education in yeovil

THE John Nowes charity

Providing education and clothing for ten poor boys of Alvington, Preston Plucknett and Yeovil

 

It is almost certain that a choir school existed in Yeovil during the fourteenth century, associated with the parish church. In 1547 the Crown Commissioners reported that the Chantry attached to St John's church was being used as a school. In 1707 Martin Strong, the vicar of Yeovil, began the Yeovil Charity School, providing a free elementary education for children up to the age of 12 or 13.

In 1812, during the Yeovil Charities Scandal hearings (ongoing since 1802), the trustees of the Yeovil Charity School were listed by George Bullock Watts to the House of Commons Select Committee as John Hooper, William Philips (Vicar of Yeovil), John Goodford, John Hitchings, Thomas Tomkins (Curate), William Hilyar, J Newmans, Sir William Heathcott, Sir Richard Figes (manager of the Romsey estates), Sir Thomas Heathcott and Sir Charles Mills. Sir William Heathcott,  Sir Thomas Heathcott and Sir Charles Mills were the three trustees of the Nowes Charity. Richard Figes was actually not a trustee, but Receiver to the Nowes' trustees.

From 1804 until 1807 Henry Collins served as a Churchwarden of St John's church. In 1818, together with former co-Churchwardens George Bullock Watts and William Willmington (Henry Collins' son-in-law), Collins gave evidence before the Select Committee of the House of Commons as to his role in the Yeovil Charities Scandal. When questioned by the Committee as to what happened, Collins, a glove manufacturer, answered ".... a person of Romsey (Hampshire) wrote us a letter, directed to the churchwardens, to know if there were any charity school in the town; that for years past he had paid the master an annual sum, but had not for some time past received any account whatever; and our answer was, that there had been a school there, but we knew but little or nothing about it."

In its edition of 22 October 1818, the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, while reporting on the abuse of charitable funds, reported "In the parish of Yeovil it appears by the evidence taken by the Committee, there is a school founded by John Nowes, who gave it a manor in Lee, near Romsey, Hants, comprising 213 acres, which are now worth £521 a year. The mansion-house and some timber were sold, in 1808, for £1265, the interest of which money, with the rent of the land above mentioned, and of other smaller estates, which have been left from time to time to the said charity, make the income, applicable to the purpose of it, about £700 a year. In 1802, there were no boys that the witness before the Committee, a Churchwarden of Yeovil, knew of, in 1813 there were about seven or eight, and how the income of the school was appropriated the witness examined could give no account."




 

John Nowes was born in Alvington during the fifteenth century. We don't know how he made his fortune but, by the time of his death in 1718, he owned and lived at the Manor of Lee, in Romsey, between Salisbury and Southampton. By his will (see below) dated 8 August 1718, he devised his Manor of Lee, and all his real estates within the Parish of Romsey-extra, to three trustees "to apply £120 per annum (around £250,000 at today's value) in the decent clothing and schooling 40 poor boys under the age of 13 years."

John Nowes' legacy was to be used to establish three schools; the first at Romsey for twenty boys from the town of Romsey-infra and the parish of Romsey-extra, the second for ten boys at Fisherton Anger, now part of the suburbs of Salisbury, and the third at Yeovil - preferentially for ten boys of Preston Plucknett and Alvington, but also including boys from Yeovil. All the boys were to be under the age of 13 and were to be from practicing Christian families.

In November 1721 Jane Nowes, the "daughter and heiress of the testator, having considered the matter of her father's will, did desire that ten boys should be taken out of Preston Plucknett and Alvington, in the parish of Brympton - Alvington being the place of her father's nativity - and the town of Yeovil, near adjacent; and the other ten out of the city of New Sarum, and the other twenty out of the town of Romsey, where her father lived and died.... Out of this estate there is annually remitted to the schoolmaster at Yeovil for the clothing of ten poor boys of the parish of Preston Plucknett and of Alvington, as mentioned in the donor's will, £20; for their education, £10.

The charity boys were to be kept "under strict discipline, and taught and instructed in the rudiments of the Christian religion, and reading and writing well the English tongue, learning the Catechism and frequently reading the Bible and Book of Common Prayer, according to the usage of the Church of England."

It is almost certain that, rather than creating new schools, the Nowes Charity simply paid for a specified number of boys to be clothed and educated at existing schools. This was certainly the case at Yeovil, where John Boucher Hodges was the Schoolmaster at the Yeovil Charity School from 1754 until his death at the age of 73 in 1803. Nevertheless, the Accounts of the Trustees of the Nowes Charity show that the Reverend Mr John Phelips (Vicar of Yeovil from 1751 to 1766), was paid for teaching the ten Preston Plucknett and Alvington boys, certainly from 1759. John Hodges name does not appear in the Nowes Trust Accounts until 1763. There was no mention of upkeep and maintenance of school fabrics, which invariably fell to other similar charities.

With respect to these other charities, Daniel Vickery, writing in 1856, noted "Four boys are educated, and are also clothed every third year, in respect of Beer's Close. Sixteen boys of Yeovil are educated, in consideration of the rents of Coppett Hill, of the house and land at Marsh, and the dividends of the South Sea stock and the turnpike deed-poll, amounting in the whole to £47 12s., from which there are deductions, amounting on an average to £9 per annum, for repairs of the school-house and windows, firing (that is, heating), pens, ink and paper. From the Churchwardens' Accounts of the period, we know that repairing the school windows was a regular occurence.

Under the Nowes foundation for Preston and Alvington, clothing was provided for ten boys. Each year, each of the ten boys was entitled to three shirts, a blue coat and waistcoat, a pair of leather breeches, a blue cap, one pair of shoes and two pairs of stockings. The said boys were "constantly to wear, during the time of their being at school, gowns and caps made of blue cloth.... vacancies should be filled up by the trustees, £3 per annum being designed for schooling (£1) and clothing (£2) each boy." Boys at the Charity School not supported by the Nowes Charity, were provided for from other local benefactors, such as Henry Hartwell, Frances Cheesman, Edward Boucher and Thomas Cheesman, who had left provision in their wills for similar purposes to the Nowes Charity.

In 1671 a Somerset parson, Henry Hartwell, born in Yeovil Marsh, bequeathed land which was entrusted to the Phelips family, for the purpose of applying income arising from it to "teaching four poor children of Yeovil and four of Yeovil Marsh, in reading, writing and casting accounts." Frances Cheesman, by his will dated May 1711 and proved 6 November 1719, gave yearly to Mr Hibbard, the schoolmaster of Yeovil, the interest of £150 "so long as he should teach school there, and after him to his successors if they should be learned enough to instruct and make young men fit for Oxford or Cambridge." Edward Boucher, by his will dated 28 April 1725, gave a close of pasture land called Beer's Close in Yeovil, the rent to go towards clothing four poor boys of the parish of Yeovil in blue; also for binding them apprentices and in augmentation of the master's salary. The will of Thomas Cheesman, linman (draper) dated 20 March 1730 stated "I give unto the Latin School if any man is possessed of it that teaches boys and is rightly grounded in the Latin tongue the sum of five pounds to be paid him yearly for the teaching and instructing three boys."

