In 1792 the rector opened a Sunday school in
Greenstead. Only one child attended
from this parish, however; the others
came from Chipping Ongar, and when
the Chipping Ongar Sunday school was started the
Greenstead school was discontinued. (fn. 13) In 1807 there
was no school in the parish, but by 1818 the Sunday
school had been reopened by the rector and the lord of
the manor, Craven Ord. It then had 22 pupils and it
continued with varying attendances at least until
1846-7. (fn. 14) In 1828 a small day school existed, (fn. 15) but by
1833 it had been closed. (fn. 16)
In 1839 the rector began to collect subscriptions for
a parish school. (fn. 17) By 1846-7 this was being attended
by some 34 children. The mistress then received £30
a year. (fn. 18) About this time a new building was erected,
evidently by subscription, on a site on the waste on
Greenstead Green, presented by the Revd. Philip
Budworth, lord of the manor. The rector exercised a
close supervision over it. (fn. 19) It provided 33 places,
'abundant accommodation' for the small and declining
population of the parish. In 1870 there were about
23 pupils. (fn. 20) Between 1878 and 1882 the school was
closed; the children subsequently attended the schools
at Chipping Ongar and Stanford Rivers. (fn. 21)
The former school house stands on Greenstead
Green, beside Greenstead House; it is now known as
Ivy Cottage. (See plate facing p. 126.)
||E.R.O., D/AEM 2/4.
||Ibid.; Retns. Educ. of Poor, H.C. 224,
p. 256 (1819), ix (1); Nat. Soc. Reps.
1820, 1828; Nat. Soc. Enquiry into Church
Schs. 1846-7, 8-9.
Nat. Soc. Rep. 1828.
Educ. Enquiry Abstr. H.C. 62, p. 276
||E.R.O., D/P 30/28/18.
Nat. Soc. Enquiry, 1846-7, 8-9.
Kelly's Dir. Essex (1855, 1862).
||E.R.O., D/AEM 1/1/1; Retns. Elem.
Educ. H.C. 201, pp. 112-13 (1871), lv.
Kelly's Dir. Essex. (1878, 1882, 1922).
The school was sold in 1890 for £200: Char. Com. files. The income from this
sum, known as the Greenstead School Foundation, is used to give book tokens
at Christmas to children recommended by the headmasters of the Ongar Primary
and Secondary Schools: inf. from rector.