Albert College was a private school set up and run by Francis Phillips Cato between 1879 and 1891. The school was situated in a house called ‘Poplars’ in Church Street, Shirley. An earlier school, Poplar House Academy, had occupied the same premises between 1843 and 1865. A full page advert for Albert College in Adams's Southampton Almanac, 1886 includes a drawing of the school house and a list of subjects taught. Cato was also a Wesleyan preacher, so it is not surprising that Religious Knowledge came high on the curriculum. Cato was assisted by his daughter, Margaretta, who taught music.

Albert College

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Advertisement from Adams's Southampton Almanac, 1886

Further reading:

‘Albert College’ by Veronica Green in Shirley from Domesday to D-Day, by Hilary Kavanagh et al, p29-31. (HS/h.SHI)


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