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English School and College Founders

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A list of the founders of notable schools, colleges and universities in England throughout British history. The list begins with the founding of The King's School of Canterbury by St. Augustine in 597 AD and tracks the opening of institutes of learning throughout the British Isles through the creation of Downe House in 1907. Many of the listed colleges are based in one of England's two great centers of learning, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. Many of the oldest schools on the list - such as St. Augustine's King's School - did not receive a royal charter until many years, even centuries, after they were founded. (The King's School initially opened as an abbey.) Many of the schools formed initially in the Middle Ages did not receive a royal charter until the 16th Century or later.)

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    The King's School in 597 AD
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    Herbert de Losinga

    Norwich School in 1096
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    Walkelin de Derby

    Age: 886
    Derby School in c. 1165
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    Hugh de Balsham

    Peterhouse in 1284
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    William of Durham

    University College in 1249
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    John I de Balliol

    Balliol College in 1263
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    Walter de Merton

    Dec. at 72 (1205-1277)
    Merton College in 1264
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    Walter de Stapledon

    Dec. at 65 (1261-1326)
    Exeter College in 1314 (With Bishop of Exeter)
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    Bishop of Exeter

    Exeter College in 1314 (with Walter de Stapledon)
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    Adam de Brome

    Oriel College in 1324
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    Robert de Eglesfield

    Age: 726
    Queen's College in 1341 (with chaplain of Queen Philippa)
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    chaplain of Queen Philippa

    Queen's College in 1341 (with Robert de Eglesfield)
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    Isabella of France

    Dec. at 66 (1292-1358)
    Bablake School in 1344
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    William of Wykeham

    Dec. at 84 (1320-1404)
    New College in 1379, Winchester College in 1382
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    Richard Fleming

    Dec. at 46 (1385-1431)
    Lincoln College in 1427 (with Bishop of Lincoln)
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    Bishop of Lincoln

    Lincoln College in 1427 (with Richard Fleming)
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    Henry Chichele

    Dec. at 80 (1363-1443)
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    Henry VI of England

    Dec. at 49 (1421-1471)
    Eton College in 1440
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    Margaret of Anjou

    Dec. at 52 (1430-1482)
    Queens' College in 1448
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    William of Waynflete

    Magdalen College in 1458 (with Bishop of Winchester)
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    Bishop of Winchester

    Magdalen College in 1458 (with William of Waynflete), Corpus Christi College in 1517 (with Richard Fox)
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    Elizabeth Woodville

    Dec. at 55 (1437-1492)
    Queens' College in 1465 (refounded)
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    Lady Margaret Beaufort

    Dec. at 66 (1443-1509)
    Christ's College in 1505, St John's College in 1511 (with St John Fisher)
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    Richard Sutton

    Age: 43
    Brasenose College in 1509 (with William Smyth)
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    William Smyth

    Dec. at 46 (1824-1870)
    Brasenose College in 1509 (with Richard sutton)