Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham

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Old Bluecoat School
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Old Bluecoat School in 2005
Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham is located in Berkshire
Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham
Location within Berkshire
Former names St Thomas’ Chapel
General information
Status Grade I listed building[1]
Type Chapel
Location Thatcham, Berkshire, England
Coordinates 51°24′13.89″N 1°15′4.65″W / 51.4038583°N 1.2512917°W / 51.4038583; -1.2512917Coordinates: 51°24′13.89″N 1°15′4.65″W / 51.4038583°N 1.2512917°W / 51.4038583; -1.2512917
Construction started 1304
Owner Thatcham Town Council
Website
oldbluecoatschool.org.uk

Old Bluecoat School, or the St Thomas’ Chapel is a Grade I listed building in the town of Thatcham in the English county of Berkshire. It is located on the main A4 road.

History[edit]

St Thomas’ Chapel[edit]

Built in 1304,[2][3] it was designated by the Bishop of Salisbury as a chapel dedicated St Thomas for the borough of Thatcham.[4] It remained an active chapel for a quarter of a century before falling into disuse for another 150 years. An account of Lady Francis Winchcombe in the conveyance and trust deed in 1707, it was stated that it is spoken of as an old decayed chapel.[5]

Bluecoat School[edit]

In 1707, the Chapel of St. Thomas was remodeled into a school for poor boys called Winchcombe Charity, in honor of its founder Lady Frances Winchcombe.[6] It earned the name "Bluecoat" from the uniform worn by its students.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thatcham celebrates 20 years in the record books". BBC. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "History of Thatcham, Berkshire". Royal Berkshire History. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bluecoat School". Thatcham Historical Society. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Prehistoric Settlement- Adapted from 'Thatcham through the ages' by A.W. Proser and 'Thatcham Historical Society, 1979 Occasional Paper'.". Thatcham Town Council. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "St Thomas' Chapel". Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Winchcombe". Thatcham Historical Society. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bluecoat School". Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 

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