintenance of six schools on the same scale as this. of which the other five are established in Wales.

A day school, containing 30 boys and 20 girls, supported by annual contributions of the parishioners. Also Sunday school supported by voluntary contributions, in which there are 73 girls and 55 boys. Some of the poor have access to the schools at Chelmsford, and all receive education."

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


"Population 1,851. One Infant School (commenced 1832) containing 28 males and 33 females (who also attend on Sundays), is supported partly by subscription and partly by penny payments from the children. Nine Daily Schools: one of which is endowed for 30 boys, from estates in the parish of West Hanningfield, left by the late Dr Williams for that purpose; the salary of the master is £35 per annum; this School is connected with Dissenters: two others, contain respectively 54 males and 60 females (who also attend on Sundays) are partly supported by voluntary contributions and partly by penny payments from the children; these Schools are of the Established Church: in the other six collectively 40 males and 32 females are under instruction at the expense of their parents. One Boarding School, in which 11 females are educated at the expense of their parents. One Sunday School (commenced 1832) wherein 30 males are instructed gratuitously, under the superintendence of the Rector and his friends."

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


"A handsome well built school. The children are cleanly and well behaved. The instruction of course elementary; I cannot as yet express an opinion of the efficiency of the young mistress. The regulations are ingenious and likely to succeed."

Source: Minutes of the Committee of Council on education: with appendices, Volume 1, 1847


"Boys. Three good schools in one building. Discipline good, instruction complete and practical. The elder boys read difficult books with fluency are intelligent and evidently attached to their teacher. The master a very respectable man has been 10 years in the school.

Girls and Infants. The girls are intelligent the present mistress seems able and willing to instruct them in all subjects introduced in the best schools. There is every probability of success. The vocal music is good in both schools."

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

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