Bulwell Free School: To Bulwell to see my Father

Bulwell, June 10th 1657

Rode to Bulwell to see my father, sisters and brother Stephen, he is getting married in a few weeks time in Eastwood. I went to see the new school that George Strelley has had Built.


The Strelley coat if Arms- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

This is the Strelley coat of Arms which is above the entrance door, a more detailed explanation is given below.


Strelley Free School- Photo Credit: The Paul Nix Collection.

This building possibly dates from 1667 and was founded as a Free Grammar School by George Strelley, late of Hempshil, who became Mayor of Plymouth. The construction date is uncertain as the shield over the porch gives 1667, but the Deed of Trust which commissioned the school is dated 1669. Volume 11 of the Thoroton Society Transactions tells us that, “A workman who repaired the building in 1900, stated that the date 1657 was then legible on the date stone’. However it is easy to mistake a” 7″ for a” 9″ so this fails to confirm the date.

James Wylde was appointed school master. It was stated that he was to take no more than 30 children of the Parish. They had to be aged 7 years and upwards. They were to be instructed in the “Latin tongue” .

George Strelley was “grandson of John Strelley of Hempshill and Anna, the daughter and heiress of Patrick Sacheverell of Hempshill. He married Ann, daughter of John St. Amanci~ of Mansfield. He was Mayor of Plymouth in the year of 1667.  He died on February 10th 1673 “. Presumably, as he had moved to Plymouth, he had no further interest in the Strelley Estate and its convoluted ownership.


Article originally published by Peter Woodward of My Broxtowe Hundred Journal Website. 

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