Falmer Church of England School
A directory from 1895 at the Keep records that a parochial school was built at Falmer in 1837. A copy conveyance survives for the site of the school, dated 1851-1852. This was a National School for the united parishes of Falmer and Stanmer. It is thought to have derived considerable assistance from the Earl of Chichester. The school closed in July 1977.
There is a copy of a conveyance dated 13 December 1851 from Henry Thomas Pelham, Earl of Chichester to the Minister of the United Benefice of Stanmer with Falmer and the Churchwardens of the two parishes relating to ½ acre of land near Falmer church. This was for erection of a school for the education of poor children and adults of the two parishes, in accordance with the National Society for promoting the education of the poor.
Falmer village and school photographed in 1910.
Falmer School with children outside in 1912.
Bob Staten has contacted the website and provided the following information and some photographs.
My maternal great grandmother was the Falmer village school mistress at the turn of the 20th century. Her name was Rhoda Dubbin (nee Moss) and I believe her sister Annie Moss was also a teacher there at the same time.
A sampler Rhoda embroidered in 1856 at the age of 11.
A commemorative silver plate presented by the pupils’ past and present, school managers and other friends’ on her leaving Falmer School in July 1910.
A closer view of the inscription on the presentation plate.
Rhoda Susannah Dubbin - Falmer village school mistress.
Rhoda had strong connections to Stanmer House as well. She was clearly a stalwart of Falmer for many years!
My great grandmother was born Rhoda Susannah Moss in the village of Toft, Cheshire in 1845. Her father James worked as a groom for the Leycester family at their stately home of Toft Hall.
The family had moved to Sussex by the census of 1861 to live and work at Stanmer House with her father working as a coachman, this time for the Pelham family. Rhoda (aged 15) and her older sister Anne (aged 28) are listed in this census respectively as assistant school mistress and national school mistress - presumably at Falmer School.
Rhoda married ironmonger, Samuel Dubbin on 5 June 1876 in Stanmer Church, and they had two children, James and Dorothy. James Dubbin fought with the Hertfordshire Yeomanry at Gallipoli and in the trenches of Northern France - he never married. His sister, Dorothy, married my maternal grandfather, Richard Bowes who was a First World War veteran himself.
Rhoda retired from the school in 1910 at the age of 65, after what looks like 50 years’ service.
Sadly, have no photographs of Rhoda but do possess two interesting items relating to her. The first is a sampler she embroidered in 1856 at the age of 11 - the second is a silver plate presented by the pupils’ past and present, school managers and other friends’ on her leaving Falmer School in July 1910.
She died in 1924 and was buried in Stanmer Churchyard on 22 November at the age of 79. Her husband, Samuel died in 1941 and is buried with her on 19 September at the age of 93.
Gravestone for Rhoda and Samuel Dubbin in Stanmer Churchyard
Falmer School House on the left and the former school on the right viewed in April 2020.
Former Falmer School now the village hall viewed in April 2020.
Falmer Village Hall viewed across the pond in January 2021.
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