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Click to enlarge1. The Elizabethan Gallery
This was originally a grammar school established by Royal Charter in 1591. Queen Elizabeth I gave permission for the school to use her name, thus 'Queen Elizabeth Grammar School' (QEGS) was founded. The school moved to its present home in Northgate in 1855. This building was included in the new Trinity Walk development, one of Wakefield's regeneration schemes.
Elizabeth I (7th September 1533 – 24th March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17th November 1558 until her death on 24th March 1603.

More about the school's history
Many schools bearing the name of Queen Elizabeth were founded during the reign of Elizabeth I ('Good Queen Bess'). Many of these survive today, including the ‘Free School of Queen Elizabeth’ (Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School - 'QEGS').

On 19th November 1591 the royal charter was granted to fourteen men to act as Governors of the new school. The actual charter is still in existence today and states that: “Of our especial grace, certain knowledge and mere motion, we do, will grant and ordain for us, our heirs and successors, that hereafter there be and shall be one Grammar School of Queen Elizabeth at Wakefield, for the teaching, instructing and bringing up of children and youth in grammar, and other good learning, to continue to that use forever.”

Five of the fourteen men designated to be governors bore the name Savile. Generations of the Savile family have played important roles in the school’s history and hence the reason why the Old Boys’ Association is called The Old Savilians’ Club.

Click to enlargeThe School Crest came into existence soon after the school was founded and features a lion, an owl and a bible. The golden lion on a red field refers to the royal foundation; the silver owl on black is taken from the arms of the Savile family (one of the founding families) and the Bible indicates the religious side of education. The school motto – Turpe Nescire – means “It is a disgrace to be ignorant”.

Information sources:

Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School History*.
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield (Wikipedia)*.

(* Site accessed 1st September 2018).
Photograph © John S. Sargent 25th March 2010.

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2. The building is Grade II* listed and is included on Images of England. IoE Number: 441731. Location: OLD CATHEDRAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL, BROOK STREET (west side), WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE. Date listed: 14 July 1953.
[March 2010]

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3. The Elizabethan Gallery viewed from Union Street.
[2nd May 2012]
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4. Brook Street - the Fleece pub next door to the Elizabethan Gallery. The pub has since closed down. The cathedral spire is in the background.
[25th March 2010]

5. Inscription commemorating the founding of the school:
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6. The Coat of Arms above the entrance door.
.Read more at and Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (Wikipedia).

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