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The remains of Bell Street School in Clarence Street, Landport, Portsmouth
The remains of Bell Street School in Clarence Street, Landport, Portsmouth

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Andrew Bell, born in Scotland in 1753, remembered his schooldays like this: ‘I never went to school without trembling. I could not tell whether I should be flogged or not’.

He became a clergyman and in 1797 published a book, Experiment in Education.

The National School Society was under Bell’s care and supported by the Church of England.

In 1812 a boys’ school, later Bell Street School, was opened in Clarence Street, Landport, Portsmouth.

It was at the back of what today is the Sainsbury’s store and a short road on the south side of Sainsbury’s has been named Andrew Bell Street.