The Andrew Reeds Debate
In 1813, Rev Dr Andrew Reed, a prominent philanthropist, congregational minister and social reformer, founded a charity at the young age of 26, The London Orphan Asylum (LOA). This was later to become The London Orphan School and then Reed’s School.
The aim of the Charity was to provide orphaned children with support, are and an education. To fund the charity, Andrew Reed – who was the son of a watchmaker – had a remarkable ability to appeal to benefactors, including the Church, the Royal Family, Nobility and the City of London.