The Liverpool Blue Coat School, also referred to as the Charity School or the Blue Coat Hospital, was the original occupier of the present Bluecoat building in School Lane. The school, set up for the town’s orphaned and destitute children, had been founded in 1708 by the Rector of Liverpool, Reverend Robert Styth and Bryan Blundell, a master mariner, much of whose fortune he invested in the school as it grew. He was largely responsible for funding a larger boarding school to replace the original, smaller building opposite St Peter’s Church. The exterior frontage, and a little of the inside, remain substantially the same as when the school was built between 1716-25.
This collection contains documents relating to Blundell and to those early years of school life, as well as later documents and photographs from some of the almost 200 years that the school was in the building. It moved to new premises in suburban Wavertree in 1906, where it continues today. We have worked closely with the Liverpool Blue Coat School to develop this website and, as well as the material available in this collection, there are many more documents being prepared to go on to the site.
Our other partner in the My Bluecoat project, Liverpool Record Office at Liverpool Central Library, also houses significant Bluecoat material, and some of this is also on the site. Their holding – relating to both the school and the arts centre – is available to view, by appointment.
If you have material about Blue Coat School when it was in School Lane (until 1906) that you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you, whether it’s an old postcard, a letter from a pupil, a photograph, or even a story relating to a relative who studied here.
Portrait of Bryan Blundell
Narrative of the rise and progress of the Charity School, or Blue Coat Hospital
Latin inscription on the front of the building
Early school graffiti
Blue Coat School dormitories
Photograph of a room at the school
Blue Coat school classroom
School boy at front gates
Girls working in laundry
The Blue Coat School Band
Record of girls' employment after leaving school
The Bible of Blue Coat School Pupil, William Seed
Pupil's Swimming Certificate
Subscriptions, Schooling and Slavery brochure
Founders' Day Parade
Blue Coat School Visitors' Book
A Sketch of the Origin and Early History of the Liverpool Blue Coat Hospital by John R. Hughes
Boys' admissions and dismissals record
Recollections of the Blue Coat Hospital, Liverpool, St Georges Day
The Ledger Accounts of Bryan Blundell, Founder of the Blue Coat Hospital
Bluecoat: The first 300 years publication
Minute Book of the Board meetings of the Blue Coat School Trustees and Governors, 1742 -1813
Blue Coat School Economy Board Minute Book, 1798-1808