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A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:12 am
by John Saunders
Most modern OWs have heard of headmasters Arnison and Tucker, since houses were named after them (and those of us born before about 1954 may have first-hand experience of the latter), but what about their predecessor?

George Joseph Peachell (14 April 1842 - 3 March 1905)
The school history (q.v.) has quite a bit about Peachell. I won’t replicate it here but will attempt to fill in a few minor details via some online genealogical research, and also append some other stuff I’ve dug out of and elsewhere.


Peachell was appointed in 1879 following the retirement of James Poulter. He was then aged 36 and had been educated at King’s School, Rochester. He gained an Exhibition to St John’s College, Cambridge. Before taking up the RGS headmastership, he had been second master at Marylebone Grammar School. In 1869, in the Medway district in Kent, he married Sarah Mallin Bridge, sister of distinguished Victorian composer Sir Frederick Bridge. George and Sarah brought up their children (there were allegedly eight, of whom I have been able to trace seven) in the school house at Wycombe.

Peachell’s sons, Frederick Harry (1876-1940), George Ernest (1879-1932) and Gerald Percy (1888-1952) attended the school (as did a fourth son but I’ve not tracked him down yet). Frederick became a maths master at the Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn and a headmaster himself later (see below). George jnr, apparently known as Ernest, became a medical man (he studied at St Mary’s Hospital, London) and turned out for Bucks at Minor Counties’ cricket. Gerald became a musician like his uncle Sir Frederick Bridge (who trained him) and became principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Society of Sydney, Australia; he later became owner and headmaster of Elmhurst School.

(EDIT: Sir Frederick Bridge also had sent to the school a boy called Lance A Collingwood around the beginning of the 20th century. He was a Westminster Abbey choirboy when Sir F B was organist there. The Wycombiensian Old Boys' Notes (Sept 1957, p360) records that "Collingwood made a name for himself as a composer and conductor very early in his life and was made organist of Exeter College, Oxford, in 1908." His name was actually Lawrance Arthur Collingwood and he was born in Mitcham, Surrey, in 1887. Elsewhere on the web I came across this: "Lawrence [sic] Arthur Collingwood (1887-1982), educated at Westminster Abbey Choir School and Exeter College, Oxford, was a répétiteur, then Conductor at the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells (Conductor 1940-47). He was long associated with EMI/HMV and also composed – operas, piano sonatas, chamber music, a Piano Concerto and some songs, a number of them ballads and a few to French words originally. Examples are Good Day to You My Sweetheart, Little Woodland Bird, Paradise, When Sunday Morning Broke so Fair and The Wood of Flowers. His Wikipedia page is here. The correct spelling of his name does appear to be 'Lawrance' (baptismal records show this) but perhaps he was known as 'Lance' at school.)

Peachell’s daughter Ethel Margaret (born 1881) married George Tilling Doel, a chemist from High Wycombe, in Paris, France in 1908*. Ethel died in 1970. Another daughter, Gertrude Hilda (born 1883) was a pupil at a girls’ school in Wantage in 1901, as was her sister Helen Mildred (born 1885). Gertrude married William G Bain in Farnham, Surrey, in 1916 and seems to have died in 1961. Helen married William H Lowndes in Wycombe in 1912 and died in 1964. She seems the most interesting of all - I found her name amongst a list of people who worked at Bletchley Park during the war []. It listed her as a Foreign Office civilian, TSAO (Temporary Senior Assistant/Administrative Officer), and then ‘Mansfield College Oxford. Probably Code and Cypher Production Unit’. (Another daughter, Mabel Mary, seems to have died as an infant b 1873, d 1878, so I’m not sure she ever arrived in HW.)

(* edited 24 Nov 2016 - I am grateful to Diana Lyons, a direct descendant of George Peachell via his daughter Ethel, for details about Ethel's marriage)

Peachell died suddenly on 3 March 1905 whilst still headmaster. His widow Sarah lived on until 1928 when she died in Thame, Oxfordshire.


It’s quite interesting to have a look at the census rolls for 1881, 1891 and 1901 as it lists everyone living under the roof of the school, including boarders and domestic staff.

