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Miscellaneous records of Forest Gate School District

Date: 1854-1900
Held by: London Metropolitan Archives: City of London, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Forest Gate School District, 1854-1900

Physical description: 42 files
  • Local educational bodies
Administrative / biographical background:

The Forest Gate School District comprising the unions of Whitechapel, 25 June and 24 July 1868. In 1877 Hackney was separated and united with Shoreditch in the Brentwood School District.


The Forest Gate School, built in 1854 by the Whitechapel Guardians, was transferred to the School District Managers in March 1869. It provided insufficient accommodation and to supplement it the Managers in 1870 bought the battleship "Goliath" for use as a training ship in the Thames, for boys who wished to train for the sea. The ship was destroyed by fire in 1875 and its successor, the "Exmouth", was placed under the control of the Metropolitan Asylums Board. The Forest Gate School was damaged by fire in January 1890 and 26 children lost their lives, and in June 1893 there was an outbreak of ptomaine poisoning. The accommodation was so obviously unsatisfactory that the Managers proposed that the school should be remodelled on cottage home lines but the Whitechapel Union refused its support and the school district was dissolved on 4 Oct. 1897. Forest Gate School was used by the Poplar Union until 1907 when the children were removed to Hutton and the school became a temporary workhouse.

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