Schools in Whetstone, 1818-51

Whetstone is in south-west Leicestershire, in the district of Blaby.

Daily schools for poorer families in 1818 (population 732 in 1811)

There were no daily schools in Whetstone at this time. It was seen as desirable to convert one of the Sunday schools into a regular day school.

Daily schools in 1835 (population 903 in 1831)

One daily school that educated nine males and 6 females at the expense of their parents.

Daily schools connected to the Anglican Church in 1846-7

There is one daily school, described as ‘virtually secured’, with 47 male and 42 female pupils. There was one paid master, whose house was provided, and one paid mistress. They were both paid £30. 0s. The total cost of the school was not recorded, but it was covered by endowment and subscription. In 1846-7 it was recorded that the school desperately needed a new school room as the current one was too small for the parish. A site had been offered for this development but funds needed to be raised for its construction.


Whetstone Church of England School
Whetstone Church of England School

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Sunday schools

In 1818

There were two Sunday schools, both of which were run by voluntary subscription. These educated about 60 boys and girls.

In 1835

There were three Sunday schools. One was attached to the Established church and was supported by subscription, educating 30 males and 42 females. Another was associated with the Baptist Church in the village and educated 20 males and 25 females. The remaining Sunday school was connected with the Independents, educating 30 males and 35 females. The Baptist and Independent Sunday schools were funded by the renting of pews in the respective churches.

Anglican Sunday school in 1846-7

There was one Anglican Sunday school recorded in 1846-7.

In 1851 (population 986)

In 1851,  St Peters’ Church ran a Sunday school consisting of 80 to 90 scholars. There was also a Sunday School in the Independent Chapel that accommodated 53 Sunday scholars.

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  • 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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