Saturday, 18 April saw over fifty Ipswich Society members on the first
outing of2009. We visited Eton College on a lovely sunny day. Eton is
one of the oldest schools in the country, founded in 1440 by King Henry
VI to educate seventy scholars and supply his other foundation, Kings
College, Cambridge. We were taken on a tour by three excellent guides,
all mothers of boys at the College. The boys were back and walking to
and from lessons, their frock coats trailing behind them and their books
under their arms - they don't have school bags! Henry's statue took
pride of place in the centre of the school yard. We looked around the
oldest classroom in England with names of past pupils cut into wood
everywhere, on desks and walls and tables. It was the custom to sign
one's name when at the school.
We looked around the chapel which should have been twice as big, as what
we see today was the choir area. That is why the seats all face the
central aisle, side on to the altar. The Museum of Eton Life had been
updated from last year and was very interesting. We visited the dining
room that is still used today, little changed since it was built.
In the afternoon after a look around Windsor we took a boat to Boveney
Lock on the River Thames. A fitting end to an enjoyable day.
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