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PLYMPTON SAINT MARY NATIONAL SCHOOL
The National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church opened a school at Plympton in 1844. It is said to have been housed in the former Poor House in the Ridgeway, which was built on the site of the ancient Maudlyn Hospital.
A new school building to accommodate 290 children was erected or opened in Market Road, opposite the Ancient Parish Church of Saint Mary the Blessed Virgin, in 1866.
At that time the master and mistress were Mr and Mrs John Stuttard respectively.
Under the Devon County Local Education Authority from October 1st 1902 onwards it became a Voluntary-aided Elementary School. Mr George J E Gilmour was the master and Mrs Lydia Gilmour the mistress. The average attendance at that time was 160 children.