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Monday 4th July 2011 10:07

Question:
Do you have any information on Dilton Marsh Rectory? An ancestor attended a school of this name (around 1860-70) but it doesn't seem to exist anymore. In 1833 there were two schools in Dilton Marsh. I can only find information on one which became the primary school, but since my ancestor came from a wealthy merchant family the second school would have been a private one. I would be very grateful if you could help in any way.

Answer:
This school would have been run by the resident vicar. Clergy sometimes took in pupils as boarders to help supplement their income. I have found Charles F. Hyde on both the 1861 & 1871 censuses, & both times he has a pupil boarding with him. Hyde was the vicar at Dilton from 1862-1879, but had gone by 1883. (We do not have any Clergy Lists for the missing four years). I don't think you will be able to find out any further information. The two schools in Dilton were the National School, opened in 1847, which became the Junior School, & the British School, opened in 1865, which became the Infants School. Dilton Marsh vicarage has been sold very recently, as the village no longer has its own vicar.

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