Bean Family History by Willoughby John Bean
[S.E. Bean contd.]
and I expect he saw that the army was no use without spending money in addition to pay, so his boys, except three, were just brought up to work or farm, that is Edwin, Henry, William and Willoughby, they all began and those four finished their education in a school kept by an old chap named Haxell, brother to a working Farmer who lived at Haxells Farm in Peldon on the Colchester Road. The two Haxells being able to read and write fairly well and above the average farmer of the times were the overseers of the parish, an official position which placed them above their neighbours. The school which one of them kept was at the bottom of the hill from the Hall gates on the Mersea Road, a corner double cottage all my time and Haxell's reputation was so good that boys as far as Layer de la Haye came over daily to be taught.