Private Education in 18th-century Norfolk


The following advertisement appeared in the Norfolk Chronicle for 27th June, 1780.


Mr RIVETT, Writing-master, Accountant, Teacher of Mathematical and Philosophical Sciences at East Dereham, in Norfolk, tenders his respectful Acknowledgements to those Gentlemen and Ladies who have obliged him with their several Favours, a Continuance of which he hopes to secure through an unremitting Assiduity in his Profession, and a steady Adherence to the Improvement of Youth committed to his Care. And also begs Leave to inform the Public, that his School opens again on Friday, the 14th of July, for qualifying young Gentlemen for the Army, Navy, Compting-house, Mechanic, or other Departments in Life, on the following terms: Boarding and Lodging (including the English Language grammatically, Writing, Arithmetic, Merchants Accompts, Geography, and the different Branches of Mensuration) at Fifteen Pounds per Annum, and one Guinea Entrance. And for teaching any of the following Branches, viz. Drawing, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Fortification, Gunnery, Navigation, Optics, Perspective, Architecture, Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics, etc one Guinea per Quarter. Dancing, French, etc taught by able Masters.

I wonder how many schools today could offer such a detailed and practical curriculum—and include dancing?

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3 Responses to Private Education in 18th-century Norfolk

  1. Evelyn Kurhajetz says:

    What would “Perspective” covered?


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