Now sit up straight, no talking, arms folded ……. hands up all those who have ancestors who might have attended a Ragged School? Yes I can see that most of you have your hands up and those who haven’t just have not been attending in history class !!!!!!
If you have poor folk sitting on the branches of your family tree then the chances are some of them attended a ragged school and perhaps learnt enough to sign their names in the parish register when they got married or advanced themselves in life by having had a basic education.
If you happen to live or be visiting London then a trip to the Ragged School Museum might be a worthwhile use of a morning or afternoon. Housed in what was London’s largest Ragged School this family friendly museum offers an experience of what it was like for the East End poor a century & more ago.