1901 Census, RGS, Easton Street, High Wycombe

George J Peachell, 58, Schoolmaster, employee, working at home, born Gillingham, Kent
Sarah M Peachell, 58, wife, born Oldbury, Staffs
George E Peachell, 22, son, born Marylebone, London
Ethel M Peachell, 19, dau, born High Wycombe
Gerald P Peachell, 13, son, born High Wycombe
Joseph Frost, 31, Assistant Schoolmaster, born Bourne, Lincs
(the next batch are school boarders...)
Frederick Westfield, 14, born High Wycombe
Charles R Westfield, 13, born High Wycombe
Leonard Lavers, 14, born Mauritius (British subject)
Frank T Skellorn, 11, born Hornsey, Middx
William T Peck, 12, born Finsbury Park, London
Philip H Phillips, 13, born High Wycombe
William H Fleck, 12, born High Wycombe
James D Fleck, 11, born High Wycombe
Dudley A Griffin, 13, born Marylebone, Middx
Frederick L Griffin, 11, born Marylebone, Middx
Francis Hayden, 12, born Ashwell, Herts
Francis W C Morgans, 10, born Eastbourne, Sussex
Cyril W Morton, 13, born Chiswick, Middx
(and domestic staff...)
Amy Mead, 21, single, housemaid, born Hughenden, Bucks
Kate Lock, 29, single, cook, born Bow, London
Jessie Lawrence, 19, single, parlour maid, born Paddington, London
Ruth Ayres, 17, single, kitchen maid, born High Wycombe

Incidentally, the entry in the 1901 Census immediately before the one for the RGS is for Barton House which appears to be a girls’ boarding school, with four schoolmistresses and seven girl boarders aged between 10 and 17. The headmistress was Martha Thomas (born abt 1852, St Pancras, London), with her elder sister Lydia (born abt 1838, Hanover Sq, London) as housekeeper.

1891 Census, RGS, 29 Easton Street, High Wycombe

George J Peachell, 48, schoolmaster, M.A., born Old Brompton, Kent
Sarah M Peachell, wife, 48, born Oldbury, Staffs
Fredk H Peachell, son, 15, born St John’s Wood, London
George E Peachell, son, 12, born St John’s Wood, London
Ethel M Peachell, dau, 9, born High Wycombe
Gertrude H Peachell, dau, 8, born High Wycombe
Helen M Peachell, dau, 5, born High Wycombe
Gerald P Peachell, son, 3, born High Wycombe
John Trask, assistant schoolmaster, 25, born Northington, Hampshire
(pupils / boarders...)
William H Gurney, 17, born Slapton, Bucks
Fredk G Gurney, 15, born Slapton, Bucks
Ernest T Gurney, 13, born Slapton, Bucks

Reginald T[urle] Bridge, 14, nephew [of Sarah Peachell], born Westminster
Horace G[eorge] Bridge, 11, nephew [of Sarah Peachell], born Stoke Newington
(more pupils...)
William A Hayden, 15, born High Wycombe
Arthur F Hayden, 13, born High Wycombe (see below)
Edward D Phillips, 14, born High Wycombe
Stanley W Phillips, 9, born High Wycombe
Charles G Bird, 10, born Acton, Middx
Malcolm G Gurney, 13, born Saunderton, Bucks
James A Heaton, 10, born Holloway, London
Charles R Mullings, 10, born Maidenhead, Berks
Leonard R Nash, 13, born Fingest, Bucks
George M Roberts, 13, born Ivinghoe, Bucks
Nigel C Richardson, 10, born Llangollen, Denbighshire
Charles S Turner, 14, born High Wycombe
John Turle, 15, born Finchley
(domestic staff...)
Margaret Weir, single, 25, nurse, born Cork, Ireland
Jane Larner, single, 23, cook, born Stokenchurch, Oxf
Mary Stonnell, single, 23, housemaid, born Chesham, Bucks
Emily Hodson, single, 20, housemaid, born Aylesbury, Bucks
(more pupils...)
Edward Baron Clarke, 14, born Whitchurch, Hampshire
Ernest A Clarke, 12, , born Whitchurch, Hampshire

