Ward's Academy was one of a number of private schools in the town in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It was situated at the bottom of the High Street and owed its local fame, according to the town guide of 1805, to the talents of Mr. Ward himself. He had established the school in 1773 in partnership with James Linden, bookseller and owner and founder of the Hampshire Chronicle. Arts and sciences were taught as well as languages. Fencing and dancing were also on the curriculum.


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