GRESHAM’S (AND GRASSHOPPERS)
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.