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Victorian School 1862

These are the boys from the Chelmsford Charity School taken in 1862, a staggering 155 years ago in the very early days of photography. The adult in the tall hat to the right is the Headmaster, Joseph Mitchell.


This is one of my favourite photograph prints in my collection, one of my favourite items in my photostream and is the oldest dated photograph. It's an amazing snapshot of Victorian times.


Chelmsford Charity School was founded in 1713 for the poor children of the town and paid for by voluntary donations. It was located in Church Lane (later Street) just behind the present day Catherdral (St. Mary's Church at the time).


It closed in 1878 just after the introduction of 'free and compulsory for all' elementry education in Britain.


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Taken sometime in 1862