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Detail from the Last Supper stained glass window in All Saints Parish Church Croydon, in memory of Sophia Mirabella Sandilands, wife of the rector 1859 Wimpole Past Logo
Speculum Gregis 1843
'An Account of all the Inhabitants of the Parish of Croydon
in the County of Cambridgeshire commencing from 1 January 1843'
by Reverend Francis Fulford 1803-1868 (Rector at Croydon 1841-1845).
Additional notes by Reverend R S B Sandilands (Rector 1845-1864).
This short introduction has been adapted from the Preface to the "Speculum Gregis". The pupil lists that follow are written inside the back cover of the "Speculum Gregis", in the hands of Rev Francis Fulford and Rev R S B Sandilands.
The Sunday School and 1844 Confirmation Lists
- List of Boys who left Sunday School 1842 to 1846 (during
  Fulford
) (during Sandilands).
- List of Those Confirmed at Caxton on June 22 1844.
- List of Those Not Proceeding to Confirmation.
"The Sunday School is held in the Church; and commences at about 9 o'clock. I take about one half the boys and James Lee [p35], the Schoolmaster, the other half. I stay with them 'till the bell begins to ring, at half past ten [for the morning service].
 
"In the afternoon the School opens rather before two and I stay 'till the bell begins about half past two [for the afternoon service].
"Mrs Fulford teaches the girls on the Sundays, assisted by Elizabeth Wood [p19], who keeps a little day-school. Mr [J.C.] Gape [owner of three Croydon farms and Lord of the Manor] always gives me 5£ [five pounds] in June for the Sunday School, with which I pay Lee and Elizabeth Wood, who have a 1 shilling a Sunday each, commencing for their year from Michaelmas. I find fire in the winter, when necessary, for the Sunday School. We always give the School children some plum-pudding at Christmas, and a tea-drinking with games and sports in the field in July, and Books as rewards to a few in each class at Christmas.
"We take a few pence from any of the children that like to pay it every Sunday as their savings - to buy themselves clothes etc. [added pencil note:] a very useful thing."
List of Boys who have been in the Sunday School since April 1842:
[In the time and handwriting of Rev F Fulford]
Alfred Presland Left October 1843 with credit having been a good boy at school for a year and a half - emigrated to Australia 1844.
William Pearce* Dismissed for unruly conduct during 1843.
William Warland* Dismissed for unruly conduct during 1843.
David Lee* Dismissed for unruly conduct during 1843.
Samuel Hill* Dismissed for unruly conduct during 1843.
Isaac Pearce* Dismissed for unruly conduct during 1843.
Edward Seaby* Dismissed for unruly conduct during 1843.
William Seaby* Dismissed for unruly conduct during 1843.
Joseph Lyon* Dismissed for unruly conduct during 1843.
  * These were very disorderly boys who had been used always to do as they pleased before I came, and would not submit to discipline and disturbed the school.
Joseph (Jerah) Lee Left creditably, July 1843 having been a year and a quarter in the school, and a steady boy.
Hezekiah Lyon Left of his own device - having been but a short time at school. Unruly and disorderly.
William Storey Emigrated to Canada June 1843 having been a year in the School. An unruly boy.
Moses Blowes
James Blowes
} Left without notice, of (their) own device(s), having learnt nothing.
} Very irregular.
Isaiah Chapman Left the parish. An idle boy.
Henry Nash Left without notice. Idle.
David Moule Left the parish. A good boy.
George Seaby Left the school of his own choice. Very irregular in attendance.
William Presland Having been in the school two years, emigrated with all his family to Australia in May 1844. He improved very much during the last year.
James Titmus
Thomas Titmus
} In the cottages on the hill. Had their names in the school for about a year, and left
} without notice (having been always very irregular) June 1844.
John Page Entered the school April 1842, aged ten years and left of his own choice May 1845. He could read very little and was not a very orderly boy.
William Darler Entered April 1842 aged 12 years and left of his own choice May 1845. He could read very little. Was not an ill behaved boy and civil.
Samuel Simons Entered the School October 1842 aged 11 years. He was a clever boy and read well, but very disorderly and was dismissed by me July 1845.
James Bartle Entered the School January 1843 aged 11 years. He attended very irregularly, was idle and very disorderly and was dismissed by me May 1845.
Edward Chapman,
[son of James and
Amy Chapman]
Entered the school April 1842 aged 11 years. He attended very regularly and was tolerably attentive and improved, but he was inclined to be self-willed. He left in consequence of going to live as indoor servant at Mrs John King's July 1845.
List of Boys who have been in the Sunday School since April 1842:
[In the time and handwriting of Rev R S B Sandilands]
William Thacker Entered the school April 1842 but has ceased to attend when I began to take charge of the school. He was 11 years old when he entered.
William Chapman Entered the school April 1842, being 12 years old, but had ceased to attend when I took charge of it in January 1846
Samuel Page Entered the school April 1842 being nine years old, but never attended after I became Rector
Simeon Titmus Entered the school January 1843 being 14 years old. Worked for my predecessor Mr Fulford, and left the school with a good character before I became Rector, upon entering the service of Mr Ellis.
John Moule Admitted in April 1842 being then nine years old. I found him a bad-tempered and most ill-conditioned lad, and I dismissed him in a short time afterwards for unruly and inattentive conduct.
Richard Newman Ceased to attend in the Autumn of 1846, had been a good boy, but latterly fell off. He had been admitted in April 1842 being ten years old.
James Titmus Had been admitted at the same time and age. Ceased to attend when I became Rector.
Luke Moule Admitted in April 1842 at 7 years old. A clever, idle and mischievous boy, whom I was obliged to dismiss.
Alfred Larkins Admitted in December 1842 being then 10 years old and ceased to attend in December 1846. Cleverish lad, but sly and prankish.
George Carter Admitted in January 1845 being then 14 years old. Ceased to attend in the Autumn of 1846. Not a bad boy, bit of a sullen temper. Seemed to be unhappy at home.
List of Those Confirmed at Caxton on 22 June 1844:
[In the time and handwriting of Rev F Fulford]
Jane Graves Aged 27
Lydia Lee Aged 21
Anne Thompson Aged 17
Lydia Green Aged 17
Elizabeth Dixon Aged 14
Emily Lee Aged 14
Sarah Anne Lowings Aged 14
Simeon Titmus Aged 15
William Chapman Aged 15
Edward Chapman Aged 14
List of Those Not Proceeding to Confirmation
[In the time and handwriting of Rev F Fulford]
Mary Pateman Aged 25 Prevented by severe illness of her husband
Mary Newman Aged 15 Withdrew by her own desire
Lyon Aged 13 Rejected as too young and unsteady
Jane Hagger Aged 13 Rejected as too young and unsteady
Elizabeth Warman Aged 13 Rejected as too young and unsteady
Hannah Warboys Aged 13 Rejected as too young and unsteady
George Moule Aged 20 Withdrew by his own desire
Thomas Wootton Aged 19 Was absent haymaking near London
Joseph (Jerah) Lee Aged 19 Withdrew by his own desire
William Darler Aged 14 Was absent haymaking near London
William Thacker Aged 13 Rejected as too young
John Green Aged 13 Rejected as too young
Rev Francis Fulford 1850 All Saints Church, Croydon c1910 Rev Francis Fulford 1861 All Saints Church, Croydon c2006 Rev Francis Fulford 1865
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