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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 A/BFS
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1703-1913
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.96 linear metres (103 files).
Name of creator(s): Bacon's Free School, Bermondsey


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1709 Josiah Bacon, a merchant from Bermondsey, left 700 in his will for the purchase of land with which to endow a school. According to the terms of his will, the school was to serve the poor boys of the parish, teaching them reading, writing and arithmetic so that they could be prepared for jobs in trade. The local minister and churchwardens were to be governors of the school. Provision was also made for accommodation for the school-master. The school was constructed on Grange Road by 1718.

In 1849 the school was amalgamated with another charity school in the area, which had been founded in 1612 to provide education for the sons of seamen. In 1991 the school became a City Technology College, with the name Bacon's College, and was moved to Rotherhithe. In 2007 it gained Academy status.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Bacon's Free School, Bermondsey, including copy of Josiah Bacon's will; copies of Chancery orders relating to the school; copy of articles of agreement for building the school; leases, releases and assignments of annuity relating to school property; minutes of Governor's and Trustee's meetings; financial records; reports; and school log-books.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A/BFS-1: Reports, regulations and probate;
A/BFS-2: Property records;
A/BFS-3: Probate records;
A/BFS-4: Minutes and agendas;
A/BFS-5: Finance;
A/BFS-6: Miscellaneous;
A/BFS-7: Logbooks.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the London County Record Office, County Hall, London, S.E.1 in October and November 1954.

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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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