Mrs Elizabeth Cummin's Charity, 1735 - In 1735 Mrs. Cummins gave £400 to the town, the interest on which was to be used for the education of an equal number of
boys and girls. The boys were to be taught Latin and the girls reading, working (sic) and writing.
In 1743 the dividends arising from the sum of £699. 14s. 6d., 3% annuities (former Old South Sea Annuities), net amount after deducting expenses of receiving £17. 19s. 6d. Two thirds of the amounts for educating an equal number of boys and girls, and the remaining third for bread and clothes.
John Hamblen's Charity.
In 1762 John Hamblen granted the rent of 8 acres of meadow ground called Chantry Mead, to be used for charitable purposes, "out of which issues the trust must annually pay £4 per annum for ever, free from taxes, to the Master of the Free School of Hungerford as a salary for his teaching in the same school 4 poor boys of the parish not only to read and write and cast accounts, but also for his instructing and educating them in the knowledge and practice of the Christian religion as professed and taught in the Church of England, which said poor boys were to be elected and chosen by the Vicar and Churchwardens, Constable and Portreeve; and to apply the surplus or remainder of the rents and profits in providing each and every of the said poor boys elected a new grey cloth coat trimmed with black, the sleeves faced with black and a hat and two neckcloths on Easter Monday yearly for ever."
In 1769 John Hamblen gave a further £100 for charitable uses "to be laid out by the Vicar, Churchwardens, Constable and Portreeve of Hungerford for purchase of a fee
simple estate of land, the vicar [etc.] and successors to receive the profits of the estate" for various charitable purposes in aid of the poor. This gift was not specifically for educational
The 1891 Kelly Directory mentions the Free School under the Charities (qv), including "4 for the Master to teach 4 boys, etc."
On 6th July 1917, an arrangement was made by which the proceeds of the Cummins, Field, Hamblen, Hobbs, Lawrence, Raymond and Sir Vincent Smith Charities were to be
administered by 3 ex-officio and 2 representative, for apprenticing, nursing and hospital benefits.
In 1980, all the charities were brought together under the Hungerford and Camburn Educational Charity, which is able to give specific funds to young people in
relationship to their educational needs.
See also various records in the HHA Archives:
- Letter re Tommins & Hamblin's bequests and teaching c18306
- Hamblen's Charity Abstract c1830
- Free Grammar School Regulations and Education Charities, 1847
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