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    Hi can anyone advise what circumstances would lead to a female ancestor of mine aged 12 being recorded as an inmate, scholar, on the 1871 census when her family which consisted of her mother who was a widow and her younger and older siblings were all recorded as living at their home address. Would it be as a paid boarder or as a charity case etc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vharvey1 View Post
    Hi can anyone advise what circumstances would lead to a female ancestor of mine aged 12 being recorded as an inmate, scholar, on the 1871 census when her family which consisted of her mother who was a widow and her younger and older siblings were all recorded as living at their home address. Would it be as a paid boarder or as a charity case etc?
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    I suspect the mother put the child into the school as she couldn't afford to keep her at home. I don't think the school took children as family paid for boarders.

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    I agree with the last post.
    I have a case when the father died and the mother put one of her daughters in the Bluecoat.
    She was educated as such by then school the found a position as a maid.
    The other 4 children stayed with her mother.

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    Sorry but, why is more important this school in Liverpool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marie View Post
    Sorry but, why is more important this school in Liverpool?
    The Bluecoat school was important as it provided a home and education for children from destitute families where usually at least one parent had died. The original Bluecoat school is in the centre of Liverpool in School Lane. It moved to Wavertree around the turn of the 20th C.

    http://www.dhwav.btinternet.co.uk/page56.html

    Here's some info on the present school which is one of the best performing schools in the country

    http://www.answers.com/topic/liverpool-blue-coat-school

    There were other similar schools run by other organisations , for example the Liverpool Seamans Children's orphanage in Newsham Park
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    There were Bluecoat Schools throughout the UK.
    The uniforms were blue because blue was the cheapest dye possible.
    Apart from the uniforms, the charitable status, and the name, the various schools do not seem to be connected with each other, as were later institutions like Dr Barnardos.
    The Liverpool Bluecoat (and others) was called the Bluecoat Hospital, but it had nothing to do with sick people, or hospitals as we know them today.
    The word 'Hospital' was taken from 'Hospitality', and was probably used because the scholars lived at the school.

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