1881 Census - Old Chapel, Easton Street, High Wycombe
Geo J Peachell, 38, Schoolmaster M.A., born Gillingham, Kent
Sarah M Peachell, 38, born Oldbury, Staffs
Fredk H Peachell, 5, born Marylebone, Middx
George E Peachell, 2, born Marylebone, Middx
(boarding pupils...)
Arthur J Craddock, 16, born India
Herbert Craddock, 12, born India
James Craddock, 11, born India
Harold Reynolds, 16, born Kensington, Middx [see below]
Ernest M Williams, 13, born India
Alfred G P Baines, 9, born High Wycombe
Hugh A Power, 11, born Paddington, Middx
(domestic staff...)
Sarah E Bramble, single, 18, housemaid, born Hoo, Kent
Eliza E Abbott, single, 20, cook, born High Wycombe
Alice F Jarrett, single, 19, nurse, born Upnor, Kent

Harold Reynolds (b 1865 Kensington, London, d 8 Aug 1905 Lahore, Punjab) played one game of first class cricket in 1895 in Bombay! ( ... 14420.html)


George Joseph. Peachell
College: ST JOHN'S
Entered: Michaelmas 1861
Born: 14 Apr 1842
More Information: Adm. sizar at ST JOHN'S, Oct. 11, 1861. S. of Joseph Robert, rope-maker (and Mary Elizabeth [Woodhead*]). B. [Apr. 14, 1842], at Deptford, Kent. Bapt. June 12, 1842. [School, Rochester Choir School] Matric. Michaelmas. 1861; B.A. (36th Wrangler) 1865; M.A. 1869. For 26 years Head Master of the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Bucks., 1879-1905. Died Mar. 6, 1905, at High Wycombe. Father of the below. (Eagle, XXVII. 274; Scott, MSS.; Schoolmasters' Directories; The Times, Mar. 8, 1905.)

Source of the above: Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 - the bit about ‘rope-maker’ looked improbable but seems to be true originally - the 1851 census for Gillingham shows Peachell’s father Joseph to be a 33-year-old schoolmaster and his mother Mary to be a 35-year-old schoolmistress. Joseph later becomes an assessor and collector of taxes. Here's an extract from Joseph Peachell's obit in Chatham News for 24 Oct 1891: "Mr [Joseph] Peachell first came to Gillingham to work in the dockyard, but soon left the yard to open a private school in Britton Street, New Brompton, and was afterwards appointed the headmaster of the National School, Gillingham... in 1862 to was appointed vestry clerk... and in 1869 clerk to the burial board... clerk to the highway board, collector of the poor rate and lighting rate. He was also for many years assessor of Crown taxes. He leaves nine children (three of a school age), having been twice married. His eldest son, the Rev. George Peachell, is distinguished in the scholastic world: he at present holds the post of headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, and will be remembered as the wrangler of his year at St. John's College, Cambridge, to which college he won a scholarship from Rochester Choir School."

PEACHELL, FREDERICK HARRY. Adm. at King's, [Cambridge] Sept. 29, 1894. [Eldest s. of George Joseph (above). B. June 28, 1876. School, Rugby.] Matric. Michaelmas. 1894; B.A. 1897; MA. 1902. Assistant Master at Portmore School, Weymouth, 1897-1903 ; at Blackburn Grammar School, 1903-13. Head Master of Wolmer's School, Kingston, Jamaica, 1914-18; of Bentham Grammar School, 1918-20; Head of the Maths. Dept., Bolton Municipal Secondary School, 1920-33 (Rugby Sch. Reg.; Schoolmasters' Directories; King's Coll. Reg.) (online)

* maiden name of Peachell's mother provided by Ann West, descendant of George Peachell, 2015


This online copy ( ) of the Wycombiensian has some interesting material.


Arthur Falconer Hayden (24 Aug 1877-1940)

Mr. Arthur Falconer Hayden (son of Dr. Hayden), formerly a pupil of the Royal Grammar School Wycombe, under the late Mr. G. J. Peachell has sailed for India this week. Mr. Hayden was fellow student at St. Mary's with Mr. Ernest Peachell at which hospital they took the highest honours. Mr. Hayden holds the following qualifications: Member of College of Surgeons and Licentiate of College of Physicians MB London, and Fellow of College of Surgeons London. He has lately entered the Indian Medical Service being third on the list, and was one of the 14 out of 42 candidates who were successful. He has also obtained the Montefiore bronze medal (prize in military surgery) and the Martin Gold Medal (Military medicine).

Whilst in India with the British Army he contracted polio. When he returned home to England he retrained as a research doctor as he was now confined to a wheelchair. He worked with Sir Alexander Fleming and his team on the discovery of penicillin at St Mary's, Paddington, London.

