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Early 18th-century school for the poor
Please note: We've taken the decision to close the café and shop at Blewcoat School as one of our operations. It isn't open to the public at this time.
The Blewcoat School, so called from the colour of the tunic worn by its pupils, was founded in 1688 in Duck Lane (now St Matthew Street), Westminster.
The present building was erected in 1709 at the expense of William Green, a prominent local brewer to provide education for the poor. It remained a school until 1928.
During World War II, the school was used by the Forces as a store and later by the Girl Guides until it was acquired by the National Trust in 1954.