The Nowes Charity was also "to apply £30 yearly as a fund for binding out apprentice such of the boys as should faithfully and honestly have served their apprenticeships, in such manner and by such proportions as the trustees should think fit." This £30 was only for the ten Alvington, Preston and Yeovil boys. While the length of apprenticeship varied between five and seven years, depending on the trade, the amount paid remained fixed. It was fixed at £5 per boy until 1820 and 1821 when it was raised to £10 per boy. This clearly had a financial impact on the charity as, from 1822 onwards, the apprenticeship bounty was lowered to £8 per boy.

In 1804 the Reverend Thomas Tomkins, Curate of Yeovil, was appointed master, following the death of Schoolmaster Hodges. The appointment of Tomkins revived interest in the school, which had been flagging under Hodges: public subscriptions were raised, the Chantry repaired, and by 1812 over 60 boys were attending.

Reverend Tomkins asserted that, as in other Charity Schools, it was difficult to fill vacancies as long as parents needed the labour of their children to support their families. Parents were less interested in education than in the clothing provided, and the boys were often remiss in their behaviour. Reverend Tomkins employed an usher (or assistant) for two days a week at an annual salary of £8 to £10. On other days the master was assisted by “the boy most able to teach and of the best behaviour. This I consider a stimulus to the improvement of the boys in the school”. The fact that he p[aid an usher £10 a year when his own income from the Nowes Charity was also £10 year, strongly suggests that the Nowes' money was not his only income. The Reverend Thomas Tomkins died in 1839.

Following Tomkins' death, the Reverend John Langdon of St John’s College, Cambridge, was chosen as headmaster, with the right to carry on a private day and boarding school in addition to his duties in the Charity School. The foundation of Huish National School in 1845, and of many small private schools, lessened the importance of the Charity School in the Chantry.

The Chantry building itself, by this time legally vested in the Charity School Trust, was pulled down in 1854 at the request of the churchwardens: it was dilapidated and its site badly needed to enlarge the burying ground. It was rebuilt for £300 in its present situation next to the Sunday Schools, with the aid of a £100 grant from the Nowes Foundation. Four years later, the Reverend John Langdon resigned. Under his successor, Henry Monk, the Charity School struggled on until its closure in 1888, after more than three centuries of chequered existence.

In 1879 the John Nowes Foundation became administered under the Endowed Schools Acts.

Later, a legacy of the John Nowes Charity, the 'Yeovil Free School and John Nowes Foundation' was registered on 8 April 1963. It was removed from the register on 8 August 1991, with the reason for removal being 'Ceased to exist'.

Today, John Nowes' legacy remains as the 'John Nowes Exhibition Foundation'. The objectives of the foundation are -

The net income of the foundation shall be applied for the benefit of persons of either sex who have not attained the age of 25 years, are resident in the borough of Yeovil and the locality of Alvington in the civil parish of Brympton and are in need of financial assistance, in one or more of the following ways:

  • The provision of assistance for education by means of scholarships, bursaries, maintenance allowances or grants tenable at any place of learning or by the provision of financial assistance to enable beneficiaries on leaving school, a university or any other educational establishment, to prepare for, or to enter, a profession, trade or calling.

  • The award of scholarships or maintenance allowances to enable beneficiaries to travel abroad to pursue their education.

  • The provision, or assistance towards the provision, of facilities not normally provided by the local education authority, for recreation and social and physical training, including the provision of coaching in athletics, sports and games, for beneficiaries who are receiving primary, secondary or further education.

  • The provision of financial assistance to enable beneficiaries to study music or other arts.

 

The Will of John Nowes

 

The following paragraph is an extract of John Nowes' will, dated 8 August 1718, and outlining the principles of his Charity for providing schools at Romsey, Fisherton Anger and Yeovil.

"Upon this further Trust that the said Trustees and the survivors and survivor of them and the Heirs and Assigns of the survivor of them shall from time to time and at all times for ever hereafter pay and apply all the clear rent yearly income of the said Manor or Messuage Farms Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premises and the clear yearly Rents Issues and profits thereof (after deductions made as aforesaid) in such manner and to and for such uses intents and purposes as are hereinafter particularly mentioned (that is to say) the full sum of One hundred and Twenty pounds per Annum part thereof for the decently Cloathing and Schooling of Forty poor Boys under the age of Thirteen Years and whose parents are of the Communion of the Church of England as by Law Established to be by them the said Trustees and the survivors or survivor of them and the Heirs and Assigns of the survivor of them put out to School to such Charity School or Schools as they the said Trustees or the survivors or survivor of them and the Heirs and Assigns of the survivor of them shall think fit at which School or Schools they the said Boys shall be kept under strict discipline and taught and instructed in the Rudiments of the Christian Religion as reading and writing well the English Tongue learning their Catechism and frequently reading the Bible and Book of Common Prayer according to the usage of the Church of England as by Law established and fitting themselves for other Religious uses and Exercises And also to apply out of the said clear yearly Rents and profits (after deductions as aforesaid) the further sum of Thirty Pounds yearly and every year as Funds for the binding out Apprentice or Apprentices such of the said poor Boys as shall attain their Age or Ages of Thirteen Years."

 

gallery

 

This oil painting dates to about 1750 and shows the Chantry, at left, in its original position by the church tower. In front of the Chantry are the Charity School boys in procession behind their master, on their way to church. The schoolmaster at this time would most likely have been the Reverend Mr Phelips. Ten of the boys were from Yeovil, Preston Plucknett or Alvington, and their education and clothing was paid for by the Nowes Charity

This painting was sold for £4,000 as part of the Newton Surmaville house sale in October 2007.

 

The advertisement for a new master placed in the Sherborne Mercury of 12 August 1839 following the death of Rev Thomas Tomkins.

 

 

A notice regarding the Nowes Foundation (not just Yeovil) administration under the Endowed School Acts, 1879, from the 5 September 1879 edition of the Western Gazette.

 

More details of the new administration of the Nowes Charity from the 25  February  1879 edition of the Bristol Mercury.

 

A notice of the John Nowes Foundation Examination from the 4 July 1919 edition of the Western Chronicle.

 

The Chantry, photographed in 2013.

 

The Accounts of the Nowes Charity, 1759 to 1831

 

The Account Book of the John Nowes Charity, in some 300 pages, (now deposited in the Hampshire Record Office) spans the years 1759 to 1831. It records the item-by-item income of the charity and their expenses. It is important for the history of Yeovil, since it details the names of the schoolmasters, the names of the boys supported by the charity and their dates of birth or baptism and their date of discharge from the benefit of the charity. In many cases, it records when and to whom they were apprenticed - frequently with the trade they were entering (mostly unknown from other contemporary sources).

Below is an extract of my transcription of the Account Book, covering just those entries applicable to Yeovil, Preston Plucknett and Alvington.

