The Colston's Hospital School Years
3 August 1760 - 30 June 1767
Delight and Disappointment
Iconic Moment No. 3
Colston's Great House,
On St Augustine's Back, Bristol
Became Colston's School.
In the eighth year of his life
Was Full of Enthusiasm
Then on Sunday the 3rd of August 1760
Came 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 he lost his freedom
The moment he stepped into the School
He once exclaimed
That he could learn more at home from books
- Which is OK if you have access to books!
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
Chatterton's Works at Colston's
3 August 1760 to 30 June 1767.
Twenty-two works to consider
6 years & 11 months at Colston's.
3 Authentic Works; 5 Doubtful;
2 Lost; 12 Wrongly Attributed.
There are no known works
Before he attended Colston's Hospital School.
According to D.S. Taylor
Chatterton, in his 7 years at Colston's,
Wrote only three 'authentic' works.
Taylor has been the foremost authority on Chatterton since before publication of his indispensable The Complete Works of Thomas Chatterton in 1971.
If you know anything of the career of the Murderer and Forger, Mark Hofmann, you will know that everything can be forged and everyone can be fooled!
This is why we must reconsider
Works of Doubtful Authenticity
Works of Doubtful Authenticity?
(Works to be Considered 5)
Not much to see here at present - . Held up by the Pandemic and waiting for Bristol Library to reopen in order to obtain images of the First Printings of the works on this page - in Felix Farley's Bristol Journal.
On the Last Epiphany, or Christ Coming to Judgement
Written 1763 - Published 1763 TP1138
The Churchwarden and the Apparition
Written 1764 - Published 1764 TP1139A
I've let my Yard, and sold my Clay
Written 1764- Published 1764 TP1139B
Letter from Fullford, the Grave-digger
Written 1764 - Published 1764 TP1139C
Custom. A Satire
Written 1766 - Published 1766 TP1140