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

The One Tun Ragged School, Perkins Rents, c.1870
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Full image caption

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.

Image Details

1870 AD - 1870 AD
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