Throughout the Accounts, references are continually made to the four Quarter Days. The Quarter Days were the four dates in each year on which servants were hired, school terms started, and rents were due. They fell on four religious festivals roughly three months apart and close to the two solstices and two equinoxes. The four days were -

  •    Lady Day (25 March)

  •    Midsummer Day (24 June)

  •    Michaelmas (29 September)

  •    St Thomas Day (21 December)




 


Proceedings of the Trustees acting under the Will of John Nowes Esquire dec’ed in execution of the Charity therein mentioned with the Accounts kept by their Receiver

 

The Names of the Trustees in 1759
Sir Richard Mill Baronet          Richard Mill Esquire   The Revd Charles Mill Clerk

A Rental of the Trust Estate at Lady-day 1759

1760

 

 

20th June

paid the Revd Mr Phelipps for Schooling and Clothing the Alvington and Preston Boys from 9th May 1759 to Lady-day 1760

28 . 4 . 0

 

paid postage of a Letter from Mr Phelipps

0 . 0 . 6

18th Decr

postage of a Letter from Mr Phelipps

0 . 0 . 9

 

 

 

1761

 

 

12th Feb

postage of a Letter from the School master at Yeovil

0 . 1 . 9

26th Feb

remitted to Mr Phelipps at Yeovil to bind George White, William Elford and George Roe Apprentice

15 . 0 . 0

4th May

paid Mr Phelipps for Schooling and Clothing the Alvington and Preston Boys from Lady-day 1760 to Lady-day 1761

30 . 0 . 0

2nd July

postage of a Letter from the School Master at Yeovil

0 . 0 . 5

8th July

remitted to the Schoolmaster at Yeovil to bind Walter Lee Apprentice to William Wills

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1762

 

 

31st Mar

paid Mr Phelipps for Schooling and clothing the Alvington and Preston Boys from Lady-day 1761 to Lady-day 1762

30 . 0 . 0

2nd April

postage of a Letter from the Schoolmaster at Yeovil

0 . 0 . 7

 

The Names and Ages of the Boys and the places to which they belong the 27th April 1762

Preston- Plucknet and Alvington

William Payne baptised 3rd March 1751
John Dade 5th Novr 1749
James Edwards 9th Feb 1752
John Wilkins 10th Dec 1752
Robert Rose 10th Jan 1753
Francis Elford 16th July 1753
John Ostler 13th May 1751
James Dade 30th August 1752
Thomas Warren 29th March 1751
John King 29th April 1754

1762

 

 

10th June

postage of a Letter from the Schoolmaster at Yeovil

0 . 0 . 3

12th June

remitted to the said Schoolmaster to bind John Payne Apprentice to James Andrews

5 . 0 . 0

30th Aug

postage of a Letter from the School-master at Yeovil

0 . 0 . 7

11th Novr

paid postage of a Letter from the Schoolmaster at Yeovil

0 . 0 . 3½

 

 

 

1763

 

 

1st Jan

remitted to the Schoolmaster at Yeovil to bind John Dade Apprentice to George Harrison

5 . 0 . 0

14th May

paid Mr Phelipps for Schooling and cloathing the Alvington Boys from Lady-day 1762 to Lady 1763

30 . 0 . 0

 

postage of a Letter from the Schoolmaster at Yeovil

0 . 0 . 6

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity the 2nd June 1763

The several Boys next hereinafter named are discharged from School they having attained their several and respective Ages of 13 Years

For Preston Plucknet and Alvington
John Dade baptized 5th Novr 1749

For Preston Plucknet and Alvington – Continued [that is, staying in the school]
William Payne baptized 3rd March 1751
Thomas Warren Do 29th March 1751
John Ostler Do 13th May 1751
James Edwards Do 9th Feb’ry 1752
James Dade Do 30th Augt 1752
John Wilkins Do 10th Decr 1752
Robert Rose Do 10th Jan 1753
Francis Elford Do 6th July 1753
John King Do  29th April 1754

Appointed
William Ostler baptized 15th Augt 1755

[From 1754 Mr John Boucher Hodges was the schoolmaster at Yeovil, although the Reverend Mr Philips was paid by the Nowes Charity for teaching the Yeovil, Preston and Alvington boys from this time until his death in 1839. John Hodges' name only appears in the Account Book from 1763 onwards.]

1763

 

 

4th June

paid postage of a Letter from Mr Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil

0 . 0 . 6

 

 

 

1764

 

 

12th May

remitted to Mr Phillips for Schooling and cloathing the Alvington and Preston Boys from Lady-day 1763 to Lady-Day 1764

30 . 0 . 0

9th June

remitted to the Schoolmaster at Yeovil to bind John Ostler Apprentice to Nathaniel Mudford of East Coker Cordwainer

5 . 0 . 0

27th Aug

postage of a Letter from Mr John Hodges

0 . 0 . 6

 

 

 

1765

 

 

18th May

remitted to the Revd Mr Phelipps for Schooling and cloathing the Alvington and Preston Boys from Lady-Day 1764 to Lady-Day 1765

30 . 0 . 0

7th June

paid on binding Thomas Warren of Preston and Alvington Apprentice to Samuel Sealy of Yeovil Glover

5 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity the 13th June 1765

The several Boys next hereinafter named were discharged from Preston Plucknet and Alvington
William Payne expelled for not attending the School
Thomas Warren Superannuated
John Ostler Do
James Edwards expelled for not attending the School
John Wilkins Do
John King Do

 

The several Boys next hereinafter named are either continued or appointed in the Room of those discharged

For Preston Plucknet Alvington and Yeovil
Continued -
James Dade baptised 30th August 1752
Robert Rose Do 10th Jan’ry 1753
Francis Elford Do 6th July 1753
William Ostler Do 15th Aug 1755

Appointed -
John Shoel baptised  12th Aug 1753
George Hewlett Do 25th May 1755
William Tinny Do 18th Octo 1755
John Hodges Do 29th June 1756
Henry Payne Do  9th Jan’ry 1757
Thomas Hewlett Do 14th March 1758

 

1765

 

 

17th June

paid postage on a Letter from Mr Hodges at Yeovil

0 . 0 . 9

 

 

 

1766

 

 

26th

paid Mr John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil for Schooling and Clothing the Preston and Alvington Boys from Lady-Day 1765 to Lady-Day 1766

30 . 0 . 0

 

paid on binding Robert Rose of Preston Apprentice to George Cayme of Yeovil Glover

5 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity the 19th October 1768

The several Boys next hereinafter named have been discharged or expelled for irregularity from the several Schools since the last Meeting

For Preston Plucknet Alvington & Yeovil

James Dade
Robert Rose
Francis Elford

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superannuated

John Shoel
George Hewlett
Henry Payne

-
-
-

expelled
Superannuated
expelled

 

The several Boys next hereinafter named are either continued or appointed in the Room of those discharged

