|Home||Name Index||County Index||Contact|
Date of birth:
Wednesday, 26th July, 1815.
Wednesday, 16th April, 1828 - Friday, 31st July, 1829 - Ackworth School, Pontefract Road, Ackworth, Pontefract, England.
View Larger Map
Admit number: 5180.
Admission: 10 guineas per annum [£10.50 in today's money, measuringworth's calculator would say the relative value is £921.30.].
Life at Ackworth.
Mary remained at Ackworth for the full duration of her education, meaning she had no contact with her family for a year.
Mary, Arthur, and Richard Gilkes would have only seen one another at meeting for worship or other public occasions. To spend time together, the relatives would have congregated on a path running midway between the two wings known as "The Flags".
Scholars studied during the day, and undertook some manual work out-of-hours.
The curriculum between 1828-1829 consisted of:
Manual work included:
An essential feature to education at Ackworth
was meeting for worship. A small part of every day was devoted to silent and
Relatives who attended Ackworth in the past:
Thomas Robinson Will.
The will of Thomas Robinson (Mary's maternal grandfather) is detailed in the 'Reports of Cases Adjudged in the High Court of Chancery - Volume 3.' Pages can be seen here or by clicking the image below.
A devise of land to trustees in fee, upon trust to pay the rents to Sarah (Mary's mother), for life and after her death to apply them in the maintenance and education of all and every child and children during their minority, and when and as soon as all such children, if more than one, should have attained twenty-one, upon trust to sell, and to pay the proceeds of such sale "to and amongst all and every such child or children, share and share alike if more than one, and if but one, then the whole thereof to such only child".
Thomas Robinson's will (click to enlarge).
Page updated 9th September, 2015.