History of the Building

History of the Building 04 April, 2016

In 1817 the Kingston Association was founded and whose aims were “to better by every eligible means the conditions and morals of the poor”. In November 1818 with cash raised by donations, loans and annual subscriptions, a girls’ school opened followed by one for boys in March 1820. Those wishing their children to attend had to get sponsorship from three of the subscribers and give each child a penny a week for the teacher. Thus the name “Penny School” originated. In 1827 it was agreed that an infants’ school for the poor was also needed, and on 1st September 1828, it was opened by the Duchess of Clarence (who the previous year had opened the new Kingston Bridge, and had Clarence Street named in her honour; and who became Queen Adelaide in 1830 when her husband took the throne as King William IV). The Kingston Association’s original boys’ and girls’ schools were demolished in 1907 and replaced by a large brick building which closed as a school in 1964. The premises were later acquired by Kingston College and the site  

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