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Mayo, Charles, 1792-1846 (educational reformer)



Charles Mayo (1792-1846), educational reformer, was born at 1 Hammett Street, Aldgate, London, on 9 June 1792. Educated at Henley-on-Thames grammar school and Merchant Taylors' School, he proceeded to St John's College, Oxford, where he held a scholarship from 1810 to 1813. Taking second class honours in classics, he was elected to a law fellowship in 1813, graduating BA in 1814, BCL in 1817, and DCL in 1822. He was admitted at Gray's Inn in 1814 but deafness forced him to give up his intention to read for the bar. In August 1817 he became headmaster of Bridgnorth grammar school, Shropshire. He was ordained deacon by the bishop of Oxford later in that year and priest in June 1819, resigning from his headmastership in July 1819. In September 1826 he became headmaster of Cheam School, a well-established private boarding-school for boys aged between seven and eighteen. Mayo died at Cheam on 23 February 1846.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:


Charles Mayo: Letter to Henry Luard, 1834

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/946
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.

Dates: 1834
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