In November 1868 the Schools Inquiry Commission published the Special Reports of Assistant Commissioners to both Houses of Parliament. The Assistant Commissioner for the South West Division was Mr. C.H. Stanton and it is his report on the Litton School at Litton Cheney, Dorset which follows.
Eliza Clark was born at Puncknowle, Dorset, England in 1838, the eldest daughter of carpenter Richard Clark from Stoke Abbot, Dorset andhis wife Ann Northover from the nearby village of Swyre. Eliza grew up in Puncknowle and by the age of thirteen was engaged in the local trade of net making.
Henry Richard Tompkins was baptised on April 22, 1781 at Puncknowle, Dorset, England, the 5th of 8 children to Nicholas Tompkins and his wife Joan Wallbridge. On May 18, 1818 at Puncknowle witnessed by Bernard Cox and William Thorner he married Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph & Jane Cox.