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CREDITON - COURTENAY HOUSE SCHOOL - PUPIL LISTING 1851

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Courtenay House School (as it later came to be called) was conducted in 1851 at 22 High Street by the five daughters of Jane and Benjamin Luxmoore*  -  Mary Jane, Emma, Helen, Hester and Ann Luxmoore.

The Luxmoores were a well-respected Crediton family of long-standing and Benjamin's father had been a serge manufacturer in the days when weaving had been Crediton's principle industry. But as the Devon Wool Trade declined, the children of the family were forced to look elsewhere for their livelihoods. From Pigot's 1823 Directory, we know that Benjamin was a printer, bookseller and stationer. From the local press and other directories, we know that he became manager of the local bank and clerk to the magistrates before his death in 1843. At this point, his wife and five unmarried daughters found themselves having to earn a living.

It seems that the widowed  Jane took over the stationer's shop in the High Street, one of his sons - John Vellacott Luxmoore - took over the adjoining printing business and the five sisters turned the house at the rear of those premises into a successful boarding school for young ladies which came to be called Courtenay House School. In addition to the girls, there also seems to have been a small preparatory department for boys.

 
PUPILS LISTED IN THE 1851 CENSUS

 

SURNAME  FORENAME

AGE

PLACE OF BIRTH CENSUS
ANDREWS Mary E 16 Tywardreath,CON 1851
ANDREWS Marie G 15 Tywardreath,CON 1851
ANDREWS Annie 9 Tywardreath,CON 1851
BROOKING Emma 15 Exeter 1851
COTTON Ellen 14 Barnstaple 1851
HAW Mary 12 Kennerley 1851
HAW Elizabeth 9 Kennerley 1851
HOPKINSON Kezia 13 Exmouth 1851
ISAAC Ellen Jane 16 Teignmouth 1851
JEFFERY Margaret W 12 Freathy, CON 1851
KELLAND Jane 11 Zeal Monachorum 1851
KELLAND Anne E 8 Crediton 1851
NAPIER Caroline 16 Tobago, W.Indies 1851
O'NEILL Sarah J 14 London 1851
PEARCE Mary Ann 16 Budleigh Salterton 1851
OFFORD Mary Ann 16 London 1851
PARKER Helen Ann 16 Birmingham 1851
REYNOLDS Maria 14 Crediton 1851
STAPLE Eliza 16 Exmouth 1851
STAPLE Louisa 16 Exmouth 1851
SELLERS Susan C 16 Lyme Regis 1851
SWAINSON Emily A 9 Hereford 1851
SWAINSON Eleanor W 8 Hereford 1851
TREMLETT Georgina 15 Bickleigh 1851
WILLIAMS Margaret M 17 Ross-on-Wye 1851
WEARNE Eliza 13 Penzance 1851
CLARKE Alfred 8 Bristol 1851
GIBSON Alexander 7 Taunton 1851
GIBSON George 5 Taunton 1851
HOPKINSON William A 9 Exmouth 1851
NEWMAN Arthur J 7 Exeter 1851
VISICK Clarence 9 Exeter 1851
WARREN John 8 Bow 1851
WARREN William D M 8 Bow 1851

 

*The spelling "Luxmore" is also used at various times.

 
 
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