For Preston Plucknet Alvington and Yeovil

Continued

William Ostler baptised 15th August 1755
William Tinney Do 18th October 1755
John Hodges Do 29th June 1756
Henry Payne Do 9th Jan’ry 1757
Thomas Hewlett Do 14th March 1758

Appointed 1766

Richard Rose bapt 28th April 1758 dead
John Warren Do 11th July 1758
John Russell Do 21st Sept 1758

Appointed 1767

John Barber bapt 11th April 1757
William Adams Do 28th Jan’ry 1758
Thomas Roberts Do 23rd June 1760
Charles Barret Do 12th April 1761

  

1767

 

 

19th June

paid Mr John Hodges a Year’s Schooling and Clothing of the Alvington and Yeovil Boys from Lady-Day 1766 to Lady-Day 1767

30 . 0 . 0

1768

 

 

3rd Apr

paid postage of a Letter from Yeovil

0 . 0 . 6½

2nd July

paid Mr John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Years Schooling and Clothing the 10 Boys there from Lady-Day 1767 to Lady-Day 1768

30 . 0 . 0

 

paid on binding George Hewlett of Yeovil to Mary Sealy, Glover of the same place

5 . 0 . 0

4th

paid postage of two Letters from Yeovil one inclosing Counterpart of George Hewletts Indenture

0 . 1 . 0

19th Novr

paid on binding Wm Ostler of Preston to Thos Pitman of Stoke under Ham in Somerset Cordwainer

5 . 0 . 0

 

paid on binding Wm Tinney of Yeovil to George Cayme of Yeovil Glover

5 . 0 . 0

3rd Decr

paid postage of a Letter from Yeovil inclosing two parts of Ind[entu]res for Apprenticing the above two Boys

0 . 0 . 6

 

 

 

1769

 

 

3rd April

paid postage of a Letter from Yeovil

0 . 0 . 2½

4th April

paid Mr John Hodges the Master at Yeovil a Years Schooling and Clothing the Yeovil Boys from Lady Day 1768 to Lady Day 1769

30 . 0 . 0

8th Aug

paid on binding John Hodges of Yeovil to John Tatchel of the same Roper

5 . 0 . 0

 

paid postage of a Letter from Yeovil

0 . 0 . 4½

14th Aug

paid Do inclosing Counters of John Hodges Ind’re

0 . 0 . 9½

 

 

 

1770

 

 

9th April

paid John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Years Salary due at Lady Day last

10 . 0 . 0

20th April

paid on binding John Barber of Yeovil to Thomas Maniford of Shaftesbury Glover and Fellmonger

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1771

 

 

22nd Feb

paid on binding Wm Adams of Yeovil to John Adams of Preston Blacksmith

5 . 0 . 0

 

paid for 2 Letters from Yeovil

0 . 0 . 9

11th April

paid Mr John Hodges a Years Salary for teaching ten Boys at Yeovil due Lady Day last

10 . 0 . 0

 

paid on binding Thos Hewlett of Yeovil to Bartholomew Davey of the same Glover

5 . 0 . 0

11th Dec

paid on binding John Purssell to John Purssell of Alvington Carpenter

5 . 0 . 0

 

paid on binding John Warren of Preston to Elias Andrews of Yeovil Leather Dresser

5 . 0 . 0

 

paid postage of a Letter inclosing the Counterpart of the above Indentures from Yeovil

0 . 1 . 1

 

At a Meeting of Sir Thomas Heathcote Baronet and the Revd Charles Mill Clerk the present Surviving Trustees of the said Charity the 11th December 1771

The several Boys next hereinafter named appear to have been discharged from the several Schools since the last Meeting or expelled for irregularity

For Preston Plucknet Alvington & Yeovil
William Ostler
William Finney
John Hodges
John Barber
William Adams
Thomas Hewlett
John Warren

The several Boys next mentioned are either continued or appointed in the Room of those discharged

For Preston Alvington and Yeovil
Philip Pardy born 2nd Decr 1758
Thomas Roberts Do 23 June 1760
George Payne born 26 Decr 1759
James King Do 15 March 1761
Charles Banall Do 12 April 1761
Edward Warren Do 3 June 1761
Thomas Martin Do 15 July 1761
Roger Martin Do 11 Decr 1761
William Urry (?) Do 10 June 1762

Also at this meeting it is ordered that no Boy or Boys from the said several Schools at which they are or shall be educated shall at any time hereafter be bound Apprentices to his or their parents if they do so they shall have no benefit of the fund directed to be set apart out of the Rents and profits of the said Estate for Apprenticing out such Boys who shall regularly attend their School as directed by the said Will.

Also It is ordered that for the future no Boys shall be permitted to go out to Leazing in the Harvest as their Schooling is thereby neglected and their Clothes greatly injured.

Also it appearing to this Meeting that the Fund for Apprenticing out the Boys to Trades will not be sufficient for that purpose unless the Boys are taken in at a proper Age It is therefore Ordered that no Boys shall for the future be Admitted into either of the Schools on the foundation of the said Charity but between the ages of seven and ten years And it is also ordered at this Meeting that none of the Boys in their thirteenth Year shall be intitled to their Clothing unless they shall continue in the School for the space of six Months next after the usual time of such Clothing shall be reserved for such Boys who shall be appointed to succeed.

 

1772

 

 

2nd May

Remitted to John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Years Salary due at Lady-Day last

10 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1773

 

 

23rd April

paid John Hodges a Yrs Salary due Lady Day last

10 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the said Trustees of the said Charity the 10th November 1773

The several Boys next hereinafter named appears to have been discharged from the several Schools since the last Meeting or expelled for irregularity

For Preston Plucknet and Alvington
Philip Pardy – expelled
Thomas Roberts Superannuated
George Payne – expelled

The several Boys next mentioned are either continued or appointed in the Room of those discharged

For Yeovil. Preston Plucknet & Alvington
Edward Warren Bapt 3 June 1761
James King Do 15 Mar 1761
Charles Barrett Do 12 Apr 1761
William Urry Do 18 June 1762
John Roe Do  9 March 1763
Charles Leach Do 18 Augt 1763
John Adams Do 29 July 1764
William Rose Do 13 April 1766
Thomas Russell Do 15 Sept 1765

 

1774

 

 

12th Feb

paid on binding Thos Roberts of Preston to Charles Fooks of Thornford in Dorset Cordwainer

5 . 0 . 0

6th June

paid John Hodges the Master at Yeovil a Years Salary due at Do as if recd of 29th May

10 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1775

 

 

7th June

paid John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil a Years Salary due Lady Day last

10 . 0 . 0

At a Meeting of the said Trustees of the said Charity the 7th Day of October 1775

The several Boys next hereinafter named appear to have been discharged from the several Schools since the last Meeting

For the Parish of Yeovil, Preston-Plucknet and Alvington
Edward Warren
James King
Charles Barrett
William Urry

