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For families who were not destitute there were schools in Stroud which could offer a traditional education. The earliest school recorded is the Red Boys School founded in the Town Hall in 1642, by Thomas Webb, a Stroud clothier.

Webb left his house by the churchyard with additional funds to be used "by 2 honest breed up four poor children..." They became known as the Red Boys because they wore clothes made from the Stroud Scarlet broadcloth.

 From January 2016, this website is managed by Stroud Local History Society

GROIMG0915 Old Market House and former Red Boys School
GROIMG1533 Doors of Town Hall, formerly used as fire station, and window of Red Boys School room.