Education and religion

These two aspects of social life in nineteenth century Camden Town are shown together as they both depended on public association for institutional structures, and are also stratified by social groups.

Frances Buss (Ida Perrin, 1896)For children‘s education, the earliest provision was in small private houses. A National School developed on Kings Road, and another in College Street. There was also a Ragged School. National Collegiate Schools for Boys, and for Girls (founded by Miss Buss), provided education up to university level.

Adult education was developed through evening institutes (including Camden Hall), with later the Working Man’s Institute in Crowndale Road, and a drawing school.

Places of religion started with the Camden Chapel in Camden Streets and eventually four parishes – St Pancras Old Church served St Pancras. Dissenting belief was strong, and some active missions.  There were briefly both a Salvation Army hall and a synagogue.