Charitable Schools

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Walk along Raine Street or Scandrett Street and you might notice some figures dressed in blue looking down on you. These are the boys and girls who represent Wapping’s old schools.¬†These distinctive figures mark a charity school – blue was one of the cheapest dyes available for clothing and therefore became a popular choice for the uniforms of London’s poorest pupils. The original Raine Street charity school dates back to 1719 and was financed by Henry Raine, a Wapping brewer now buried in the churchyard of St George’s. St John’s Old School in Scandrett Street was founded in 1695 though the present building dates from 1756.

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