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Girl Blue Coats at Heretford, and the Blue Coat Schools at Birmingham and Chester

Girl Blue Coats at Heretford, and the Blue Coat Schools at Birmingham and Chester

During the stay of Christ's Hospital at Newgate, arrangements were made for girls, but towards the end of the 18th century the latter were removed to the Blue Coat School at Hertford (bottom). This school may be regarded as the first public school for girls in England. The Franciscans, however, had included separate houses for women in their organization. The School at Birmingham (top left) dates from the 17th century, having been instituted by ecclesiastical authority for the purpose of placing poor children under the protection of charitable subscribers. The prevailing colour is blue, but the Fenton Bequest (1694) stipulated that its five youthful beneficiaries should wear a distinctive green. The Blue Coat Hospital at Chester (top right) was founded in 1700.

Other pictures from The Blue Coat Schools


The School chapel, and the Library, Which also a Museum

Lord Mayor's gift of a Guinea to the Head Boy of Christs Hospital

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