|Ackermann's repository 1810|
|Ackermann's repository, 1818, I like the pinnies! I suspect they were nothing new.|
A Female Seminary is conducted at the above place; by Miss Woollaston, who pays particular attention to the health, comfort, and improvement of her young charge.—Terms, for general instruction, 24 Guineas per Annum.—Entrance One Guinea. French, Italian, Latin, Music, Drawing, Dancing, each Four Guineas per Annum.—Geography, with the use of Globes, two Guineas per Annum. Writing and accounts, Ten Guineas per Annum.—Washing, 12 shillings per Quarter.—Terms, for Parlour Boarders, 24 Guineas per Quarter.
This Seminary, conducted by Misses Allbutts, possesses peculiar advantages. The Parents of the Misses A. have, for many years, with unsullied reputation, conducted a Boarding School, on a very considerable scale, for Young Gentlemen. Solicitous for the advancement of their daughters’ Education, they have, for a considerable time, availed themselves of the assistance of a Governess of great talent, and qualified masters for the various branches of polite literature. Having passed through the regular routine of education, at the request of friends, they have established a Female Boarding School for the reception of ten young Ladies. Terms—Twenty Guineas per annum—comprising Board; English; Geography; plain and ornamental Needle-work. Entrance One Guinea. Parlour Boarders—Thirty Guineas per annum.
…To the more lavish, albeit with something of an agenda [though a diligent education of what is due to God is also advocated by The Female Preceptor, Essays On The Duties Of The Female Sex, Conducted By A Lady.]
The above Seminary is conducted by Mrs. and Miss Pocock, and MissPrice. Mrs. Pocock’s exemplary piety has been very prominent in the religious world for many years. Anxious to inculcate the principles of Christianity into the tender minds of the rising generation, early piety is affectionately recommended, while no accomplishment is overlooked which can render the young persons amiable and happy. The system of instruction comprehends English grammatically, the varieties of Needle Work, Writing and Arithmetic, Geography, and the Use of the Globes, History and Botany.
Terms: Thirty Guineas per Annum, (Board included) for those Young Ladies above Ten Years of age; for those under Ten, Twenty-five Guineas. One Guinea Entrance. Washing Two Guineas per Annum; French, Drawing, and Music on the usual Terms. The House is commodious, with extensive Gardens and Walks.
I rather like the sound of this one:
Ponder’s End, Middlesex
At the above place, Mrs. Tyler had established a Boarding School for Young Ladies. The situation is healthy; and being so contiguous to the Metropolis, to those Parents who reside in London, and prefer having their children near them, this Seminary is likely to prove a considerable acquisition. The Terms—-30 Guineas per annum— has comprise the English and French Languages, History, Chronology, Mythology, and every kind of Needle Work. Music, Dancing, Writing, Arithmetic, and Geography, with the Use of the Globes, are taught by the most approved masters, on the usual terms. No entrance money.
Mythology implies a look at the Classics! I am not entirely sure what ‘Chronology’ might entail, however, unless it is considering History as a contiguous whole, rather than merely learning History as an episodic pudding of knowledge as is traditional in English education.
The usual terms, by the way, appears to have been 4g [£4/4/-] per annum for extras. Which classes are the extras appear to be those mentioned after Needle Work. Interesting that Arithmatic was an extra!
Some schools were able to offer extras as a result of their location, such as this one:
More Seminaries, Schools, Academies and so on may be found at Susanna Ives excellent blog at
or at this or this link, the 1813 and 1814 volumes respectively of The Female Preceptor, Essays On The Duties Of The Female Sex, Conducted By A Lady.
A young lady would also be instructed in such essentials in life as how to behave in public, or as here, from , how to acquire and keep a husband, from the 1813 volume:
On Promoting Matrimonial Happiness
The most likely way to obtain a good husband or to keep one so is to be good yourself. Never use your lover ill, whom you design to make your husband, lest he should either upbraid you with it, or return it afterwards; and if you find at any time the inclination to play the tyrant, remember these two lines of peace and justice:
The reason I am considering deeply the concept of schools is because of that Charity School series I mentioned a couple of posts back, to be found HERE http://sarahs-history-place.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/new-project-whole-regency-series.html
This opens in 1809, a few years before the information in the above volumes, but I have also seen an advert for a seminary with very similar terms in 1797 at an annual rate of 25g [£26/5/-], so I think it unlikely that much would have changed in the meantime.
And here’s the opening of it: