- eighteenth & nineteenth century (Creation)
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A brief history of Weald Manor
• An Academy for young gentlemen is mentioned in 1790
• Followed by John Beechey's Mansion House Academy in 1815 which moved into Weald Manor in the 1820s and closed in the late 1850s. In 1830 it was called a 'Gents Boarding School' but John Beechey's school was variously called a 'Classical and Commercial School,' 'Manor House,' 'Academy,' 'Mansion House.'
• GH Drewe's 'St Mary's College' opened in Weald Manor in 1859 and was modelled on public schools. Over 50 boys were in attendance in 1861 with an age range of 5-18 it closed in 1863.
If you look at the Victoria County History, which is available to read on line, you will find out much more.