Victorian London - Education - Schools - Duke of York's School 

    Close by the Hospital, and to the north of it, we find another national institution-the Duke of York's School, or, to take the full title from the inscription which we read on the frieze of the portico, ' The Royal Military Asylum for the Children of Soldiers of the Regular Army.' The children to be admitted to this school are selected by Government commissioners, and are chosen out of the following classes: Orphans, or those whose fathers have been killed, or have died on foreign stations; those who have lost their mothers, and whose fathers are absent on duty abroad; those whose fathers are ordered on foreign service, or whose parents have other children to maintain.' The number of boys admitted is seven hundred, and of girls three hundred. The boys receive regular military training; and if we pay the school a visit at the right time, we shall be highly pleased and amused at the smart exercise and manoeuvres of these young soldiers, while the excellent music of their miniature band will delight our ears. The girls, besides the usual items of education, are initiated in needlework alld household matters. The boys are clad in red jackets, blue breeches and stockings, and black caps; while the costume of the girls consists of red gowns, blue petticoats, straw hats, &c. It would not be good for these boys and girls to have all work and no play, and to be drilled into mere machines: so we are glad to see that they have large playgrounds, where they can run about tn the open air, and cloistered arcades, in which they can amuse themselves when the weather is too cold or wet to be away from shelter.

Uncle Jonathan, Walks in and Around London, 1895 (3 ed.)