Category: History

Copies of the School Statutes: Schola Thamensis (1575)

The first specific reference to the whereabouts of the Statutes is quoted by Lee  – see 2 below. He stated that the 18th Century antiquary Richard Rawlinson added a note dated 21 December 1743 to a copy in the Bodleian that the Statutes were ‘as scarce and valuable as any MS’. References are made to the Statutes …

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Ian Fleming

On the afternoon of Thursday June 24 1909, the school held a garden fete in aid of the cricket pavilion, when the pavilion was officially opened. The Oxford Town Band were in attendance, and tea was served at a cost of 9p a head. A flyer noted that a number of distinguished patrons had put …

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Thame’s town crest and Lord Williams.

In the earlier post about swimming at LWS prior to the construction of the swimming pool, it noted that this took place at Jemmott’s Hole on the Thame river. (Or Jemmett – as the spelling varies in the records.) The Jemmott family owned the land where the river passed through – hence the nickname. (We …

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Bathing at Lord Williams’s Grammar School, 1900-1928

From Derek Turner, School Archivist. This short history, based on entries in the school magazine The Tamensian, begins in 1900 with the first mention of swimming in the Thame river and ends with the opening of the school’s own swimming bath in 1928. It is probable that that boys swam in the river Thame from …

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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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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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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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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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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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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.