Author: David Evans
To the Students and Teachers of the schools of the City of Gloucester, past, present and the future
This study traces the history in the City of Gloucester from its origins in the cloister school of St Peter’s Abbey and the two rival grammar schools maintained by St Oswald’s and Llanthony priories. Starting in the early Middle Ages, the contributions of the Benedictines, Augustinian canons and founders of the medieval chantries are assessed.
The creation of new grammar schools in the reign of Henry VIII at the Crypt and King’s is described fully along with the development of these schools through the pivotal years of the Civil War and into the 18th century. As the country moved towards mass education by that time, the role of other initiatives, such as private school for girls, Sunday schools and Sir Thomas Rich’s Bluecoat School for apprentice boys, is also documented.
This chronological and fully illustrated study is the first time an author has brought together the early histories of the ancient schools of our city into a single volume, which sets the Gloucester experience in its national context