A Day at Christ's Hospital
| Christ's Hospital
Thursday 3 March 2011
The dissolution of the monasteries resulted in an overflow of poor and destitute children on London's streets. King Edward VI, with the aid of the Bishop and Lord Mayor of London, thus established three Royal Hospitals for the education of poor children: Bridewell Hospital (now the King Edward's School, Witley, Surrey), St Thomas' Hospital and Christ's Hospital. The first boys and girls entered Christ's Hospital school in Newgate in 1552. Christ's, which for many centuries was based in London, now occupies a beautiful location in the Sussex countryside near Horsham.
Art Fund members are given the opportunity to visit the school and enjoy an introductory talk and a tour of the school by some Christ's Hospital pupils. There will be a visit to the chapel, famous for its collection of Frank Brangwyn cartoons. After lunch and weather permitting, there will be a chance to watch the school band play their daily parade in the forecourt. Afternoon tea and cakes will be served in the Refectory beneath a painting by Antonio Verrio.