Tuesday, 14 January 2014
The Blue Coat Charity Children of Wren's Chapel, Hatton Garden and Other Blue Coat Schools of London
These distinctive figures seen around London mark a charity school or chapel used by the school. Many date to the mid-16th century, with the costumes being normal school attire of the period. Blue was used for charity school children because it was the cheapest dye available for clothing. Socks were dyed in saffron as that was thought to stop rats nibbling the pupils’ ankles! I just wish the Blue Coat maid was showing us her sampler, though!
This Blue Coat maid and boy can be seen on Wren's Chapel in Hatton Gardon, London. But here are many more dotted around - click here to find out where they are.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 20:00