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April 24, 2004
Highgate School gets planning permission

Again, no time for anything very profound today, but I did chance (and it really was pure chance) upon a bit in a book I bought today in a remainder shop, which is a date by date, year by year history of London. No analysis or grand theorising, or not by the look of it. Just history as one thing after another.

Here, as John Richardson tells it, is the entire story of London for the year 1565:



Sir Roger Cholmeley obtained permission to found a 'Free School' in Highgate village in April 1565, a few months before he died. Already the largest landowner in the area, to provide a site for a school and chapel he had acquired from the bishop of London a piece of land at the very top of Highgate Hill on which previously had stood a hermit's chapel. The school's rules were framed in 1571, which is probablv the year it opened, and a headmaster was appointed of 'good, sober and honest conversation, and no light person, who shall teach and instruct young children as well in their ABC and other English books, and to write, and also in their grammar as they shall grow ripe thereto'. Forty boys, paying fourpence each, from Highgate, Holloway, Kentish Town, Hornsey and Finchley, were to be admitted. At 7 a.m. the boys were at prayer; lessons followed until 11 a.m. and then from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. This establishment developed into Highgate School, which is still on the same site, next to the remnants of the old chapel burial ground.


Look here for the story as of 2004.

You can also get married there.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 10:12 PM
Category: History

So - you needed "permission" from somone (who, I wonder?) to open a school, as long ago as 1565.


Statism is older than I thought. How dispiriting.

Comment by: Andrew Duffin on April 26, 2004 04:24 PM
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