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Lant Street School, Southwark

Original name Lant Street School
Current name The Charles Dickens School; Charles Dickens Primary School
Previous names Unknown
Current address Lant Street, Borough, London
Postcode SE1 1QP
Date of opening 1877
Date of addition(s) 1901
VSIL grading Classic
Evidence source On SBL Map 1904 as "Lant Street"; in LCC: Education Service Particulars for the Year 1914-1915 as "The Charles Dickens".
Original architect E R Robson
Additional architect T J Bailey
Style Early Robson
Borough Southwark
Current use Primary education
Condition Good
Protection None
Comments
An interesting early Robson school, with halls added later by Bailey. Good example of the smaller playgrounds and tight fit to the site of the early schools. Named after Charles Dickens from at least 1914, because the author lived in lodgings in the street (possibly on the site of the school) while he worked in a nearby blacking factory to help pay off his father's debts. Charles Dickens' father was in the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison (demolished) in Marshalsea Road just round the corner.
© Frederick Wolff
© Frederick Wolff
© Frederick Wolff
© Frederick Wolff

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