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Kensington High Street showing the Charity School

Kensington High Street showing the Charity School

Draughtsman: Salway, Joseph

Medium: Lithograph, coloured

Date: 1811

Shelfmark: Maps.183.p.2

Item number: Sheet 11

Length: 593

Width: 655

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale ratio: 1 '' : 20 Feet (1 : 240)

Map scale description: 1 '' : 20 Feet

During the 18th century, a number of private schools opened in the many large houses available in Kensington. St Mary Abbott School, or Charity School, is depicted here on the north side of the road. The school was built by John Vanbrugh in 1711-12, after Roger Pimble left two houses in High Street Kensington "for the maintenance of a free school for poor men's children" in 1645. Over the years, other benefactors left legacies and gifts to the Charity School.

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