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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 A/RCS
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1743-1818
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.07 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Rotherhithe Charity School


Administrative/Biographical history:

According to Daniel Lysons in The Environs of London, "a free-school was founded in this parish about the beginning of the last century by Peter Hills and Robert Bell, and endowed with a small annual income for the education of eight sons of seamen, with a salary of 3 l. per annum for the master. The schoolhouse, which is situated near the church, was rebuilt by subscription in 1745. The endowment has been considerably augmented by various donations. In 1712, 220 l. was subscribed to purchase a ground-rent. Since this time benefactions to the amount of near 900 l. have been given, and the fund is now such as to enable the parish to clothe and educate thirty-three boys and twenty-two girls".

From: 'Rotherhithe', The Environs of London: volume 1: County of Surrey (1792), pp. 470-477.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Rotherhithe Charity School, comprising vouchers, subscription lists, and financial accounts of the Treasurer and Schoolmaster.

From these documents it would appear that subscriptions were collected and the schoolmaster's accounts submitted quarterly, and the treasurer's account made up from these and other documents half-yearly. Though some of the vouchers relate to the schoolmaster's accounts, others presumably belong to treasurer's accounts no longer extant; all have been placed in quarterly bundles, since conclusive evidence on the original arrangement is lacking.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A/RCS/001-010: Accounts.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited as a gift on 20 May, 1970.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For minutes, order books, and other accounts of Rotherhithe Charity School, reference should be made to the list of parish records of St Mary Rotherhithe (P71/MRY).

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:
June to August 2010.

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