A small blue boy

The Blue Boy statue in Exeter has been around a long time. The original from 1733, was carved from stone by John Weston and place by the wall of a school to show that it was a Bluecoat, or charity  school.

When I was a child this cast iron version from 1850 stood in the old post war Princesshay, just off the High Street and I loved going to see it. With re-development of Princesshay in 2007, the Blueboy was given a shiny coat of paint and pride of place, he is a striking figure.

This is my first entry for July Blues, Becky B’s month of squares, pop over and see what she’s up to.