The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
The Freemasons' Charity School.
This establishment was commenced in , for the support and education of female children and orphans of freemasons: at which time a house for their reception was taken at Somer's-town. But the liberal support which this charity experienced from the fraternity, enabling the governors to extend its benefits much beyond their original plan, the piece of ground on which the school now stands was hired on lease from the city of London, and the present commodious structure erected at an expense of upwards of in the year . It is a neat plain building, with a rustic basement story, which contains the kitchens, offices, &c. The ascent to the principal entrance is by a flight of stone steps from a small garden. In the front are elegant and appropriate statues of Faith, Hope, and Charity; the former in niches on the sides, and the latter on the top of the structure. These were a present to the institution in the year , from Messrs. Van Spangen and Co.
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