Pupils get a taste of 1776 school life

Yazan Odeh, 11, from Didcot, pictured with the book. Picture: OX57077 Ed Nix

Yazan Odeh, 11, from Didcot, pictured with the book. Picture: OX57077 Ed Nix Buy this photo

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ABINGDON School pupils have been learning about some of the famous figures from its past, including the illegitimate grandson of Charles II and all five members of Radiohead.

An exhibition at Abingdon’s County Hall Museum opened on Thursday, the 450th anniversary of an endowment by former pupil John Roysse that established the school.

Pupils got a chance to hold antiques, including a maths exercise book from 1776, and old writing slates.

Yazan Odeh, 11, from Didcot, said: “It is fantastic to be able to hold something so old and see the type of maths they did at Abingdon 250 years ago.”

The exhibits were gathered together by school archivist Sarah Wearne, who said: “I think it is fantastic what one small grammar school in a small county town can produce over 450 years.”

She said she was particularly impressed by the bravery awards given to soldiers of both world wars who had attended the school.

The free exhibition runs until April 21.

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