The following Boys are at this Meeting appointed to the Yeovil School
William Urry Born 18th June 1762
John Roe Do 9th March 1763
Charles Leach Do 18th August 1763
John Adams Do 29th July 1764
Thomas Russell Do 15th Sept 1765
William Rose Do 13th April 1766
Charles Holloway Do 29th May 1766
George Mead Do 4th Janry 1767
Samuel Bauch Do 15th March 1767
Thomas French Do 24th June 1767

 

1776

 

 

16 Mar

paid James King of Preston Plucknet by the Order of the Trustees for Apprenticing out his Son James King to John Richmond of Bradford Dorset Cordwainer

5 . 0 . 0

26th June

paid John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Years Salary teaching ten Boys there due Do

10 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the said Trustees of the said Charity the 4th December 1776

The several Boys following appear to be discharged from the several Schools since the last Meeting

For the Parish of Yeovil Preston Plucknet and Alvington
William Urry
John Roe
Charles Leach

Appointed at this Meeting and since the last
Thomas Urry
John Giles
Henry Leach

 

1777

 

 

15

remitted to John Hodges a Do for a Years Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys at Yeovil from Lady Day 1776 to Lady Day 1777

30 . 0 . 0

26th June

paid John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Years Salary teaching ten Boys there due Do

10 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1778

 

 

June 3

remitted to John Hodges at Yeovil for the Clothing and Schooling of ten Boys there from Lady Day 1777 to Lady Day 1778

30 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the said Trustees of the said Charity held the 26th June 1778

The several Boys next named are continued Yeovil Preston Plucknet and Alvington

Thomas Russell 
John Giles
Charles Holloway
Henry Leach
George Mead
Samuel Bauch
Elias Russell
Thomas French
Thomas Urry
Francis Luce

Baptized
Do
Do
Do
Do
Do
Do
Do
Do
Do

15th Sept 1765
10 Novr 1765
29 May 1766
25 Decr 1766
14 Jan’ry 1767
15 March 1767
21 June 1767
24 Do 1767
26 Decr 1767
20 Augt 1769

 

 

1779

 

 

June 14

remitted to John Hodges a Do a Years Schooling and Clothing for ten Boys at Yeovil from Lady Day 1778 to Lady Day 1779

30 . 0 . 0

At a Meeting of the said Trustees of the said Charity held the 20th November 1779

The following Boys appear to have been discharged from the several Schools since the last Meeting

For the parish of Yeovil Preston Plucknet and Alvington
Thomas Russell
John Giles
Charles Holloway

The several Boys following are continued
For Yeovil Preston Plucknet and Alvington
Henry Leach Baptd 25th Decr 1766
George Mead Baptd 14th Janry 1767
Samuel Bauch Do 15 March 1767
Ellias Russell Do 21 June 1767
Thomas French Do  24 June 1767
Thomas Urry Do 26 Decr 1767
William King Do  28th May 1769
Francis Luce Do 28th Augt 1769

  

It appearing to us the said Trustees at their Meeting that the Annual Rents and profits of the Estate Devised for the Support of the Charity are not Adequate to the Annual Sums pointed out by the Testator to be applied in the Clothing educating and Apprenticing out the Forty Boys as directed by his the said Will and particularly in laying by a fund of thirty pounds pr Annum for the Apprenticing out Six Boys Annually there being only a Surplus of Nineteen Pounds eleven shillings and three pence after the Land Tax deducted the Costs of Clothing and educating the said Forty Boys Annually and the Costs of receiving the Rents and payments made on Account of the said Charity to be applied in the Apprenticing out Boys and in the repairs of the said premises Therefore We think it necessary to Order that for the future not more than three Boys shall be Annually put out Apprentices to Trades and that five pounds only shall be paid with each of them And that two Boys shall be Apprenticed out of the twenty boys at Romsey to one of each of the ten Boys at Yeovil and Fisherton Anger and that such Boys who shall have constantly attended the Schools and the Church and behaved well from the time of their being appointed and during the Continuance in the Schools shall be preferred and be intitled to the Advantage of being bound out Apprentices before others who shall have not behaved according to the directions and design of the said Will

 

1780

 

 

June 24

paid John Hodges a Years Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys at Yeovil from Lady Day 1779 to Lady Day 1780

30 . 0 . 0

 

paid on binding Thomas French of Yeovil to George Richmond of the same Place Cordwainer

5 . 0 . 0

 

paid on binding Elias Russell of Alvington to Thomas Russell of Preston Carpenter and Joiner

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1781

 

 

June 26

paid the Schoolmaster at Yeovil a Yrs Schooling the ten Boys there and Schooling to Lady Day last

30 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1782

 

 

Aug 14

remitted John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil a Years Schooling and Clothing the ten Boys there from Lady Day 1781 to Lady Day 1782

30 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1783

 

 

July 27

remitted the Schoolmaster at Yeovil a Years Schooling the Boys there from Lady Day 1782 to Lady Day 1783

30 . 0 . 0

31

paid on binding Samuel Russell of Alvington to John Russell of Houndston in Somerset Joiner

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1784

 

 

Oct 19

pd John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil Yrs Schooling and clothing the 10 Boys there from Lady Day 1783 to Lady Day 1784

30 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1785

 

 

Nove 13

paid Mr John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil from Lady Day 1784 to Lady Day 1785 for Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys there & £2 over

32 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity the fourth Day of December 1786

The following Boys were in the School at Yeovil Lady Day 1786
Robert Edwards Born 15 Dece 1776
John Dade Do 17 April 1775
Jeremiah Mead Do 7 Sept 1772
William Edwards Do 10 Nove 1774
David Maidment  Do 30 Augt 1775
Samuel Pittard Do 7 Janry 1776
Samuel Edwards Do 22 May 1776
William Jacob born 25 Janry 1778
Amos Ashford Do 4 Nove 1778
Willm Chamerlain Do 21 Apr 1776

 

1786

 

 

Nove 19

paid the Schoolmaster at Yeovil in full for Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys there to lady Day last

28 . 0 . 0

 

paid apprenticing Jeremiah Mead to John Hambridge Carpenter of Yeovil

5 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Revd Sir Charles Mill Baronet and Sir William Heathcote Baronet the Surviving Trustees of the said Charity the twenty second Day of October 1787

The following Boys were in the School at Yeovil at Lady Day 1787
Robert Edwards born 15th Dece 1776
John Dade Do 17 April 1775
David Maidment Do 30 Aug
t 1775
Samuel Pittard Do 7 Janry 1776
Samuel Edwards Do 22nd May 1776
William Jacob Do 25 Janry 1778
Amos Ashford Do 4 Nove 1778
Wm Chamberlain Do 21 April 1778~
George Edwards Do 21 Jan’ry 1779
Robert Cole Do 12 July 1779

 

1787

 

 

Oct 15

paid the School Master at Yeovil a Years Schooling and Clothing the ten Boys there due Lady Day last

30 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the said Trustees of the said Charity the Fourth Day of March 1789

