The King's School, Ely: a collection of documents relating to the history of the school and its scholars.
Edited by Dorothy Owen and Dorothea Thurley
The King's School, Ely, is one of Cambridgeshire's most ancient endowed schools. As the editors reveal, however, its history has been chequered. There was a Golden Age when the School fed the University of Cambridge with a series of scholars, including James Bentham, the celebrated historian of Ely: there have also been times when the School has languished practically without pupils for years on end.
Some 47 documents relating to the school's development over six centuries are assembled here from several archives and libraries. They include the principal governing instruments, minutes of the school's management, lists of pupils and records concerning the building, scholars' performance and the curriculum. There is a brief history of the school from before the Reformation to the First World War.
Owen, Dorothy M. Owen
Dorothy M. Owen (1920-2002) was an under-librarian at the Cambridge University Library where she was Archivist to the Bishop and Dean and Chapter of Ely and Keeper of the University Archives. She is well known for her archival catalogues and for her work on a variety of mainly medieval records and on the medieval church
Dorothea Thurley was a co-editor of the Index of the Probate Records of the Court of the Archdeacon of Ely, 1513-185, (published 1977).and the Index of the probate records of the Consistory Court of Ely, 1449-1858 (1994), both for the British Record Society.