In 1864, Reverend John Wise, Vicar of St. Mary Magdalene Church, applied for permission to build a new schoolroom in Lillington. The building was completed in 1865.
On 1st March 1897, the school inspectors’ report said that the infants’ room was overcrowded and that “suitable accommodation” was urgently needed.
The Waller family
The Waller family had inherited the Wise family lands and on 6th May 1898, Lady Beatrice Waller donated the school buildings in Lillington and the land they stood on, together with some additional land so that new buildings could be added to provide more space.
She asked that religious instruction at the school be supervised by the Vicar in line with Church of England doctrine. The new buildings opened for lessons on 28th October 1898. In July 1899 the Inspector reported that the infants were now taught in a “large and pleasant room.”
For further information see Warwickshire County Record Office reference CR 2167/1/1.
Text taken from the Warwickshire County Record Office leaflet Wise and Waller in Lillington, produced with the help of the Lillington Local History Society.