History of Toppesfield

Toppesfield © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.frithphotos.com
The Village Pump, Toppesfield, c.1960
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

History of Toppesfield >> Education in Toppesfield

Education in Toppesfield

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


"Population 712. A school, in which 20 children are educated by a teacher, who has £10 per annum left by the will of Mr Robert Edwards, bearing date 28th February 1730, as a rent charge upon a farm in the parish of Stainbourn; in addition to which the parish have given this year, an house and garden, rent free, and the teacher likewise has about 50 other children whose parents pay for their education. A Sunday school, in which about 100 poor children receive instruction. The poor avail themselves of the means of education in their power."

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


"Population 1,088. One Daily School, containing 31 males and 16 females, is partly supported by an endowment of £10 per annum, and partly by payments from a small number of the children; the master is allowed a house and two school-rooms rent-free by the parish. A lending Library is attached to this School.

Two Sunday Schools, in one whereof 67 males and 95 females (who attend the Established Church) are taught by the master of the above Daily School, in consideration of the use of the house and school rooms; the other consists of 25 males and 15 females, and is connected with Protestant Dissenters; this School (commenced 1832) and is supported by voluntary contributions. About 24 children in the Daily School attend the Church Sunday school also."

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


The state of education in Toppesfield in 1867 appears in this report on employment in agriculture

Back to History of Toppesfield

my ancestors logo

My Ancestors.

Are your ancestors from Toppesfield? Why not tell us their story: My Toppesfield Ancestors.

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

Essex Standard Newspaper

Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.

Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.

Help me find my ancestors

Toppesfield - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Toppesfield - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0

Looking for an unusual Christmas Present?

Why not buy a DNA kit for a family member?

Let them discover the story of their ancestors.

The kit is delivered to their door. Now discounted to £63 on Ancestry

Learn more at Ancestry DNA.

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.