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HER Number:MDV53190
Name:School south-east of Providence Cottage, Throwleigh


Depicted on the late 19th and early 20th century historic maps, the two-roomed school was opened in June 1877.


Grid Reference:SX 675 892
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishThrowleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTHROWLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/246

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SCHOOL (XIX - 1877 AD to 1877 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'School' depicted on the late 19th century historic map.

Stanbrook, M., 1991, Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered, 20-28 (Monograph). SDV359884.

School opened in June 1877, replacing the schoolhouse at the Bible Christian Chapel (MDV6204). The building of the school was troubled and money was still owed to the builders at the end of the century. Details of the school mistresses and pupil teachers, including Ellen Ellston, who stayed with the school for many years. In 1966 it was described by the Secretary of State as a 'lovely little school', and was very popular, drawing pupils from a wide area due to the excellence of its teaching. Unfortunately it was still closed in 1971, which was a bitter blow to the community.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

'The Old School' is depicted on the modern mapping.

Devon History Society, 2019, Early Victorian Schools, 15-16, 24 (Article in Serial). SDV363127.

Throwleigh is one of the case studies examined in chapter on development of elementary education in rural parishes, 1833-1870. Throwleigh had no school recorded in the 1833 Enquiry. The Bible Christians had established a chapel nearby at Providence and Richard Gay was a teacher to the congregation. Successive rectors of Throwleigh tried and failed to raise funds from the Anglican congregation and the National Society to set up and fund a school but a separate school was never established and classes continued to be held in the Rectory.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #94579 ]
SDV359884Monograph: Stanbrook, M.. 1991. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Old Dartmoor Schools Remembered. Paperback Volume. 20-28.
SDV363127Article in Serial: Devon History Society. 2019. Early Victorian Schools. The Devon Historian. 88. Paperback Volume. 15-16, 24.

Associated Monuments

MDV6204Related to: Providence Chapel, Throwleigh (Building)
MDV93123Related to: Providence Place and Combe Cottage, Throwleigh (Building)
MDV33273Related to: The Old Rectory, Throwleigh (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 22 2019 10:20AM