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Iconic Moment No. 2   

1757

Expelled from School

Too Dull to Learn

Age: 5, Pile Street, Bristol

Pile Street Charity School

Chatterton's Father

Was master of Pile Street School

When he died suddenly

On Friday 7th August 1752

Sarah, his Widow, was 21 years old

And six months Pregnant

With Thomas our Poet

She Faced an Uncertain Future

She  had already given birth twice

Her first child, Mary,

Was Born 14th February, 1749

Her second, Giles Malpas,

Was born 12th December 1750

He died 4 months and 4 days later

On April 16, 1751.  

It must have been a truly frightening

and stressful time for Sarah,

Who also stood to lose the Family Home

Fortunately, a little luck came her way,

Mr Chard, the new Master

of Pile Street school

Was not a family man

He chose to remain in his own house

Rather than the Master's House 

However, Mr Chard retired in 1757

He was succeeded by Mr Love

Who needed the house for his own family

It seems that the Chatterton family

Lived in the schoolhouse from 1749 to 1757

They then moved to a house

By the upper gate of St Mary Redcliffe.

Poor Sarah had Problems Aplenty

Mr Love added to her Woes

Shortly after taking over

He expelled Chatterton

For being too dull to learn

Sarah was left with two children

To Home-school & Provide for

Joy of Joys, 

Three years later, in 1760

 Colston's Hospital School

Accepted Chatterton as a pupil

Complete with a built-in apprenticeship.

The Challenge

Resolve where the

Chatterton family lived

After leaving Pile Street.