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|Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:00 pm Post subject: CL Paranormal Ghost Hunt@The Ragged School, London 29th May
|A few southern members have been asking for an event near them so if you are interested I have organised one for down south :smthumbup
The Ragged School, London
29th May 2010
The 1860’s and a cholera epidemic is raging which would leave thousands dead and many utterly
destitute. In an era that simply didn’t care much for the poor it was as always the children who’d bear
the brunt of this. Many already grew up in impoverished neighbourhoods without any form of education,
general care and often love.
Into this had stepped a Dr Barnado who’d come to London from Ireland to undertake medical training.
Clearly what he witnessed deeply affected him so he resolved to do something about this and
became a missionary. He opened his first ragged school in 1867. It was a place where children would
be taught a level of basic education for free and often receive a small ration of food.
The ragged school on Copperfield Road would open 10 years after the first of its kind and had educated
and cared for tens of thousands of needy youngsters by the time of its closure in 1908.
The building then saw use as a warehouse for canal transported goods and today still sports the hoist supports of that time. When this ebbed away the building was used for various purposes until it was
finally rescued by the Ragged School Museum trust whose intention it was to demonstrate the basic
schooling of the Victorian era. To this end it now exhibits examples of rooms as they would have been
including an equipped East End kitchen of the age and of course austere classrooms.
We can only imagine the sorry sight of the poor children who passed through the doors of this
establishment where a tough but fair regime saw to it that they had a chance in life. Just maybe for some
this was a happy place where they found refuge from the harshness and cold of the streets and
perhaps some still come back here, back to where they were content for a while? Certainly there have
been reports of the sounds of children heard, these even being captured on recordings made at the
school. Even the keepers seem to have returned with sightings of a cook and school mistress-like
figure being reported. Whatever is here is keen to respond to the inquisitive and taps and bangs are
said to be very forthcoming to questions. However it is not quite wholly clear cut on who may haunt
here though for a dark shadow whose nature is unknown also stalks these walls.
Times:- 8pm - 5am
Limited disabled access due to being a four storey listed building.