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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): A/ELI
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1871-1917
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): East London Industrial School


Administrative/Biographical history:

East London Industrial School was situated on Brookbank Road, Lewisham. Industrial Schools were first founded as voluntary run organisations to provide a home and education for homeless and vagrant children. Under the Industrial Schools Acts of 1857 and 1860-1861 the schools came under local authority control. Magistrates were given the power to sentence children aged between 7 and 14 to attend one of the schools if they were found begging, wandering, in the company of thieves or if they were beyond the control of their parents. Industrial schools were also an alternative to prison for children under the age of 12 who had committed minor crimes. It was believed that sending vagrant, destitute or disorderly children to an Industrial School would prevent them from falling into crime, remove them from bad influences and teach them a useful trade. A typical industrial school had a very structured day, with set times for schooling, learning trades, housework, religious service, meals and play. Boys were taught skills such as gardening, tailoring and shoemaking while girls learned knitting, sewing, housework and laundry.


Scope and content/abstract:

Particulars of freehold property, Congregational School, Lewisham, 1800s; agreement between East London Industrial School Managers and School Board for London as to accommodating children, 1871, 1901 and 1902; agreement to sale of 86 (formerly 43), Leman Street, Goodman's Fields, 1883; apportionment statement for 10 and 11, Brookbank Road, Lewisham, 1901; letter from East London Industrial School to Mr Sinkler enclosing agreement (letter heading includes picture of school), 1901; letter to East London Industrial School from Alliance Assurance Company enclosing copy endorsement to be attached to policy, 1905; letters, bills and certificates as to the condition and safety of the boiler in East London Industrial School, 1905; boiler insurance policy, 1905.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A/ELI/1-12: Agreements and Letters

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1953 (AC/53/036).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the records of the School Board for London see reference SBL.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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