Saint Paul's School

Hammersmith, London. Noted English public school, founded in 1509, and endowed with his entire patrimony by John Colet. Erected within the precincts of Saint Paul's cathedral, near the site of an older foundation (c.1111) which Saint Thomas Becket, it is said, attended. The largest free grammar school in England, it was to provide a sound Christian education; Greek was to have equal standing with Latin. William Lilly, first rector, was the pioneer Greek educator in England. Venerable George Nichols, martyr, was an usher, and, after the Reformation, when the school became Protestant, John Milton was a noted scholar. In 1876 the school was removed to Hammersmith.

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