New Schools, Eton. Henry Woodyer (1816-1896). 1861-63 (extended in 1876). This red-brick range is Grade II listed. It looks like a part of old Eton. As well as a ground-floor arcade with contrasting stone arches, and the four stone straps above adding vertical lines, it has diaper-patterning on the upper storey façade, a row of four-light windows with trefoil heads, and a battlemented parapet. A proponent of the Gothic Revival, Woodyer, like Sir Arthur Blomfield after him in the Lower Chapel and Queen's Schools, found his inspiration in the original fifteenth- and sixteenth-century school buildings rather than in the more recent neoclassical ones (see Robinson 6). Woodyer was an Old Etonian and, apart from his own predilections, must have taken pride in his alma mater's long history. The view into the courtyard, through the arch below, is very pleasing.

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Related Material


"The New Schools, Eton College." Historic England. Web. 14 November 2016.

Robinson, John Martin. "Eton College — Bekynton Field Development." (Windsor & Maidenhead B.C. Heritage Statement). Available online as a pdf. Web. 7 November 2016.

Created 14 November 2016