Bluecoats in the City: 350 Years of Christ’s Hospital

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Explore the history of the ‘Bluecoat School’ in London in this free display.

In order to aid in the well-being of the poor, elderly and sick, the City of London built a school which was formerly buildings and a church of Greyfriars monastry in Newsgate Street back in 1546. The school was actually The Christ’s Hospital, founded in the1552 for the education of poor children. Many called it ‘Bluecoat School’ because of its distinctive navy coat uniform that the children wore with their yellow stockings.

The school continues to help families in social, financial and other problems till this day. Even thought their mission continues, the school has been relocated to the market town in Horsham in 1992. The iconic school that once started in London, will show it’s marvelous work, the students that have greatly benefited and it’s history through a free display. Take a deeper look into the famous uniform style, traditional practices and famous pupils like Charles Lamb and Samuel Taylor Coleridge that made their school proud.

Hand Engraving of Christ Hospital

Hand Engraving of Christ Hospital


Charles Lamb, author of Tales from Shakespeare (art by William Hazlitt)

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