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The Camden Town Ragged Schools

Source: The Illustrated London News, August 5, 1848

On Monday evening a public meeting was held at the new vestry-rooms, St. Pancras-road, on behalf of the Camden-town Ragged Schools; Lord Ashley, M.P., in the chair. The report set forth the necessity of establishing ragged schools in Camden-town, and stated that a spot was selected in Little Camden-street, and two schools were opened about three week since, capable of holding two hundred children. The sum collected was 115 3s.; the alteration and repairs of the school amounted to 100, and a further outlay of 30 was required. The annual salaries and incidental expenses would amount to 60; and if an infant school were established, the expenses would be increased to 100 annually. The annual subscriptions amount to 30. The schools have been opened three weeks, and seventy children have been admitted, and numerous other applications are being made. The children will receive a sound Scriptural education, and two industrial classes are formed twice a week. The girls are taught the art of sewing, and the boys are instructed to make and repair their own clothes. The Rev. Mr. Harrison, the Rev. Mr. Langdale, and other gentlemen addressed the meeting, after which the company separated.