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View of the exterior of Whitechapel school. Watercolour. East London was one of the poorest parts of the capital. Many new schools were set up there by the National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor and the British and Foreign Schools Society. This image shows the new Whitechapel School soon to be rebuilt with money from Samuel Hawkins Esq. and Mr Lewis, a coach master. Although funds were available for new buildings, little money was provided for the teaching itself. The most cost-effective approach used older children as monitors to teach the younger ones.
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