'no more than 2 children were allowed per bed'.
The Rev William Langley was the Master (Head) for nearly 43 years in the late 1700s. He was frequently at war with the School Governors and his Undermaster; one resigned because he was “wearied by the repeated ill-usages of the Headmaster”. The Head was allowed to take in fee paying pupils in addition to the free scholarship students. Langley refused to teach free scholars, preferring to concentrate on his fee paying students. In 1794, Langley was reported to the Bishop of Lichfield as the number of free scholars had reduced to one. When Langley died in 1795, the Governors bought in a new set of rules: fee paying students were limited to 20 for the Master and 10 for the Undermaster, and no more than 2 children were allowed per bed.