Source: Lieut-Colonel D.G. Crawford's 'Roll of the Indian Medical Service 1615 - 1930' (London, Calcutta and Simla: Thacker, 1930).
St. Mary's M.R.C.S., 1900. L.R.C.P. Lond 1900. MB (Honours), 1903, B.S. 1904, Lond. Lt. 1 Sept. 1905. F.R.C.S. 1906. Capt. 1 Sept. 1908. T.H.P. 23 Jan. 1910. R. 23 Jan. 1912.
M.R.C.S. Member, Royal College of Surgeons L.R.C.P. London Royal College of Physicians B.S. Brigade Surgeons. F.R.C.S. Fellow, Royal College Surgeons T.H.P. Temporary Half Pay R. Retired
In India he served in the Rawalpindi division.
Arthur Falconer Hayden Born 24 Aug 77
FIRST COMM: 1 Sep 05
DATE RANK: 1 Sep 08
RANK: Captain - Indian Medical Service

Re: A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:11 am
by John Saunders
The book The Early History and Antiquities of Wycombe: In Buckinghamshire (by John Parker, published by Butler & Son, 1878) has some interesting entries regarding the RGS and is available to be read in various formats here online.

Here is a list of RGS masters from the book. I have tidied up the presentation a little - hope I haven't introduced any errors in so doing but it is always possible. By 'master', I take it the book means 'headmaster' but, there being only one master at the school during most of its history, the 'head' is de trop.

The Reverend — Wrothe, 1548.
William Wilkinson, A.M. [no dates given]
Gerard Dobson, late Vicar of Wycombe, 1645, resigned 1646.
Henry Wyat, A.M., afterwards Rector of Bradenham, 1646, resigned 1661.
Philip Humphrey, 17th July, 1661.
William Lardner,* A.M., formerly Rector of Bradenham, 1671.

* Mr. Philip Humphrey, the late Master, having died very poor, his successor (Mr. Lardner) was bound, on his election by the Common Council, to pay to his Widow Katherine, ten pounds, in the course of the next two years, "provided she does not turne Quaker in the mean time, or otherwise become a Sectary, and not observe and obey the Liturgy of the Church of England."

Joseph Howe, 1673, died 1701.
Joseph Loveday, A.B., resigned 1707.
Samuel Guise, 1707, died 1753.
Thomas Heather, Jun., 1754, resigned 1762.
The Reverend William Edwards, 1762, suspended 1771
Alban Thomas, 1771, died 1789.
Daniel James, 1789, died 1793.
Mr. William Sproston, 1793, died 1841.
The Reverend Joshua Finlinson, 1841, resigned 1842.
Mr. Edwin* Fox, 1843, resigned 1852. (* almost certainly an error for Edmund Fox - see elsewhere on this forum and website)
The Reverend James Poulter, A.M. 1852.

(at which point the list ends but we know Poulter gave way to Peachell in 1879 and Arnison took over in 1905, etc, etc. A.B. and A.M. we would now render as B.A. and M.A.)

N.B. I have since compiled a web page displaying all the above headmasters, plus assistant masters, from the school's foundation up to the 1970s -

Re: A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:15 am
by John Saunders
Here is another passage from the above-mentioned book about Wycombe:

John Parker, in The Early History and Antiquities of Wycombe: In Buckinghamshire wrote:Among distinguished men who were pupils at the Royal Grammar School, we may mention Edmund Waller, the poet; Sir Denis Le Marchant, Bart, M.P., late Clerk of the House of Commons, and author of the Biography of his father Major-Gen. John Gaspard Le Marchant ; Lieut. General Sir John Gaspard Le Marchant, Bart., K.C.B., G.C.M.G., late Commander in Chief at Madras ; Major Charles Douglas ; Major James Dundas Douglas, Assistant Adjutant General in Afghanistan and Deputy Military Secretary to Government, killed in action near Pesh Bolak in the Afghan Campaign in 1840; General Sir Robert Percy Douglas, Bart., formerly Assistant Adjutant-General to the Forces, and Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey, and late Lieutenant-Governor and Commander-in-Chief at the Cape of Good Hope, 1864-8; H. W. Bristow, Esq. (son of Major-General Bristow), Professor of Geology, and one of the Examiners of the Council of Military Examination; J. O. Griffits, Esq., Q.C., Recorder of Reading; and we may add the names of Edward J. Payne, Esq., M. A., a fellow of University College, Oxford, and of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister-at-Law ; and W. G. Hayden, Esq., M.D., who were educated by the present able Head Master of the School, The Reverend James Poulter.

