Essex Schools


Lawford Schools 

1818: Population 548. A farm of 36A. 2R. 31P. was left by a Mr John Leech, about the year 1723, for clothing 10 poor people of the parish, and educating the same number of poor children. The farm having been shamefully under-let £1 5s. per acre, when £2 10s. was bid for it; proceedings were commenced by the rector in the court of chancery in 1811; but the matter remains undecided by the said court, and the poor are consequently deprived of the charity. Two day schools; one containing 8 little boys and 8 girls, the other 7 boys and 12 girls; and a Sunday the parish and educating the same school consisting of 12 boys and 28 girls, supported by the rector and another family. The poor are desirous of having the means of instruction.  Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818

1833: Population 794. One Daily School containing 44 females is wholly supported by the benevolence of an individual. One Sunday School of 54 children of both sexes is supported by the Minister. The above Schools commenced about 1824.  Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833 

Langham Schools 

1818:  Population 661. The churchwarden of the parish receives from 20s. to 30s. annually, part of the proceeds of a farm lying in the parish of East Bergholt, Suffolk; which was left to put 3 poor children to a day school. No school in this parish. The poor would gladly avail themselves of the means of education.  Source: Digest of Parochial Returns. Select Committee on Education of the Poor, 1818

1833:  Population 821. Four Daily Schools, in which are 37 males and 59 females. Two Sunday Schools: in one whereof are 70 children, who attend the Established Church; the other appertains to Baptists and is attended by 30 males and 24 females All the above Schools (commenced since 1818) and are supported by subscription.  Source: House of Commons papers, Volume 41. Abstract of Education Returns 1833

Kings Road School, North Chingford                                                                                                 

I went there, my mother, her father and several other relatives went there too.  My mother is the third from the right in the front row. The classrooms were exactly the same when I attended there all those years later.  Picture probably taken around 1926, my mum was awarded a special book as she was the only pupil who had never had any time off for sickness or being late presented to her at a very official ceremony.   Geraldine Todd