1800' School Reports

1818, 1835 and 1847

1. From The Digest of Parochial returns on Education of the Poor 1818  

Benfleet (South) – population 401

(Containing part of the island of Canvey, which is in nine separate parishes)?

The poor are without sufficient means of education.

Matthew Kay – Minister

2. From the Report by the Ordered of the House of Commons 1835

Benfleet (South) – Population 533

Three Daily Schools: two of which commenced 1821 containing 54 of both sexes, are partly supported by subscription in aid of payment by the parents of the children: in the other 21 children are instructed wholly at the expense of their parents.  One Sunday school of 60 children commenced 1821 supported by subscription.

3. Report on School Returns for Essex by the Rev. F. C. Cook M.A. 1847

Benfleet South – Population 707

Size of school 100

On the books 49

Present at exams 33

Grant 120

Donations 19 School Fees 12.10

Total 32.0

Teacher Salaries 20.00

Sundries 7.12.0

Total 27.12.0  

Benfleet (South) – A Handsome school, but the building requires some additions and improvements. The Teachers have not been trained but have taken some pains to instruct the few children present in the elements of instruction.

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