From inception, Christ’s Hospital students were easily recognized by their uniform. In Tudor style, it comprised a long blue coat, knee-breeches and yellow socks, as well as bands at the neck. The uniform quickly earned Christ’s Hospital the name "Bluecoat School". While the name “Bluecoat School” initially referred to Christ’s Church, in subsequent centuries philanthropists established other Bluecoat schools with traditional bluecoat attire.
- Although there are still Bluecoat Schools throughout England, today Christ’s Hospital boys are the only ones to wear the Tudor style uniform on a daily basis. Look for yourself!
- What do girls wear at Christ’s Hospital today? Blue coats? No, girls wear complementary attire that includes a skirt.
- Yellow stockings were allegedly adopted because they discourage rats. Let me know if you test this out!
- A similarly attired Staffordshire figure was made in the Victorian era, titled “Colston Boy Bristol” In 1710, a Bristol philanthropist, Edward Colston, established Colston's School as "Colston's Hospital". This school was modeled on Christ’s Hospital and students also wore a long blue coat, knee britches and yellow stockings. Of course, the Victorian figure can't hold a candle to the earlier pearlware model.