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JANE GREEN, Mrs Popes School



  JANE GREEN, Mrs Popes School £NFS  
As many know I love Quaker samplers...
Miss Margaret Pope was a key figure in progressing education in the 19th century. She was the daughter of Dr Robert Pope, physician and surgeon to King George III and his daughter Princess Amelia. Dr. and Miss Pope both lived in Staines-upon-Thames. The Popes were Quakers and schools at that time were Church of England so many, including Quaker children were excluded. Margaret Pope was a driving force progressing the Quaker principal of education for all in the area with schools being named after her.
The first a purpose built school house was built for boys in the early 1800s in part of the ‘Mission Hall’ (16 Hale Street) and references to a school for girls built near by in 1831. Interestingly this sampler reveals it to be in Church Street. One room schools were common place in UK, Europe and the US some were just a single room, but others, like The School House in Staines (It still stands although now a private house)were built with limited accommodation for a teacher above. By 1861 England census lists Miss Pope's School as having moved to 20 Hale Street.
In 1874, the schools in Hale Street moved again to a building behind the then Congregational Church in Thames Street. This was as a result of a School Building Grant Application for Miss Pope's school It is at this time, when the school had outgrown The School House it is assumed that the building became residential.
Margaret Pope's Educational Charity still exists as registered charity.


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