The following Boys were in the School at Yeovil at Lady 1788
Robert Edwards Bapt 15 Dece 1776
David Maidment 30 Augt 1775
Samuel Pittard 7 Jan 1776
Samuel Edwards 22 May 1776
William Jacob 25 Jan 1778
William Chamberlain 21 Apr 1778
Amos Ashford 4 Novr 1778
George Edwards 21 Jan 1779
Robert Cole 12 July 1779
George Dade 14 May 1778

 

1788

 

 

Oct 11

pd John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Years Salary and Clothing the Boys there from Lady Day 1787 to Lady Day 1788

30 . 0 . 0

 

pd on binding John Dade of Alvington to Wm Lucas of the same place Dowlas and Tick Weaver

5 . 0 . 0

 

pd on binding David Maidment of Yeovil to Jos: Andrews of the same place Taylor and Habbitmaker

5 . 0 . 0

     
1789    

Oct 16

remitted John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil a Yrs Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys there from Lady Day 1788 to Lady Day 1789

30 . 0 . 0

 

also for binding Samuel Pittard to John Wayman of Yeovil Cordwainer

5 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity the 27th July 1790

The following Boys were in the School at Yeovil lady Day 1790
William Jacob Bapt 25 Jan’ry 1778
William Chamberlain 21 April 1778
George Dade – 14 May 1778
Amos Ashford – 24 Nove 1778
George Edwards – 21 Janry 1779
Isaac Cox – 14 Feb’ry 1779
Robert Cole – 12 July 1779
William Leach – 28 Nove 1779
George Even – 30 June 1782

 

1791

 

 

Jan 25

paid on binding William Jacob of Yeovil to William Player of the same place Glover

5 . 0 . 0

July 1

paid John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil a Years Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys there from Lady Day 1790 to Lady Day 1791

30 . 0 . 0

4

paid on binding John Dade of Alvington to Thos Russell of the same Place Carpenter

5 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity the 13th December 1791

The following Boys were in the School at Yeovil at Lady Day 1791
George Dade Baptised 14th May 1778
Isaac Cox Do 14 Febry 1779
William Leach Do 28 Novr 1779
George Even Do 30 June 1782
Thomas Chant Do 29 Oct 1783
Emanuel Pane Do 12 June 1783
Philip Pardy Do 13 Sept 1782
Hercules Hades Do 17 Aug 1781
George Edwards Do 21 Janry 1779

 

1792

 

 

Aug 8

remitted Mr John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil for the Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys there from Lady Day 1791 to Lady Day 1792

30 . 0 . 9

 

Also to bind George Edwards to Robert Roe of Preston Plucknet Linen Cloth maker for six years

5 . 0 . 0

 

Also to bind Isaac Cox to Samuel Kitson of Yeovil Glover for seven Years

5 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity the 3rd Day of October 1793

The Names of the Boys in the School at Yeovil at lady Day 1792
William Leach Bapt 28 Nove 1779
George Leach Do 3 June 1781
George Esen Do 30 June 1782
Thomas Chant Do 29 Oct 1783
Emanuel Pain Do 12 June 1783
Philip Pardy Do 13 Sept 1782
Hers Hodes Do 17 Aug 1784
Thomas Cannock Do 12 Dece 1784
Richard Adams Do 15 Oct 1784
James Dade Do 6 Dece 1782

 

 

1793

 

 

Augt 13

paid Mr John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil a Years Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys there from Lady Day 1792 to Lady Day 1793

30 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1794

 

 

Aug 22

remitted Mr John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil a Years Schooling and Clothing the ten Boys there from Lady Day 1793 to Lady Day 1794

30 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1795

 

 

Jan 15

paid on binding Hercules Hodes of Preston to Ellias Whitby of Yeovil Glover

5 . 0 . 0

June 30

paid on binding George Esen of Preston to Thos Goldring of Yeovil Leather Dresser

5 . 0 . 0

July 13

paid John Hodges for a Years Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys at Yeovil from Lady Day 1794 to Lady Day 1795

30 . 0 . 0

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity the 31st Day of August 1795

The Names of the Boys in the School at Yeovil at Lady Day 1795
Thos Chant Baptd 29th Oct 1783
Thos Connock – 12 Dece 1784
Richd Adams – 15 Oct 1784
James Edwards – 21 Dece 1786
Thomas Pilton – 9 Oct 1785
James Gray – 17 Sept 1784
James Dade – 6 Dece 1782
William Chant – 10 Mar 1787
James Giear – 4 Mar 1787
George Even – 30th June 1782

 

1796

 

 

June 23

Remitted to Mr John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil a Years Clothing and Schooling the ten Boys at Yeovil from Lady Day 1795 to Lady Day 1796

30 . 0 . 0

 

The Names of the Boys in the School at Yeovil at Lady Day 1796
Thomas Chant Baptised 29th Oct 1783
James Gray – 17 Sept 1784
Richard Addems – 15 Oct Do
Thomas Connock – 12 Dece Do
James Edwards – 21 Dece 1786
William Chant – 10 March 1787
James Giear – 4 March Do
Robert Pilton – 20 Nove Do
George Addems – 6 May 1788
John Edwards – 27 Oct Do

 

1797

 

 

June 28

paid Mr John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Yrs Schooling the ten Boys there due at Mich’as last

30 . 0 . 0

 

paid on binding Richd Adams to Henry Penny of Yeovil Glover for Six Years

5 . 0 . 0

 

paid on binding Thomas Chant to Samuel Kitson of Yeovil Glover for the like term

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1798

 

 

June 28

paid Mr John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Yrs Clothing and Schooling of the ten Boys there from Lady Day 1797 to Lady Day 1798

30 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1799

 

 

June 24

paid Mr John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Years Salary for the Clothing and Schooling of the ten Boys there from Lady Day 1798 to Lady Day 1799

30 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the said Trustees held the 6th Day of August 1799

The Names of the Boys at the School at Yeovil at Lady Day 1799
James Edwards Born 21 Decr 1786
James Gear – 4 March 1787
William Chant – 10 March 1787
George Addems – 6 May 1788
John Edwards – 27 Oct 1788
Uriah Denman – 12 Novr 1788
Robert Pilton – 20 Novr 1788
John Ewens – 22 May 1789
James Jeans – 18 March 1790
James Guppy – 12 May 1790

  

1800

 

 

June 24

paid John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Schooling and Clothing ten Boys there from Lady Day 1799 to Lady Day 1800

30 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1801

 

 

June 23

paid Mr John Hodges the School Master at Yeovil a Years Clothing and Schooling the Ten Boys there from Lady Day 1800 to Lady Day 1801

30 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the said Trustees held the 12th Day of December 1801

The Names of the ten Boys in the School at Yeovil at Lady Day 1800
Uriah Denman Born 12 March 1788
George Addems – 6 May Do
John Edwards – 27 Oct Do
Robert Pilton – 20 Novr Do
John Ewens – 22 May 1789
James Jeans – 18 March 1790
James Guppy – 12 May Do
Francis Denman – 13 Decr  1791
James Sutton – 26 March 1792
Robert Webby – 1 Sept Do

 

1802

 

 

June 10

Remitted Mr John Hodges the Schoolmaster at Yeovil for the Years Schooling and Clothing the Ten Boys there from Lady Day 1801 to Lady Day 1802

30 . 0 . 0

The Names of the Ten Boys in the School at Yeovil with their Ages at Lady Day 1802
John Ewens Born 22 May 1789
James Jeans – 18 March 1790
James Guppy – 12 May Do
Elias Russell – 27 March 1791
Francis Denman – 13 Dece Do
James Sutton – 26 March 1792
Robert Whibby – 1 Sept Do
Thomas Kingwell – 3 March 1794
William Pilton – 29 March Do
William Perrott – 21 March 1795 

[John Boucher Hodges, the Yeovil schoolmaster, died in 1813 and there was a brief hiatus until his successor, the Reverend Thomas Tomkins was appointed in 1805. Reverend Tomkins served as the Yeovil schoolmaster until his death in 1839.] 

