Category Archive: History

Dec 18

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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Dec 13

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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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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