Blue House, Frome

The Blue House in Frome, Somerset, England, was built in 1726 and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[1]

The Blue House
Yellow stone building with central 2 storey block with hipped roof and flanking 3 storey blocks
Blue House, Frome is located in Somerset
Blue House, Frome
Location within Somerset
General information
Town or cityFrome
Coordinates51°13′50″N 2°19′12″W / 51.2306°N 2.320°W / 51.2306; -2.320Coordinates: 51°13′50″N 2°19′12″W / 51.2306°N 2.320°W / 51.2306; -2.320

The Blue House, located adjacent to the town bridge, was formerly the Bluecoat School and Almshouses, so named due to the colour of the school uniforms.

Built in 1726 at a cost of £1,401 8s 9d, it replaced a previous almshouse dating from 1461 (and rebuilt in 1621). The Blue House provided accommodation for 20 female widows, and schooling for 20 boys, and the front of the building is adorned by two statues, one of a man, colloquially known as "Billy Ball", and one a woman called "Nancy Guy", indicating the building's dual role. Its role as a school ceased in 1921, and it now provides studio and one bedroom flats for 17 elderly residents.[2]

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  1. ^ "The Blue House". Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  2. ^ Goodall, Rodney. The buildings of Frome, 2nd Ed. Frome: Frome society for local study. p. 149. ISBN 0-9510157-5-3.