1805

 

 

Novr 14

paid Richd Galpine for his Horse and expenses from Stalbridge to Yeovil concerning the Boys to be Educated there

0 . 10 . 6

 

 

 

1806

 

 

Janry 16

paid the Revd Mr Tomkins the School Master at Yeovil for Clothing the ten Boys there from Xmas 1805 to Do 1806

20 . 0 . 0

 

paid him also for a Year and three Quarters Salary due to him for teaching the ten Boys there at St Thomas Day last

this should have been only £17.10.0 – 7/6 deducted at the [word illegible]

17 . 17 . 6

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity held the 10 Day of Augt 1807

The following Boys appear to be superannuated at the Yeovil School since Mr Tompkins has been Master
Robert Whitby superannuated & apprenticed
John Russell        Do                    Do

The following Boys appear to be at present in the School at Yeovil
James Maidment (Yeovil born Aug 12 1794
Mattw Andrews (Do) Nov 22 1795
Ths Winsor Martin (Do) Feby 10 1796
Jas Foot (Preston) Mar 24 1796
Wm Triptree (Yeovil) Dec 15 1796
John Hammond (Do) Feby 13 1797
Saml Hammond (Do) June 28 1797
Wm Rodber (Do) Sept 25 1798
Wm Giles (Preston) Novr 17 1798
Charles Foot (Do) Jany 18 1799

 

1807

 

 

Mar

Paid the Revd Mr Tomkins one Years Salary for clothing and educating 10 Boys at Yeovil due Christmas 1806

30 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1808

 

 

Jany

To paid Mr Tomkins one years allowance for clothing the 10 Boys at Yeovil to Christmas 1807

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid Do one Years Salary for teaching Do to Christmas 1807

10 . 0 . 0

Novr

To paid on binding James Maidment to Mr Pitman Yeovil Taylor

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1809

 

 

Jany

To paid Mr Tomkins one Years allowance for clothing the 10 Boys at Yeovil to Christmas 1808

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid Do one years Salary for teaching Do to Do

10 . 0 . 0

 

 At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity held the 16 Day of December 1809

The following Boys appear to have left the Yeovil School since the last Meeting
James Maidment – apprenticed
Matthew Andrews Do

The following Boys are continued in the Yeovil School
Thomas Winsor Martin - Yeovil born Feb 10 1796
James Foot -  Preston Mar 24 1796
William Triptree – Yeovil Dec 15 1796
John Hammond – Do Feby 13 1797
Samuel Hammond – Do June 28 1797
William Rodber – Do Sep 25 1798
William Giles Preston Nov 17 1798
Charles Foot – Do Jan 18 1799
Stephen King– Do

The following Boys are appointed to succeed at the Yeovil School
Joseph King – Preston born

 

1810

 

 

Jany

To paid Mr Tomkins one Years allowance for cloathing the 10 Boys at Yeovil to Christmas 1809

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid Do one Years Salary for teaching Do to Do

10 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Matthew Andrews to Richard Taylor & George Eason Yeovil Glovers

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding James Foot to George Ryall cony(?) Yeovil Glover

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Thomas Winsor Martin to Wm Edwards Yeovil

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Wm Triptree to James Toop Yeovil

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Samuel Hammond to Richard Taylor & George Eason Yeovil Glovers

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding John Hammond to Richard Taylor & George Eason Yeovil Glovers

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1811

 

 

Feb 7

To paid The Revd Mr Tomkins one Years allowance for cloathing the Yeovil Boys to Christmas 1810

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid Do one Years Salary for teaching Do to Do

10 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1812

 

 

 

To paid Revd J Tomkins one Years allowce for cloathing the Yeovil Boys to Xas 1811

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid Do one Years Salary for teachg Do to Christmas 1811

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Wm Giles to John Meaden Yeovil Hatter

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Wm Rodber to Charles Barrett Yeovil Cordwainer

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Charles Foot to Charles Barrett Yeovil Shoemr

5 . 0 . 0

 

 At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity held the 16 Day of January 1813

The following Boys appear to have left the Yeovil School since the last Meeting
John Winsor Martin apprenticed
James Foot Do
Wm Triptree Do
John Hammond Do
Saml Hammond Do
Wm Giles Do
Charles Foot Do
Wm Rodber Do
Stephen King Do

The following Boys are continued in the Yeovil School
Elias Harding
Wm Connock
Saml Russell
Saml Deade
James Spear Watts
Esau Giles
Charles Leach
Robert Sherston

The following Boys are appointed at this Meeting to succeed at the Yeovil School
Isaac Harding
Philip Giles

 

1813

 

 

Aprl

To paid The Reverend Thomas Tomkins one Years allowance for clothing the Yeovil Boys

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid Do one Years Salary for Do educating

10 . 0 . 0

May

To paid on binding Henry Russell to Philip Hodges Yeovil Carpenter

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Wm Connock to Charles Lucas Yeovil Cooper

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1814

 

 

Jany

To paid Mr Tomkins one Years allowance for clothing & teaching Yeovil Boys to Xas 1813

30 . 0 . 0

 

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity held the 16th Day of March 1814

The following Boys appear to have left the Yeovil School since the last Meeting
Wm Connock apprenticed
Samuel Deade

The following Boys are continued at the Yeovil School
Samuel Russell born
Charles Leach born
Elias Harding born
Isaac Harding born
Robert Sherstone born
George Leach born
James Spear Watts born
Philip Giles born

The following Boys are appointed to succeed at the Yeovil School
Esau Giles born
George Foot born

 

1815

 

 

Feby

To paid Mr Tomkins one years allowance for clothing & educating Yeovil Boys to Xas 1814

30 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Saml Russell to J: Hodges Yeovil

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1816

 

 

 

To paid The Revd Mr Tomkins one Years allowance for clothing Yeovil Boys to Xas 1815

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid Do one years allowce for educating Do

10 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding James Spear Watts to Wm Wilmington (Yeovil)

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Esau Giles to Joseph Male (Yeovil)

5 . 0 . 0

 

