Ipswich Ragged School

Ipswich Ragged School

In 1849 the Quaker banker and philanthropist Richard Dykes Alexander founded the Ipswich Ragged School for:

‘a class of boys and girls who are prevented, either by their debased condition, by the worthlessness or criminality of their parents, or the tattered state of their garments, from receiving instruction at any previously existing school’

The school moved to purpose built premises on Waterworks Street and operated until the 1870’s before conversion to an infant school under the auspices of the Ipswich School Board. Although the building closed as a school many years ago the frontage survives intact while the rear has been converted into housing.


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