Private schools

There were a number of private schools functioning in Market Rasen in the 1860s, generally catering for the children of the middle classes. We know of the following:

Miss Jemima Carr: Boarding and Day School in Willingham Road.

Miss Jane Morgan: Ladies School, Union Street.

Mrs and Miss Baker: educational establishment for Young Ladies.

Mrs Fanny Robinson: Day School, Chapel Street.

Mrs Mary Ann Hooker: Day School George Street.

Misses Sarah and Mary Shipley: Ladies Boarding and Day School, Conway House.

Miss Goldie: (school)

Henry Ranyard: Academy, Union Street and later in Chapel Street. Mr Ranyard’s advertisement in the Market Rasen Mail in October 1863 gives us clues as to the content and cost of education and of the class of person to whom this education was directed.


Chapel Street, Market Rasen,

Pupils are carefully instructed in all the more desirable branches of English education

at 11s 6d per qr

Latin and Greek, 10s 6d per qr extra

Drawing……………..5s 6d per qr extra

References to and testimonials from fifty Clergymen, Gentlemen, Farmers, Tradesmen and others

There was obviously a feeling that there was scope for additional schools for in January 1868 two new schools opened, that of Mrs Williamson and the other of Miss A B Rawson. The advertisements (below) take from the Market Rasen Mail indicate that Miss Rawson’s school was a typical Young Ladies school. Mrs Williamson’s indicates that she is aiming at a mix of pupils. The basic terms of 6d or 4d a week showing that children of the not-very-well-off might attend but she is also offering French and Music as expensive extras afforded, probably, only by the reasonably well off.

Miss A B Rawson begs to inform the Inhabitants of Market Rasen and the Neighbour hood that she has taken a room in Queen St where she will be happy to receive a number of Young Ladies as Daily Pupils, trusting that her long experience in tuition will enable her to obtain a share of their patronage. Terms on application

Mrs Williamson begs to inform the Inhabitants of Rasen and vicinity that she intends shortly to open a School in King St where by strict attention to her Pupils she hopes to meet with a share of their kind patronage.

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, Grammar, History, Plain & Fancy Needlework, Knitting etc. Terms: 6d and 4d a week. French and Music (if required) 10s a quarter. Pupils bring their own books.

Sheffield Manor School, George Street.

Mrs Anthony Sharpley

Mrs Lucy Sharpley was widowed in 1878, when her husband Anthony died.

1881 census, she and her 6 children are living at Carlton House, King Street. She is a School Mistress, also living with them is a Governess, a Pupil Teachers, 2 Domestic servants and 4 girl             pupils/boarders.

1885 Kelly’s directory lists Mrs Anthony (Lucy) Sharpley at 9 George Street – Ladies’ Seminary.

1891 census, Lucy and 3 children have moved to Sheffield Manor, George Street. Listed as a         Seminary with a Governess, 2 Domestic servants and 8 scholars/boarders.

1901 census, Lucy is the Principal, her daughter Annie Margaret is a Schoolmistress, 2 Domestic servants and 10 boarder pupils.

Lucy died in 1903, aged 63 years.

1911 census, Miss A E Sharpley, is the Principal, a Housekeeper, a Governess, 1 Servant and 5       boarders.

In 1914, it was called the Young Ladies’ Seminary and they had an exhibition of the girls’ handiwork. The Principal was Miss Hay.

Sheffield Manor School, George Street; Music Festival 1950s

1961, Sheffield Manor School, Private, charged £232 per year.