Category Archive: History

Oct 01

Thame School, the Norreys family and the revenge of the Berties

  The school archivist has written the piece below on the connection between the school and the Norreys family. Lord Williams may have founded and given his name to the school but it was the family of his son-in-law Henry Norreys (or Norris) that had the closest connection with the school during its first century. …

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Sep 25

The Controversy Over John Hampden’s Death – the Truth.

John Hampden was one of the school’s most illustrious alumni, although in truth nothing is known of his schooldays when he was enrolled as a boarder. Born in 1595 this would have been in the mid 1600s as by 1610 when fifteen, he matriculated as a commoner at Magdalen College, Oxford. His fame comes, of …

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Jan 21

Is it a chough or a moorcock on the coat of arms?

An interesting question this. Is the bird on Lord Williams’s coat of arms used by the school a Cornish chough or a moorcock? The red-billed chough is a member of the crow family (and those familiar with an earlier post will recall that Queen Elizabeth I called Williams’s daughter ‘my black crowe’). The moorcock is …

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Oct 25

Did Elizabeth I ‘open’ the school?

1. Background Recently we were contacted by the guardians of Rycote Chapel with an unusual request. Could we determine whether Queen Elizabeth 1 had opened the school? So we went to our history books. 2. Findings to date 2.1 Introduction The connection between Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) , Lord Williams (c1500 – 1559), his …

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Nov 29

Wykehamist Headmasters

In an appendix to the school history written by John Howard Brown he lists all the headmasters from 1570 to 1920. Of the first nine, spanning 1570-1727, eight are shown as being Wykehamists – and at New College – and a tenth from 1814-1841. The school archivist set out to discover if anything was known …

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Mar 22

A History of the Thame Girls’ Grammar School Guild

Girls Grammar School Thame The above link goes to a pdf of this history, compiled from records and with personal reminiscences by Dorothy Avery.  

Mar 22

Commemorative Plaque remembering the site of the Thame Girls Grammar School

Chairman’s address at the unveiling of the plaque ceremony 25.4.1992, at what was then a Co-op store and which later became a Sainsbury’s. Firstly, a warm welcome to you all – Thame Girls’ Grammar School Guild members, friends and the people of Thame. I expect most of you will remember the Thame Girls’ Grammar School …

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Mar 22

The John Hampden Memorial in Thame

The memorial of Bath stone is fixed to the wall of what was once the Greyhound Inn in Thame High Street and bears the following inscription:- To honour the imperishable memory of John Hampden 1594 – 1643 Scholar of Lord William’s Grammar School, Thame Between the years 1600 and 1609 With great courage and consummate …

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Mar 22

Girls Grammar School Thame

We’ve been very lucky to have been loaned a short history of the Thame Girls’ Grammar School Guild, complied by Dorothy Avery. The whole 55 page document will be uploaded on this site and we will also add further information to our page that documents a history of the girls grammar school.

Jan 26

In memory of the backroom staff

A moving piece from the Tamensian magazine of 1967 that celebrated the life of Reg Cadle, who was Caretaker at the school and died that year, but which is timeless – even now this is what Wally and the team get up to once all the students leave for the holidays. (Who would know that …

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