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The Old BoysThe Decline and Rise of the Public School$
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David Turner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189926

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189926.001.0001

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Earls and Shoemakers 1611–1767

Earls and Shoemakers 1611–1767

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(p.30) Chapter Two Earls and Shoemakers 1611–1767
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The Old Boys
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David Turner

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300189926.003.0002

This chapter discusses the British public school system from 1611 to 1767. Topics covered include the establishment of the public schools Charterhouse, Harrow School, and Rugby School; the low standard of education at public schools; the creation of “private schools”, establishments set up by one person or a small group of individuals to make a profit; the role of Richard Busby, headmaster of Westminster from 1638–1695, in making the school the most alluring of all the public schools; and birth of the primitive early ancestors of girls' public schools: small institutions set up for profit in some verdant district a little way outside the city, in order to spare girls from the unseemly horrors of life in the capital.

Keywords:   British public schools, public school education, educational system, Charterhouse, Harrow School, Rugby School, private schools, Richard Busby, girls' public schools

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