"At a meeting held at the house of Mr Letchworth to consider a plan submitted by Mr Lancaster for the education of poor children held this 27th August 1809. Resolved that such a school be established and that the same be a free school." Reading Lancastrian School Minute Book 1809.
The Grade 2 Listed Old British School on Southampton Street, marked by the blue spot on the map, was built in 1810. It is the only survivng building in the United Kingdom of its type from the period. In the Winter of 2000/2001 a competition run by the BBC decided that it is one of the most important buildings in the country. To the north of the building is an earthwork dating from the Civil War when there was an army camp on the site.
It was to have been converted into flats, but the development appears to have stalled.