 At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity held the 19 Day of October 1816

The following Boys appear to have left the Yeovil School since the last Meeting
Samuel Russell apprenticed
Esau Giles Do
James Spear Watts Do

The following Boys are continued in the Yeovil School
Charles Leach born
Elias Harding born
Isaac Harding born
Robert Sherston born
George Leach born
Philip Gues born
George Foot born

The following Boys have been appointed to succeed at the Yeovil School
Thomas Rodber born
Emanuel Leach Do
Emanuel Pilton Do

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity held the 15th Day of Nov: 1817

The following Boys appear to have left the Yeovil School since the last Meeting
Philip Giles
George Foot apprenticed
Emanuel Leach apprenticed
Emanuel Pilton

The following Boys are continued in the Yeovil School
Isaac Harding
George Leach apprenticed
Henry Harding
Thomas Rodber

The following Boys have been appointed to succeed at the Yeovil School
Charles Dawkins
George Watts
Samuel Trask
Henry Corry
Wm Hyde

 

1817

 

 

Mar 28

To paid The Reverend Thomas Tomkins one Years allowance for clothing Yeovil Boys

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid Do one years allowance for educating Do

10 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Charles Leach Yeovil to Wm Carter Glover

5 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Philip Giles to John Critchell Builder Yeovil

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1818

 

 

Mar 25

To paid The Revd T Tomkins a years clothing Yeovil Boys

20 . 0 . 0

 

To paid Do educating Do

10 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Isaac Harding to Wm Bodenham Cordwr Yeovil

5 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1819

 

 

Jany 13

To paid The Revd Mr Tomkins one years allowance for educg clothing Yeovil 10 Boys

30 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding George Leach to Penny and Bide Yeovil

5 . 0 . 0

 

George Foot to Thos Fox Yeovil To paid on binding him Apprentice

5 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity held the 20th Day of November 1819

The following Boys have left the Yeovil School since the last Meeting
Isaac Harding apprenticed
Samuel Trask apprenticed
George Leach apprenticed

The following Boys have been appointed to & are now in the Yeovil School
Emanuel Leach Apprenticed
Henry Harding Apprenticed
Samuel Horwood
Thomas Rodber apprenticed
William Hyde
Joseph Hyde
Charles Hawkins apprenticed
George Watts
Henry Corry Apprenticed
William Davies Apprenticed

 

[The payment for apprenticeships suddenly doubles to £10 per boy. The payment for educating and clothing the 10 boys jumps from £30 to £50. There is no explanation in the Account Book]

1820

 

 

Jany

 

 

 

To paid Revd T Tomkins 1 years clothg & educating Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Thomas Rodber to Giles Rendell Yeovil

10 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity held the 27th Day of October 1821

The following Boys have left the Yeovil School since the last Meeting
Emanuel Leach Apprenticed
Henry Harding Apprenticed
William Davis Do
William Hyde Do
Charles Hawkins

The following Boys have been appointed to and are now in the Yeovil School
Samuel Horwood born June 1811
John Leach born Aug 1811
Francis Deade born Apr 1812
Thomas Deade born Oct 1813
Joseph Hyde born Dec 1816
William Rodber born Sept 1812
George Watts born June 1809
Henry Corry born Apr 1810
Richard Sherstone born June 1811
Isaiah Sherstone born Oct 1813
Emanuel Payne born Apr 1810

 

1821

 

 

Mar 6

To paid The Revd Tho Tomkins one years clothg & educatg Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding William Davies to John Cole Yeovil

10 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Henry Harding to Wm Churchouse Yeovil

10 . 0 . 0

 

[The payment for apprenticeships suddenly drops to £8 per boy. The payment for educating and clothing the 10 boys remains at £50 per annum. ]

1822

 

 

Mar 16

To paid The Revd T Tomkins one years clothing & educating Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding William Hyde to William Snook Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Emanuel Leach to Wm Wilmington Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Chas Hawkins to J Cornish Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1823

 

 

 

To paid The Revd T Tomkins clothg & educating Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1824

 

 

 

To paid The Revd T Tomkins with last years Balance for clothing and educating Yeovil Boys

28 . 1 . 10

 

To paid on binding Joseph Hyde to Robert Tucker Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid on binding Henry Corny to Henry Penny & Robt Bide Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

At a Meeting of the Trustees of the said Charity held the 29th Day of Novr 1824

The following Boys have left the Yeovil School since the last Meeting
Samuel Horwood
John Leach
Joseph Hyde apprenticed
Henry Corry apprenticed
Richard Sherstone
Isaiah Sherstone

The following Boys have been appointed to and are now in the Yeovil School
Francis Deade born Apr 1812
William Rodber born Sep 1812
George Horwood born Apr 1813
Emanuel Payne born Oct 1813
Robert Brook born May 1814
William King born Oct 1814
Appd Thomas Deade born Oct 1813
William Russ born Nov 1815
John Stucky born Sep 1816
Henry Leach born Oct 1816

The following Boys have been appointed & are now in the Yeovil School
Appd William Payne (Preston) born Dec 25 1815
Henry Leach (Preston) born Oct 6 1816
John Hyde (Preston) born Jany 30 1818
James Edwards (Preston) born Jan 4 1819
James Salisbury (Preston) born Feb 7 1820
John Purkiss (Yeovil) born Oct 3 1817
Geo Salisbury (Do) born Aug 30 1818
Saml Slocombe (Do) born Sep 5 1819
Barthw Guppy (Do) born Dec 4 1820

 

1825

 

 

 

To paid The Revd Thos Tomkins clothing and educating Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1826

 

 

 

To paid apprentg Fras Dade to Wm Churchouse Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid apprentg Wm Rodber to Thos Cornish Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid The Revd Thos Tomkins clothing and educatg Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1827

 

 

 

To paid apprentg Thomas Dade to T Singleton Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid apprentg Eml Payne to Jas Barry Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid The Revd Thos Tomkins clothing and educating Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

To paid apprentg George Horwood to Thomas Colley Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid apprentg Robert Brook to Luke Harvey Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

1828

The following Boys have been appointed to and are now in the Yeovil School
John Hyde born
James Edwards
Grant Salisbury
John Rodber
George Salisbury
Smuel Slocomb
Bartholomew Guppy
John Connock
Samuel Payne
James Bannister

 

1828

 

 

 

To paid apprentg William King to Richard Edgar Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid The Revd Thos Tomkins clothing and educating Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

To paid apprentg William Russ to William Bide Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1829

 

 

 

To paid The Revd T Tomkins clothing and educating Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

To paid apprentg Wm Payne to William Coles Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1830

 

 

 

To paid apprentg Henry Leach to Thomas Fooks Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

To paid The Revd T Tomkins clothing and educating Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

To paid apprentg Charles Payne to William Rowsell Yeovil

8 . 0 . 0

 

 

 

1831

 

 

 

To paid Revd T Tomkins clothing &c Yeovil Boys

50 . 0 . 0

 

 

Transcribed by Bob Osborn, June & July 2019