Merchant Taylors' School (Northwood)

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The Merchant Taylors' School was founded in 1561 by Thomas White and Richard Hilles. The school was originally located in a house named Manor of the Rose in the parish of St. Lawrence Pountney in London . The school is one of the nine schools named in the Public Schools Act of 1868 . Today around 850 boys between the ages of 11 and 18 attend school.


Thomas White was a drapery merchant and a member of the Merchant Taylor Company's guild . The guild already had schools a. a. founded in Macclesfield and Wolverhampton . Schools were previously often tied to monasteries and with the Reformation under Henry VIII they were also dissolved. In the years after 1550, new schools were founded. White also founded St. John's College at the University of Oxford , creating a traditionally close relationship between the school and the university.

The school was hit by the repeated plague epidemics in London. Because of this, she did not accept any students in 1636 and 1637. In 1666 the school was also destroyed in the great fire that largely destroyed the city. The school was only able to move into a new building in 1675.

In 1866 the Merchant Taylor Company bought 22,000 square feet of land on Goswell Street from the Charterhouse Foundation. The new building, which was occupied in 1875, not only made it possible to modernize the school, but also to increase the number of students.

But Spencer Leeson, who took over the management of the school in 1927, moved it out of the center of the city to the area between the suburbs of Ruislip , Northwood and Rickmansworth to give it even more space. The property at Sandy Lodge was bought in 1929 and the old school location sold to St Bartholomew's Hospital . The school moved into its new building in the summer of 1933.

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Coordinates: 51 ° 37 ′ 55 "  N , 0 ° 25 ′ 36.9"  W.