Petrol Station, Thaxted, c.1950Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Thaxted >> Education in Thaxted
Reports and returns on schools and education in Thaxted. These allow a glimpse into the education your ancestors may have received if they were from this parish.
"Population 1,733. A school, originally intended for a grammar school, and was taught by a clergyman, but now only a common reading and writing school, containing 30 boys and 16 girls, the original number was 10 boys and 16 girls, the master (who is unfit for his situation), has £35 per annum, and the mistress £13 10s. arising from one-third of a farm, let for £210 per annum. The funds have been misapplied.
Two Sunday schools, supported by subscription, one belonging to the Established church, containing 85 boys and 94 girls, and the other, to the Dissenters, consisting of 30 girls and 20 boys, who have also an evening school, comprising 42 children. The poor are without the means of education, notwithstanding the strenuous exertions of the vicar, and the various charities in the parish amounting to £1,000 per annum."
Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818
"Populaion 2,293. Four Daily Schools, (wherein are 94 males and 101 females); one of which contains 60, and another 70 children; 30 males in the former School, and 20 females in the latter, are educated from the proceeds of a farm left by Thomas Yardly; the salary of the master is £35, and that of the mistress, £10 per annum, the remainder of the children in both Schools are paid for by their parents; in the other two Schools (one of which, with 25, commenced in 1832) 65 children are instructed at the expense of their parents.
Three Sunday Schools, in one whereof are 30 males and 45 females who attend the Established Church; another consists of 87 males and 83 females, and is connected with Independents; the other appertains to Baptists and is attended by 90 males and 20 females; these Schools are supported by subscription."
Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833
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Thaxted - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
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