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and to whom they be made, and by whom they were made, and when ? and for how many years, or what other terms ?

9 Item, What fines have been taken for the said leases respectively, and by whom, and whether the same have been wholly employed to the use of the said Hospital, or whether any part thereof have been employed to the private use of some other, and of whom?

10 Item, Whether any goods, moveable, or immoveable, appertaining to the said Hospital are sold away and when, and by whom, and for how much were the same sold, and to whom ?

11 Whether have the poor of the said Hospital their due allowance according to the ordinances and statutes of the said Hospital, and as they ought to have, as meat, drink, lodging, and apparel, and if not, by whose default is it?

12 Item, Have you, or any of you, taken any money for admittance of any the poor men, women, or children, into the same Hospital, or for procuring them so to be admitted ?

13 Item, Whether the Master, Warden, Schoolmaster, Usher, or any of the almsmen or officers of the said Hospital, have offended against the statutes and ordinances of the said Hospital, and when, and wherein ?

14 Item, Whether the Schoolmaster and the Usher perform their duties in instructing the youth committed to their charge? And whether is the School-house, and Schoolmaster's house, kept in such repair as is fitting? And whether do the Schoolmaster and the Usher carry themselves sober, and free from scandal, as the statutes require ? And whether doth the Schoolmaster duly read divine prayers in the Hospital chapel, as is required ?

15 Item, Do any of you know of any thing concerning the Hospital, or any part or member thereof that is fit to be amended, declare it, and free your consciences,

No return appears in the Register.

From the MS. Library at Lambeth entitled

Croydon School Orders," No. Dcccvi. 5.

Heads of Orders for the Charity-school for ten poor Boys

and ten poor Girls; founded by Thomas Tenison, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, at Croydon, March 25th, 1714.

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1 This School is to consist at present of a Schoolmaster and Mistress, Mr. Henry Zealy, and Mary his wife, who shall teach no other children but what belong to this School, namely ten poor boys and ten poor girls.

2 The Master and Mistress shall always be professed members of the Church of England, of sober life and conversation ; either to be twenty-five years of age at the least: they must frequent the Holy Communion, and understand well the principles of the christian religion.

3 The Master shall be able to write a good round hand, and understand the grounds of Arithmetic, and teach the children the true spelling of words with the points and stops to true reading.

4 The Master shall twice a week at the least instruct all the children in the church catechism, and by some exposition approved of.

5 No boy or girl to be under eight years old when admitted, nor to stay till after fourteen, unless it be to even the quarter then going on.

6 Each boy and girl to be sent in cloathed whole and clean.

7 A common Prayer book and Bible to be provided for each boy and girl.

8 The boys are to be taught to read, write, and arithmetic, the girls the same, also to spin, knit, sew, and work.

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9 They are to come to School in the Summer at seven in the morning, and stay till eleven, to come again in the afternoon at one, and stay till five. Summer to be reckoned from Lady-day to Michaelmas.

10 In Winter to come at eight in the morning, and stay till eleven, to come again in the afternoon at one, and four.

11 Every Lord's-day and every holiday, and every Wednesday and Friday, they are to go to Church two by two, to sit orderly in their proper seat, and make the answers at the prayers, and sing the psalms.

12 They are to break up at Christmas, Easter, and Whitsuntide, and have the usual liberties as at other schools.

13 On Thursday they are to leave School at three of the clock in the afternoon.

14 On Saturday in the afternoon, the girls, five at a time, in such order as may be most easy, are to help to clean the house,

15 Absence from School, or great crimes, as lying, swearing, stealing, profanation of the Lord's-day, shall be noted in weekly bills to be laid before the Trustees at their meeting, in order to their correction or expulsion.

16 The Mistress shall weekly choose one girl to be her particular assistant for the week.

17 If the parent, brother, or sister, of any one in the School, shall steal any thing from Norwood, the child related to them shall immediately be expelled, and forfeit the School clothes and books.

18 If any one of the children of the School shall leave or be taken from the school before they have learned what the statutes shall direct, the clothes and books belonging to such shall be left for another.

19 If the parents or friends send not the children clean, decent, washed and combed, or not at the School hours, or any ways hinder them from observing the orders of the School, such children to be dismissed,

20 No child whose parents frequent the Meeting-houses, shall be admitted, or continue if admitted.

21 The Trustees are to meet on the Tuesday after every quarter-day, to look into the state and condition of the School; and then these orders are to be read publicly before them, the Master Mistress, and all the children. 22 The Trustees shall pay unto the Master and Mistress each,

pounds, quarterly, out of the estate purchased by the Founder, Thomas Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, for the perpetual support of this Charity-school.

23 It shall be lawful for me Thomas the now Archbishop of Canterbury, Founder of the said School, to abrogate, add unto, change, or alter these orders, to place or displace any part thereof, and wholly to govern the same, according as shall to me seem reasonable, during my natural life, without any other person intermeddling therein.

24 The Schoolmaster and Mistress to sit rent-free in the new School-house, purchased and fitted up by his Grace Thomas Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, situate in the parish of Croydon.

25 No child to be admitted whose parents are not legally settled as inhabitants of the parish of Croydon.

26 At their coming in the morning, the Master, or one of the scholars appointed by him, is to begin with the prayer, “ Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings, &c.” then the collect for the day, and then the collect for the fifth Sunday after Trinity, “ Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered, &c.”

27 At night at their going away, they shall say the collect for the day, and then the collect for the fourth Sunday after Trinity, “ O God the protector of all that trust in thee, &c.” and also, “Lighten our darkness, &c."

They must be charged when they go to bed to say (as in Psalm 4th, into verse 9th,) “ I will lay me down in peace and take my rest, for it is thou, Lord, that makest me dwell in safety."

EPITAPHS

IN THE

CHURCH OF CROYDON,

TRANSCRIBED FROM THOSE PUBLISHED IN AUBREY'S NATURAL HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF

SURREY, 1718.

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Of the Latin Epitaphs, we request the Reader to accept our Translations.

Nave of the Church.

In the Cross Aisle,
On a brass plate, is this inscription. (Black Letter.)

Under this stone lyeth interred the body of John Woode late of Croydon Inholder, who had 2 wyfes Anne and Amy; by his first wyfe he had allone 7 sonnes and by the last 3 sonnes and 4 daughters. He deceased the 23. day of June beinge Saturdaye an. Dni. 1525, ætatis suæ 52.

Olim et talis ego qualis nunc esse videris,

Olim et tu talis nunc ego qualis eris.
Terra tegit cineres, humus est aptata sepulchro,

Quid nisi pulvis humo terra sepulta cinis.

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