Blewcoat School, Victoria

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Built in 1709 to house a charity school founded in 1688 by William Greene, a local London brewer. This Blewcoat school (one of many that can be found across the capital) educated and clothed twenty boys form the parishes of St Margaret and St John for free alongside fee-paying boys. There was a time when girls were also accepted, but it was a comparably short period from 1713 until 1876, which perhaps indicates why there isn’t a small female child included in the design.

The school remained in use until 1954 when it was taken over by the National Trust who used it as a gift shop. In 2013 Ian Stuart (who designs bridal, special occasion and evening gowns) was granted permission to refurbish the interior to house his clothing collection.

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