Walking From Victoria station to Charing Cross I saw this wonderful modern glass building reflecting its surroundings. But close by on a side street I found a completely different building approximately 300 years older.
This is the back view of the 'Blewcoat school built in 1709'
This is one of the Bluecoat's schools set up by a charity to educate poor children. The school was set up in 1688 but did not move into this building until 1709 with 50 boys. In 1713 it admitted girls for the first time. It continued as a school until 1939. It is now used as a shop for the National Trust.
The figure above the door is wearing the distinctive uniform of the school which was normal for that period. Blue was used for charity school children because it was the cheapest dye for clothing. The children also wore saffron coloured long socks as it was thought that this would stop the rats nibbling at the children's ankles.