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CHULMLEIGH - BOARDERS AT JOHN TUKE'S SCHOOL IN 1841

When John Walling Brooks (who later went on to found a school of his own in Chulmleigh) was born in 1839, a boarding school for boys was already was already firmly established in the town. It was the creation of John Tuke who ran his school from two adjoining houses in East Street, Chulmleigh. John Tuke was a staunch member of the Congregational Church also situated in East Street..

Judging by the names below, his pupils were drawn from some of Devon's leading yeoman families. The curriculum seems to have been very down-to-earth. Latin was taught but so was accountancy and book-keeping - useful skills for the sons of bankers and farmers alike. The existence of the school over a long period of time is evidence of its quality.

John Tuke was careful to educate his daughters and it was they who eventually carried on after his death, successfully applying his principles in what became a girls' school.

                            Mr.Tuke's School in Chulmleigh

The Old School House, East Street, Chulmleigh

 In 1841, these two houses provided a home for John and Harriet Tuke and their large family,

boarding accommodation for 27 pupils and teaching space for day boys as well as the boarders

 

SURNAME

 

 FORENAME

 

AGE

 

PLACE OF BIRTH

 

CENSUS

ABELL Henry 17 Devon 1841
BANGHAM Edwin 13 Devon 1841
  BANGHAM Henry 12 Devon 1841
BUCKINGHAM William 16 Devon 1841
BRAGG Samuel 13 Devon 1841
BROOK James 14 Devon 1841
BROOK James 16 Devon 1841
COBLEY John 14 Devon 1841
CORY John 13 Devon 1841
ELWORTHY Henry 13 Devon 1841
GIBBS Gilbert 15 Devon 1841
HARDING Thomas 10 Devon 1841
HARDING William 12 Not in County 1841
HOWELL William 9 Devon 1841
LIFFITON Robert 9 Devon 1841

   MELHUISH

Daniel 16 Devon 1841
MOLLAND William 14 Devon 1841
MITCHELL Richard 9 Devon 1841
PADDON Edwin 12 Devon 1841
PADHAM William 11 Devon 1841
PARKER John 7 Devon 1841
PEPPER William 9 Devon 1841
PRICE Samuel 13 Devon 1841
STANBURY George 16 Devon 1841
STONEMAN William 13 Devon 1841
WARE William 11 Devon 1841
WEBB William 11 Not in County 1841

 

 
 
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