Welcome to the blog! I'm joining in with Judith for Mosaic Monday today.
We've arrived at Eton College near Windsor to have a look round at the Open Day. Eton is well known for being an independent boys boarding school founded by King Henry VI in 1440 and has a long list of famous alumni including Princes William and Harry, 19 Prime Ministers, Archbishop Justin Welby, Boris Johnson, George Orwell, Eddie Redmayne, Damian Lewis, Ian Fleming, Hugh Laurie, Bill Turnbull - an enormous list in fact, have a look here for more. The school has many traditions with the boys still wearing distinctive tailcoats and pin-striped trousers as part of their uniform.
We were lucky to hear about the open day as they don't have them very often, this one wasn't advertised. Security, as you can imagine, is very tight and we were only able to visit a few areas.
Entering the yard is very atmospheric, it's a vast flint strewn space surrounded by original School buildings and the Chapel. You can just imagine all the boys that have passed through since 1440 and what they have gone on to achieve.
The Verey Gallery held a photographic exhibition showing the School and boys during war times. Under the colonnade, where the war memorials to all the boys that lost their lives during WWI and WWII are located, you can see years and years of graffiti where the scholars have scratched their names into the stone.
The Chapel was the main reason for my excitement on hearing we could visit as apart from its other attributes, there are 8 enormous John Piper stained glass windows! You know what a fan I am of his work!
|This gargoyle represents Prevost M.R. James, a brilliant scholar and author of ghost stories|
I'll tell you about the chapel tomorrow.