Iconic Moment No. 3
3 August 1760
Colston's Hospital School
Delight and Disappointment
Age: 7-14 years
Colston's Great House,
On St Augustine's Back, Bristol
The Imposing Building Used as the School.
In the eighth year of his life
Must have been Full of Enthusiasm
When on Sunday the 3rd of August 1760
He started his first day at Colston's School
His Enthusiasm was to be Cut Short
When he found that the Education Offered
Was basic in the extreme
He also found that the freedom he was used to
The moment he stepped into the building.
He once exclaimed
That he could learn more at home from books
-Which is OK providing you have books!
No known Chatterton works
Before Colston's Hospital School.
According to D.S. Taylor
Chatterton, in his 7 years at Colston's,
Wrote only three 'authentic' works.
Chatterton's Works at Colston's
3 August 1760 to 30 June 1767.
Twenty-two works to consider During
His 6 years & 11 months at Colston's
Click the Title to View the Manuscript
A Colston's Schoolboy
The Traditional Uniform
Included a Dolphin on a Brass Badge
Silver Badges were Introduced in 1776
Thanks to the Gift of John Purrier
An old boy of the school (1743-1751
It was worn on special occasions only
It Seems that not Everyone
In Flux and Subject to Collaboration - Working on this! (.Q.)
Written 1764 - Published 1780
Age: 11-12, Colston's School
Apostate Will is one of Chatterton's earliest works.
Written in 1764 but not published until 1780, when Herbert Croft included it in his book Love and Madness. According to Croft, the original Chatterton manuscript was in the possession of Sarah Chatterton, the poet's mother. The Croft transcript of Apostate Will is preferred by Taylor.
The original Chatterton manuscript is missing?
A Hymn for Christmas Day
Written 1764 - Published 1803
Age: 12, Colston's School
Both the above, written in 1764, are taken from the three volume 1803, edition of Chatterton's works.
We await copies of the originals from Houghton Harvard Library who own the manuscripts.
Iconic Moment No. 4
On The Last Epiphany (WODA)
Chatterton's First Time in Print
Age: 10, Colston's School
We have to make do with the first printing of On the last Epiphany, or CHRIST coming to JUDGEMENT, because no manuscript is known to exist. It was printed in Felix Farley's Bristol Journal, on the 8th January 1763, when Chatterton was just 10 years old.
It was first claimed as Chatterton's work by William Tyson in 1837, and is accepted as such by Meyerstein.
It is listed in 'Works of Doubtful Authenticity' by Donald S. Taylor.
In Flux and Subject to Collaboration - it's only a start! (.Q.)