Category: History

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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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.

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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A C Dyer and the Aris brothers

Recently, we were contacted by Sarah Dyer, a grand-daughter of Arthur Dyer who was headmaster at LWGS from 1929 to 1948. Her father David Dyer moved to Australia (and this is where she writes from as she now lives in Melbourne) and he too became an educationist and was principal of schools in Victoria (he …

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A description of Thame Grammar School from 1828

When there were six boys in the school.

The Girls Grammar school, Thame and the origins of Holton Park Girls Grammar School

There are various snippets about Holton Park in our archives but we thought it would be useful to create a summary of these as well as including more of our original research, and information from Marilyn Yurdan’s book, School Songs and Gymslips – available via Amazon. There had always been a strong connection between LWGS …

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Henry Boddington

Henry Boddington, of the brewery fame, and who grew up in Thame in the early part of the 19th century, wrote of his life in a short autobiography. This extracts describes a little of Thame, the Grammar School and the Civil War: The High Street of Thame is very pretty in appearance. It is wide, …

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Football 1915

Andrew Dodwell discovered this photo of his father, Bernard Henry Dodwell, with fellow players. He could only identify the sportsmaster, Ron West, in the centre, but the others remained a mystery. Andrew, who lives in Thame with wife Rosalind, said: “My father fought in both world wars and survived. I’d like to know what happened …

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Rugby, Spring Term 1926

  The 1st XV had a good season playing 8, winning 5 and losing 3. In March they played the Old Boys and the match was reported as follows: Although the Old Boys brought down a strong team, we had hoped in view of our recent successes to defeat them for the first time, but …

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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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