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BURRINGTON - THE VILLAGE SCHOOL

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Burrington Primary School

Burrington Primary School

© Richard J. Brine

From "Historical Notes on Devon Schools"

by Robert Bovett 1989

"A school for Boys and one for Girls is recorded in the Education Returns of 1833 and as no date for the commencement is given, it is to be assumed that they existed in 1818, the date of the previous return.

It is recorded in the Charity Commissioners' Report that the Church House was used partly for the school and partly for dwellings for poor persons and as the poor would have been removed to the Union Workhouse probably in the late 1830s, it is evident that the school was in the Church House before that time and probably from its commencement.

In December 1856, the Earl of Portsmouth granted to the Minister and Churchwardens, free of cost, a site for a new school and in 1857, the old Church House was demolished and the materials used towards the building of the new school, the local farmers doing the hauling of the materials and other costs being met by voluntary contributions and a grant from the National Society. The accommodation consisted of a large schoolroom and a classroom, with residences attached for the Master and the Mistress.

This is the present school."

©Robert Bovett

Various census returns and County Directories help to produce the following list of Schoolmasters at the school. It is by no means complete. Women who taught at the school are much harder to trace but are shown if known. 

 

1841

Giles Woolway; Maria Nott

1851

Giles Woolway; Maria Snell

1861

Richard Churchill

1878

John Cann

1881

John Cann

1891

Henry W. B. Knight; Emily Knight

1902

John Horatio King

1914

John Horatio King

1923

John Horatio King

 

The 1851 and 1861 census returns show the presence in the village of another school which was  run by and for the Bible Christians. It was conducted at the Chapter House of the Bethesda Chapel according to the 1861 census. The schoolmistress of this school for almost 20 years was an Elizabeth Ford (unmarried and 55 in 1851) who had been born in Burrington.

 
 
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