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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

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

David Turner

Yale University Press

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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