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Blue Coat Children Marching to Curzon Hall, Birmingham (1901)

Church school pupils set off for a trip to the famous Birmingham entertainment hall.

Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent


Birmingham's Blue Coat School (established 1722) was one of many charity schools founded by the Church of England to educate children from poor families. Garbed in Tudor-period frocks - dyed blue, the traditional colour of almsgiving - the boys would have made a quaint sight as they were marched briskly to what was presumably supposed to be a fun outing.