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July 17, 2014

Public Schools of England

School Yard Eton College 1920

Sure, we've all heard of Eton (founded by King Henry VI in 1440 and pictured above in 1920) but I'll bet you haven't heard of some of the other eight; there are nine in all:

• Eton

• Winchester

• Harrow

• Rugby

• Westminster

• St. Paul's

• Charterhouse

• Merchant Taylors'

• Shrewsbury

[via Town & Country magazine]

July 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


An interesting list. The definition of a "public school" in England is very slippery. My own school (Nottingham High School) Was founded in 1513, has always been independent of the state system, and education there is financed by a mixture of fees and bursaries/scholarships for some students.

Posted by: Neil Combe | Jul 18, 2014 6:34:05 AM

One of my ancestors was a founder of Merchant Taylor's school, so yes, I'd heard of that.

Posted by: Becs | Jul 18, 2014 5:31:33 AM

Some Americans are familiar with Charterhouse: the band Genesis got its start there back in '66 (and by extension, Peter Gabriel's, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett's solo careers, and Mike and the Mechanics too). Later, World Party principal Karl Wallinger graduated from there as well.

Posted by: Dave Tufte | Jul 17, 2014 2:09:39 PM

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