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West View of Harrow School

West View of Harrow School

Engraver: Nicholls, W.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1808

Shelfmark: Ktop 29

Item number: 18.D

Genre: Topographical Print

This view of Harrow School from the back shows the original school classroom building. It was erected in 1608-15 after the founder John Lyon bequeathed the necessary funds. Originally the school provided education for the poor children of the parish but Queen Elizabeth I granted the school a charter for regulating the running of the school and it became a private school. By the eighteenth century boarding houses were established in the town of Harrow for pupils. When first built the main schoolroom was 50 feet long by 21 feet in width but the school was substantially enlarged in the 19th and 20th centuries with the construction of many new buildings. Interestingly this view also shows pupils amusing themselves in the playground and Harrow Church in the background.

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