Schools in Arnesby, 1818-51

Arnesby is a small village located in the Harborough district of Leicestershire. It is located about 8 miles South of the city.

Daily schools for poorer families in 1818 (population 400 in 1811)

No daily schools for poorer families are recorded.

Peter Lièvre, the minister signing the forms, noted that ‘the poor children are very numerous and the establishment of a school would be very desirable.’

Daily schools in 1833 (population 442 in 1831)

There were 6 daily schools, where 44 males and 29 females were being taught at the expense of their parents.

Daily schools connected to the Anglican Church in 1846-7

There were no daily schools connected to the Anglican Church.

Sunday schools

In 1818

One Sunday school of around 30 children was supported by the interest on a legacy of £20 and voluntary subscriptions.

In 1833

There were two Sunday schools. One was attached to the Anglican Church, taught 13 males and 19 females, and was funded party by an endowment and partly by subscriptions. A nonconformist Sunday School (presumably attached to the Baptist church), which had a lending library, instructed 40 males and 50 females and was supported by collections after the sermon at the chapel of the Dissenters.

Anglican Sunday school in 1846-7

There was one Sunday school, attended by 20 boys and 23 girls, with one master who was paid £5. The vicar remarked that ‘This parish is in much want of assistance as regards education in the principles of the Established Church’.

In 1851

On 30 March 1851, 84 scholars attended the Baptist Sunday school in the morning and 85 attended in the afternoon. Around 70 children attended the Anglican Sunday school.

Return to A History of Leicestershire Schools: A-Z


  • Education of the Poor Digest, Parl. Papers 1819 (224)
  • Education Enquiry, Parl. Papers 1835 (62)
  • National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church, Result of the Returns to the General Inquiry made by the National Society, into the state and progress of schools for the education of the poor … during the years 1846-7, throughout England and Wales ( London, 1849).
  • 1851 Ecclesiastical census


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