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

© Museum of London

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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.
 

Date

1870 AD - 1870 AD
 

Image Number

009762
 

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