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Healaugh School Return 1816

by Edward Hawke Brooksbank

1816 School Returns[1]


On His Majesty’s Service

The Reverend the Officiating Minister of Healaugh[2]


From F Freeling



1st        What is the number of Day Schools in your Parish; and what number of Children attend them, distinguishing Boys and Girls?


One every day School – about 25 generally – i.e. 8 boys – 17 girls


2nd        What Sunday Schools, and what number of Children are collected in them, distinguishing Boys and Girls?


            The every day School includes the only Sunday School – the Sunday Scholars are about 31 generally – 20 girls, 11 boys


3rd        Are they conducted in whole, or in part, on the National Society’s Plan of instruction?


            The Children are taught (it is held forth) to read and write and say the Catechism and to regularly attend Church.


4th        When were they established, and how are they supported?


            About 30 years ago when the Squire came to reside on his property – by him – and he pays the Master annually £20 (durante bene placito) [during pleasure].  It is the Squire’s school.


5th        If on the old Plan, are the present Teachers likely to be induced to learn and practice the new method?


            The School is on no particular plan except The Church of England as being its Rule – The present Teacher is a good way above 70.  I do not think a new method could be introduced rite [sic] at now [in the] existing school.


6th        In that case, what number of Children are capable of being collected for instruction, within a walk of two miles?


            If it were, I do not see that more Children could be collected – certainly not more than forty exist in the parish.


7th        What causes operate to prevent the adoption of the method of instruction recommended by the National Society – and how can they best be removed?  With any general remarks that occur.


            The Squire’s Will is the first thing to be gained.  He has nearly every acre of land in the parish.  There is not a freeholder in the parish except the Parson.  His tenants are all from year to year.  He is every thing – nothing can be done without him, not even ground be found to build a house on for a school. He is the patron.  He is my father – I know the road I have [to] travel and rely on my best endeavour for the future at every opportunity that may occur to promote in this parish the laudable and trusty views of National Education and Improvement. 


            Any communications that may occur to me advisable to make upon this subject I will not omit – to add up to the Society thro’ some friend or substantial [service?] like the present.


            I am with all due reverence.


            Your trusty servant and faithful friend

            Edw. Brooksbank

            Perp. Curate of Healaugh

[1]           Borthwick Institute, York Y/DSR/6


[2]               There are two address sheets with the form.  It was first addressed “On his Majesty’s Service. The Rev. The Archdeacon of York – Bolton Percy” and was obviously distributed to all the local parishes from there.

Owner/SourceAngie Brewer
Linked toRev Edward Hawke Brooksbank, MA, JP

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