SCHOOL AND CHARITY
In 1807 there was no school in the parish but the
rector paid for a few children to
attend a neighbouring school. (fn. 83) In
1818 there was still no school of any
kind in Little Laver, though the poor
were said to desire education for their children. (fn. 84) In
1833 some children were apparently paying 1d. a week
to attend a school in Matching; in their own parish
there was only a Sunday school, founded two years
before and attended by 17 girls and 8 boys. (fn. 85) In
1846-7 attendance at the Sunday school had fallen to
7, a mistress being paid £2 12s. a year to teach them. (fn. 86)
Some children probably attended the day school in
High Laver (q.v.) after its erection in 1866. In 1872
this school was said to have accommodation for all the
19 children from Little Laver in need of places. (fn. 87)
Thereafter it continued to serve both parishes. (fn. 88)
By a deed of 1891 Arbury Hill Hoppit (2 r. 17 p.)
was vested in the rector, the rector's warden, and the
owner or occupier of Little Laver Hall in trust for use
as a Sunday school and parish room for the education
of the poor. (fn. 89) The building erected for this purpose is
now known as the village hall and is administered by a
village committee, its principal use being as a social
club. (fn. 90) It is a single-story building of brown brick.
||E.R.O., D/AEM 2/4.
Retns. Educ. Poor, H.C. 224, p. 260
(1819), ix (1).
Educ. Enquiry Abstr. H.C. 62, p. 281(1835), xli.
Nat. Soc. Enquiry into Church Schs. 1846-7, pp. 12-13.
Chelmsford Chronicle, 2 Aug. 1872.
Kelly's Dir. Essex (1899 f.).
||Char. Com. Files.