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St Bees School
Across the road from the Priory Church stand the oldest buildings of St Bees School founded in 1583 by Edmund Grindal, who was born about 1517 in St Bees.
Grindal rose to be Archbishop of Canterbury (1575-1583) and on his deathbed set out the statutes for founding and governing the school.
Sadly, the School closed to pupils in July 2015, but it is hoped to re-open in the future.
These pages cover the history of the School, and Archbishop Grindal; a St Bees village boy who rose to be a powerful influence in the Tudor Court of Queen Elizabeth I.
View of Quad from Priory lych gate
View of quad from the Priory bell tower. The original builsing of 1587 is on the left.
The rest of the quad was built in 1842
Last week of the School's operation: view of traditional Old St Beghian cricket matches
June 27th 2015