Re: A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:52 pm
by John Saunders
Some of the above Old Wycombiensians are documented on the web...

Edmund Waller (1606-1687), the poet, is well documented. See Wikipedia entry here. John Aubrey refers to him in Brief Lives, the source being Waller himself (who also supplied Aubrey with information on Hobbes, my Penguin Classics edition tells me).

Sir Denis Le Marchant, baronet, MP, late Clerk of the House of Commons, and author of the Biography of his father Major-Gen. John Gaspard Le Marchant. See Wikipedia entry. He was the brother of Sir John Gaspard Le Marchant (see below). The reason for the Le Marchant family being in High Wycombe is an interesting one. Major General John Gaspard Le Marchant (the father of the above two) founded the forerunner of what is now known as the Royal Military College at the Antelope Inn in High Wycombe in 1799. The Antelope was then in the High Street (on a site now occupied by a baker's shop). He obtained a royal warrant for his staff training establishment in 1801 and it moved first to Marlow in 1802 and to Sandhurst in 1820. The location of a military academy in Wycombe, albeit briefly, means we can claim a number of distinguished soldiers of this period as OWs.

Lieut. General Sir John Gaspard Le Marchant, Bart., K.C.B., G.C.M.G., late Commander in Chief at Madras. See Wikipedia entry.

Major Charles Douglas - I found this on the web: 61st Foot - died 30th July 1847. Grave is in Ambala Cemetery - "Sacred to the memory of Major C. Douglas. H.M.s 61st Regiment. Eldest son of Lieut. General Sir Howard Douglas, GCB, who departed this life at Umballa on the 30th July 1847, Aged 40 years. deeply and sincerely regretted by his friends who have erected this simple monument to his memory and worth."

Major James Dundas Douglas (1801-1840), Assistant Adjutant General in Afghanistan and Deputy Military Secretary to Government, killed in action near Pesh Bolak in the Afghan Campaign in 1840. As Maj. Charles Douglas, he was a son of General Sir Howard Douglas, 3rd Baronet, GCB, GCMG, FRS (January 23, 1776 – November 9, 1861. Further info on the web - "Captain James Dundas DOUGLAS - 9th N.I. - Aged 39. Son of General Sir Howard, G.C.B. and Anne, of Edinburgh. Killed in action in the Nazian Valley, Afghanistan 25th February 1841" - gives a different year of death.

General Sir Robert Percy Douglas, Bart., formerly Assistant Adjutant-General to the Forces, and Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey, and late Lieutenant-Governor and Commander-in-Chief at the Cape of Good Hope, 1864-8. A third son of Sir Howard Douglas. See Wikipedia entry.

H. W. Bristow, Esq. (son of Major-General Bristow), Professor of Geology, and one of the Examiners of the Council of Military Examination. A very good biography here online. Henry William Bristow, FRS, FGS (17 May 1817 - 14 Jun 1889)

J. O. Griffits, Esq., Q.C., Recorder of Reading. Some useful biographical info to be found here. James Olliff Griffits (b abt 1821 High Wycombe, d 29 Nov 1894, Twickenham, Middx) Occupation: Queen's Counsel Barrister 1891 The Priory, Castle Hill, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. "James Olliff Griffits was the son of John Griffits, a saddler in Queen Square. James entered the legal profession and became the Recorder for Reading, he grew prosperous and was a benefactor of High Wycombe, providing the fountain in Frogmore Gardens and the Library."

Edward J. Payne, Esq., M. A., a fellow of University College, Oxford, and of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister-at-Law. 1844-1904. John Mitchell's photographic history of the school has some photos and information about him (pages 12-13). See Wikipedia entry.

W. G. Hayden, Esq., M.D. - his descendant Lorna Cowan has put together some excellent biographical information on him here at Rootsweb. Dr William Gallimore Hayden (born 23 Aug 1842 in 8, Easton Street, High Wycombe, died 18 Jun 1909 in Shenfield, Essex). His son Arthur Falconer Hayden is referred to further up the thread.

Re: A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:00 pm
by John Saunders
Lorna Cowan, mentioned above in relation to her ancestor WG Hayden, has put up some excellent old photos of her family and Wycombe here.

