- 1534-1935 (Creation)
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The Drax Charity, also known was The Reade Charity, was established by the will of Charles Reade of Darlton, Nottinghamshire, in 1669. Reade left £2000 to be used to purchase lands in or near the parish of Drax, the rentals from which were to fund a free school for the boys of the parish and almshouses for six local poor men and women. The charity was to be administered by six local trustees.
Land was subsequently purchased in Newland, Camblesforth, Carlton and Goole and conveyed to the charity's first trustees in 1674. Under the terms of the will, the boys of the Drax Charity School received clothing and financial support for their food and maintenance. The almspeople likewise received a new suit of clothing every Christmas, as well as fuel and their living allowance for the remainder of their lives.
The school and almshouses continued under these terms until the nineteenth century when an investigation by the Court of Chancery found the charity to be in possession of significant surplus income. As a result, four additional infant schools were founded at Drax, Camblesforth, Newland and Langrick, to relieve pressure on the main school, and in 1860 the school and almshouses were rebuilt.
In the 1890s however the charity faced financial difficulties and following an inquiry under the Endowed Schools Act the school became a fee paying institution, although it continued to offer twelve 'Read Scholarships' to local boys. The almshouses were also closed and replaced by an annual payment towards pensions for six poor men and women of the parish.
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- The Read School (Subject)