Milford-on-Sea Primary School

Milford-On-Sea Primary School c 1930
Courtesy of MOSHRS

The National School, built in 1841, is the first reference to a purpose-built school in Milford.

It provided an education for the infant poor of the parish. It was replaced in 1852 by new premises on the present site, land donated by the West Family. In 1897 land was given by William Cornwallis-West for a water closet and a house for teachers was also built as part of the premises. It was occupied in 1891 by William Beesley, his family and servant. He moved out to Wynford in 1910 and retired in 1920.

He was succeeded by A.J.(Skip) Austin who served until 1955. Since then the school has further expanded until today it has over 300 pupils.

Very little information is available to carry forward the history of the school beyond 1948 and all contributions would be welcome.



Dr. Jeremy Greenwood “A History of Educational Facilities in Milford-on-Sea, 1660-1948.” MOSHRS Occasional Magazine New Series Vol.2 (2004) pp.32-43


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