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On one of the routes that we take when on our daily walk, we pass this old building.

The old Grammar School is built in a Gothic style.
It cost 1,077.17s.6d to build.

Above the door of the school is a keystone bearing the date 1664, and the first pupils were admitted in 1671.

A cloister of arches and columns decorated in contrasting bands of Devonian limestone and granite supports the schoolroom. It is roofed with Cann Quarry slates, and it has five mullioned windows.

Above the schoolroom door is a small gallery where the Headmaster could stand to watch his pupils work.

The school was intended as a charitable school for boys from surrounding parishes but, such was its reputation, the local gentry also sent their sons.

The fourth headmaster was the Reverend Samuel Reynolds, fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

His seventh child, Joshua (1723-1792) was born in the headmaster's house adjacent to the school.

Sir Joshua Reynolds became the first President of the Royal Academy in 1768. Knighted by George III in the following year.

This shot was taken through the bars of a wrought iron gate, this was the only way that I could get a picture! Which explains the strange angle. The gate was padlocked.

Thanks for looking.

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  • Copyright: Jean Dwyer (jean113) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1859 W: 0 N: 6099] (23475)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-04-05
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-04-07 9:12
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