GRE­SHAM’S (AND GRASSHOP­PERS)

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Sir John Gre­sham founded his school in the mid­dle of Holt in 1555. He had been Lord Mayor of Lon­don and per­suaded the Fish­mon­gers Com­pany of Lon­don to fi­nance and man­age the school. More than 460 years later the school still has strong links with the City of Lon­don Fish­mon­gers. On Thurs­day, March 15, in the Fish­mon­gers Recital Hall at the school, Char­lotte Craw­ley and Si­mon Kinder will give a talk about Sir John Gre­sham, his school and track­ing down a por­trait of him. More de­tails from www.the­holt­so­ci­ety.org

For­mer pupils in­clude com­poser Ben­jamin Brit­ten, poet WH Au­den, in­ven­tor James Dyson, rugby play­ers Tom and Ben Youngs and ac­tor Olivia Col­man.

The Gre­sham’s crest in­cludes a grasshop­per and a leg­end tells of the founder of the fam­ily be­ing dis­cov­ered, as an aban­doned new­born baby in long grass in the north Nor­folk vil­lage of Gre­sham in the 1200s. A noisy grasshop­per, pre­sum­ably even more noisy than a cry­ing new­born, alerted passersby.

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