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Sarah Enock (1810-?).

Date of birth: Thursday, 8th March, 1810.
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
Date of death: ?
Cause of death: ?
Place of death:

Father: Robert Enock (1777-1817).
Sarah Enock (nee Robinson) (1781-1853).
Siblings: Caroline Wheeler (nee Enock) (1807-1842), Sophia Kenway (nee Enock) (1808-1879), Robert Enock (1811-1855), Arthur Enock (1813-1816), Mary Robinson Enock (1815-1840), Arthur Gregory Enock (1817-1838).

Husband: ?
Date of marriage: ?
Place of marriage:

Children: ?


Friday, 23rd March, 1821 - Saturday, 13th March, 1824 - Ackworth School, Pontefract Road, Ackworth, Pontefract, England.

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Admit number: 4388.
Agent: Bernard Dickinson. 
Left with her mother to return to Shrewsbury.
Relatives in attendance: Robert Enock (brother), Thomas Gilkes (second cousin), Sarah Gilkes (second cousin), William Gilkes (second cousin).

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.

Sarah remained at Ackworth for the full duration of her education, meaning she had no contact with her family for three-years.

Sophia, Robert, Thomas Gilkes, Sarah Gilkes, William 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 1821-1824 consisted of:

  • Religious study (a chapter from the bible was read before breakfast).
  • English language.
  • Reading.
  • Writing.
  • Spelling (one-hour a day).
  • English Grammar (in upper classes).
  • English History (as of 1820).
  • Arithmetic.
  • Housewifery.
  • Needlework (spinning, sewing and knitting).
  • Geography (taught only to sixty of the upper girls - map instruction and the drilling of the rudiments of geography).

Manual work included: 

  • Mending the linen.
  • Waiting at the Housekeeper's table where the members of staff took their meals.
  • Taking it in turns to assist the laundress and the mantua maker.

An essential feature to education at Ackworth was meeting for worship. A small part of every day was devoted to silent and serious thoughtfulness.

Staff at Ackworth during Sarah's schooling:

Robert Whitaker.
Principal Mistress: Isabella Harris (Reading Mistress).
Mistresses: Jane Stickney, Mary Polley, Hannah Smith.
Housekeeper: Hannah Whitaker.
Mantua-Maker: Elizabeth Cole, Susanna Smith.
Nurse: Mary Dumbledon.
Principal Tailor: Leonard West.
Principal Shoemaker: Samuel Whalley, John Wright.
Baker: Philip K. Jackson.

Relatives who attended Ackworth in the past:

Robert Enock (father).
Arthur Peters Enock (uncle).
Joseph Enock (uncle).
James Lewis Enock (cousin).
Caroline Enock (sister).

Additional information on Ackworth School can be found here.

Thomas Robinson Will.

The will of Thomas Robinson (Sarah'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. 

The will:

A devise of land to trustees in fee, upon trust to pay the rents to Sarah (Sarah'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).

Do you have any more information on Sarah? Please contact me at adam.c.enock@gmail.com.

Page updated 9th September, 2015.