Re: A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:56 pm
by John Saunders
Nothing I'm doing here is an attempt to rival previous published historical work on the school. I'm simply sifting various online sources to see what is out there and freely available relating to the school.

There are two major works on the school and its history.

The History of the Royal Grammar School 1562-1962 by LJ Ashford and CM Haworth (published by the school in 1962). Link to a scan of it here. Written by former masters at the school: one-time head of history Mr Ashford wrote the early history of the school, while head of Classics Kit Haworth added chapters on Arnison and Tucker, plus the appendices. An excellent read - I've read it two or three times. As an avid family historian, I've come to prefer more intimate histories of times past, rather than kings, queens, presidents and wars, and this book provides some interesting insights into the town as well as the school. We live in a time when money (or rather the lack of it) dominates everyone's thoughts - dip into the school history and you'll soon find 'twas ever thus! I've no idea if the book is still obtainable but I imagine second-hand copies can be found somewhere on the web.

Images of England: Royal Grammar School by John I Mitchell (published by Tempus Publishing Ltd in 2003 and written by the school archivist). A collection of photographs and captions illustrating the story of RGS in High Wycombe, £11.99 - available from the school - Try shopping for it here - though, with the frequency with which the school rejigs its web pages, it may not be long before this becomes a broken link!. This is also an excellent book, giving a broad-brush history of the school and illustrating its buildings, masters and boys along the way.

In the preface of the Ashford and Haworth book, it says: "Schools are like the the old kingdom of Prussia in that their histories are the histories of those who ruled them. Materials for the last hundred years are comparatively abundant, but they are the records of the Governors and of the Headmasters, not of the boys or the assistant masters. For Wycombe, as for other schools, it must be left to fiction to provide the Tom Browns, the Bunters, the Mr Chips and the Mr Perrins." True enough when it was written, of course, but the authors could not have foreseen a future in which we can readily exchange information electronically and enjoy indulging in some "DIY history".

Which is partly why Tony Hare and I have set up websites, to showcase old photographs and other memorabilia. As do the school and OW websites, of course. It would interesting if we could delve a bit deeper into the OWs of the past, who go largely unrecorded in official accounts but sometimes surface via family history researches and the like. This forum would be a good place to share such items.

Re: A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:20 pm
by John Saunders
Here's the 1871 census entry for the RGS at 34 Easton Street, High Wycombe. Or rather the headmaster. No sign of any boarders in those days.


Census 1871 - 34 Easton Street

James Poulter, Head, Mar., aged 67, Master of Grammar School, born Middx, Marylebone
Reginald (ditto), Son, Unm., 24, Private Tutor, born Somerset, Bath
Mary E (ditto), Dau, Unm., 26, teacher, born Somerset, Bath
Joseph Clifford, Brother in law, Unm., [age illegible - 54 perhaps?], surgeon out of practice, born London, St Dunstans
Penelope Watson, Visitor, Unm., 26, [no profession], born Berks, Maidenhead
Sarah Davis, Serv., Unm., 36, Cook, born Wilts, Gt Bedwyn.
Winifred Small, Serv., Unm., 18, Housemaid, born Bucks, Haddenham

Re: A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:39 pm
by John Saunders
Here's the 1861 Census entry for the RGS Headmaster. Just him, his son and a servant at that time...


Census 1861 - Easton Street

James Poulter, Head, M(arried? Widowed?), 57, Head Master, Royal Grammar School [without?], born Middlesex, Marylebone
Reginald C Poulter, Son, Unm., 14, scholar, born Somersetshire, Bath
Elizabeth Williams, serv., Unm., 20, Housemaid, born Bucks, Wooburn

Re: A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:53 pm
by John Saunders
James Poulter wasn't RGS headmaster until 1852, but, for completeness, here is his 1851 census record in High Wycombe...


Census 1851, Crendon Lane, High Wycombe

James Poulter, Head, Mar., 46, Assistant Curate of High Wycombe, born London
Mary E (ditto), Wife, Mar, 38, [no profession], born London
Reginald C (ditto), Son, 4, born Bath
Elizabeth Haines, Serv., Unm., 25, House Servant, born Bucks, Lane End

Re: A Bit of RGS History

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:05 pm
by John Saunders
There was a post here about Edwin/Edmund Fox, headmaster from 1843 to 1852, but I have moved it to a subject on its own. JS