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(71) King Street, The Old Charity School / King Street School / National School

History of 89 King Street

According to the 1831 New Guide to Cambridge, The Old Charity School is ‘ a very spacious and commodious but plain building recently enlarged. The school was established in 1703 by voluntary subscription procured through the active exertions of the celebrated William Whiston, then Lucasian Professor; and among its early patrons were Sir Isaac Newton, Bishop Patrick and Dr Bentley. It was originally instituted for children of both sexes but the boys are now removed to the New Free School near Pound Hill to which institution this school makes an allowance of 30l per annum.’

The 1959 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments Survey of  Cambridge states that the former National School was built in 1816. It had two storeys but by 1959 was being used as a garage and workshop.


Abraham Newland, 51, schoolmaster, b Bucks



Maria M Realfe [?], 29, schoolmistress, b Kent








1913: King Street Girls’ and Infants’ Schools

Miss L Smith, head mistress

Miss Bradley, assistant mistress


1962: –

2018: King Street Housing


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