King Edward VI School, Stratford

I had the honour of being commissioned by an Old Boy of KES Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's School) to carve the school crest.  It is now wall-mounted at the entrance to the Pedagogue's House (see Archive link on school website)..  The carving itself is done on thick pool table slate and drawn freehand.  I also have added a link to their website.




School History

King Edward VI School is a voluntary-aided grammar school for boys. Established by the Guild of the Holy Cross, the school can trace its origins to May 1295, when in the Register of Deacons of the diocese of Worcester, there is the record of the ordination of Richard as rector scholarum, to teach the basics of learning the alphabet, psalters, and religious rites to boys.

The school was independently endowed by Thomas Jolyffe, a chaplain of the Guild, in June 1482. He gave to the Guild all the lands in Dodswell and Stratford, ‘the income from them was to be used, under certain conditions, on behalf of the school.’ Although the Guild of the Holy Cross survived the reign of Henry VIII, it was suppressed by his son Edward VI. When Royal commissioners visited Stratford in 1545-1546, they made note of the school above the Guildhall. When Edward VI returned the old Guild properties to the corporate hands of the townspeople, he also granted a Royal Charter in 1553, making the Guildhall their headquarters, and assuring the future of the school. In the 1570s, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, it is generally believed that William Shakespeare was educated in the room above the Guildhall. In what is still known as ‘Big School’, from the age of seven he was taught Latin, Rhetoric and perhaps Greek. Lessons began with prayers at six o’clock in the morning during summer, and continued until 5 o’clock. In winter, although boys were expected to bring their own candles, the poor light meant a shorter day lasting from seven o’clock.

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