Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Who paid for the teaching?

Early schooling
Maureen of Badsey, Worcestershire (formerly of Bradwell near Great Yarmouth) has contacted the newsletter editor asking if anyone can help provide her with information.
Her ancestors, the Robinsons (no relation to the Lionel Robinson of Old Buckenham Hall), lived in Old Buckenham from the end of the 18th century to the latter part of the 19th century. She has compiled their history and has photos of her great-great-grandparents' grave (James and Sarah Robinson) which she took on a visit to Old Buckenham a number of years ago.
Also in her possession is an old postcard which shows a picture of the church and school. She has noted from this website that the old school now seems to be used as church rooms and wonders if anyone in the village is able to tell her the following:
When was the school in the picture built?
When did the school close?
Does anyone know when the postcard photo was taken? (she has others in the series showing Old Buckenham Hall; the church; the abbey).
As her great-grandmother, Ruth Robinson (1850-1938), was able to read and write, she assumes that the school was in existence before compulsory education started in 1870.
It seems the school appears to have been built in 1865. Her great-grandmother, Ruth Robinson, was born in 1850, the youngest of ten children of James and Sarah Robinson. Ruth was able to read and write, but was obviously born too early to have gone to the school which is now the Church Rooms.
Does anyone know what educational provision was available for the children prior to 1865? White's Gazetteer of 1854 says, "Mr Sturdivant, in 1604, left £100 for schooling poor children, which was laid out in 16a. 15p. of land, now let for £28, which is paid for instructing 10 boys and 10 girls." Was this the only education available? As far as she is aware, even though James was just a corn merchant's labourer, working for the Burlinghams who owned the mills, all his ten children (born between 1826 and 1850) were educated. Indeed, at the time of the 1851 census, one of the girls, 14-year-old Lois, was described as "Infant School Assistant Teacher". So does anyone know where the children in mid -19th century Old Buckenham went to school?
She is looking forward to someone being able to assist with her enquiries. Please pass on information via the newsletter editor by emailing him on oldbuckhistory@aol.com

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