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Offline grubheam

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Blind School in Walcot Parade, Somerset
« on: Saturday 29 May 10 20:29 BST (UK) »
Hi

Is the blind school in Walcot Parade, Somerset still exist or move or knock down? Is there any school record?

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Re: Blind School in Walcot Parade, Somerset
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 30 May 10 14:08 BST (UK) »
The Institution for the Blind and Deaf-and-Dumb Walcot Parade, Bath opened in 1843 It was supported by Voluntary Contributions and payments by pupils  Girls from 6-13, Boys from 6-10 Usual period of admission was from 5-7 years, or longer if required
In the 1919 Directory it is listed as the Industrial Home for Deaf & Dumb, at 9 & 10 Walcot Parade, London Road. Looking at Google Maps Walcot Parade is still there.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=walcot%20parade%20bath&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl

If you go to Street View you can see the buildings.

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Re: Blind School in Walcot Parade, Somerset
« Reply #2 on: Monday 11 February 19 04:45 GMT (UK) »
I, too, am looking for information on this school. According to the 1861 census, my ancestor Sarah Batterbury was matron of the school, with the address 8&9 Walcot Place.  The building still seem intact.  Does anyone know of its history.
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Re: Blind School in Walcot Parade, Somerset
« Reply #3 on: Monday 11 February 19 08:50 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to RootsChat
There is some information at http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/library-rnid/2015/01/23/a-urine-soaked-record/

Her early efforts went so well and aroused so much interest that in 1840 a Committee was formed and premises taken over at 9 Walcot Parade.  In 1868 a home for adults was started, and by the middle 1890ís the adult work had far outstripped the school.  The State was beginning to accept its proper duty of educating the young, and by 1897 the school had been closed altogether and the Charity Commissioners had agreed to the accumulated funds and property being used entirely for the home.

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