The One Tun Ragged School, Perkins Rents, c.1870
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The One Tun Ragged School, Perkins Rents, c.1870

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In 1853, a ragged school opened
in a part of Westminster, close to the Houses of Parliament, popularly known as the ‘Devil’s Acre’. It was a very poor slum area and Dickens wrote of it as ‘an awful place . . . a maze of filth and squalor’ and its inhabitants as ‘very low and wretched.’
The philanthropist, Adeline
M Cooper raised money to
convert an empty public house
into a ragged school. The One
Tun’s landlord had stripped the
premises before he left without
paying the rent. By 1871, the
school had an average attendance
of 133 pupils.


1870 AD - 1870 AD

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