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Supported by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust

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In 2017, the Heritage of London Trust held a conference on Victorian philanthropy in London. Among the great philanthropists who featured were the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, George Peabody and John Passmore Edwards, whose public buildings are found across the capital. Much less well-known is the Beaufoy family – supporters of the poor in 18th, 19th and early 20th century Lambeth. One of their grand philanthropic schemes was the Beaufoy Institute, which still stands in Black Prince Road.

This beautifully designed former school for the children of Lambeth – now owned by Diamond Way Buddhism UK – is being restored with support from the Heritage of London Trust. This is the story of their family, their business and their building.

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We will ask you for a small donation to go towards our projects.

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