The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
Green Coat Hospital, or School.
This charitable foundation was founded by several inhabitants of the city of in the year . Their intention was to establish an hospital in this city similar to the excellent institution of , London: to accomplish this, application was made to Charles I., who by his letters patent of the , in the year of his reign, constituted certain inhabitants of the city of a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of
They were to consist of governors. inhabitants of this city, to have perpetual succession, with a right of electing governors, for supplying vacancies; and to purchase lands, tenements, &c. in mortmain, to the value of per annum. The king also endowed the hospital with the sum of per annum, which is paid out of the treasury.
This noble design was much retarded, and indeed almost frustrated, by the rebellion of the Puritans against the crown and constitution.
The charitable donations of Charles II., however, and of some others, raised the estate to about ; but even this is much reduced by fines paid to the dean and chapter of (it being chiefly church-lands) on the renewal of the leases. Casual donations, however, serve to preserve the income of the hospital, so that it is able to maintain a respectable character among the numerous
|charitable institutions of the metropolis. The school is solely for the use of the children of parents belonging to the parish of .
This hospital was rebuilt at the charge of Dr. Busby and Charles Twitty, esq. Mr. Cross and Mr. Green gave towards the building . The duchess of Somerset gave to this hospital per annum, for ever. Mr. Emery Hill, bequeathed in , , and per annum. Hugh Squire gave . Since which time there have been a few ether donations and bequests.
Near this school is another respectable foundation of a similar nature. It is called