1841 - New school built

There was a school in Wilcot at least by 1783. But in 1841, after the new cottages had been built round the Green, George Wroughton gave the village a new school.

The agricultural unrest of the 1830s had stoked fears that the unrest might become revolutionary, a wider awareness of social deprivation, fears for Britain’s industrial competitiveness, and a stronger sense among the landed class that social improvement was necessary. Whereas the 1841 census recorded the occupations of heads of households only, the 1851 census showed lots of underage children in work. All these factors encouraged measures to improve education.   The Elementary Education Act of 1870 set the framework for schooling 5-13 year-olds.

Attendance in 1851 was said to be 159.

Here’s the school in about 1900. Note the school bell (which we still have):