Fundraiser set up to illuminate Rotherhithe’s blue coats

Staff Reporter (02 March, 2021)

'The building plays an important part in making this little enclave special'

42667The two figurines on the Old Schoolhouse building opposite St Mary's Church, Rotherhithe

A fundraiser has been launched to illuminate the two blue coat figures on the Old Schoolhouse in Rotherhithe, writes Simon Throssell…

The What’s On In Rotherhithe Group (WORG) are hoping to raise £4,617 to provide a ‘subtle and aesthetic daily illumination of two historic figurines every evening after dark.’

The two limestone figures date back to the 1700’s and sit prominently above the first-floor window of the Old Schoolhouse, opposite St Mary’s Church in Rotherhithe.

Their uniforms are blue because it was the cheapest dye available at that time.

The figurines were illuminated in September 2019 as part of the annual Illuminate Rotherhithe Festival, where they were much admired by visitors.

“Illuminating the 2 figures will complement the illumination of St Mary’s Church spire and the Christopher Jones memorial forming a harmonious group” the WORG explained.

“This will help foster enjoyment and wellbeing for local residents and visitors on their evening stroll through the area and make the area feel safer and more sociable.

“It will also expand the opportunity for the very popular walking tours to operate into the evening.”

For more information about the project and to donate visit



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