Francis Close and Cheltenham Infant School green plaque in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Infant School This is the oldest purpose built infant school in existence. It was built, with a gallery and playground, for 250 pupils to the designs of Samuel Wilderspin and opened on the 26th July 1830. Founded by Rev. Francis Close.

Francis Close (11 July 1797 – 18 December 1882) was the Anglican Rector of Cheltenham (1826–1856), and Dean of Carlisle from 1856–1881.

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