The Bog School and West Kent School, c. 1870

The Bog School and West Kent School, c. 1870 <br> Photo Courtesy of the Public Archives and Records Office Acc2320-35-8

The Bog School and West Kent School, c. 1870
Photo Courtesy of the Public Archives and Records Office Acc2320-35-8

The Bog School was built in 1848 on the northwest corner of Kent and Rochford Street on land donated by Captain Orlebar (for whom Orlebar Street is named). It was built to serve the poorest community in the City. The area in which it was located, referred to locally as the Bog, was home to the first and only mixed race community in Charlottetown. In 1868, the School was replaced with the one pictured above that was a larger version of the original school. Pictured behind the Bog School is West Kent School. It was designed by well-known architect, Thomas Alley and constructed in 1878 to serve the students of the west end of the City. Interestingly, it was almost a twin to the Prince Street School building. West Kent School would eventually be torn down to make way for the Public Administration Buildings and a new West Kent School was constructed on Viceroy Avenue in 1962.

 

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