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Chiswick National School

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Much of the following information comes from the very helpful Gill Clegg's Chiswick History page.

1707 a charity school was founded at St Nicholas church near the river. It expanded until in 1813 the boys were rehoused at Turnham Green and by 1819 this was a National School for boys.

The school seems to have had two endings: in 1848 it moved to a new school building in Essex Place - north of Turnham Green and demolished c.1968;. and in 1905 it was replaced by Belmont School in Belmont Road - still standing, north of Turnham Green. Perhaps the Essex Place was an extension rather than a replacement, or the school moved first to Essex Place and then to the nearby Belmont building.

Either way, we have no definitive explanation for the plaque's reference to "old building" from which it was removed in 1880. 

Background: in 1811 the National Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church was formed and gradually took over the charity schools, renaming them as National Schools.

From Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society : Prior to the Vestry Hall being completed in 1876 the Chiswick Vestry met in the “Boys’ National Schools at Turnham Green”. The Vestry Hall was later developed into the Chiswick Town Hall which is right next door to the building with the plaque.

From Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society: a man born in 1900, talks about his school days 1909-12: “Close to Chiswick Town Hall there was an old National School building which was used as a handicraft centre for boys and a domestic science centre for girls.”

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Chiswick National School

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Chiswick National School

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Blewcoat School

Blewcoat School

The school was founded 1688. This building was constructed in 1709 and was used by the school until 1926. Purchased by the National Trust in 1954 who use it as a gift shop and information centre.

Building, Education

1 memorial
Tudor Hall - Barnet

Tudor Hall - Barnet

Funded by the first Governors of the Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and the Corporation of London.  Now part of Barnet and Southgate College and used as a banqueting hall and conference space, et...

Building, Education, Property

1 memorial
International Students House

International Students House

ISH began life in 1917 as Student Movement House, a social centre opened at 32 Russell Square in memory of students who died in WW1. 1932 - 46 the warden of Student Movement House was Mary Trevelya...

Group, Community / Clubs, Education

1 memorial
Lady Byron

Lady Byron

Born as Anne Isabella Milbanke, sometimes known as Annabella, an heiress in her own right. Unusually well-educated. An unwise marriage to Lord Byron in January 1815 lasted only a year but did produ...

Person, Education, Friend / family, Race Issues

1 memorial
Carew Manor Special School

Carew Manor Special School

Now called Carew Academy. It teaches pupils aged 7 to18, with a wide range of ability levels and additional learning and complex needs.

Building, Children, Education

1 memorial