Graham Thomas

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Rycote House

In the 16th and 17th centuries Rycote was probably the most important estate in Oxfordshire. Lord Williams bought the estate in 1539; prior to his purchase there had been two previous owners, Sir William Fowler, who probably built the original house and Giles Heron. When Williams bought the estate he combined two existing manors, Rycote …

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The only LWS alumni to feature on a postage stamp

So far as we know Lt Eric Rose MC is the only alumni of the School to feature on a postage stamp: in this instance a commemorative issue from the British Indian Ocean Territories issued in 2008. The stamp can be seen via this link.    

Tom Baldwin

Just found this Daily Mail article about Tom Baldwin who was at the school back in the late 70s and early 80s. Tom is a journalist and strategy advisor to the Labour Party.

An account of Lord Williams’s attendance at the burning of the Bishops

There are a number of accounts of the role that Lord Williams played at the burning of the Bishops. This particular ones comes from a book published in 1832, titled, A History of England in which it is Intended to consider Men and Events on Christian Principles. The author is only identified as being a …

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Apartment to rent on Lake Como

Just a small announcement to say our apartment on Lake Como is available for rent this year.   If you are interested please contact us as below or access the website www.homeaway.co.uk  (apartment Number 11067). We will be happy to give friends/family a discount. Alternatively please could you forward this mail or tell your own friends/colleagues etc about its availability. Thank you HUGELY …

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Burial of Lord Williams

These two entries from November 1559 are from the diary of Henry Machyn a citizen and Merchant-Taylor of London (1550-1563). The ix day of November was a hers mad for my lord Wylliam of Tame, and the chyrche and the [place] hangyd with blake and armes and a x dosen penselles. The xv day of November …

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Class of 1947

The class of ’47 have long been organising reunions annually. They even had their own web-site, which we’ve taken this information from. Pupils and Staff of our era How we were and what’s happened since we were all at school, Staff are shown Red, Pupils not yet located are shown Green; Comments in Italics are taken from the …

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Great Kickstarter Project from Steve Bingham

“The Persistence Of Vision” is a CD which I have wanted to record for quite some time. I have always loved the solo violin music of J S Bach, and in particular the D minor Partita with the amazing Chaconne movement – quite simply the greatest piece of violin writing ever! Last year I had the …

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Rycotewood College

Cecil Michaelis founded a training school in 1938 that was located in the then defunct Thame Workhouse. He formed a trust with himself and Mr E Bullock as trustees to administer and direct its affairs. The Trust, registered as Rycotewood Trust, had a guaranteed income for 8 years. The trustees have decided to train boys …

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Life of the River Thame

First published by the Thame Gazette in 2007. An interesting story as Tony Chaplin was the son of Geoffrey Chaplin, head of the Wenman, and Tony is also an OT. Tony Chaplin, of Windmill Road, Thame, published The River Thame – a fascinating collection of fact, fiction and photographs  The paperback uncovers the history of …

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