Blewcoat School

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Blewcoat School, located in Caxton Street, Westminster, London, England, was built in 1709 as a school for the poor. It was used as a school until 1926. In 1954, it was purchased by the National Trust who used it as a gift shop and information centre. As of 2013, the site has been vacated.

Opening times

The shop was open all year from 10am to 5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The shop was open from 6 November to 18 December from 10am to 4pm on Saturday only. As of 2013, the shop is closed and the site is vacant.


The school was founded in Duck Lane in about 1688 by voluntary subscription as a charity school for the education of poor boys to teach them reading, writing, religion, and trades. It moved to purpose-built premises in Caxton Street. From 1714 to about 1876, it also admitted girls. In 1899, it was agreed that the school should move to a site that had been owned by the Christ Church National Schools Trust, and the Caxton Street site was then used for an elementary school.<ref name=Cox>Template:Cite web</ref> The school closed in 1926.<ref name=SW1>Template:Cite web</ref>

Later uses

During World War II, the building was used by the American services as a store. Afterwards, the Girl Guides used it as a youth club. When the National Trust bought it in 1954, it was used as their membership and head office. Later, it was converted into a gift shop.<ref name=SW1/>



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