Fonds YPS - York Place Ragged School

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York Place Ragged School


  • 1867-1871 (Creation)

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York Place Ragged School was founded in 1864 by the philanthropist and educationist Quintin Hogg (1845-1903), inspired by his observation of the poor in London. With Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird (1847-1923, later 11th Baron Kinnaird), he rented rooms in York Place (formerly Of Alley), off the Strand, for a boys' school, initially a day school, which subsequently began to open in the evenings. Hogg was himself involved in teaching the boys. Another of Hogg's Eton friends, the Hon Thomas Henry William Pelham (1847-1916), was also involved in its inception.

The Strand premises were gradually expanded, and a boys' home opened in 1866. The school was associated with a mission room. Later initiatives also catered for girls. By 1869 the institution had more spacious premises at Castle Street, Long Acre. York Place was retained as a home for young women.

Hogg, who was engaged in various philanthropic and educational enterprises, also founded the Youths' Christian Institute (later known as the Young Men's Christian Institute). The removal of this Institute to larger premises in Long Acre in 1878 marked its separation from the Ragged School, which ceased when the Board Schools made such institutions less necessary. The missionary work and boys' homes continued under others, but Hogg himself was increasingly absorbed with his Institute.

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Printed annual reports, 1867-1869, 1871, of the York Place Ragged School, Mission, and Boys' Home, comprising first, second, fourth and fifth reports, the first with a loose insert on the new home for boys; view of frontage of premises in Of Alley, c1867.

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Status: Open. Access is subject to signing the Regulations for Access form, unless the records are restricted under the Data Protection Act 2018 or under exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000

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  • English

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The University of Westminster Archives also holds records of Hogg's Youths' Christian Institute (UWA YCI) and its successor Regent Street Polytechnic (UWA RSP). Pelham's obituary appears in The Polytechnic Magazine, Jan 1917, and Lord Kinnaird's in The Polytechnic Magazine, Feb 1923.

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Ethel M Hogg, Quintin Hogg: a Biography (Archibald Constable & Co Ltd, London, 1904), pp 49-61, 72-4, 79, 92-7; The Polytechnic Magazine, 20 May 1896, pp 247-9; The Polytechnic Young Men's Christian Institute Syllabus and Prospectus 1888-1889, p 13, reprinting an article from The Times, 23 Apr 1888.

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