BURY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, A HISTORY c. 1570-1976, by Ian Fallows.
This is a scholarly and fascinating account of the development of a shadowy little sixteenth century school into the large and prestigious dual foundation of today, serving a wide area of East Lancashire and enjoying a considerable reputation for academic excellence and service to the community. It is both a detective story set in a local community, and a serious contribution to the history of grammar schools. For over four centuries the school has been central to the life of this northern town; descendants of families which supported it in the 1600s continue to support it today; the Rector of Bury is a Governor, as he was when the earliest school croft nestled behind the Parish Church.
Bury was a pioneer in adapting the house system for the day school; its houses today commemorate cornerstones of its history - the distinguished House of Derby which supported the early school so strongly; the timely eighteenth century Refounder, Prebendary Roger Kay; the Hulme Trust, whose generous benefactions Bury has enjoyed with Oldham, Manchester and Brasenose College, Oxford; and the Rev. W. H. Howlett, one of the great nineteenth century day-school Headmasters.
The book brings to life families, individuals and groups who have influenced the school and benefited from it, and offers cameos of numerous individuals connected with its history, together with a detailed account of the tenure of every headmaster to serve and lead over the school over the centuries. It charts significant events, dramatises both cooperation and division in the local community, and depicts historic legal battles over the existence of the school.
Well documented, illustrated and indexed, it is a story to appeal not only to alumni, the people of Bury, and the descendants of those who have shared in the school's long history, but to all who might want to understand why the great northern grammar schools have been and continue to be such powerful contributors to our educational system.
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