With regard to the possible earlier existence of any school at Andover we have no direct evidence of such, and the fact that as late as 1590 several of our city fathers subscribed no more than single signs or misformed letters for their signatures suggests that penmanship at least was not indigenous to this neighbourhood and that those good men never enjoyed facilities for acquiring the same. Ou the other hand we find that many of those ancient worthies were' possessed of this accomplishment and therefrom suspect that a school was in existence somewhere nearabouts though doubtless not a free school. Very probably the Priory folk had attended to the education of such Andover youth as were destined for the Church, but if they did a like service for others it had long since ceased, the Priory having been dissolved in 1414, when Winchester College took over its property with, doubtless, as few of its obliga tions as possible. Whether or not education for girls was ever available at the Nunnery of Wherwell we do not know, but in either case in 1571 that community was no more, it having been dispersed in 1540. The town rental for the year 1446 contains entries of payments for a holding in Wodestrete (london Street) and an acre of land near Chalkeputtys (the Iron-bridge chalkpit) which are there indicated as having been in the occupation of one Luke Scholemaystre, but his may have been an inherited surname with no reference whatever to his individual calling.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Arthur C. Bennett
Published Date - August 27 2019
ISBN - 9780656167081
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Page Count - 296
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