Victorian London - Education - Childhood - Children's Homes - Royal Military Asylum

Chelsea Hospital ... This grand national establishment is shown (from 10 till 4 every day, Sundays excepted), free of charge, with the exception of a small gratuity to the attendant on the visitor. The Royal Military Asylum, for the maintenance and education of children of soldiers of the regular army is in the vicinity, and is well worthy of a visit.

source: Mogg's New Picture of London and Visitor's Guide to it Sights, 1844

ROYAL MILITARY ASYLUM, Chelsea, near the Royal Chelsea Hospital, was founded by H.R. H. the Duke of York, in 1801, and is therefore very generally known as the "Duke of York's School. Here from 800 to 900 lads, the orphan sons of British soldiers, are maintained .and educated, undergoing, at a suitable age, a regular military training. The school-buildings (designed by Mr, Copland) occupy three sides of a quadrangle, with a central portico of the Doric order. The play-ground and drill. ground are of ample size, and are opened to the public daily.

source: Cruchley's London in 1865 : A Handbook for Strangers, 1865