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Hunter Street Academy


It was founded in 1809 as a grammar school run by Jonathan Dawson in own his home (Dictionary of National Biography, entry for George Dawson)

His sons George Dawson and Benjamin Dawson attended the school, along with Charles Dickens (Dictionary of National Biography, original entry for Danby Palmer Fry; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, entry for Danby Palmer Fry)


What was reforming about it?

It was a radical Baptist school

Where in Bloomsbury

It was located at 36 Hunter Street in the 1820s

According to Kitton’s Life of Charles Dickens, it was at 19 Compton Street in 1827–1828, but this may simply be a reassigment of the same building, which Kitton describes as being on the northeast corner of Compton Street, at the junction of Hunter Street and Judd Street (Frederic G. Kitton, The Life of Charles Dickens: His Life, Writings, and Personality, 1902)

Its advertisements for functions aimed at alumni continued to name its address as 36 Hunter Street in the 1840s (The Times, 20 May 1846; 2 December 1848)

Website of current institution

It no longer exists

Books about it

None found


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This page last modified 22 November, 2012 by Deborah Colville


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