Written by Linden
(11/15/2003 2:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Questions about schools, penned by Line
] P.342 #75 talks about a "Grey Coat" School for Girls, and p.257 about a "ragged school". I'm guessing that a ragged school was a charity school for poor children, but more information would be welcome!
Yes, you're right. However, because some of these schools gave a good education, the less poor and even the rich often wanted to get their own children in. Some of the original ragged schools are now quite posh.
They were called `grey coats' or `blue coats' or whatever from the school uniform that the children wore. These uniformed schoolchildren often took part in parades throughout the town for grand occasions.
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